Dawn Notaro, a New York City wardrobe stylist, bemoans the fact that older women’s clothes never seem to fit. “They tend to try to look younger by wearing their daughters’ clothes, or they wear big blousy clothes that don’t show off their body."
The best thing is to have a more tailored fit that skims the body. Add a fun accessory too. Notaro’s a big fan of scarves. “When you wear a scarf around your neck, you cannot tell your age,” she insists. Throw on a pink one, she adds, because “a pink up close to the face will bring out its natural rosiness.”
And, for women, if you like to wear jeans, choose a dark wash in a boot cut, which “will balance out the hips.” Men can go lighter if they’d like, Notaro adds, since fit is their main concern: “The waist should fall at the hips, not over the bellybutton like a grandpa or slung way low gangsta style.”
Her other advice for both men and women: “Two out of three pieces should always match. Whether it’s the top and the bottom, the top and the shoes, the shoes and the bottom. It’ll elongate and thin the line [of the body].” Men, Notaro says, can “slim and draw attention to their face by wearing v-necks instead of crew necks. Crew necks make the face look more rounded. And wear button-collared shirts as opposed to a collar spread wide John Travolta-style for the same reason -- it’ll narrow the face.”
Mix it up and have some fun, says Pearl: “Sometimes we get stuck with what we’re used to and what we’re comfortable with. Take a chance.”