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Fashion Tips and Tricks for Women Over 50: Bits and Pieces

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Confused about what to wear this spring? It’s simple, really. Start by buying clothes based on your silhouette. Try on a few sizes. Every designer cuts differently, so don’t get hung up on a number. If necessary, have things tailored. The way clothes fit makes all the difference.

Remember, trends are not mandates. If a new style doesn’t work for your body or lifestyle, don’t buy it. For instance, if you’re short you’re probably not going to look good or feel comfortable in a long skirt – forget it!

Some safe choices for spring are tailored jackets, dresses, and pants in neutral colors. Save the new neon brights for accessories. (Remember, your shoes and your bag should never match – this is not your mother’s world!) If you like color, stick to simple shapes. Contrast is the key to looking up-to-date.

Some other tips for spring: Never wear open-toe sandals with stockings (it signals your age!) Use a self-tanner if you’re worried about your white legs. If you buy only one pair of heels this season, make them nude (whichever shade matches your skin tone) and they’ll work with any color outfit you wear. Plus, they make your legs look longer. Invest in a bright color ballerina flat, a tan thong sandal, and a chic sneaker (e.g. Coach). Aviator sunglasses make any outfit look great. Add a chunky menswear watch, bold link bracelet, and oversize ring. A white tank or fitted white short-sleeve tee always looks fresh. You need two pairs of jeans – a crisp dark denim and white. Bare metallic flat sandals look perfect with white jeans.

Slavishly following fashion trends may make you fashionable, but it doesn’t make you stylish. The key to great style is first to know your body, then to choose styles and colors that make you look and feel great.

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