Since a lot of the style advice found in fashion magazines is geared toward a younger audience, it can be hard to find an appropriate mature style. Even if 40 is the new 20, you probably don't want to look as if you're trying to dress like one of Hollywood's young starlets. The good news is, you can still look amazing and stylish without crossing that line or having to look matronly. Here are some great clothing options for women over 40.
One of the biggest pieces of advice to follow is to stick to the classics. As a rule of thumb, don't buy anything you couldn't see yourself wearing five years from now. If there's a particular trend that you're dying to try, that's okay, but be careful to experiment with it subtly. For example, you can wear a 60's print, but choose a classically cut dress. Or, experiment with trendy accessories when you wear classic looks, such as a patent leather pump or a metallic handbag. Even some trendy colors can make you look like you're treading on the teenage fashion line. That's not to say you should stick only to black, white and neutrals, but add colors into your wardrobe carefully and one at a time.
Clean lines also help ensure a sophisticated style. Tailored blouses, A-line skirts and shift dresses might be better options than flouncy bubble skirts or billowing empire waist tops. And you should be careful when it comes to showing too much skin. That said, it doesn't mean you have to be buttoned up and wearing pantyhose every day. You probably won't want to expose your belly or wear a mini-skirt, but if you want to flaunt tastefully you should go for it. If you're wearing a skirt that falls above the knee pair it with a full-coverage top or, if you choose a deep v-neck sweater, opt for a pair of slacks.
Some may argue that the term "casual dress" is widely open to interpretation and in some ways they're right. What's considered casual and appropriate by today's standards has evolved significantly from even a few decades ago, still, there are few fashion tips that transcend the ages when it comes to keeping things cool, casual and composed.