How to dress fabulously at 30, 40, 50 and 60
This is the time to experiment. Short, sheer, skintight--for you, nothing is out of bounds.
Kerry Washington (left) loves bold, dramatic prints.
Mix prints, play with proportion, give texture a try. J.Crew wool top, $298; jcrew.com.
A trendy nail polish. Yves Saint Laurent nail lacquer in Jade Impérial, $25; yslbeautyus.com.
Today’s 30-year-olds let their moods dictate their choices, and the only rules are that there are no rules. (Left: Lauren Santo Domingo, founder of luxe e-retailer Moda Operandi.)
Long on prim, short on individuality, this was not a time of self-expression in fashion (or anywhere else). Dresses were the norm, and they were generally fitted, belted and full skirted.
You're swamped by the great work-family wave. Clothes that are stylish and practical can help.
Gwyneth Paltrow (left) has made a uniform of skinny jeans and classic blazers.
Say yes to classic styles; punctuate with brights. Lauren Ralph Lauren wool crepe blazer, $270; bloomingdales.com, and cotton top, $40, macys.com. Echo polyester wrap, $48; echodesign.com.
Lash enhancers. Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl mascara, $29; dior.com.
Forty-somethings want style and comfort that go from day to night. Gloves? Only if they’re fun—or it’s freezing. (Left: J.Crew president Jenna Lyons.)
Women adhered to strict rules, which included lots of fitted, tailored suiting. (Comfort was not a concern.) Hats? Expected of a lady. Gloves? De rigueur.
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French editor and global style consultant Carine Roitfed's look: Sleek skirts, silk button-downs, animal prints.
A skin illuminizer. Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Healthy Glow palette, $48; sephora.com.
Buh-bye, dark and drab; there’s a new attitude in town. Today’s fifty-something is power dressing in bright colors with, yes, a slightly sexy vibe. (Here: designer Lisa Perry.)
At that age, women were officially deemed old and were therefore expected to keep their bodies shrouded. On them, bright colors were considered garish; loose hair was out of the question.
You know who you are--and which body parts are holding up. Flatter the best, camouflage the rest.
Diane Keaton, a colorful character, lives her life in black and white.
Invest in quality—and highlight your best feature. CH Carolina Herrera cotton shirtdress, $660; 212-744-2076.
A signature fragrance. Balenciaga Paris eau de parfum, $95; nordstrom.com.
Whether with sleek suiting or luxe loungewear, today’s styles offer polish and versatility. The hair? Wash and go. (Here: Hollywood powerhouse Sherry Lansing.)
Styles were shapeless, colors were drab, and the choices were ridiculously limited. Hats kept that wash-and-set ’do in place.
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