This article is the third in a series taken from The Guide to Later Life – [...]
Looking your best everydayCreated by Charlotte in Being You, Fashion and beauty
Michaela Jedinak is the co- founder of Joy of Clothes, which aims to make it easy and fast to find the clothes that work for you, your colouring and your body shape. The Joy of Clothes website allow you to choose from a wide range of women’s clothes retailers and fashion designers, from high end retailers such as net-a-porter, Selfridges and Harrods to high street retailers such as Evans, L.K.Bennett, Coast and Reiss. They have created a unique method of looking for lines that will create balance and harmony in your overall appearance.
When it comes to looking good, it’s not your age that matters, but the fit of your clothes, wearing your best colours, clothes that complement your body shape and body features and how you put it altogether, so that the make you feel comfortable, confident in your skin. Fashion is not a matter of age but a question about how to balance your build with your needs, combined with fashion items to give you a current look. Make fashion work for you but not copying looks of other women who might be of a different body shape and age, but about choosing fashion items that suit you, fit you, complement your body features and are age appropriate. What matters is to work creatively with your body to maximise all your good points and minimize your less good ones. When choosing clothes, your aim is to create the illusion of having a balanced body. The result will be that you have created a versatile and workable wardrobe for your every day life.
“Fashion is like architecture. It is a matter of proportion” Coco Chanel
Dressing in your best colours is an ideal way to look younger, healthier, groomed and feel more energised . It’s an easy way to look good, feel good and co-ordinate your wardrobe. Your best colours are based on your dominant colour, which is determined by your skin, eye and hair colour. Most over 55s look best in bright colours. It depends on your build, body features and style personality where you wear the bright colours, how you combine them or if you simply use them as accent colours.
We are all different in our build and in the combination of our unique body features, which gives us the opportunity to create our own unique style DNA. “Fashion is like architecture. It is a matter of proportion” said Coco Chanel. Today the choice of clothes is so varied that there’s something for everyone no matter what your age, needs, size, style personality, colouring, height, proportion or body shape you are. There is something for everyone.
3. Dress to your body features
Our body shape give us the frame how we are build. Our body features such as neck, arms, bust, waist. legs, calves come all in different sizes and will give us our own individual characteristics. So, it is important to dress to its size and in context with your body shape.
4. Dress to your style personality
You style personality is what pulls your whole look together. Your wardrobe should reflect your lifestyle, and, most importantly, your personality. Don’t try to be someone else but yourself. You want to wear clothes that are a reflection of who you are, which is the sum of your body shape, your dominant colour, your body features, your age, your life style, place you live as well what your likes and style personality are. Your clothes you should be simply an extension of yourself and make you feel great every day.
5. Keep your look groomed
A groomed look is becoming essential from the age of 40 and a total must from 50 onwards. Looking “all natural” by e.g, not wearing any make up, not having a good hair cut, hair colour and neat finger nails doesn’t work any more. It’s not about “being all done up to the nine” but about looking after yourself, looking neat and together. A good skin care regime and a healthy lifestyle, together with the right clothes, colours and style are essential for looking good and feeling confident. When we reach our 50s, we should feel more confident in our skin and with ourselves than we did in our 20s or 30s, so let it shine through with an elegant and self assured style. Not maintaining a groomed look will simply date your outward appearance.
6. Keep it current
It is crucial to have a workable wardrobe with timeless basics, so that you can update your clothes easily each season with current fashion items shoes, bags, scarves or jewellery. It is important for your look that your clothes have current feel and look, because it will show that you keep up to date as well that you are in touch and in tune with what is going on. Otherwise you will create a dated look of yourself.
7. Dress appropriate to your age
Nothing is more ageing that trying to compete with the younger generation in how they wear their clothes. Everything has its time and place. It doesn’t mean we can wear certain things, but more that we have to wear it differently. Covering up than exposing is key even if we still have a pair of killer legs and décolleté . You don’t have to hide your best assets but you need to be careful about how to show them off. Dressing right for your age and the occasion is must, because it should reflect our knowledge how to dress right as well to be comfortable in our skin by having accepted of who we are.
If you’ve found this article useful, Michael’as ebook is called STYLE ME, currently available on iTunes and Amazon. It’s all about how to create visual balance in your look and how to create your own STYLE DNA.