The baby boomers of the 1950s have all grown up. We may still feel young and act young, but looking young can be a different story. The generation gap has narrowed over the last few decades and while we may have friends who are in their twenties, thirties and forties, we certainly cannot dress like our younger mates. So what do the over-fifties wear that is stylish comfortable and fitting for our age?
Elsa Klensch, best known for her worldwide 20 year CNN program Style, has earned her title of being an opinion maker in the fashion world. In a recent interview with Time magazine, Elsa talks about tips for looking well-dressed when you’re in your fifties.
There are some basic fashion etiquettes according to Elsa. “One of the real don’ts is showing too much skin, so as you grow older you have to wear ‘bare-less’ clothes. That doesn’t mean you can’t wear lightweight clothes. A little mystery, a little disguise helps a lot. When women wear clothes that are too young for her she’s actually making herself look older. You have to dress for your age and body type and as you get older, you have to be less flamboyant. That doesn’t mean you can’t wear strong clothes or beautiful jewelry. But it does mean thoughtful consideration.”
When questioned about high heels and bathing suits Elsa said, “High heels look like you are trying too hard. Ok, maybe for a party but in day-to-day life high heels are ridiculous. The world is too serious and we have too many problems. I’ve seen models flip on the runway and break their ankles. A woman over 50 should wear a one-piece bathing suit. Stay away from bikinis or two pieces. I don’t think that one should be ashamed of one’s age but I think the secret to all good dressing is to highlight your good points and play down the bad ones. Why not swim, I think it’s ridiculous to limit yourself”.
For men over 50, Elsa had this to say, “I like older men in classic clothes. I think they look more powerful. Shirts and pants or a sweater and jeans make men more distinguished than shorts and T-shirt”.