6 Tips for Revamping Your Wardrobe as You Get Older, Stylists Say
Heed this expert advice for an ultra-versatile closet and you'll never run out of outfit options.
"As we age, our personal style and fashion preferences may naturally evolve," says Vivienne Desurmont, style expert and founder of Maison Vivienne. "Revamping your wardrobe allows you to align your clothing choices with your current lifestyle, interests, and personality, enhancing your overall confidence."
Not only that, but Desurmont notes that as your body changes with age, you may find certain pieces don't fit quite as well. "A wardrobe revamp gives you the opportunity to invest in well-fitted and flattering pieces that not only complement your body but also ensure optimum comfort throughout the day."
With all that in mind, keep reading to hear from stylists about their top tips and tricks for that much-needed—and much-deserved—wardrobe refresh as you get older.
Invest in high-quality fabrics.
Stylists agree that it's crucial to be selective with fabrics as you get older. Certain materials are not only more comfortable but also hang on the body in a more flattering way.
"Natural fabrics with 2-5% stretch are a friend," says Carol Davidson, a NYC-based image and style coach. "Not only will these fabrics feel great next to the skin, but the stretch component is forgiving, allows for a better fit, and provides ease of movement."
"Cotton provides softness and breathability, making it ideal for everyday wear," says Desurmont. "Linen is a lightweight, natural fabric that allows air circulation, perfect for warmer climates. Bamboo fabric offers moisture-wicking properties and is environmentally friendly."
Melony Huber, a stylist, and co-founder of ethical lifestyle collection La Peony, also notes that these materials are relatively wrinkle-resistant, making them effortless to maintain.
"Opt for versatile clothing items that can be easily mixed and matched to create various outfits," advises Desurmont.
For example, she notes that classic pieces like well-tailored blazers, tailored trousers, and A-line skirts are timeless staples that can be dressed up or down for different occasions.
"Additionally, invest in neutral colors and patterns, such as navy, gray, and beige, as they offer greater flexibility," she adds.
Don't be afraid to show a little skin.
You might assume that as you age, you're supposed to show less skin—but according to Carol Davidson, a NYC-based image and style coach, covering up from head to toe may be a mistake.
"The eye seeks some balance between clothing and skin," she explains. "Consider a V-neck instead of a crew neck, an ankle or cropped pant instead of long pants, an elbow-length or ¾ sleeve instead or a long sleeve—even a sandal instead of a closed shoe. It's counterintuitive, but showing a bit of skin visually streamlines the body."
"Add more color and accessories to your wardrobe with statement jewelry, fun scarves, and bold handbags," suggests Janell Blair, a fashion expert, stylist, and creator of the Clickher style app. "These pieces can instantly update your outfits and add a pop of personality."
According to Davidson, certain colors can look harsh against the skin as you age. That's why she recommends introducing some mid-intensity colors into your wardrobe.
"Very dark and subdued colors, such as black, may no longer be a friend," she explains. "Because our coloring softens and we lose pigmentation—for example in our hair—adding a bit of color back into our wardrobe helps us look well-rested and vibrant.
Opting for one shade lighter than you normally wear can go a long way, says Davidson.
If you're not sure what hues look good on you, Michelle Barrett, the founder of Capsule Closet Stylist, strongly recommends getting a color analysis. A professional can tell you which shades will complement your skin tone, bring out the color of your eyes, and draw attention to your natural beauty.
Go for tailored and structured silhouettes.
Davidson and Huber agree that oversized, flowy silhouettes can add unwanted width and weight. As a general rule, stylists say structured pieces are far more flattering as you get older. As an added bonus, they also never go out of style.
"They create a polished and sophisticated appearance," says Desurmont. "Tailored blouses, dresses with defined waistlines, and structured jackets add a touch of elegance and refinement to your wardrobe. They also provide a flattering fit and can instantly elevate your entire look."
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Find well-fitting undergarments.
Don't underestimate the power that your undergarments have to transform your outfit, says Barrett. She advises looking for well-fitting bras that lift and separate, which can make all the difference in how your blouses, dresses, and sweaters fit.
"What's more, the wrong bra or bra size can be aging and figure unflattering," adds Davidson, who suggests heading to your local lingerie boutique or department store and getting a pro bra fitting before investing in some new pieces. "It's the easiest way to feel younger and exude more confidence."