5 Dress Secrets to Fashion Over 50 | The Kewl Blog

5 Dress Secrets to Fashion Over 50

Posted on September 26 2015

We have learned a lot about being fabulous over 50 and Rebecca, leading fashion blogger at Red Tag Chic Los Angeles, has done most of the teaching. We have mainly learned that being over 50 is just the beginning and that age truly only counts with cheese and wine. In the past few years we've seen a huge influx of sexy and vibrant dresses for woman well into their 50s and beyond.

Today, women’s dress styles, designs, and palettes are more diverse and fashionable than ever. You no longer have to stick with a particular designer that caters to women over 50 but can find happy alternatives and designers from all over the globe. Being 50 and fabulous is not just a matter of picking the right clothing but about being comfortable and confident in whatever you choose to wear. Always opt for style no matter what your age or preference and let us do the rest. Here are five fashion tips to consider if you are approaching 50 and if you aren't quite there be sure to pass it along to your loved ones and mentors who are. 

Choosing the Right Dress

Nowadays fashion designers and magazines agree that being fierce and sexy is ageless. To thrive in today's fashion world as a woman over 50 you have to forget the rules. There are plenty of modern dresses that fit your lifestyle needs, budget, and figure. How do you go about choosing the right dress to showcase your seasoned and sexy feminine form? We've created a quick checklist of questions to help you choose the right type of dress for any occasion, venue, or event:

Does the dress or skirt highlight what you love about your figure?

It is important to find a flattering fit for any dress you ever put on. Shapely legs are best shown off in dresses with a shorter hemline – think short above-the-knee dresses or dresses with below the knee tea-length hemlines. Rebecca pairs a trendy top with a flirty leather skirt. She adds a splash of color with her pink bag to give the look texture and depth. (See the complete look here.) Longer hemlines are more suitable for those legs you'd rather keep tucked away. Longer hemlines draw attention away from your legs and onto other parts of your body such as your face, shoulders or neckline. 

Is the dress appropriate for the occasion and your lifestyle?

You may love long flowing ball gowns but unless you have a very formal event to attend chances are the dress ends up in the corner of your closet. Choose your dress based on the occasion. Opt for very versatile numbers such as a little black dress or a pencil dress style. If you are updating your professional wardrobe, sheath dresses and blouses are valuable additions to your closet because they have a distinctly professional and polished allure. Select a dress that enhances and amplifies your confidence in your own body. Make it easier for you to dress fashionably and elegantly in any type of dress.

Chic and Elegant Sheath Dresses

First Lady Michelle Obama is a great example of a woman who is comfortably stylish and fabulous over 50. Like First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy before her, Mrs. Obama wears sheath dresses to perfection. A classic sheath dress is designed to trace body, with darts on the front and the back to create a comfortably fitted silhouette without having to opt for a actual cling or body hugging style. Within the family of sheath dress styles you find plenty of options that likely satisfy your unique style and preferences. 

From loose A-line sheaths to sensual body-hugging dresses these dresses suit most body-types with ease. In general, sheath dresses are made from fabrics with elasticity or knits. The styling of the dress lends itself to a variety of colors and patterns such as solids, color block dresses, and upbeat retro prints are each feminine and flattering options. 

Bombshell Bandage Dresses

As you know we are known for our famous and quality bandage dresses. Popularized by well-known designer Hervé Léger, the bandage dress is a figure hugging dress that is constructed and designed to fit you like a second skin. If you are over 50 your first reaction is that this dress style requires the perfect shape or a younger body. Yet a good quality bandage dress supports, shapes, and defines your feminine assets.

A bandage dress gives you a figure and confidence in that figure to wear to parties, events, and even weddings you must attend. From short bandage dresses to longer midi length versions, these dresses are a must-have for your fashion over 50 wardrobe. Wendy Williams is 51 years old and proves that a bandage dress supports and shapes no matter what. Made of quality fabrics such as rayon, spandex, and nylon, a bandage dress is comfortable to wear, doubles as shapewear, and often allows you to go undergarment free. Many of these dresses are also wrinkle-free and can be hand-washed and laid flat to dry. These styles are available in solid colors, jacquard woven fabrics, and many other fashion forward styles and designs. If you are a diva over 50 check out our bombré designs.

Classic Shirt Dresses

Shirt dresses are an evergreen fashion trend that was introduced in the 1950s and have stuck around sense. These dresses have a top that is designed to resemble a shirt with pointed collars, buttons, cuffs, and a clearly defined waistline. The bottom-half of the dress is generally slightly flared or pleated; though there are plenty of bodycon options out there too. If you have a semi-formal event to attend or just need a dress for the office, shirt dresses are a great option because they are comfortable, free flowing, and fun. Ideally shirt dresses are made from comfortable fabrics like poplin and cotton and can be worn with sandals, heels, or wedges depending on your mood.


Feminine Wrap Dresses

This style dress is a closet staple for every woman but particularly women tiptoeing past 50. It is considered a classic amongst fashionista around the globe regardless of cultures. A wrap dress is the perfect way to swathe yourself in style. The front closure of a wrap dress fits around your side or hips creating a feminine and alluring shape. Some wrap dresses knot on the sides while others have to be wrapped around and knotted at the back. The cross-over front helps to divert attention from problem areas like the love-handles to your bust line and waist. Wrap dresses flatter almost every type of figure because of bottoms often flare away from the hips. Most wrap dresses are made from light breezy fabrics like cotton and linen. The true secrets to be fabulous and stylish over 50 when looking for a chic little dress is to forget about the rules touted by fashion gurus and make your own. Focus on buying dresses that are suitable for your occasion and body type.

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