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How to Embrace Your Style in Your 50s: Stacy London, Jennie Garth and More Inspirational Fashion Icons

'Find the joy and the wonder in rediscovering your style' — Stacy London

Gone are the days of the Golden Girls‘ take on style in your 50s. While embarking on the decade can bring about a myriad of changes, enhancing your look is an exciting opportunity to redefine yourself. Where comfort once reigned supreme, style is having its moment. Why not feel comfortable and confident in your clothes? Why not feel like you’re on the top of the world, taking charge and feeling sexy while doing so? Here, collect celebrity style tips for women over 50 to help you embrace your style evolution, with advice from Stacy London, Jennie Garth and more.

Reassess what clothing options you like as a woman over 50

Wanting to switch up your style isn’t unique to just your 50s. Think back to a younger you: Even from 20 to 23, you likely had a completely different wardrobe as you graduated college and started your first job. Our fashion taste changes as our life evolves, and that is completely normal.

Entering your 50s is not what it used to be for us ladies. The 50s are about confidence, wisdom, power and so much more, and it’s only natural to want your closet to reflect this. Embracing so much change can be daunting, but fashion experts are here to help.

Stylist, designer and menopause activist Stacy London offered Woman’s World these celebrity style tips for women over 50 at the QVC Age of Possibility Summit: “I think that when it comes to being over 50, it’s time to reassess what you want your style to be. Like everything else in life, we evolve, and the idea that your style is going to stay static over your lifetime is a joke, right?”

Stacy London at QVC event
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She continued, “You’re not going to want to wear what you wore at 25 that you’re wearing at 55. So the idea is to work with what you have now. Always assess where you are now, how your taste has changed, how your body might be changed, and find the joy and the wonder in rediscovering your style. Don’t stick with anything old.”

Avoid clothing trends in your 50s

While trends can be a fun way to change up your style or an excuse to buy something new, they lack a certain sustainability. With today’s constant micro-trend culture, there’s no telling how long something will be considered “in and “trendy” — it could be two weeks or two years! Trying to keep up with these quickly-changing trends is not only a waste of money, but also a waste of time.

Melissa Rivers, TV host, stylist and daughter of comedian and actress Joan Rivers, is all about ditching the trends: “Figure out what looks the best on you, own that look and do not get sucked into trends. I always say you can get one trendy piece that will keep you up to speed and make you look fresh in the way of an accessory or a bag or a shoe, but you’re beyond following trends. Keep it simple, know what works on you and own that!”

Melissa Rivers
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Don’t be afraid to try new things

If your sense of style is more casual, dress casual! If you want to spice it up, spice it up! Turning 50 is all about embracing what you like and don’t like, and being authentic while doing it.

Anna Marie “Tornado” Austin recommended to wear whatever makes you feel good, and don’t be afraid to be adventurous! “You know, what I would love to tell women and I tell myself is, be who you are, wear what you feel. I mean, if you feel casual all the time, be casual, but don’t be afraid to step out into a little fashion. And I will say, it doesn’t hurt to have a daughter who can give you a little bit of advice and their influence.”

Jennie Garth at QVC event
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Jennie Garth, 90210 actress, agreed, saying, “For me personally, I embrace dressing my age. Yes, you can wear whatever you want, that’s up to you. But for me, I just like to look like I’m a mom, I don’t want to look old, so I’m just going to keep it fresh as long as I’m going.”


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