Ultimate Midlife Fashion Guide

The Ultimate Midlife Fashion Guide

In midlife many of us experience body changes and so of course, our clothes won’t fit the same way they used to. Or worse, won’t fit at all. It can be a really frustrating and depressing time for many women, myself included. For a long time, I lived in my Lululemons and broke out in a hot sweat every time I had to put on ‘real’ clothes.

When I finally accepted the reality that I needed to get some new clothes that actually fit, I asked a friend for help. She’s an amazing shopper, always finding quality pieces at great prices, so I figured she could help me update my wardrobe in my new size without breaking the bank.

I got that, and so much more. She taught me so many things about dressing for my new shape and turning my wardrobe into a bold declaration of who I am. The fast paced styles of my 20s, were no longer appropriate for me, but that didn’t mean there weren’t amazing options for me. She helped me understand how incredible it feels when you dress for your age and body type. I absolutely love getting dressed again.

And now you can too. Never one for secrets, I’ve distilled all her great advice into “The Ultimate Midlife Fashion Guide,” where fashion faux pas make way for fabulous flair at every age.  Let’s dive right in….

10 Top Tips for Midlife Fashion

1. Celebrate Your Shape

Celebrate your shape

Embrace the unique beauty of your body by choosing outfits that flatter your body type. Every body is distinct, and finding clothes that highlight your best features can transform your look. Whether you’re rocking an hourglass figure, a strong athletic build, or learning to love a new pear-shaped vibe (thank you perimenopause) – the perfect fit can make all the difference in showcasing your silhouette.

2. Invest in a Quality Bra

Getting fitted for a proper bra can help fight the signs of aging.

Think of a well-fitted bra as the cornerstone of your wardrobe. It not only provides essential support but also enhances the fit of your clothing, ensuring tops and dresses drape beautifully on your body. Whether you prefer a seamless T-shirt bra for everyday comfort or a lace-trimmed option for special occasions, investing in bras that fit perfectly can transform your silhouette and boost your confidence.

3. Signature Color

Signature Color

Opting for solid colors over prints can be a game-changer in your wardrobe. Solid colors offer a streamlined and cohesive look, helping to create a silhouette that appears longer and leaner. Consider selecting a signature color that complements your skin tone, and reflects your personality. Mine is an autumn orange. It’s become a staple in my wardrobe and it simplifies the process of mixing and matching outfits.

4. Spend Money on Quality Basics

wardrobe staples

When it comes to building your wardrobe, spend a little extra on the timeless wardrobe staples. A crisp white blouse, versatile blazers, and the ever-reliable little black dress. These are the foundation of a well-rounded closet. With these basics, pay attention to the quality and detail. The idea is you’re going to have them for a long time.  Look for sturdy buttons, impeccable stitching, and fabrics that withstand wear and tear.

5. Accessorize


Accessorizing can elevate any outfit from ordinary to extraordinary. Whether it’s a statement necklace or a delicate scarf, accessories add a unique flair and can boost your confidence. They can turn any ensemble into a true reflection of your personal style.

6. Keep it Simple

Keep it simple

A minimalist approach not only cultivates a chic and refined appearance but also fosters a sense of sophistication. Embrace clean lines and avoid over-embellishing with excessive patterns or decorations to maintain a timeless and elegant style.

7. Dress Up, Not Down

Little Black Dress

Elevate your style game, darling! Say goodbye to casual and hello to glamorous! Whether it’s a sleek dress or tailored trousers, go for looks that ooze sophistication and confidence. Don’t settle for anything less than stunning.  Go ahead, turn heads and own the room like Naomi or Linda would.

8. Create a Signature Look

Signature Look

Your signature look is like the perfect lipstick shade. It’s all about expressing your personality with confidence and flair. You might lean towards classic pieces that carry a sense of timelessness or choose bold items that highlight your dynamic energy. The key is that your personal style should not only feel comfortable and great to wear, it should also boost your confidence. It can’t be underscored enough that looking and feeling your best in midlife, means choosing clothes that genuinely resonate with you.

9. Stand Out

Stand Out in Fashion

Now is the time to have fun with your fashion and style.  Go for the daring pieces that command attention and exude confidence. Don’t shy away from making a bold statement. Make it memorable. Make sure people notice you.

10. Have Fun!

Fashion is Fun!

In a world filled with deadlines and responsibilities, fashion offers a much-needed escape—a chance to let loose, express yourself, and simply have fun! Channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw and approach your wardrobe with the same enthusiasm she had for her Manolos.



Whether you’re experimenting with eclectic patterns or adding a pop of color to your ensemble, remember that fashion is your canvas, and you’re the artist. So, throw caution to the wind, indulge your fashion fantasies, and let the fun begin! Stand tall, radiate confidence, and let your style speak volumes about the extraordinary woman you’ve become.