The dynamic sisters Shweta and Ruchi Bhatia have one thing in common for sure; their love for fashion. Shweta, a self professed shopaholic also happens to be the Fashion & Beauty Editor at Femina Middle East while Ruchi works in finance.
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No miniskirts after 40. Or bright hues for your hair? Sleeveless after 50? Never! There are a lot of women who still believe in agerelated fashion dictums, but in a world where everyone from nine to 90 wears jeans, what does “age appropriate” actually mean?
I’ve met many women in their 50s who are in amazing shape and can pretty much pull off any outfit. What’s appropriate for one person can be very different for another. A number doesn’t define your age. One must feel comfortable in your own skin.
Now that I’m in my 30s, I find myself wanting to dress not necessarily younger but edgier. I want to push my boundaries, to find silhouettes that are modern and clean and have a twist. I need a little funk. Not a lot. But enough to keep it all interesting.
Perhaps this is just a reaction to the clothes that designers are creating now, which happen to have a bit of edge and make me excited to get dressed in the morning. Donna Karen and Diane Von Furstenberg cuts perfect print dresses that work whether you’re 25 or 65; the tailored tuxedo pieces by Lanvin feed my fashion-forward desires; and almost anything from Dior is a winning combo of cool and comfort.
These designers are making grown-up clothes. They’re avant-garde yet polished. And that polish is key. Sure, I can wear the same jeans a 20 something does, but then everything else needs to be elevated with, say, a stand out jacket. Maybe I’ll add a pair of pumps. But these days I find that only one “timeless” element really feels right. Though I like my leather pants, miniskirts, for me, are better left in the past. I see plenty of 40 something women (Jennifer Lopez, et al.) wearing them and looking fantastic, but I’d rather rock a Victoria Beckham pencil skirt with a spiked stiletto any day.
When it comes to handbags, I do tend to lean more towards the classic ones. Of course, if you’re in your 20s you can wear classic, because youth alone gives it that essential ironic touch. Plus, you can play with it by mixing with fancy high-street brands. Just look at Taylor Swift, who dresses as if she mashed up her mother’s closet with her own and came out with ensembles that are winsome, sexy, and girlish. (Denim with a Burberry Jacket, Topshop dress with Louboutin pumps.)
When can you begin to dress straight-up überclassic and make it beyond chic? I’d say your 60s. That’s when you want to be impeccable and understated. Ladylike suits, ladylike bags—it all works. Another important aspect of dressing your age is that once you hit your late 30s you want to refine and rely on a go-to look. Try not to wear a uniform. One must accept and display maturity and confidence to embrace your style.
By your mid 30s, you have usually developed your choice in what best suits your body type and personality. Try and avoid extra clothes and accessories that don’t fit your profile. Maybe sometimes, it’s okay to have a signature look. What always does it for me? I used to try out my mothers red lipstick for fun when I was younger. When I was in my 20s, I thought it was too loud for my look with my denims and sweat shirts.
But in my 30s, I have embraced it and realised that that it can lift my look by great numbers. So whether I decide to go casual or formal, I am now recognised by my friends and family for my signature red lips. At the moment, I love Christian Louboutin’s Velvet Matte.
Another aspect to be taken under serious consideration is never ever do the ‘I’ll have what she’s having.’ What may work for your contemporary, need not work for you.
Understand your body and style preference. Like I honestly love the way Kendall Jenner carries her crop tops and sheer …stuff. But no way could I ape that, without attracting all the wrong kinds of attention.
For me now, anything too tight, too short or too girly is a thing of the past. Way past! In the end, there’s just one thing you need to know. If you feel right in it..that is it.