Fall/winter season is moving into clothing stores. I'm starting to get excited. I like that crispness of fall. The sweaters and layering and this year blue seems to be in. All shades of blue. A nice change for my predominately black closet. Midlife is tricky when you start thinking about being fashionable. Finding a pair of pants that just sit on your waist is almost unheard of… which is ridiculous. I'm too old to sit down and have my butt crack exposed. Actually I think it's tasteless for any girl, teen or woman older than 6 months of age! I don't want the pants that have elastic either. Or the ones that sit over a belly pooch like my grandma used to wear with a belt accentuating it all. What a fine line we have to walk in the world of midlife fashion. Dressing to still feel sexy, beautiful and elegant depending on the mood, becomes a challenge. As our body continues to change during these years there's an art to what we are dealing with. We need breasts to rise and waists to be found and bound. Yes, we need smoke and mirrors and age appropriate clothing. Linda Wolff shares how we can never go wrong with The Little Black Dress at Midlife.
I'm going to give you Matuschka's don'ts for 40 and over. This is for the average woman. I know there are celebrities who are 55 and can wear skin tight leather pants. As there are everyday people we know who can pull it off. But I can't and neither can the majority of mid lifers. Don't shop at Forever 21 or any other place that has clothes that cheap. There is a reason the clothes are cheap in the teen department. Because the fabric is cheap. Unless you have killer body without flaws (like when you are 21) you are setting your midlife body up for FAILURE! Short shorts, short skirts, too short anything… let it go. Heels are great, stilettos maybe... as long as they aren't glossy, fuchsia and hoe like. Wear a bra! I don't care if you are AA wear a bra! If you wear Lululemon or other trendy sportswear all day after working out, choose wisely. Ruffles on your ass at 40-something? Come on? Hey I have always promised to tell it like it is when writing my blog. Here are some more Midlife Fashion Fails by Vikki Claflin! They are HYSTERICAL and I stand behind them!
Now there is the other end of the Spectrum. What gives with some women? Is there a race to look 80? Calm down! I'll say it again Elastic Waist Pants NO! Eye glass ropes? Lord! Yes we start losing our eye sight. But do you have to advertise that you always lose your glasses too! Splurge, get several fashionable glasses those ropes scream OLD. Speedos for women is out unless you are a lap swimmer. Do not wear this on the beach by god. Might I add this goes for men also, I'm about to vomit with that image coming to mind. Get clothes tailored, they just aren't making them to fit us. Don't let the fashion industry shove you into over forty frump. My next biggy, go to a make-up consultant every 3-5 years after 35. Your color changes, skin texture, and shape. Just because your friend wears eyeliner on upper and lower lids doesn't mean your eyes can do the same. Here are more tips to keep from looking old!
These are all just overviews. If you think you can still rock something go for it! I tried to wear these toile overalls into my 40's that I loved. My dear friends from college slammed on me with no mercy. They are now in pieces and are beautiful toile pillows. We all get into ruts or think we can wear what some celebrity wore on the red carpet. Not so my friends… Sometimes though we just don't care! I know baggy sweat pants are a no no at my age. But on a cold brisk Saturday when I am feeling lazy… Midlife fashion critics can kiss my arse. I'm wearing my yummy pinky dot baggy sweats. At least until my girlfriends take those too and make pillows out of them!
Keep looking forward so you don't miss what God puts in front of ya!
Matuschka's Midlife... Telling it like it is...