Dressing for Success for Boomer Women
“Life is grey and dull; you might as well have a little fun when you dress,” said the fashion icon Iris Apfel. Apfel makes a good point – your fashion and sense of style should make you happy. As a woman ages, clothes might not always fit like they used to. They may feel too loose, too tight or just all around uncomfortable. It’s a good time to re-evaluate your wardrobe. Fashion is meant to be liberating and to show the world your personality through what you wear.
Having Style in the Office
For the Boomers who are still actively working, you might feel restricted by your clothing options as far as for physical comfort and your comfort zone. Your style choices don’t have to dwindle as you get older. Do not be intimidated by the younger generations’ fashion statements—simply join them with poise.
A white blouse is a wardrobe workhorse that never goes out of style. Purchasing this classic top allows you to create many different outfits over the years. You can style and wear it tucked-in, buttoned, unbuttoned with a camisole; the options are endless.
Mix up your jewelry and accent pieces to add a splash of color. Don’t forget a classic blazer in your favorite neutral to dress up your blouse. Adding a blazer elevates your blouse for professional events.
Trying to find the perfect pair of work pants? Avoid loose fabrics, try them on in-store and carefully check the details. Is the length right for your favorite shoes and boots? Will they be too short when you wear heels?
Loose pants look great for breezy summer looks, while fitted pants will give you more definition and professional polish.
Shoes make the outfit and a lovely pair of heels can give you a confidence boost. You do not have to sacrifice fashion for comfort. Kitten heels are a great option that will give you a little lift and still keep you looking professional. Flats can be a woman’s best friend! Find yourself a stylish pair of flats in your favorite color and add some extra comfort into your everyday wardrobe.
Feeling confident in yourself and having that open-minded, positive mindset will translate through what you wear.
Casual and Chic
Being self-conscious about your body is natural. Having confidence in what you are wearing is what will make any outfit. Tunic tops cover your trouble spots and look quite chic; they’re a great confidence builder. Pair them with your favorite pair of leggings and call it a day!
A well-fitting pair of jeans is a wardrobe essential. You can wear comfortable, fitted jeans for almost every casual occasion. For boomer women, straight and bootcut jeans are recommended. Boyfriend or mom jeans are the “trendy” style of jeans, and if you find a pair that fits you well, go ahead and splurge. Fashion is all about expressing yourself and feeling confident. Maybe boyfriend jeans are what your closet is missing!
A comfortable pair of shoes is essential not just for boomers, but for everyone. A new study shows that falls are one of the leading causes of death among seniors. The right shoes can reduce your risk of fall, according to The Globe and Mail.
Sneakers are a hot trend for all generations. Sneakers give you the ability to look trendy but feel comfortable. You can even wear a trendy pair of sneakers with your favorite midi dress.
You may have thought, “fashion leaves when you age,” but that is only true if you want it to be. The right clothes are a real confidence boost for women of any age. It is time to become your own fashion icon!
Danielle K. Roberts is the Vice President and co-founder at Boomer Benefits, where her team of experts help baby boomers with their Medicare decisions nationwide.