5 tips to instantly improve your style

by 40+Style

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Simple tweaks can make a huge difference to your style. Join 40+Style expert stylist Ruth Essex as she gives you 5 quick tips to instantly improve your style.

No time to watch? Read the article below where the most important things are highlighted.

1. Wear colors that suit you

Do you have color swatch cards cards?

If you’ve had your colors analyzed you’re gonna have something along the lines of these color swatches. Imagine you’re in a shop and you’re in a bit of a rush, you’ve found a couple of scarves you’re attracted to but you’re not sure which one’s going to look the best on you and there’s no mirror, what do you do?

Get out your color swatch and lay the item over your colors. Because what you’re looking for is the qualities within that color. There’s the swatch and you lay that over it. The color pink I’m using in the video for example might be medium in depth, but it is quite light and it is cool. All the colors in this (swatch card) palette are warm. So if it doesn’t sit well with the colors of you palette, it’s not likely to sit well with you.

So without even trying it on I’m able to tell that this is not a good color for me.

If I picked up a red/maroon scarf and put it against my color palette, you can tell that it does it work with the other colors in this palette. Yes it works with the greens. Yes it works with the beiges and the browns. So if it works with those colors it means that it is likely to work with you.

So if you’re in a rush and you’re not quite sure whether a color is going to work for you, dig out your color palette and see if it works with that.

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Color Me A Season Color Fan

Fabric color swatch soft autumn

View swatches and color fans for all seasons here.

2. Add special rings to elevate your style

when did you last look at the rings on your fingers? Now you may wear a wedding ring, you may wear an eternity ring, an engagement ring or quite traditional rings.

But when did you last have fun with your hands?

What about getting yourself a statement ring? They don’t need to be expensive. They could be if you wanted them to be, they can be fun. But why not get something that adds a bit of personality to your outfit?

The one I’m using in the video is Murano glass. It’s a polished semi-precious stone.

So why not get yourself a statement ring?

Have a look in your thrift stores, have a look on Etsy, have a look online. Some great choices out there. Just go find something that captures your heart! It’s good way of adding a bit of interest and personality to your outfit.

Diana Gabriel's chic ring accessories | 40plusstyle.com

(pictured: Diana Gabriel, read her style interview here)

3. Try on something out of your ordinary choices

Talking of adding interest to your outfit, when did you last try something new?

Try a skirt shape that is new to you.

It may not work for you but if you don’t try it on you’ll never know!

When did you last try something new? When did you last try a style, a color, or a pattern that was different from everything else in your wardrobe. Take a chance. You never know, you might like it!

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4. Find an alternative piece like a denim skirt

And if you’re a lot more of a practical person, a lot of women wear trousers and jeans and leggings more often than they wear a skirt.

Have you considered the denim skirt? It is the perfect alternative to a pair of jeans. It still has that casual edge, you can dress it up, you can dress it down but anything that your jeans will go with your denim skirt will go with.

You’ve got a whole range of colors. You can get white ones, you can get ripped ones, you can get embroidered ones, you can get all manner of styles. But a denim skirt is pretty classic. You’re going to be able to wear it year after year and where your jeans would work so would a denim skirt.

5. Take notes

Are you taking notes of what you like?

Imagine you’ve sat down in a cafe, you’re waiting for your husband or your friends to turn up and somebody walks past and you think “Wow! They look good! I really like that look”.  What is it about that look that you like? Is it the metallic skirt? Is it their colored handbag? Is it the way that they have tied their scarf?

This is the time to get your notebook out. If you’re going to be super stylish, you could have a stylish notebook in your handbag. A nice little pen and something to write notes with. But by keeping track of a lot of things you’re attracted to you start building those into your wardrobe and you start building those when you’re out shopping having to look for things, things that catch your eye.

I’m always out making a lot of style note because I write articles on style. I’m in the middle of writing my style book, so I’m always writing notes. I have a  bigger book. So it’s useful for me to add notes in there, things I’m attracted to, things I’m not so attracted to anymore, and ideas I’ve got for my style in the future. So get yourself a little notebook and start exploring things that you’re attracted to.

stylish notebook for your notes | 40plusstyle.com

JoyNote Classic Ruled Softcover Journal / Notebook 

I hope you found this interesting!

If you’ve got any questions, please do let me know in the comments below.

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About the author:

Ruth Essex is a professional image consultant, color coach and resident stylist at the 40+Style Club and 21 steps to a More Stylish You style course where she supports all members in their style journeys and gives advanced style training.

Photography by Denton Taylor



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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Malin

This coat!!! Who made that? Where can I get it? It is SO beautiful!


2 Sylvia

Unfortunately I don’t know. I also think it’s amazing. Our photographer, Denton, photographed this lady in New York.


3 Denton Taylor

That woman is Joanna Hillman, Style Director of Harper’s Bazaar. She has an Instagram account. Why not message her and ask her?


4 Malin

I hope she reads your website


5 Greetje

Ruth’s video’s / styling tips.. always good.


6 Virginia

When should I wear nylons? I hardly see anyone with them on. I am a senior woman and am confused about bare legs all year long


7 Sylvia

I think nylons are perfectly fine to wear on a regular basis. I wrote an article on that at https://40plusstyle.com/how-to-wear-tights/


8 kath Lawton

I have a Silver Gray cardigan, what colour vest and trousers would match? I want to wear them for a winter holiday this year, I am 73 and still love fashion, I would be grateful for your help, please x


9 Sylvia

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