How To Accessorize When You’re Over 40

Now let’s admit the truth, the golden days of your youth may be behind you, but as I like to say, “the ripper the berry the sweeter the juice”. So, therefore, that doesn’t mean you can’t step out and slay whenever, wherever and however you want. It just means that you’ve acquired a repertoire of elegance and grace over the years, and it’s expected you dress as such. You can be making schoolgirl mistakes or be walking around looking like you’re still in your “trashy twenties” or your “trendy thirties”.
In that same vein, it’s essential that you master the subtle art of adding accessories to your outfit. A simple necklace can take a dress from “drab to fab”. So it’s vital you master this art and learn a few nifty combinations that can help you out in a bind.
There are some simple guidelines for adding accessories to your outfit that most people overlook, so let us give you a few tips on how to look fabulous no matter what you’re wearing.

How To Accessorize When You’re Over 40


When you’re wearing black, white, or other neutrals, accessories in any color look stylish and coordinated. But keep in mind if you’re wearing a colorful outfit you have to make sure your fashion accessories don’t clash.
It all goes back to the basics of the color wheel. Primary colors, of course, are red, blue and yellow. Secondary colors are those that result from mixing two primary colors (i.e., red plus yellow equals orange).
Primary and secondary colors that are side by side on the wheel are analogous to each other. They work very well together when they are matched on the same level of lightness or darkness.
If you want to make a big fashion statement, choose primary and secondary colors that are opposite of each other on the wheel. Pairing these colors is bold and adventurous, and some shades don’t look as good together as others. Avoid partnering red with green, though, unless it’s the holiday season. Experiment to find which colors work best for you. In general, don’t use more than three colors in your whole ensemble.


The scale of your fashion accessories is essential, too. When you’re wearing patterns, simple accessories are the best option. Accessories and jewelry that are too busy will make prints look tacky. The same goes for ruffled, sequined, embroidered or otherwise embellished garments: Wear understated accessories to keep the emphasis on your outfit.
The scale and shape of your handbag are also necessary. Consider your body type in addition to what you are wearing. Tall, thin women look best with short, slouchy bags such as hobos and clutches. Petite women should avoid oversized satchels; these bags overwhelm their small frames. Short ladies should also steer clear of handbags with long straps. Plus-size and hourglass-shaped women look fabulous with medium-sized structured or boxy handbags to balance out their curves.

Always accessorize a little

To perk up an outfit always add at least one statement piece suggests. It’ll make your outfit go from “good to knockout.” Wrap a light, patterned scarf around your neck before leaving the house in that all-black outfit, or slip a cuff bracelet on your wrist to make a sheath dress look fresh and not-so-classic. You don’t have to think too hard over what matches and works, when you pick just one, big accessory, like a bib necklace.
Always accessorize a little

When in doubt, pick a longer necklace

Necklaces not only have the power to kick your look up a notch but can also give you a boost of body confidence. Your necklace should be working for you—a long strand that hits just below the bust makes you look taller.