Clothes That Are Too Loose And Baggy
In an attempt to hide or cover up our bodies, especially if we’ve packed on a few post-menopausal pounds, we end up looking heavier. No matter what our size, a woman over 50 should have the right fit–not tight, but a fit that defines the waist. Best way to do that? Make a great tailor your new best friend.
Trying To Dress ‘Young’ Instead Of ‘Great’
We live in a world that’s constantly shouting in our ears, “Young is better!” … but don’t listen! We’ve earned every crow’s foot we have, and buying into that nonsense is the perfect recipe for a fashion fail. In Barbara Hannah Grufferman’s book, “The Best of Everything After 50,” she interviewed Diane von Furstenberg, who said the key to looking great is to be comfortable.
If you’re tugging at your too-short skirt you’ll be more focused on covering your thighs than on what you should be engaged in. There are no style rules, but there are definite guidelines, the most important one being this: Just because you’re over 50 doesn’t mean you have dress like a frump. Update your wardrobe with a few essential basics and build from there.
Wearing The Wrong Bra
The majority of American women wear the wrong bra size, and it shows. We just don’t take the time to get properly fitted by an expert. The right bra can make all the difference in how your clothes fit, and how you look in them. Make sure to get a few different ones for specific clothes, including one specifically for wearing under a t-shirt or other smooth shirts, and buy them in colours that are close to your own skin colour for wearing under white or light-coloured tops.
Not Starting A Retinol Product Soon Enough
There are no magic amulets for reversing skin damage, but products such as Retin-A are as close as you can get. They work to exfoliate the skin while you sleep, and help build collagen. (Using a retinol product on the skin makes it even more sensitive to the sun, so a product with an SPF of at least 40 is essential).
Applying Too Much Makeup In An Attempt To ‘Cover Up’
Women over 50 often try to cover everything up by applying too much concealer, foundation, blush, everything. Foundation should be applied very sparingly, and only then will you be able to see if concealer is even necessary. Keep it light, with pinkish tones for the lips, and rosy for the cheeks. Try a waterproof eyeliner and very lightly follow the last line, top and bottom. A lighter touch is key to a fresh, pretty face.
Going With ‘Single Process’ To Cover The Gray
Using the single process approach to covering grey can create a single block of colour, very often either too light or too dark, without any contrast. This can drain the face and be aging. Consider highlights along with your natural colour (including the grey), or mixing highlights with the single process.
Still Trying To ‘Diet’ To Lose Weight
Diets don’t work. Eating, and eating often, does. Diets that focus on a specific category of food (protein, for example) aren’t sustainable. Eating small meals consisting of whole grains, lean proteins, dark leafy greens and lots of water go a long way in keeping hunger at bay, and the pounds off.
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