Do you love your style? Every woman I’ve ever helped get dressed has a style. When she learns how to dress her body type with essentials that match her esthetic she becomes the authority of fashion in her life and the best version of herself. Fashion and style mean something different to each of us, but they can bring us all the same confidence and inspiration every day, even during a pandemic. I’ve been a professional stylist for more than half my life. The best advice I share is to love your style and remember fashion without rules just gets better with age.
Rule Number 1 | There Are No Rules!
Leather, and feathers, and bare legs, oh my! One thing I learned when I was a professional Nordstrom stylist is that having great style has nothing to do with the numbers on your driver’s. Regardless of your age and despite your size, you can wear whatever you want if you are confident in knowing what looks best on your body. My friends and I age 42-70 will show you.
We Wear Short Shorts
Blazer | Shorts | Tights | Top (similar) | Bag | Heels
Shorts are a fun bottom alternative to skirts. You don’t have to have great legs to wear shorts.Try a dressy pair of shorts with fashionable opaque colored tights or textured stockings. Make a nontraditional suit by adding a bold blazer.
2 Smart Short Outfit Ideas
When it warms up, swap your sexy stilettos for sweet kitten heels or low heel block sandals that don’t look like you’re trying so hard.
Try Twill or Tweed Shorts
Wide Leg Shorts Your Style
Shorts | Top H&M (sold out) | Shoes | Vintage Accessories
After more than twenty years of styling women of all shapes and sizes, an outfit like this that combines a mix of designer labels and affordable fashion is still my favorite.
Substitute for a skirt and wear them with a simple square neck top.
Faux Leather Shorts Your Style
Leather shorts fashionably transition into summer.
Your Style Skirt | How to Choose a Skirt Style For Your Body.
Skirt | Tank Top | Jacket | Belt Bag | Sandals | Hoops
As a general rule of thumb, you want your skirt to stop at one of the narrowest points along your leg. For most women, this is where your knee bends or the top of your ankle.
Silky Slip Skirts Styles
Skirt | T-Shirt | Shoes (similar) | Purse | Jacket
Contrary to what you might think, a bias-cut slip skirt is the most flattering skirt style for most women. These silky skirts are cut on the bias so they skim over the body instead of clinging to it. Get some simple street-style outfit ideas and more slip skirt shopping links HERE.
If you’re curvy on the bottom and have a small waist, a pleated skirt will look good on you.
Everyday Style Black Pencil Skirt Starting at $15
If you are fairly straight up and down, and thicker through your middle, try a pencil skirt. The narrow opening will draw the eye in and create a shapely illusion.
Your Style, Fashion, and Leather Both Get Better With Age.
One sultry stand-out piece is enough. Pair your leather leggings, pants, or skirt back to your more covered-up classic wardrobe staples. A classic crew neck white t-shirt, starchy button-up, or double-breasted blazer will help you prove fashion and leather, without rules, just gets better with age.
Investment Quality Leather
The Look for Less
I bought these $33 red pants with a slit and love them styled back to my white button-up and these red shoes.
Black and White But Make it Fashion
When you put together outfits using the ultimate classic color story, black and white, you have permission to experiment with fashion more freely. The secret to loving your style is confidence in your own body. I often use my small bust line to play with proportion. Here, Carolyn who is 70 styled a bustier as a vest.
Textured Tops for Small Busts
Wear a bold top over your favorite pair of jeans, a simple skirt, or classic black pants.
Underwear That Works as Outerwear
Layer these bustiers over a basic white tank or classic button-up with the shirttails out.
A special thank you to my friends and the artists that help prove fashion at any age is for everyone!
(Left to right) Carolyn Dosty Fearless Fashionista Sacramento Ca. | (Me) Jennifer Sattler owner of Closet Choreography El Dorado Hills, Ca. | Adelle Mark owner of Anya Mark in Folsom, Ca. | Style inspiration Hector Lopez curator of #Panche Sacramento, Ca. | Photography Britt Honey Folsom, Ca.