Today's fashion lines are blurry, and it's not my old 60-plus-year-old eyes that are the problem. No, I see the confusion among many of my fellow baby boomers when it comes to what fashion look is right for our age.
Is the line between what is “too young to wear” fading? Have the rules that our moms once held about how to dress for our age group vanished? Are we mystified about how to dress when the media typically only show fashion ideas more appropriate for a 20-year-old? Yes to all.
Blame it on the Internet and Photoshopped models and movie stars gracing magazine covers. The obsession with looking young has created a whole new problem: What does an over-50-year-old realistically look like today, and what trends can she wear?
As a stylist, fashion show coordinator and wardrobe consultant with more than 40 years of experience, my business is fashion. I visit hundreds of closets of women of all ages, but especially those of women over 50, who are frantically seeking assistance in finding a look that is contemporary yet age-appropriate. I've learned over the years that the key to the right look is balance: Don't dress too old or too young. But what's the trick to finding this balance?
Our model Irene, a busy mom of two, is just days from hitting the half-century mark but exemplifies how the “over-50” crowd can wear summer trends without having to reach for those reading glasses to find the just-right fashion look.
Go for classic nail colors like red, coral and pink, or go nude. That means saying no to your daughter's funky nail polish. Skip the artsy pastel shades, nail art enamel or darker teen tones. If you want something fun for summer, try brighter colors or coral and hot pink shades that work well with aging hands.