Shauna stands out with her gorgeous short hairstyle, bright smile and comfortable chic outfits. Of course I want to know what her style secrets are! Enjoy this style interview where Shauna shares with us her personal style and fashion tips.

Shauna wearing navy top and floral skirt |

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I’m a 56 year old woman who still feels like I’m 25 (except when I get out of bed in the morning!), loves everything about fashion, a photographer (Shauna Rae Art), mother to three sons, married to my HS sweetheart, and grandma to seven beautiful grandchildren!

Shauna wearing striped top and floral skirt |

As a point of reference which age group do you belong to or perhaps you are willing to share your age?

I’m 56.

Shauna wearing flounce sleeve top and jeans |

Can you tell us a bit more about your blog Chic Over 50 and why you created it?

Chic over 50 started just over a year ago, just for fun. I had a lot of people asking for my opinion on fashion, etc. and so I thought this account would be informative to my close friends. NEVER thought it would do what it has done!

Shauna wearing red tee and white jeans |

How would you describe your own personal style?

I have no idea how to describe it because I LOVE too many things! I dress modestly and so no sleeveless or things too low or too short……other than on the tennis court and in the gym of course!

Where do you live and how does that influence your style?

Shauna wearing navy top and floral skirt |

I live in Salt Lake City, Utah. We have all four seasons here, so I get a chance to dress all four ways!

Do you feel you have a signature style?

No, not really. But I bet other people would say I do. I don’t wear a ton of jewelry, I’m short and so I’m always very conscientious about not looking over-done in any way. It’s too much on a petite girl!

Shauna wearing camouflage denim jacket |

What inspires your outfit choices the most?

Trends. I almost always love a new trend!

Do you take things like color profiling or body type into account when you dress?

Shauna wearing yellow floral dress |

Yes absolutely! Color definitely. So important to know what looks good on you! And absolutely you should know what looks good on your body-type. It’s amazing the difference just doing those two things can do with your overall look and style!

Has your style changed at all after turning 40?

Maybe a tiny bit. I try to dress age-appropriate to a certain degree! I’m not interested in looking like a teenager!

Shauna wearing white top and jeans |

Do you believe in dressing ‘age appropriately’ and what does it mean to you?

If I want to wear a really young trend, say like a pair of shoes, or jeans, or top, etc., I will make sure everything else is more age-appropriate. To me this means as we get older, dressing down a bit more, not over-loading on a trend.

Shauna wearing ripped jeans |

You can still look STYLISH and not over-the-top. I suppose there’s always an exception to this. If you have the “attitude” to carry something off, you probably can! Think Iris Apfel!

Shauna wearing white tee and floral skirt |

Would you say that at this stage of your life you are now more, or less interested in fashion, style and the way you look?

I have ALWAYS been aware of the way I look and dress. From the earliest of memories in pre-school!

Shauna wearing sun hat |

Why is the way you look important to you?

Shauna wearing white flounce top and jeans |

It makes me feel better, it gives me confidence!

Do you follow trends? And if yes, which trends excite you at the moment?

Yes love trends! The only one I’m not in love with that I can think of, is overalls! Ripped jeans, heels, and a tee or sweater! And HATS! Love hats!!

Shauna winter outfit |

Do you have any fashion and style tips for women over 40?

Be aware of what looks good on you, like the question earlier of color and body-type! ASK FOR HELP if you don’t know! If it’s too much for you to think about, there are plenty of women or sales people you can ask for guidance!

I hate the way tight things look on someone who is a bit overweight! Your clothes should compliment you, not show everything underneath.

What are your plans for Chic Over 50 and how do you see it develop over the coming years?

Shauna wearing white tee and tie-waist pants |

It’s growing fast and I can hardly keep up! We are now designing a new blog and website that will be more interactive and appealing to look at. I would love to keep helping and inspiring women!

They all need to know that they are BEAUTIFUL, and if they are in a slump there’s a way to work out of it! And if they do they will feel happier, which then will help them be better friends, wives, mothers, sisters, women!

Be sure to visit at Chic Over 50 and @ChicOver50 for more great style!


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A style interview with Shauna |


Sylvia is 40+style’s editor-in-chief and has been helping women find their unique style since 2011. An alumni of the School of Color and Design, she is devoted to empowering women of any age to look and feel their best. Read more about Sylvia and 40+style on this page.

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