Adding colour to our outfits as we get older is a great way to look young and stylish, and it’s an ideal way of looking on-trend, while still keeping an outfit less fussy.
Jewel colours such as crimson red, emerald green, or amethyst look particularly good against older skin, plus women over 50 have the experience and maturity to pull them off.
However, bright primary colors can look draining against the face.
That good old wardrobe staple black can also make some older skins look washed out, in which case, add a hint of metallic in an accessory, or wear a brighter colour near the face in the guise of a necklace or scarf.
Colours such as plum, deep red and chocolate brown look sophisticated on women over 50, and wearing black with beige or navy looks both expensive and elegant.
There are certain universal prints that will flatter any age such as stripes, leopard print and polka dots.
However, some floral prints can be incredibly aging, such as dark wallpaper florals.
It’s also time to avoid those silly prints that look better on 20- and 30-somethings, in favour of a medium-sized print, or one with a solid background of single color.
Choose a print that relates to your body frame – i.e. if you are petite then look for a smaller print (such as on-trend polka dot or swallow prints) or you will look lost in an oversized one.
The opposite is also true; a tiny print on a large frame will make you look bigger than you are.
On the West Coast, we can wear colour all year round. Some of the most popular colours include red, hibiscus, coral, royal blue, ocean aqua, yellow, magenta, lime green… there’s something for everyone!
If you’ve bought bright-coloured capris or jeans and then get home and think they might be too bright, you can tone it down by adding a white or cream-coloured top to tone them.
If you aren’t comfortable in the brighter tops and bottoms or you want to freshen up your neutral wardrobe, be sure to use brightly coloured accessories to carry you into the sunny months. Add a colourful scarf, bracelet or necklace to update or modify your look.
Fashionistas – wear all the colour you can! It’s in style and always makes you feel great when you step out the door!