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.
Men have been mixing prints and textures for years – wearing textured suits, matched with printed shirts and ties. Don’t be afraid to try it ladies! Why not experiment with it? This is a quick way to pep up your style.
Mixing Colours and Patterns
When you’re starting out, it’s often pleasing to the eye to stick with patterns that relate to each other in some way whether it be the colour or shape of the print.
If you’re pairing two different prints/patterns, choose your prints in complementary colours to pull your look together.
If you want to mix different colours, be sure to choose matching or similar prints.
Stripes go with almost anything and you’ll never go wrong with black and white!
The simple and more graphic prints are easier to mix. Florals and animal prints are often thought of as neutral prints because they can be mixed with other styles easily.
If a print-on-print is too much, break it up with a solid colour on top, either a jacket or tank top. This will ground your look.
Mixing textures can quickly individualize your look and creates an eclectic feeling. For some, it’s easier than mixing patterns.
Try pairing flannel trousers with a satin blouse or a sweater knit jacket.
More extreme textures combine well if they are in the same ‘mood’. For example, wool tweed pairs easily with suede, and satin matches well with sequins.
Wearing a hot fashion trend can be hard to get right the first time, but we have lots of experience and are ready to help! Come in and we’ll find the right mix for you.