12 Fashion Tips To Avoid After Fifty


By: Honey Good 

Let’s talk about fashion! I thought it would be fun to share my beauty routine and my thoughts on style with you on this Sunday morning.

This week I attended a charity luncheon with over one hundred women in attendance. I was one of the co-chairs and was required to give a speech. “What should I wear,” began running through my mind a few days before the event. Sounds familiar? I decided I would dress in all white. I opted for a white pantsuit, a white silk blouse and light grey and white speckled platform pumps. My jewelry was gold. The only color to “my look” was my natural dark hair with its natural grey streaks running through, a thin red-strapped watch and the frames of my glasses primarily all white with black arms. This is my style. I have dressed this way dating back to my college days. Fast forward to today…

I am now a 21st century grandmother with 20 delicious grandchildren who call me Honey. I am married to an exciting man who wears red-framed glasses and loves to take me shopping. How lucky is that!? However, shopping doesn’t mean a free for all! As I picked out what to wear for this luncheon, fashion tips to avoid popped into my head and I thought I’d share them with all of you! I hope my tips will peak your fancy!

12 Fashion Tips To Avoid After 50

  1. Sneakers. Fine for working out. Period.
  2. Long skirts. A girlfriend of mine has a sassy personality and a very nice figure. Her style: long skirts. It ages her ten years.
  3. Bland colors or multiple colors. My preference is monochromatic clothing with a pop of color in my jewelry, my shoes and handbags and my striking glasses. My French girlfriend, living in Paris, wears a light grey, pinstriped suit with pink heels and a pink handbag! I copy her style. Be daring and try it. As a side note, I stay away from taupe and beige.
  4. Boring glasses. Have fun with your glasses! Take risks. I tint the glass in my black frames blue and match my lenses with the color of my other frames, always making sure my eyes show. Glasses are an accessory that can add a great look to your style.
  5. Old fashioned hairstyle. Overly styled hairdos are out. Wear your hair in layers and any length that makes you happy. Subtle highlights in front will brighten your face. I think grey hair can be sexy, modern and beautiful. Use a grey enhancer and wear it long or very short. I am a dark brunette (natural) with grey (natural) around my face and subtle strands running through my hair.
  6. Unkept eyebrows. Eyebrows thin as we age. I use a powder with brush to darken my brows and visit an eyebrow specialist for a tint and an arch.
  7. Tanned skin. Pale skin is in for looks and health. I spray bronzer on my legs in the summer.
  8. Anything other than white teeth. Teeth can yellow naturally with age. If you have this situation, ask your dentist about whitening options to brighten your smile. You can also buy over the counter whitening products. As the adage says, “a beautiful smile is worth a thousand words.”
  9. Nude or beige hosiery. They are outdated, though in certain instances I do wear them. Instead, think about using spray-on tanner or fishnet nude hose in the summer and opaque stockings in the winter.
  10. Poorly fitted bras. Go to a professional fitter in a department store or private shop.
  11. Excess make-up. Thick foundation, heavy eyeliner and bright blush all add years to your life. Toss them. I use a tinted moisturizer with color during the day and a light bronzer for blush. I have greenish blue eyes so I wear shades of lavender and navy blue eyeliner. I have a white pencil I use to place a dot in the corner of each eye because I read it opens the eye and it really does. For lips I’ve read that for women over fifty it is wise to use soft pinks and mauves. I prefer not to. I wear color!
  12. The latest trends. Don’t dress in the latest trends just because, that’s a terrible reason. I remember when the empire waistline style was in fashion. I was very young and knew it was not becoming on me. I did not fall into the trap of purchasing clothes because they were all “the rage.” Dress for you and your body type. If it fits you well, it will look far more expensive than the latest trend that does nothing for your body type.

I hope you enjoyed my musings as much as I enjoyed sharing my tips with you today.

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