When you look good you feel more confident, and growing older shouldn’t stop that! Many women over 40 struggle to find a style that works for them, but you can look good and dress better over 40!
I’ve always liked being stylish, but I noticed as I have gotten older that my style and taste changed and often I felt frustrated with my closet.
So I want to share with you some tips on how to find your style over 40!
Heal the relationship with your body
(updated 2022) In my work as a Feminine Embodiment Coach, I help women dip into their deepest truths.
Much too often I see how we measure ourselves by external standards and we follow trends that we don’t even like. And we judge our bodies, our softer edges and our curves for not conforming to (oppressive) beauty standards.
Your lifestyle, your season of life, and even where you live all play a role. The relationship that you have with your body, in my experience, influences the way that you feel in your clothes on any particular day.
That’s perhaps why sometimes you stand before your closet and you have nothing to wear! Healing the relationship with your body and how you relate to your body is a first crucial step in finding your personal style.
Discover what you like
The easiest way to do this is to look at what other women are wearing when you are out-and-about.
Instead of looking for specific styles, break the outfit down into parts.
Do you like layers or clean lines?
Do you prefer bright colors, patterns or monochromes?
Are you more structured or flowy?
This will give you inspiration and some ideas for recreating those outfits you like.
To further discover your personal style over 40, take pictures of any outfits you wear, when you feel confident and save them to your smartphone.
This way you have something to refer to for those days when you feel like you have nothing to wear.
Experiment with different outfits
This doesn’t have to be expensive at all! Take yourself to the store for an afternoon and try on different looks, colors, and fits which you wouldn’t normally try.
When you’re stuck in a style rut, it’s easy to always go for what you know. If you’re over 40 and you want a personal style that’s unique to you, you have to try out different things!
Get rid of frumpy outfits
If you have followed me for a while you know that I am a big believer in decluttering. But it still happens to me that I will simply put unflattering outfits into the back of the closet instead of donating it.
The secret is to get rid of it the moment you feel frumpy and unattractive!
If it’s not suitable to donate, you can take it to one of the many stores that have recycling bins, to avoid it going into landfill.
Use accessories to upstyle your look
Accessories are the secret ingredient to giving you a unique look and make your outfit look different.
Think of things such as belts, scarves, hats, handbags, and jewelry. Combining these in different ways will upstyle your outfit immediately.
I hope you enjoyed these 5 steps on how to discover your personal style over 40!