Walk into any mall and you’ll see a 40-something woman wearing every trend from Forever 21: tight tank top, low-rise jeans, metallic platform heels, plastic bangles and oversized earrings. Are you a middle-aged fashionista who just doesn’t know when to quit? Read on for the top 10 clothing items to leave in the past…DeMartino mentions ten styles and indicates an age at which they're no longer appropriate. She suggests alternatives to the no-nos. The styles and their retirement ages are:
Young and trendy clothes may look great on the killer body of a 40-plus woman. After all, Goldie Hawn shines in her trendy outfits even though they look like she raided daughter Kate Hudson’s closet. But should she?
Definitely not, says celebrity wardrobe stylist Ricci DeMartino, whose clients include Eva Longoria Parker, Patricia Heaton and Lisa Kudrow.
“Living in L.A. like I do, you can go to Malibu and see this look any day of the week!” DeMartino says. “But trying too hard only calls attention to yourself – it’s overcompensating. You don’t need to dress like a teenager to look young.”
Most of us don’t push the clothes age barrier nearly as far, but even a tasteful fashionista may not always know how to dress appropriately as she moves past 35, 40 and beyond. How do you know when it’s time to lose which look?
1. Message T-Shirts -- 30If the shoe fits, wear it. Isn't that what they say?
2. Too-Trendy Denim -- 35
3. Costume Shoes -- 45
4. Micro-mini Skirts -- 40
5. Anything Showing Excessive Cleavage -- 50
6. White, Ribbed Cotton Tank Tops -- 40
7. Hair Gadgets -- 30
8. Oversized, Overly-Decorated Hobo Bags -- 50
9. Cheap, Unflattering Underwear -- 40
10. Loud Accessories -- 35