Raise your hand if you want to look older than you are. I am guessing that there isn’t a lot of hands going up in the air right now. Now, raise your hand if you want to look young and modern-looking. If your hand isn’t raised, then congratulations because you must already look young and modern. But, for the rest of us, I’ve got some tips that will give you lots of confidence in your style and hopefully help you look years younger.
One of the things that I noticed as my age started to climb was that my style was in a rut. I didn’t want to dress as I did in my twenties, but I still thought of myself as young and vibrant. My mindset was that age is an attitude, but my birth certificate was telling me otherwise. There are several tips that I’ve learned to help me feel and look young and modern, and I hope they will help you also.
We are not dead yet
Just because our age is double that of a twenty-year-old, it doesn’t mean that we can’t be sexy and stylish looking. Sexy looking at 50 usually looks different than it did at twenty or thirty. I am not letting it all hang out, but just because you are covered up doesn’t mean that you can’t still look sexy. This post is my most pinned post on Pinterest because it is an outfit that looks sexy and still covered up. The great thing is, the top is still available online, so be sure to check that out.
Get out of the rut
Wearing the same thing over and over again can be easy but boring. Just because you always wear that striped shirt with that pair of pants doesn’t mean that you can be adventurous and try something different. Try a different pattern, one that is trending, such as stripes or florals. Wear animal print and walk on the wild side for a change. Give a new style a chance, and don’t be the stereotypical older woman who refuses to change.
Since I mentioned patterns that are trending, let’s talk about trends. No, all trends will not work for you, but there will be several that will. If you like wearing tennis shoes, buy a pair of fashionable sneakers instead. I know that most of you love your skinny jeans, but buy one or two pairs that AREN’T skinny jeans to look modern and relevant. If something is a true trend, you don’t want to spend as much money on them as you would a classic item that can be worn longer.
As we age, gray tends to creep in. There is nothing wrong with gray hair, and I wish that mine were growing in that gorgeous shade of white-silver instead of the dirty yellowy color that looks like I got a bad dye job. A purple shampoo helps turn blonde hair whiter and get rid of brassy tones, and it does the same with gray hair. It really isn’t the color that ages us; it is the style. Pick a style that compliments your face and one that is easy to care for. A hairstyle that looks carefree will help you look younger than one that looks “styled.”
You can’t go wrong with classic pieces. They look elegant and stylish, and depending on your accessories, they can look modern. Spend more money on classic items that you can wear for years. Those items might be where you want to invest money on cashmere or silk items. Vintage and classic handbags are ones that you can hand down from generation to generation, so think of things like that as an investment instead of a purchase.
When you choose accessories, this is where you can have some fun. Pearls, diamonds, gold, and silver will never go out of style, so that you can wear those with anything. But they don’t scream young or modern either. If you want to add some fun to an outfit, then think about a pair of brightly colored earrings or a patterned scarf. Tying a scarf to a handbag is modern-looking, so give that a try. One fun item can change the entire look of your outfit and have you looking younger.
It doesn’t matter if your outfit is fabulous; if you are not confident in how you look, it shows on your face. You can’t fake a confident smile; your eyes will give you away every time. Throw your shoulders back, look in the mirror, and smile at your reflection until it reaches your eyes. Trying something new is hard, but you can do it, and I bet you will even get a few compliments. That will help your confidence to soar, and nothing looks better than a confident woman.
Today’s outfit hits several of the above tips for looking young and modern. Starting with this flutter sleeve leopard print top that looks fabulous and modern. Leopard print is a classic, but this flowy top is modern. This is one way to combine two styles into one item.
The top is a crinkle material that is soft and flowy, so there is no need for an iron. I like the v-neckline since it elongates your neck, and you can choose if you want to tie the strings or let them dangle.
I tucked in the top to show you the jeans better, but you can let the top hang loose for a cute and casual look. I paired the top with jeans, but it would look great with black jeans also. Here is another way to style the top that looks nice also.
In this photo, you can see the flutter sleeves better. You also get a better look at my jewelry that I have added. The large AVI gold hoop earrings are probably a pair you’ve seen once or twice, or maybe even twenty times. Lol! Yes, I love them, and I wear them a lot. I know the earrings are huge, but they are not heavy. The gold Vincent chain is a new purchase, and I love how it elevates everything that you wear it with.
The horizontal cross necklace and the Shine necklace are two that I wear almost all of the time. I like that they remind me to “shine” for the Lord. The trio of bracelets is a set from Chico’s. I love Chico’s jewelry since I can find so many statement pieces that look modern.
The high-waist straight-leg jeans look might be a trend that will only last a few years. We don’t have any idea or way of predicting how long a trend will stick around, so unless you live in jeans, you might want to look for affordable options. I think this pair is great and I like the way they fit and look.
I wasn’t sure how the sizing would run in these jeans, so I ordered my usual size and one size larger. My usual size 10 fits me great, and I am happy with this style. It is a vintage style from the 90s tweaked a little to give it a more modern style.
The website says that these jeans have Clever Secret-Slim front pockets that hold you in for a slimming effect and Never-Quit Shape Retention that holds its shape and hugs you in all the right places. I know that I like the way they look. Lol! The jeans are under $40.00, so you might also want to grab them in black; I linked them above.
The black stretch-cotton blazer is well worth the money! I order a TON of clothing, but I don’t keep everything for several reasons. One, I have no space for everything. Two, I would be broke in no time. Three, I already own eight pairs of jeans that look almost identical, and I don’t need another pair. However, the minute that I put on this entire outfit, I ripped off the tags and kept all of the pieces.
I especially loved this jacket because it not only looks great, it feels great. The material is like a knit sweater blazer, so it gives and moves with you. Plus, the one snap closure makes the jacket easy to close. However, the shape of the jacket was the deciding factor for me. I like the silhouette of the jacket and how it creates curves for me. The longer length is also something that I like, so this jacket is one that you will see me wearing a lot in the future.
I wasn’t sure what size to order in the jacket, but I ended up getting a medium, and it fits me great. I would say this runs true to size.
The Michael Kors Isla tote is a new handbag that I just got in. This handbag is made from the same material as a bag that I’ve had for years, and I carry it out every spring and summer. The old one is starting to look a little worn, so I thought this newer version was something that I needed to try.
I love the tote’s size because it will hold a lot of things, but it is not too big. The rope handle is different and gives it a unique detail. Right now, the handbag is on sale at 25% off, which will save you over $50.00.
The last part of my outfit is the neutral suede Steve Madden loafers. I’ve had these loafers for a while, and I am surprised that I could find them online. These loafers will look great with everything, and you will find yourself reaching for them over and over again. I am wearing my usual size 9, so I think they run true to size.
I am celebrating this month because it is Joe’s Birthday month. He told me that I couldn’t make a big deal out of his birthday. I don’t think that announcing for the entire world to see is making a big deal. Lol! So, randomly, each week, I am going to pick a winner for a gift. The gifts will vary in size and price, and I will pick the winner from the comments that I receive during the week.
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