50+ style – neutral chic or eccentric boldness – where is the happy medium??!!

Tonal shades - great for basics but I need COLOUR!!

Once upon a time when you hit a certain age 50+ women were meant to fade into the background, leave their fashion sense and style behind, conform to a stereotypical look that meant frumpy, dull and old. But this not the case now 50 something women are shouting loud and clear on blogs and Instagram is full of older ladies rocking great style.

They are bucking the rules on how to dress at a certain age or are they?  Maybe I am being a little controversal here or possibly a bit mean but hey it’s my blog and my opinion so I can say what I feel!!

Don’t get me wrong these women have great style and they look amazing but it’s not for me – tonal greys and beige, simple styles and no colour or pattern is very chic and elegant but DULL!

Tonal shades - great for basics but I need COLOUR!!

Tonal shades – great for basics but I need COLOUR!!

My love for vintage gives me a love for colour and bold prints, I have never worn what everyone else has or followed a trend for a certain style. So to see so style but with “blandness” is to me just a tad boring and “safe”??

But  then we come to the other extreme the fabulous ladies of Advance Style fame who I adore –  I love mixing up prints, clashing colours and wearing something a little different but don’t feel I am “old enough” yet to embrace the likes of Iris Apfel et all although I admire their eccentricity I guess I am and always will be what in “image consultant” terms – a “classic style” am contradicting myself now?  Yes I  do love clean simple lines and classic shapes but with a twist – my take on the shirt dress would  steer away from a neutral shade in favour of bold  colour or 60’s Pop Art print, an A line skirt and top combo but clashing the colours or mixing the prints. Maybe in another 20 years I will take the next step in dressing my age!!

One lady who I love and you must follow her on Instagram is Pompadour Vintage – running an Etsy vintage shop and living in Amsterdam she has the most incredible look  that I am striving for – bold mixes with classic style.

 

 

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Simple and elegant but with a twist!

Another blogger whose style I do love is Catherine Summers from Not Dressed as Lamb – she has not quite hit the 50 mark yet but I love the fact she wears vintage and lots of colour so she will look fabulous at any age!!

Love the colour choices!

Love the colour choices!

And of course SJP who now is her 50's still is not afraid of colour and mixing it up!!

And of course SJP who now is her 50’s still is not afraid of colour and mixing it up!!

 

Vogue Editor has a classic style but adds the edge by clashing the colours.

Vogue Editor has a classic style but adds the edge by clashing the colours.

 

Another fashion insider - Miuccia Prada with bold colours and neutrals.

Another fashion insider – Miuccia Prada with bold colours and neutrals.

The one thing that is very clear which ever style route the 50+ women decide to go down it is certainly much removed from how she would have dressed in my mother’s era!! She is stylish, bold and showing the world that style has no age limit!!

 

  • Karen thank you SO much for the mention – and what a great post! I totally agree with you 100%, and I love all the examples you’ve given here of the fabulous ladies and their amazing style too. As you know I created the #iwillwearwhatilike hashtag because I was sick of all those articles dictating to women (especially older ones) what they shouldn’t be wearing, as if we should just give up and wither away. I’d decided a while ago that I want to dress more crazily the older I get… I fancy being one of those glorious Advanced Style-type ladies when I’m 80!!

    Great post, great thoughts… thank you again 🙂

    Catherine x

    • Thank you Catherine and glad you like the post! You and me both – getting older and bolder!! And think I will be adding that #hashtag to a few outfit posts!

      Looking forward to seeing more great style.

      Karen

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