In just a few months I will turn 50 and it’s got me thinking.
First, wow! I’m so thankful that it’s happening. I’m ready to celebrate and welcome a new phase in life, a phase that apparently now also has a name, “perennials,” to reflect a generation that isn’t exactly following our mother’s steps when it comes to so many things, including how we dress.
A recent article I read addressed this sentiment, one that is on the minds of many of us “50-somethings, ” and this paragraph spoke to me: “When I hear the term ‘middle-aged,’ I have to stop and think, ‘Is this meant to be me?’ I don’t polish silver or plan menus, and I’m not interested in housework. I am also spontaneous and I don’t think that’s a quality traditionally associated with middle-age.”
And that brings up a lot of questions as I embark on this journey of making choices and living a very different life than my mother did. Ready or not – here it comes!
So let’s talk about clothes. My first thought is: what am I still “allowed” to wear without judgment or looking like I’m trying too hard? But then I think, wait! “Allowed?” No. The question I’m more comfortable with is: How do I wear the clothes I love in a way that will stylishly represent who I am, whom I’ve become over the past 50 years?
Let’s start with three of my favorite pieces – the ripped jean, the graphic tee, and shorts. I’m not giving these up. But I am giving some thought to modifying a bit to better reflect my evolution as a person and of my style.
When it comes to ripped jeans, gone are the days of shredding from hip to ankle or big chunks of jean material missing. A few rips/tears around the knee says I’m on trend, but not trendy.
A darker wash streamlines the silhouette and feels a little more “dressed.” And my new philosophy as I enter this decade: ripped jeans are not center stage anymore. I prefer to have them play second fiddle to a really cool jacket or a fabulous pair of shoes as the star of my ensemble.
Jacket, Tank, Jeans, Necklace: Coco Blanca | Shoes: The Shoe Hive | Bracelet: The Hive
Graphic tees are fun and easy to reach for when pairing with jeans and a bomber jacket or blazer for a pulled together look. But, add a polished, well-made suit and you show the younger crowd what it means to blend trend and sophistication. Set the example by choosing quality and a good fit, and look for shirts with cool image designs and minimal wording for a truly grown-up interpretation of this look.
Suit, Tee, Earrings: The Hive | Shoes: The Shoe Hive
As with any age, in your 50’s body type, proportion, length and fit are all very important considerations when choosing a pair of shorts. And while I still like a short short, showcasing that look, for me, feels played out and boring. At this age, I feel sexier and more stylish in rolled lightweight pants or a pretty summer dress.
Top, Pants, Accessories: The Hive
And it is truly all about a feeling, isn’t it? Sometimes we just want to feel pretty no matter what our age…and what feels prettier than a light, airy dress?
Dress: Coco Blanca | Shoes: The Shoe Hive | Necklace: The Hive
Being stylish in our 50’s doesn’t have to be a mystery. We already know who we are! Applying that knowledge to our style is one way of letting our hard-earned wisdom, experience, and confidence shine through in a polished and sophisticated way!
For more styling tips, contact Lenà Burns today! | Photographs by Kevin Burns | Model, Marie-Claude Svaldi