“Don’t dress to look younger—you’ll just wind up looking silly,” says Polly Mellen, celebrity stylist and Allure magazine’s fashion editor. “Dress to avoid looking old,” she says.
Here’s some more of her fab fashion advice:
* Streamline your clothes. Small ruffles look OK, but anything too fancy looks dowdy. If you are going to wear that froufrou stuff, you have until age 50 to do it.
* If your arms aren’t what they used to be, make sure your top has sleeves that hit at the elbow. As for your skirt, it depends on your legs, but generally one that hits just below the knee is best. That’s the most flattering length, no matter how old you are.
* As you get older, bright colours become trickier to pull off. Wearing them from head to toe can be overwhelming. Limit yourself to colored accessories, like shoes or a handbag. But don’t wear too much grey, or else you’ll look like a little grey wren.
* Flowered prints can look very dowdy, except on a dress at an evening party in the spring. Polka dots are best left to twenty-somethings.
* Stilettos—they make you look younger because they lift you off the ground. There’s been a huge resurgence of flats, but I think they can make you look frumpy.
* By the time you’re in your 20s, you should know yourself. If you’re still experimenting like you did when you were a teenager, you’ll just look immature. Find a style and stick to it.
* Bohemian styles make you look dated and old. Those long skirts and tunics drag you down: They’re not youthful or uplifting, and they hide your body.
* The classics still look as youthful and flattering as they did decades ago Think of the simple clothes that Audrey Hepburn, Katharine Hepburn, and Greta Garbo wore: a black turtleneck, blue jeans that fit perfectly, and khaki pants (which look so chic with a black sweater). No matter what age you are, the classics will always look right.
* And finally, don’t be afraid to wear your ‘signature’ style.