Hitting 40 doesn’t mean your fashion life is over. On the contrary, there are many great styles for 40-something’s that look fantastic, youthful, and fun. Lucky for women, there are many designers that design styles for all age ranges. Whether you’re partial to dresses, skirts, jeans, or shorts, there are plenty of styles capable of flattering your figure that are age appropriate. I’ve come up with a list of some of the best styles you can wear in your 40’s to keep you looking youthful and sexy – even as a mama – all year round.
Capris offer fashionable style while maintaining age appropriateness. They look youthful and young, while providing a discreet fit and can be worn with any kind of shirt you want, from tanks, to button downs, and more. Whether you opt for a denim capri, or capris in your favorite colors, these styles look fabulous on women in their forties. They are a good option for taller women, however, and certain styles can give the appearance of being shorter and wider for women who are shorter. The shorter the capri, the shorter and wider you may look. Women who are on the shorter side should opt for an ankle capri rather than a shorter capri.
Sweaters come in various styles, colors, designs, and patterns. They can not only keep you warm, but depending on the style, can accent your shoulders, elongate your figure, and provide a sexy, sleek look that goes great with anything, from jeans, slacks, shorts, and skirts. They also come in many different materials, making this clothing selection perfect to add to your closet. There are thin sweaters, thicker sweaters, and those which provide something great for every season.
Maxi dresses aren’t just for teens and twenty-something’s anymore. There are many maxi dresses that are flattering for any age – and there are endless color and pattern combinations to complement any style. They are great to dress up with accessories, and you can even find casual styles great for something as simple as going grocery shopping.
Pencil skirts are great to wear to the office, or even out to lunch. They are form fitting and showcase your gorgeous curves, and give you a look in which you will adore. Pair this type of skirt with a short at showcases your curves without compromising integrity and showing too much. This kind of skirt looks best with a pair of stiletto heels or strappy sandals. The pencil skirt also has the ability to elongate your torso and gives the appearance of longer legs –so those whom have shorter legs can rest assured they will have a taller appearance in this style.
Shorts are a great look during the summer and even late springtime months. There are a few styles in which women over 40 should try to stay away from, however. Pleated and cargo shorts are a big no-no. They add unnecessary bulk to the hip and thigh area, and no woman over forty wants to look like they have more hip or thigh than they do. Also, stay away from shorts which are longer than the knee, or too short. If you have slim, longer legs, you can most likely pull off a shorter short, but use your discretion. Opt for styles that are form fitting and go to at least 2 – 3 inches above the knee, but no shorter. There are various colors and fabrics which you can choose from. Stay away from anything stripey if you aren’t on the thinner side, as this can give the appearance of added weight and dimension, another thing women in their 40’s want to stay away from. Denim is always a fantastic choice.
Finding your style and the designers who always provide pleasing looks for you is the first step to find your true personal style. Experiment a bit with different patterns, colors, and styles, and find the look that you feel suits you best. Trial and error is key to finding your perfect look. Mom’s don’t have to sacrifice style or beauty simply because we are moms! We can still look fantastic and feel great about ourselves, one pair of skinny jeans at a time.