Your Over 40 Style Guide

Being fabulous midlifer’s, we’ve probably all found ourselves at times wondering what to wear.

If you have ever turned to Ms. Google for the answers, you’ve most likely been bombarded by some pretty eyebrow raising posts with long lists of fashion DON’Ts for the mature woman. In researching this post, I was utterly gobsmacked at some of the trending styles, we “should avoid”.

I’m going to challenge these reported fashion rules and ask you instead to bravely embrace the trends that you wouldn’t traditionally wear. It’s a new year, darlings, and we shouldn’t allow anything other than our own hearts to drive what is “age appropriate” for us.

To quote the fabulous 96 year old fashion icon, Iris Apfel, “There’s no how-to road map to style. It’s about self-expression and, above all, attitude.”

Here are some of the quote, “fashion blunders” for the 40+ woman and why we should blaze our own fashion trails!

Tight Clothes

woman in leggings and leather jacket

Woman in cape

Skinny jeans and leggings most certainly fall into the “tight clothing” category, however, they are actually flattering on women from petite to curvy. Both skinny jeans and leggings can be worn year round, yes, by the mature woman too! Click HERE to read our guide to the right leggings for every shape.

Animal Print

Woman wearing leopard print cape and hat
Woman in pajamas with dog

This “fashion don’t” left me scratching my head. Animal print, well… everything, is a trend gone wild and one we should ALL embrace from accessories to clothing. If wearing animal print is wrong, I don’t want to be right!

Sweat Pants

Woman sitting on hay bale with pumpkins

Ok, I can see wearing your favorite twenty-year-old faded sweatpants out for a night on the town might be considered a fashion faux pas. But the Athleisure Wear trend this season is as hot as a spicy tamale, so don’t cross this one off your YES list.

Look for a matching athleisure suit in fun fabrics like velour and add a tailored t-shirt and your favorite sneakers. Heck, my glamorous mother-in-law wears her sweat suits with a pair of Jimmy Choo’s and looks like a million! To see this post, click HERE.

Statement T-Shirts

woman in Chanel t shirt and leather jacket

I’ll admit when the statement t-shirt trend first hit the streets on celebrities, many of them millennials, I held off. But then I saw some of my blogger sisters, all of them midlifer’s just like us, SLAYING it in these tees and I had to challenge my own conservative style choices.

So I took a fashion cue from my friends like Zilla from Australia and put my own spin on this red hot trend. You can see the post HERE.

Fishnet Stockings

woman wearing fishnet stockings

To say the Fishnet Stocking trend has made a historic comeback would be the understatement of the century. Fishnets became a fashion sensation in the early 1900’s and they are one of the hottest trends of the season.

My blogging friend Jodie rocked a pair of fishnets in one of her fabulous posts, and I wasted no time ordering a pair for myself. I like the play of textures, wearing them with a soft cozy sweater dress.

Thigh High Boots

woman in leggings and over the knee boots
I’ll let you in on a little secret, this is another trend I ignored for a bit. At a petite 5’2″, of course I had read that vertically challenged (my term, not theirs) women should avoid this trend, especially at 40+.

When there is a fashion trend I’m unsure of, I’ll usually look for an affordable option, just in case it goes out of style quickly or doesn’t look good on me. I bought these faux suede boots at Target and I absolutely LOVE them. Again, ignore the rules and decide for yourself what looks good on YOU!

woman in velvet jumpsuit

Beaded Necklaces

This was yet another fashion blunder for the mature woman that had me perplexed.

I say with confidence that my fashion guru Iris, would take great exception to this “fashion don’t” and I imagine her giving it a hearty laugh. Iris has made layers of chunky beaded necklaces one of her signature looks. As Iris likes to say, “more is more and less is a BORE!”

In this look, I’ve paired a beaded statement necklace with a velvet jumpsuit. Did I break a fashion rule or four? I think Iris would say, “go for it, sweetheart!” To read the post with more photos, click HERE.

In summary, luvies, we have fashion choices to make. Not just in brand, trend or style, do’s and don’ts. As you put together your outfit of the day, think of yourself as an artist, and you, my darlings are the blank canvas. What will you create today with brush strokes of color, pattern and style? It is entirely and beautifully up to YOU!

Blaze your own fashion trails, my darlings.

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Jonet Wooten is a 55 year old former investigative newspaper reporter/photographer. She's always in search of the latest and greatest in Fashion, Beauty and Travel, which she writes about on her AWARD WINNING blog. Creator of the popular global fashion series She's Got Style.
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6 Comments on Breaking All The Fashion Rules | Rebel With A Cause

  1. Andrea Nine
    January 14, 2018 at 8:55 pm (2 months ago)

    Break those rules girl because you look incredible and bring such style inspiration!

    • Jonet
      January 15, 2018 at 7:37 am (2 months ago)

      Oh dear Andrea, how very kind you are, darling. It’s always important to make our own fashion decisions and not let so called “rules” dictate what we wear. Be a style rebel. Thank you for your sweet comment. Xo Jonet

  2. Maureen
    January 11, 2018 at 9:23 am (2 months ago)

    Every one is a critic right? “You’ll be damned if you and damned if you don’t.” So I agree with you better to just break the rules and feel gorgeous than follow the rules and look frumpy. I think so long as you are comfortable in what you are wearing who needs any rules?! Great post and love your outfits!

    Maureen |

    • Jonet
      January 12, 2018 at 7:46 am (2 months ago)

      Hi Maureen, you are so right. Feeling comfortable and making our own style choices should come before the so called “fashion rules”. Thanks so much for your comment. Xo Jonet

  3. Gail
    January 9, 2018 at 3:57 pm (2 months ago)

    Bravo Jonet. I hate those lists. But it does help in rule breaking to look as fabulous as you do!

    • Jonet
      January 10, 2018 at 5:36 pm (2 months ago)

      You are too kind, my friend. I’ve always been a bit of a rebel and fashion is such a personal journey. Xo Jonet


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