Ask TMS: How to Dress Stylishly After Fifty?

By Kristin Hull

Reader, AnnMarie and her son, Max (with her own portraits of her children in the background).
Reader, AnnMarie and her son, Max (with her own portraits of her children in the background).

Dear Mommy Stylist,

I just began perusing your blog. I don’t have any real fashion sense, though I hate to admit this as I’m an artist and should know better. I was wondering if you have anything, or have done anything, geared toward the “50 years-young and up wanna be stylin’ crowd”?

My kiddies are in their teens, I give private art lessons, write for the local paper and am a substitute teacher (the older the students, the higher my heels get; I like walking in the classroom at six feet tall when subbing at our local high school). I’ve learned on my own that comfy shoes are a must; it only took a few blisters and several throbbing toes to figure that out!

Thanks for thinking of this blog, it makes us moms feel kinda special.

Newbie blogger, oldie mom

Dear AnnMarie,

Many of our outfits actually can be worn by a fiftysomething mom! To think any different would be doing you a disservice. You are NOT old and shouldn’t think you need to dress differently than your thirty- and forty-something cohorts. Women in their twenties, and even some non-moms in their thirties, may dress in a manner that won’t work for a mom but there is no reason you can’t look trendy and put-together. In fact, dressing fashionably will make you appear younger (but not too young, or like you are trying too hard).

For additional outfit ideas, do an image search for stylish celebrities who are over fifty (or soon-to-be) like Julianne Moore, Michelle Pfeiffer, Katie Couric, Kim Basinger Christie Brinkley, Sandra Bullock, Halle Berry and Sarah Jessica Parker. Just be sure the photos are current and not from twenty years ago!

And we’re so glad  The Mommy Stylist makes moms feel special – because they are! That’s why we do what we do.

One thought on “Ask TMS: How to Dress Stylishly After Fifty?

  1. Hi Kristen,
    Well this just woke me up – in more ways than one! I will dress how I feel and I don’t feel 50 🙂 I have to tell you, I did a post this morning about my 16-year-old daughter going on her first real job search. In that post, I also included a segue about finally breaking down and coloring my hair – life is full of humorous coincidences 🙂
    ps Who are those good-looking people in that photo 😉
    Have a great fashionable week and thanks again for this terrific blog!

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