10 Top Tips for Staying Fashionable Over 40

Hi Everyone,

Staying fashionable over 40 can be as easy or as difficult as yo make it. At the end of the day it is all about keeping an open mind and accepting change. Change happens in all walks of life. Why not let the change also happen in your wardrobe and appearance.

By the time we are 40 most of use feel as though we have found our base style and what suits us. The trick is to maintain true to ourselves, keep the inner style at the back of our minds and still be able to transform our outer appearance to one of today.

This week I was lucky enough to be interviewed by the adorable Tracy from Tracy Gold Fashion Tips – check out her YouTube channel here. It did make me realise that there are 10 top tips for staying fashionable over 40. More to the point it is possible to buy sustainably and remain fashionable!

Keep reading for more…

10 Top Tips for Staying Fashionable Over 40

  1. Stay Informed

Watch what people are wearing on the streets, look at magazines, instagram, Fashion Week Street Style blogs, anything else that gets your imagination going.

Go window shopping  – great way to see whats available and doing a little exercise at the same time.

Street Style Milan Fashion Week
2. Dare to try something new

Especially as we grow older many people say “if I were 20 years younger I would wear this…” Remove that frame of mind and try it out anyway. Unless it is a seriously unflattering trend for your personal shape, try the trend anyway!

For example you CAN team pink and green at any age! You can wear extra long coats! Dare to try something a little different. Even short people can look amazing in longer coats!

Street Style Milan Fashion Week
3. Grab a new trend as soon as you see it.

If you see something new in the shops which you really like but are not sure as you have not seen anyone else wear this trend yet then buy it now! Trends always take time to catch on and you will find that you are simply ahead of your time and have bought something you can wear for years.

Personally I’m on the hunt for a red baker boy hat!

Street Style Milan Fashion Week


4. Funk up your every day work wear

Especially important in the corporate world. It is good to wear that traditional dark suit and pumps but don’t let yourself blend in to the extent no one notices you. Always add one high fashion statement piece to every outfit. Be it a brightly coloured top or scarf or statement piece of jewellery.

Street Style Milan Fashion Week
Street Style Milan Fashion Week


5. Always buy what you like

The great thing about being over 40 is we start to really know ourselves. Be true to yourself and if you don’t like a particular trend then stay away from it. There are plenty of other trends for you to pick up on.

Street Style Milan Fashion Week
Street Style Milan Fashion Week


6. Make the most of what you have

Take a favourite piece of clothing from your current wardrobe shopping with you. Buy one new trend item to make another new outfit. A very easy way of staying fashionable and at the same time making the most of what you have.

Street Style Milan Fashion Week
Street Style Milan Fashion Week


7. Dare to be creative

For example stripes down skirts and trousers are a very hot trend at present. Instead of buying the whole look, have stripes added to a skirt or jeans that you already own.

Street Style Milan Fashion Week
Street Style Milan Fashion Week


8. Close your ears!

Sounds funny advice to be sure. But people take time to adapt to something new. When you try a new trend the chances are high that one of your closest family or friends won’t like it at first. As long as you like it close your ears and wear it anyway. Believe me they will get used to it and eventually possibly even copy you!

Street Style Milan Fashion Week
Street Style Milan Fashion Week


9. Wear things differently

Think of new ways of wearing what you have. Make the effort to wear a totally different outfit each day of the week. Adapting your look to new trends you have seen on the street.

Street Style Milan Fashion Week
Street Style Milan Fashion Week


10. Buy one totally NEW outift including shoes and bag each Summer and Winter

This is a sure way of making sure you stay fashionable at any age. Emphasis is on NEW and preferably a totally different look to what you already have. By buying a total new look you will find you can make many more updated looks by mix and matching with existing wardrobe items.


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Hi! I’m Yvonne, a 40 something (wink) Kiwi, living in Zurich. I love fashion, travel, shopping and food – believing chocolate will cure almost anything!

  1. very interesting and true advise I really love those varieties and the difference it always makes

  2. Thank you so much for this great article. I feel ver inspired and will try to take your advice regarding point 6. and 10. You are such a great fashionista Yvonne!

  3. So many great tips, Yvonne! Sometimes it is too easy to get stuck in a style rut or be afraid of trying new trends. I know you will rock that red baker boy hat when you find it! Thanks for linking up!

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