Finding the perfect dress for a woman over the age of 50 can be tricky. Sometimes it seems as though there’s nothing both age-appropriate and fashionable on the racks. Don’t get discouraged, though; there are plenty of dresses that are both sophisticated and appropriate for mature women available if you know what to look for. Read on for some great dress styles for women over 50.
As you start to shop, consider your funds. If you’re on a budget, it’s best to buy fewer pieces that are made from higher quality fabrics with more elegant cuts. If every item in your closet is a piece you love, you don’t need to have rows and rows of dresses to choose from. Just make sure you’re spending at the higher end of what you feel comfortable with; high quality clothing is worth it. It’s also important that your clothes fit you perfectly. If you need to get it tailored, do it. These things, quality, and fit, are the keys to dressing well over 50.
Wrap dresses are excellent choices for women over 50. They’re figure flattering, cinch at the waist, and show off your curves. The deep v-neck is both feminine and also pulls attention away from anything sagging around the jaw. Usually wrap dresses come with long sleeves, which, while not required for women over 50, are often quite flattering and sometimes more comfortable than sleeveless dresses. Consider the Dianne Von Furstenberg New Jeanne Wrap Dress, which is available for $345.
Sheath dresses or shift dresses are also great choices for mature women. These structured pieces are simple but sophisticated. Consider a sheath dress with an empire waist; it’ll conceal any lumps or bumps around the belly while still accenting your curves. Choose a dress in one of the gentler neutrals: navy, khaki, off-white, or charcoal. If you’re looking for color, try a jewel tone instead of a primary color; it’ll be gentler against your complexion. Consider the Jones New York Ribbon Trimmed Sheath Dress, which is available for $138.
Shirtdresses are great options for more casual events. They’re structured, and they often come with a belted waist, which is great for highlighting curves. They’re very modern and trendy these days, as well. Make sure your dress is long enough; you want the hem to come down to the knee. Then, it’s a matter of finding the perfect cut and color for you. Accessorize with one large piece of jewelry, rather than a couple of smaller pieces. Consider the Diane Von Furstenberg Jafartha Dress, which is available for $385.
These are just a couple of dress options for women over 50. There are plenty of other styles and shapes that are equally age appropriate; you just have to hit the stores and try things on. Don’t forget to splurge on quality, and buy pieces that fit right. Most importantly, pick out the pieces that make you feel beautiful, that you can wear easily with your smile, and with your strut.