Style Secrets for Older Women – Annie and Claire

The fashion rules get even more rigid as we get older women, but celebrity stylists share their tips for looking and feeling your best at any age.

If there's one thing that celebrity stylists agree upon it's that age has nothing to do with style. Great style is possible no matter how old you are! The key is knowing how to flaunt your body and sensibility in a way that works for you.

Here, we've rounded up the most helpful tips for style for older women from top stylists who have worked with chic sophisticates like Rihanna, Maye Musk, and Christie Brinkley.

Consider this your new guide as you navigate the complex world of fashion.



Top 10 style secrets for older women


Start with the staples

"I'm not into trends for people of any age, really. Everyone should be timeless, chic, and sophisticated. Some staples you should have are a white blazer, a cream blouse, and a black sweater; pieces that won’t fade away." — Ashley Pruitt

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Opt for daintier jewelry

"A lot of older women tend to wear big statement necklaces and I think that more often than not it looks unsophisticated and cheap. It can make an outfit pop in the wrong way. It’s chicer to err on the side of minimalism." — Andrew Gelwicks


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Get yourself a good bag

"Accessories are fun! While they are of course functional, they can be transformational for your outfit. A lot of designers are playing around with bag sizes—oversized, super tiny. A woman carrying a 'power' bag demands attention." — Andrew Gelwicks

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Make sure you're wearing the right bra size

"More than anything, it’s really important to have your bra properly fitted. That's a staple every woman should have in their closet and they should be fitted for it rather than just going to the store and guessing their size." — Paul Cavaco


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Don't be afraid of color

"Jane Fonda wore this amazing Brandon Maxwell gown to the 2017 Emmys and it was a huge pop of color. Since seeing that on her I’m so into it, especially on older people. It’s sophisticated and young but not immature or obnoxious." —  Andrew Gelwicks


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Have a go-to pair of heels

"Sam Edelman does a great job playing around with color. They have a lot of shoes that are good for a staple but also a statement." — Andrew Gelwicks

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Wearing a skirt? Mind your knees

"I think that after a certain age your skirt should really be at or below the knee, no matter how beautiful your legs are. It looks more appropriate and it doesn’t look like you’re trying to look young." — Paul Cavaco


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Flaunt a fresh manicure

"Having your nails manicured goes a long way. It's really all of the little details that make you look good." — Paul Cavaco


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Chose where you want the most attention

"A lot of the women I dress have a certain area of their body that they don't feel as confident of. If you’re going to be more conservative with one part of your body then you need to compensate by highlighting another area. Have a leg moment if you don’t want to draw attention to your shoulders." — Andrew Gelwicks


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Don't let anybody tell you not to take risks

"While women at fifty know who they are and are authentic to their style, I think there’s no reason why they can’t be a little daring and try something new. Whether that be a print or a new color, I don’t think there should be limitations." — Negar Ali Kline


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Good hair can make all the difference

"You want to keep yourself looking current and having a great hair cut and color makes a big difference." — Paul Cavaco


 Style secrets for older women



Don't forget the little things

"Keep all of the little details crisp and they will make all the difference in the world." — Julia Perry


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