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Stylish looks for every decade

Our bodies and lifestyle change over the years. So, how do you remain trendy, yet dress appropriately according to your age? 

Ann Wairimu @ann_wairimo

Fifty may be the new 30, and 30 the new 21. But does this mean that a miniskirt still looks good on a 60 something-year-old woman? Can mothers in their 40s rock nerd glasses like their children do?  Benedict Wasike, a stylist and designer, enlightens you on how to stay trend-conscious, yet age-appropriate.

Experimental 20-something

The 20s is the best time to flaunt your figure and experiment the hottest trend. You may be in college or university when you hit 20 and by 29 be anywhere from still furthering your education to being a young wife and mum. This is the period in life when you’re still learning who you are, experimenting with and discovering your personal style. “So yes, you can get away with wearing those nerd/geek glasses.

You are free to try just anything, think khaki or denim shorts with heels and a blazer, knee high socks if you please. This is also your time to shine in a minidress or skinny jeans, but if you’re a little more conservative, you can still be just as fashion-forward, yet more covered up in a retro look like a high-waisted sailor pant and vintage-inspired blouse. Try just about everything while your youthful years last,” Wasike advises.

Also, don’t be afraid to take risks with styles and colours, but know when to keep it appropriate for every occasion. Keep things fun and professional if you’re selecting outfits for work, or keep it fresh and feminine for formal gatherings.

Classy 30s

This is the decade to infuse touches of maturity and sophistication into your look. “Think timeless pieces you can wear every day. Fashion staples such as a well-fitting button down shirts, dark jeans and a Little Black Dress. It’s the best time to invest in a few designer handbags and shoes that will make your outfits look more polished. Stick to cuts that work and suit your changing body,” Wasike says.

Also, a 30-something girl may bare all in a short skirt, but these should be chosen wisely. “Dull colours and slightly above the knee skirts may do the magic, but it may be time to hang up on that crop top,” she adds.

Refreshed 40s

Today, more and more women in their midlife are looking fiercer than ever. However, forcing yourself in the tiniest of clothes to look youthful is a no no. While this stage might be a little confusing for many women, being in your 40s doesn’t mean you need to dump your Little Black Dress for an oversized skirt/trouser suit.

“It’s important to dress in a way that makes one comfortable and express who you are. But no matter how in shape and ‘hot’ your body looks, no matter how petite and how tiny the size of your jeans might be, there are some things a woman above her 40s shouldn’t wear.

T-shirts with sexy innuendos, booty shorts, leather tights, knee high boots, crop tops are some of the cuts you need to let your daughters rock—they look better in them. A simple cardigan lends a touch of maturity to almost any ensemble, and should be any grown woman’s bestfriend. And this cardigans come in such a diverse range of lengths, fits and styles,” she says.

Refined over 50s

Once limited to covered-up looks and mother-of-the-bride kitenge
styles and headscalves, today’s older generation of women are proving that dressing sexy doesn’t have to stop at a certain age. The key to dressing in your 50s is to make sure your clothes fit right.

Invest in wrap dresses, skater dresses, empire line and shirt. Wear comfortable shoes and avoid loud make-up. Opt for long sleeved clothes if you’re not so keen on showing your arms. “Short and snug (not tight) jackets that hit at the hips are also a great look. Black is most versatile, but consider navy and cream, too,” Wasike says.

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