I disagree with the popular myth that winter clothing is more flattering to an expanding waistline (with all the layers and scarves) than summer clothing. Summer clothing can look great and flatter your figure when the garments are carefully chosen and accessorized.
The first step is to realize and focus on the fact that you have evolved since you were in your twenties. I know that sounds silly, but often we keep the mind-set of what worked for us years ago. When confronted with new styles and colors, the response is, “No- I can’t try that- that won’t look good on me”. Of course, not all new styles and colors will work but we all need to expand our ‘palate’. I find that things that didn’t work, now look good. The challenge is to see ourselves as we are in the here and now.
The areas of the body that show the most ‘age’ are our hands, neck, arms and chest areas. Jiggly waists, ‘crepey’ arms, sun spots, spider veins and dowager’s hump are key areas to camouflage.
Make a plan: how do you spend your time and what are your clothing needs? Don’t keep looking for work clothes when you are retired. Banish the expression, “I don’t need anything”. Clothing tells your story and communicates your vitality and enthusiasm for life. If your closet is filled with clothing from your past lives, you do need fresh, new designs. Retire the old and start assembling the new.
Begin with your underwear. Worn out and ill-fitting bras and panties ruin your presentation. Clean out your underwear drawer and purchase new great fitting and flattering under-garments.
Look slimmer: avoid anything that is too tight (especially skinny jeans) or anything baggy or oversized. Avoid thin, jersey-like fabrics or shiny materials. Instead, find matte fabrics with some body and drape. Stay away from bell shaped skirts and bell shaped sleeves. Cropped or 3/4 length pants can be tricky. It is better to wear full length or ankle length pants. Also, prints with big patterns or high contrast can make you look heavy. Chunky shoes are not a sleek look. Be cautious with bling- it has a similar effect as shiny fabrics. Also, stay away from mini-skirts.
Start to build your summer wardrobe: Start with coordinating pieces in two or three colors.