Styles don’t always work for us women over 40. But, I am a firm believer that you should always keep an open mind and try lots of different styles and prints. I wasn’t sure I would like to wear a double-breasted blazer because I didn’t want to appear stuffy. But, I have changed my mind, and here is why.
I’ve always loved wearing a blazer, even when I was younger. Blazer season is coming up, and fall and winter are the perfect times of the year to pull out your blazer. Blazers are classy and add a polished look to your outfit, even when worn with jeans. There are several styles of blazers, so you need to experiment to see what style works best for you. Here are a few styles that I wear all of the time.
Single Button Blazer
This is probably the style that I wear the most. Some of my single button blazers are cotton, some are wool, and some are knit, and I love all of them equally. I think that this style is universally flattering for most body types, and here are a few blazers that you might like.
A double-breasted blazer is the dressiest of blazers, in my opinion. With the two rows of buttons and the fold-over design, there can be a lot of extra bulk with these blazers, so they can be harder to wear. Since I don’t like to button any blazer, I will let my blazer hand open.
Before you put on a blazer, you have to decide what type of top you will be wearing. Will you be wearing your blazer the whole time, or will you take it off during the day? I like wearing sleeveless tops under blazers, but if you are shedding your blazer during the day, you might not want to go that route.
This entire outfit was from the Express collage that you gurls voted on the other day. This scoop-neck long sleeve thong bodysuit is a layering piece that you can wear with many other items. If you have a hard time keeping your tops tucked in, then a bodysuit is the way to go. However, all bodysuits aren’t created equal, so you might need to try a few before finding a brand that works for you.
I am long-waisted, so I sometimes have a problem finding one that doesn’t feel too short and cuts me in two. If you are petite, then you might have the opposite problem and find that you have way more material in the crotch than you want. I’ve ordered bodysuits before, and I’ve found most of them run very small. So, I ordered a large in this bodysuit, and it is plenty large enough.
I will give Express a big thumbs up when it comes to blazers. I think they are very well made, and I love the large button details. The blazers look expensive, and that is what I look for in my clothing. Let’s face it, we gals over 40 need to look a little more put-together, more expensive, more fashionable than those in their 20s and 30s. They can throw on a paper bag and still look great, so we need to put a little more effort into our looks.
This dark gray double-breasted blazer is a great neutral color. It looks great with jeans, but it will also look great with a skirt or a dress. The dark gray color works with white, navy, yellow, pink, green, purple, black, etc. I could have kept listing colors that work well with gray, but I think that you get the idea.
This blazer is a nice length, and it hits me right below my hips. Usually, I order a large in jackets, coats, and blazers, but I read that the blazer runs large, so I ordered a medium. I think that it fits great, especially since I will not be buttoning it.
I am obsessed with the color of these gray raw-hem jeans! The wash gives a nice worn look, and the fit is very flattering. I’ve gotten a couple of pairs of jeans from Express, and they always seem to be a favorite of mine. These jeans are a bootcut style, so there is a tiny flare at the hem.
I am wearing my usual size 10 in these jeans, but I sent them back and ordered the Long version. I want to wear them will heels and platform boots, and I think they needed to be a tad bit longer. These also come in short lengths, so there is something for everyone.
I know that many of you will pass on these high heel sandals because of the heel height. Feet issues are one of the problems that seem to come with over 40 territories. While I can still wear high heels, I am taking advantage of that since you never know when that will come to a screeching halt. I think these black heels are super sexy and stylish.
Other than the fact that I need a pedicure, these shoes look fantastic! I love the transparent band and the padded footbed, but the 4.5″ heel is a deal-breaker for most women over 40. The heels run true to size, and I am wearing my usual size 9. They also come in a couple of other colors, and the nude version is one that you could wear with anything, so check those out.
The Arden tote is a great statement handbag. I love the different textures of the handbag, and it is large enough to carry almost everything. I love a large handbag, so this is right down my alley. The single strap handle is perfect for throwing over your shoulder, and I love the hobo slouchy style of this bag. This is a Vegan handbag, and it is made from Polyurethane.
My accessories worked perfectly for this outfit. I just received the Britt Gold Beaded hoop earring and bracelet c/o Kendra Scott. When I took these out of the box, I couldn’t believe how well they matched this outfit! Each bead is hand drilled, rounded, and faceted before being woven onto a threaded loom.
I love the gradient-colored Quay sunglasses. Maybe it is just me, but I think that the gradient style is very chic looking. I like the oversized cat-eye shape of the glasses, and I think they are very sleek and modern looking.
Lucy gives this outfit two paws up, and she thinks that gray and black are a wonderful color combination. If I had thrown in a little tan in the look, then she and I would have been twinning. Lol!
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