Can I still dress hip after age 40?

NPG Starlett 08/11/2018. 12 answers
Beauty & Style Fashion & Accessories

I'm 30 and have a certain edgy style. Leather jackets, leggings/ skinny jeans, buckle boots, oversized sweaters, black or camel coats, oversized scarves, black bomber jackets, Converses. Mainly in black and grey. It's been my signature look since my early 20s.

I am worried that when I turn 40, these styles...

12 Answers


Omega 08/11/2018.

You are still young !

And wear what you like.

It is your choice.


Kitkat 08/12/2018.

of course!


dj 08/12/2018.

If you are looking good then just do it.


bluebellbkk 08/12/2018.

The only reason I would say "Maybe you shouldn't" is that you felt you had to ask. If you have to ask, it seems to me that you must lack the confidence and flair that are essential for wearing what you want regardless of your age.


Lea 08/11/2018.

I work for a cosmetic brand in the product development lab and there's a ton of women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s who work here... and they all have killer style!!! Our CCO is 58 and she dresses with such class, elegance, and style. I totally admire her. So Yes of course you can still dress well after 40!!!!


18 gibbs 20 08/11/2018.

If you don't care about what comments people make or what they might be thinking you can dress any way you want.


audrey 08/11/2018.

Sure. Why not?


kristy 08/11/2018.

If you look good by then, go for it


md 08/11/2018.

Of course you can dress any which way you like, but if you don’t want to look like you are sixteen, like you are trying too hard to stay young or appear older than you are, you may like some guidelines as to how to dress after 40. Here are just some of the things women over 40 need to be aware of.

Please note that these are just GENERAL guidelines. They certainly don’t apply to everyone.

Still, I also believe in dressing to your strengths and taking your body into account so if you like to have some guidelines on how to dress after 40, then you can find them below

What are some of the things you should avoid?

1. Don’t buy clothes that do not flatter you, even if it’s the trends this season. For this it’s important to know your body type, which I will discuss in upcoming posts.

2. Try not to be too matchy-matchy or too polished. It’s nice to mix things up and be a bit more playful. A 2 piece suit will quickly look old. Better to mix that jacket with another skirt or pants and look effortlessly chic.

3. Avoid buying fabrics that are too cheap as they are usually not flattering or will not last. You can see some characteristics of fabrics here. Best to buy only the clothes that you love and that have a chance of lasting.

4. Don’t mix a tight skirt or pants with a tight top. Aim to have either a tight skirt with a loser top or vice versa. See also my tips on how to wear leggings over 40.


Anonymous 08/11/2018.

When it is no longer right for you, you will know it. It is not a certain chronological age, it is just a change in attitude and priorities. For some women, a change in their bodies can signal it's time for a change is wardrobe and comfort may be more important than style at some point in your life. You need to be conscious of when you are not longer a "style icon" but merely a parody of one.


Smelzabut 08/12/2018.

Yeah you can but don’t go for the Shirley Carter look.


d 08/11/2018.

Of course you can. Anyway, your style sounds timeless.

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