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30 Tips For Women to Dress Well in Their 40’s

30 Tips For Women to Dress Well in Their 40’s

Looking for some guidance on how to assemble the right wardrobe to dress well in your 40’s? Take a look at our top 30 tips on what to wear and how to put together the best outfits in your 40’s!

1. Only Have Items You Love

When you stock your closet with items that fit well and that you feel confident, comfortable, and beautiful in, you’re off to a good start!

2. It’s Ok to Splurge

You don’t have to break the bank for every item, but if there is an article of clothing that you know you will wear again and again, it’s ok to splurge and get something high-quality and long-lasting.

3. Say No to Ripped Jeans

Find a pair of women's jeans that doesn't have rips — you’ll look much more put together and dignified this way.

4. Choose High-Quality Fabrics

You can tell when you’re looking at a piece of clothing made with cheap material, so opt for high-quality fabrics for an overall more polished look.

5. The Right Skirt Length

While the preferred skirt length varies from person to person, most women are going to look best in women's skirts that hit their knee or below.

6. Invest in a Classic Coat

Having a high quality, classic women's coat, such as a trench coat or peacoat, will prove to work well with any ensemble you put together, in addition to keeping you warm in the winter.

7. The Classic White Tee

No matter your age, everyone looks good in a classic women's white blouse or tee. Whether paired with your favorite jeans or tucked into a skirt, this is a wardrobe item you won’t want to skip out on.

8. A Well-Fitting Bra

You’d be surprised by how many women are wearing the wrong size bra, as well as how much better you will look when your bra fits well. Get fitted and invest in the right size bra.

9. Minimal, Meaningful Jewelry

Your jewelry should be minimal — too many items will look too busy and distract instead of enhance. Be intentional about which jewelry you choose to incorporate.

10. Get the Right Fit

For items that are meant to be more form-fitting, take the time to make sure you get the right fit. Take special care with jeans, pencil skirts, and blouses.

11. Keep Your Whites White

There are few things worse than a dingy, yellowed white article of clothing. Keep your whites white and looking fresh.

12. Try Dark Wash Denim

Unsure of which direction to go with your jeans? Choosing dark denim will prove to be both versatile and very flattering!

13. A Statement Piece or Two

Make sure you have a handful of statement pieces available in your wardrobe — from bold colors to lively prints, you’ll be happy to have them!

14. Balance Your Outfits Well

Make sure your outfits are balanced well. For example, a flowy women's blouse pairs beautifully with a fitted skirt. However, it might look a bit sloppy if paired with baggy pants.

15. Keep Your Shoes Up to Date

One key to looking put together is ensuring that your women's shoes are up to date. Staying in style and keeping your shoes in good condition is a must.

16. The Classic Black Dress

Having some little black dresses is a wardrobe must for women of every age. Be sure to keep one (or two or three) on hand.

17. Length Matters

As we mentioned earlier with skirt length, it’s important to understand what you’re most comfortable with and which skirt and dress length work best for your body type. Do some experimenting to see what you like best.

18. Play with Accessories

Experiment with your women's accessories! Throwing on a scarf and belt can take an average outfit and make it extraordinary.

19. Say Goodbye to Cargo

Perhaps it was great in college or handy when you were a young mom, but it’s time to say goodbye to cargo. There are plenty of other pieces to focus on that will work much better for you.

20. Say Hello to Wide Leg Trousers

One pant style that you will want to consider is a wide-leg trouser. They’re comfortable and can do wonders for lengthening your legs and making you look tall and trim.

21. Bold Colors are a Go

Incorporating bold colors into your wardrobe is a great way to easily throw together outfits that help you feel confident — bright reds, yellows, and blues are a great place to start.

22. Work the Layers

Stock up on a good assortment of women's sweaters and cardigans. These make for adorable and comfortable cold-weather ensembles.

23. The Right Kind of Bag

Having an assortment of purses and bags is fun, but having one neutral, good-sized purse that is easy to pair with any outfit is definitely a must.

24. Avoid Being Too Matchy

Don’t be afraid to mix and match a bit. You run the risk of looking too matchy-matchy when wearing gray on gray or navy on navy.

25. Stock Up on Neutrals

Make sure you have a healthy assortment of neutral pieces in your wardrobe. Black, white, and nude is easy to pair with almost any other color, giving you endless outfit options.

26. Go for a High Waist

Whether pants or skirts, items featuring a high waist are sure to be both comfortable and flattering, and easy to pair with your shirts and blouses.

27. Heel Height

The key to finding the right heel height is comfort. Going with a heel that is too high can leave you wishing you’d chosen otherwise, so invest in heels that are versatile and comfortable!

28. Following Color Trends

Staying on top of color trends is an easy way to keep your wardrobe fresh and up to date. Make sure you know which color is most popular for the season and get a handful of items in that hue.

29. Embrace Patterns and Prints

Don’t feel like you have to stick to solid colors — patterns and prints are an easy way to add variety for easily assembled outfits.

30. Own Your Sense of Style

At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you are able to express your individual sense of style through your wardrobe. Stock up on the women's clothing that helps you feel confident and beautiful and you will be good to go!

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