I may be over 50 on the outside, but in my mind I’m still a fun, wild, youthful babe. A lot of us must feel the same way, too; why else would we get tiny tattoos or wear navy polish and black bras (instead of nice-girl nude ones)?
Inevitably, however, there comes that MFR (moment of fashion reckoning) when we wonder, “Am I too old for this?” If you have recently experienced an MFR of your own, here’s how to tell if you look terrific or tacky.
You can pair any of these bottoms with a ladylike top — a fitted white shirt, a silk blouse or a soft, relaxed sweater like Katie Couric, Halle Berry and Helen Mirren have been spotted in recently. The resulting contrast of fierce and feminine works just fine for us.
But don’t be a fabric snob, either! Faux leather has equal cachet now, and it doesn’t bag or stretch. (You might also consider soft brown or gray leather as an alternative to black.) Try Ralph Lauren Faux leather skinny pants, BCBG Max Azria leggings — Stephen Moto faux leather, Ann Taylor faux leather pencil skirt or Eileen Fisher leather front pencil skirt — the Fisher Project.
Look for higher medium or 9-inch rises, stretchy but sturdy spandex blends and an ankle length. Everyone from Julianne Moore to Oprah (left) wears them, so don’t imagine you can’t.
For evenings out, Bette Midler adds low pumps, a silky scarf and a tailored coat, while Jane Fonda pairs her skinny jeans with a sequined blazer and booties. Try Levi’s mid-rise skinny jeans, Gap 1969 curvy skinny black jeans or Gap 1969 high-rise skinny jeans.
For more beauty and style tips for women 50 and up, check out my Wardrobe Wakeup: Your Guide to Looking Fabulous at Any Age.
Jaclyn Smith – Jason Merritt/Getty Images; Oprah – Splash News/Corbis; Goldie Hawn — Tim Whitby/Getty Images
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