Here is our list of 5 things not to wear over 50:
You have probably spotted that our list of what not to wear over 50 has only four items instead of five. That is because on one topic (Ripped Jeans) we disagree! Cyndy feels they are a no-no; Jan not so much…
We have compiled a list because we are frequently asked what an older woman should not wear. That’s difficult, as we never – or almost never – say “don’t wear” because we think most trends can be worn by women over 50. We think that it’s never (or hardly ever) about the particular trend or item of clothing, but about how, as a woman of 50-plus, we wear it and style it…
But even with that ethos, we feel these belong firmly on the “Not to Wear Over 50” list:
No! Fishnet tights have come and gone as a trend at regular intervals since the early 1960s. Mainly they seem to have become the default hosiery of sex workers.
And… TBH they are best left alone by all chic women of any age, though a woman with long, slender legs could team fishnets with a midi-skirt and ankle boots…
No! Pom-poms are popping up all over the place, usually in candy colours as befits their “little-girl” vibe. We are not normally proscriptive but when it comes to Pom-poms, we are prepared to say, “Leave Pom-poms to the under 18s.”
So no Buts!
No! Plunging necklines are best avoided over 50 as a wrinkly décolletage can be a bit distracting. A plunging neckline on a tight-fitting vest is a double no-no over 50.
But… A vest (we’re talking the cami kind here) that is not too low or too tight, glimpsed under a blazer or open cardi/shirt is a good look for a chic over-50 woman.
No! If you are average height or taller, avoid cropped tops at 50-plus, as they are waaay too girly.
But… If you are a petite especially a petite with an hourglass shape, a carefully chosen cropped top could be the perfect partner to your high-waist jeans or midi-skirt. But there’s ‘cropped’ and there’s ‘cropped.’ At over-50, a discreet flash of flesh as you move, is acceptable, but over-50 it’s not chic to put your belly or midriff out there however wash-board your tum is. Try to ensure your top is long enough to meet your bottom half!
No! Cyndy firmly believes this is a trend best left alone by the older woman, so we’ll include them on our list.
But… Jan feels that if you choose them carefully (that is, neither in a wash nor a cut that’s too extreme, and with discreet rips) and if you style them with a blazer or a slouchy jumper and flat trainers, even a woman over 50 could look fabulous in these jeans.
P.S. BIKER JACKETS & WHITE JEANS…
“What Not To Wear Over 50” lists on the Internet often include items such as Biker Jackets and White Jeans. At the risk of repeating ourselves, it is all about how you style them…
We both own biker jackets and frequently rock up to meetings in them, so do not expect to see biker jackets on any “Don’t Wear Over 50” list on SoSensational!
And don’t expect to see white jeans on a banned list on this website, either. We have both bought a pair to be summer-ready. Again, it’s not your age that determines how chic you look in white jeans. White jeans need to be the right cut and rise for your body shape. Then add a slouchy top or jumper or maybe a blazer, plus metallic trainers and you will look fabulous, at any age.
What would you never wear, now that you’re over 50? We’d love to know your opinion! And what do you think of our n0-no’s?
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