Featuring stylish 40+ woman: Val

by Sylvia

40+ stylish woman

Today, I present you with a guest article from Shannon, who loves to share the style and words of wisdom of her aunt Val. Over to you Shannon!

Hi everyone! It is an honor to guest post on such a seasoned, resourceful, and impressive blog! I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by some very stylish women over the age of 40 – one of those being my lovely Aunt! Here are some of her insights into dressing with style no matter what age you are! And you can catch more of my stylish Aunt Val on my blog, G.B.O. Fashion. Take it away Aunt Val!

How would you describe your style?

I’d describe my style as classic, colorful, and fun!

Where do you go for fashion inspiration?

I go to Pinterest and Redbook magazine for fashion inspiration. I always seem to find good things there.

What are the top three places you shop?

The top places I shop are Talbots, Nordstrom Rack, and Target. I also shop at Kohl’s for jewelry and for items from the Vera Wang line. And when I want to splurge, I LOVE Tory Burch.
40+ stylish woman Val

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

Definitely! I’ve learned how to dress for my body type. I am also an interior designer, so I understand proportion and scale. I take those things into consideration when I get dressed.

Has your style changed at all after turning 40?

I used to dress more boho. But now, since being past the age of 40, my style is much more classic. However, I love to mix things up with lots of fun accessories. I also love bright colors, and I could wear a cardigan every day of my life.

women in style

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

I definitely believe in dressing age appropriately. I don’t think that women my age should wear things that are too tight or that show a lot of cleavage. On the other hand, there’s a tendency for women my age to wear clothes that are too baggy, which is very unflattering. I think dressing age appropriately is about understanding what looks best on you at whatever stage of life you may be in.

Do you follow trends? If so, what trends excite you at the moment?

Yes I follow trends, but only within the parameters of what is age appropriate. Trends that are exciting me right now are polka dot jeans, bright colors, animal print on shoes and coats, and riding boots.

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’ve always been interested in fashion, but I think I am even more interested in it now. Partly because I have more time now, and partly because I’ve learned a lot over the years about how to dress for my body.

red flower dress

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

Here is my advice for women over the age of 40: beware of wearing clothes that are too baggy, buy cute shoes, and get rid of the stuff in your closet from the 80’s. Also, pay attention to other people who look good and try to identify why they look good. Finally, always wear one accessory less than what you originally had on.

What fashion or styling tips would you give to women who want to improve their sense of style?

Be confident. Learn how to dress for your body type. And dress to impress!

Thanks for having me 40-plus Style!

You are very welcome Shannon. Be sure to check out Shannon’s style at her own blog!

1 Rita

I love her fashion tips…cute shoes and get rid of things from the 80’s! Also, I, too, am a cardigan girl. I was just thinking about that last week as I tried yet again to buy a pull over sweater…it felt fussy and confining. I like to be able to have the option to button or not. Great article!!

2 Sylvia

Cardigans can be very versatile for people like me who get cold quickly. Here in Singapore I always make sure I carry one with me in my bag!

3 Doris

Val I love your style. I love adding colour to my wardrobe and my favorite items are cardigans – I have over 50 – plus I love scarves and have far to0 many of them. We are heading into summary and colours coming out are amazing.
Thanks for your tips

4 Tangobabe

I love the happy, colorful and abundant style of Val. She looks like a ray of sun! People like her lighten up my day for sure. Great!

5 Sylvia

She certainly does!

6 Greetje

Of course I can relate to the colours Val is wearing. I love colour and they look very good on her as well. When somebody like Val would walk into the room, dressed like that, you will feel joy, you want to talk to her. Very attractive. And Shannon is not half bad either, but… not over 40 yet haha.
I liked Val’s top on leaving out the last accessory. But I follow Chanel’s rule in this… Only when you are in doubt.

7 Sylvia

Yes, that is a good rule Greetje.

8 Amy

She is adorable. Love Shannon’s blog too!

9 Suzanne

Wow! Val is gorgeous! And I love her outfits. Shannon is an engaging writer and I am grateful she shared her darling aunt with us. Thank you to everyone involved.
PS – “Buy cute shoes” – I’m waving at you Rita! 🙂

10 Rita

Waving back, Suzanne!!!! 🙂

11 Freda Young

I’m 82 years old, 5’2″ tall, weigh 165 lbs and am short waisted, what is the most flattering style in a, dress, blouse, skirt/pants for me?

12 Sylvia

It all depends really on what your body shape is like. Have a look at all the articles on dressing your body type which you can find on this page: https://40plusstyle.com/category/how-to-dress-after-40/ Those should give you some ideas.

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