Clothing for Mature Women: Feel Chic Without Sacrificing Comfort

Want to be fashionable but many of the styles you see advertised are clearly designed with younger women in mind? Well, the fashion world may be focused on the young, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on your sense of fashion. Luckily, manufacturers are finally starting to understand that women over 50 do care about style and looking good, and this can be seen in the plethora of gorgeous designs of pants, shirts and women’s dresses Australia wide. And the best part of it all? They’re just a few clicks away!

It is no news that your body shape changes throughout the years. Just as you’ve learnt to embrace the changes that occurred in your teenage years, embracing the changes that happen after you’ve reached 50 is also essential to find the proper clothing for you. But that does not mean sacrificing your good looks and style. It’s just a reminder to look for pieces that complement and flatter your beautiful figure.

Dresses

Wearing a dress is an easy way to feel fun and feminine! There are several styles of dresses for senior citizens that work particularly well on women over 50, including wraps, sheath, and fit-and-flare dresses.

Some tips to keep in mind:

  • wrap dresses should be worn with the belt tied on the side (never in front);
  • sleeveless sheath dresses look great with a snug-fitting cardigan or jacket;
  • look for fit-and-flare dresses that hit your knees.

Black dresses are the perfect choice for a night out for women of all ages. The perfect black dress should be versatile enough so that you can wear it on business meetings as well as on daily outings. Here are some tips on choosing the right model for you.

  • Strapless dress – Ideal if your shoulders and upper arms are in great shape and your chest is not too big
  • V-neck dress – If your neck is not flabby and you have nice cleavage
  • Sleeveless dress – If your arms are toned
  • Three-quarter sleeves dress – If your arms are a little jiggly
  • Open back dress – If your back is in good shape
  • Dress with a slit skirt – If you’re comfortable with showing some leg

Pencil Skirts

Pencil skirts are just as flattering and versatile as dresses for senior citizens are. Plus they are comfortable and can go with a lot of the tops that you pair with jeans. Look for a knee-length model that is fitted without being too tight or restrictive. Pair it with heeled shoes, like booties, wedges or pumps.

Dark Jeans

dark jeans and gray blazer outfit

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You really can’t go wrong with a great pair of dark jeans. A few years ago, the choice for mature women was limited to elasticized “mom jeans”. Fortunately, manufacturers are now designing jeans for every body type, making it easier to find a flattering fit. I recommend you to take the time and try on a variety of sizes and styles to find the ideal age-appropriate fit for you. Keep in mind the following when buying jeans:

  • The colour should be true blue or a dark wash. Stay away from holes, tears, embellishments or embroidery.
  • The shape or cut of the jeans will have an impact on your shape. Boot-cut models with a slight flare at the bottom provide balance to the hips. Trouser jeans are flattering, with a wider waistband, wider leg and flat front.
  • Cotton denim jeans with 2-3% Lycra are stretchier than 100% cotton models and are a lot more comfortable.

Cardigans

Cardigans are must-have fashion pieces. They can be worn year-round, and are great for keeping you warm in cooler temperatures or just for covering up your arms. Make sure your cardigan fits well – slouch or baggy cardigans can end up looking a bit frumpy. Long sleeves or a three-quarter length that hits at the hips are good options. A longer cardigan looks wonderful with straight leg jeans or pants, but not with skirts.

Tank Tops

You shouldn’t wear tank tops by themselves, but they are great pieces for layering with a jacket, cardigan or other outerwear. Tank tops help smoothen thing out in the torso area and can be a great base layer for an interesting outfit. Look for tank tops that fit snugly and are long enough to stay tucked into your skirts or pants.

What to Avoid

Old-Fashioned Garments

Understand that old-fashioned and classic are two completely different things. For example, a classic white shirt is an excellent choice, but a calf-length tartan not so much.

Fleeces

Wearing a cosy fleece jacket to walk the dog, especially in the winter months, is totally fine. But wearing it on a night out and even when having a casual lunch with friends is so not in. For these occasions, choose a cardigan or a more structured coat.

Elasticated Waistbands

Elasticated waistbands have a terrible reputation, but they’re incredibly comfortable, so you may see no reason to outlaw them. It’s true that you can easily hide the waistline of your trousers or skirt by wearing a longline top, but instead, you can ditch the jogging bottoms and opt for a comfortable pair of loose tie-waist trousers.

As you can see, just because you are older and more mature now, that doesn’t mean you should look too serious or boring. With the right pieces of clothing, you can add a youthful and fun touch to your wardrobe!