Just because we are older, doesn’t mean we don’t want to feel stylish in our clothes. After all, looking good makes us feel good too. If you are retired and watching your budget, it is also important to get good quality items at great prices. It isn’t impossible. How? With simple planning and an awareness of what suits you best. The following fashion budgeting tips for women over 50 will have you looking great and spending less like a professional shopper.
The number one tip to looking great within a budget is knowing your own body shape and following the style according to that. You will waste your money if you buy clothes that don’t fit or flatter you. And remember, just because something is trending, doesn’t mean it will look good on you. Of course, your dressing sense should include a current and updated look but that doesn’t mean you have to follow a trend that doesn’t go with your body shape at all.
As you have already crossed your 50s, you may think you already know what suits you and what doesn’t. But the fact is, our bodies do change as we age. What looked great when we were younger, may look awful now. You may need to re-assess what looks good on you now. You may even need a whole new wardrobe. Don’t worry! You don’t need to break the bank with these fashion budgeting tips and simple suggestions.
Let’s get started…
Fashion Tips For Midlife Women On A Budget:
When it is summer, opt for those coloured clothes that make you feel fresh and bright at the same time. You can choose sunny yellows, spring greens, and fresh pinks or purples. If you have transitioned to grey hair, check out this post to see what colours will look great on you.
If you want a classy look, you can go with a combination of navy and white with yellow accessories which is fit for all types of skin tone. Or, you can choose gray with a contrasting bright colour to look elegant and fashionable at the same time. Another classic combination is black and white that can make you feel and look sophisticated.
As you’ve reached your middle age, it doesn’t mean you have to be limited to black and white. You can experiment with a bit of colour according to your fashion taste.
Be careful when choosing 70s colour combinations like bright green and blue, pink and purple, yellow and orange, yellow and green, pink and green, and so on. Wearing dresses with such combinations may look too dramatic for the fall season.
Therefore, opt for those shades that look vibrant without a feeling of overpowering. Some soft and soothing shades like sky blue, baby pink, and emerald green look good on mature women.
Striped knit sweaters can never be outdated if you can carry them in a proper way. Pair it with ankle length trousers to make a casual but stylish look. If you look for a classy and sophisticated look, you can try small pattern tops with jackets and cardigans.
You can choose classy and sophisticated scarves to add a different dimension in your style. Colour really matters for the style and the colour consideration for dresses should be decided upon the weather. As light colour is recommended for summer and darker colour is recommended for winter.
Choose a bold and tinted colour like blue, red, or black.
Welcome spring by wearing casual outfits. Such outfits can include slim-fit sweaters with mid-rise jeans. You can carry a scarf with this combo too. Another combination you can go with is a spaghetti strap shortened top with mid-rise skinnies and blush blazer.
If it is quite cold outside, you can try on a beige wool coat with a short-sleeve shirt and blue jeans. Choose vibrant colours like light green, pastel pink and peach red to feel fresh.
Don’t forget about footwear!
When it is about the shoe, stick with those that are comfortable. You can be comfortable while being stylish. Remember, if you feel good, you’ll look good!!!
Slippers and sneakers can be a perfect match with any style you opt for. You can always be fashionable, comfortable and save money at the same time.
More Ways To Save Money On Fashion:
Know what you already have
People generally have a tendency to accumulate and cling to buying things that they rarely or never use. If you have the same nature, check your closet before purchasing.
Buying unnecessary items is nothing but a waste of money if you can’t use them. So, before you go shopping, check what you have and what you don’t have:
- If you have a lot of red or blue coloured dresses, you should avoid over-buying these coloured items in the future. Try new colours, shade or patterns.
- Check what types of shoes, boots and sandals you already have at the beginning of a new season. It’s amazing how we forget what we have.
- And when it is about accessories, don’t be impulsive. Don’t buy because you love it. Choose accessories that will go with outfits you already have.
Exchange things with your friends
It doesn’t make sense to spend a huge amount of money on buying an item which you’re gonna use for one time. In such a case, there is a solution and that is exchanging the items with your best friends.
You can exchange things like bags, hats, and other small items with your friends. It is the best way to get rid of the guilt feeling that your money doesn’t go to waste. It will save you money plus give you an excuse to get together with girlfriends.
Buy quality pieces
In the case of shopping, it is always better to buy quality items even if it costs more. Quality will always last longer.
The tips to buy quality pieces are:
- Choose natural fibres like cotton, wool, linen, leather and denim. Or a blend of natural and synthetic fibres.
- Fabric should have a dense knit. This will help the garment keep it’s shape through many washes.
- Check the seams. Are they straight, where they should be and well done?
- Don’t be afraid to turn garments inside out to see the stitching.
Shop at outlet stores
When it is about saving money on buying items nothing can be better than an outlet store. You’ll get everything like a deep discount with amazing sales and significant savings in one place.
Still, there are some facts that you need to know before you buy items from outlet stores:
- Understand the difference between different types of outlet stores like true outlet-stores, factory stores, retail stores, and so on.
- The operators of such stores are experts in enticing customers to buy their products. They know very well what their customers want and they set prices like it’s a good deal proclaiming a reduced price. But the prices are not really discounted or the piece is not an exact match to the higher end model. So, before you purchase something, compare quality and check prices at original stores.
Wait for sales
If you want to save bucks on buying items, you can wait for a discount sale. The best time to get such an offer is:
- Black Friday
- Cyber Monday
- Green Monday
- Thanksgiving Day
On these days, the prices of the items get comparatively lower than the normal days. So, it will be the best way to save money on buying items. This may mean you will shop out of season. In that case, stay away from trends and choose classic styles.
Create a capsule wardrobe
Creating a wardrobe around a base of inter-changeable pieces is a great way to save money and time getting ready in the morning. The theory is that you only keep pieces that you love, fit and will wear. How many of us have closets full of clothes that don’t fit us or that we may wear “one day”. Think of all the money we have wasted buying clothes we never wear or wore once. Narrowing down our choices and learning to create outfits makes us better and more discretionary buyers. Start your capsule wardrobe with the pieces in this post.
Final tips to look your best at any age
Buying and wearing elegant dresses with beautiful accessories can make women over 50 feel stylish and good about themselves but real beauty starts with taking care of ourselves on the inside first.
Staying healthy and fit is the best way to look great, no matter what you wear:
- Drink enough water to stay hydrated.
- Exercise daily to overcome diseases.
- Eat healthy food to feel and look more vibrant.
- Get enough sleep and rest to cover the tiredness on your face and body posture.
- Have regular scheduled check-ups with your doctor.
Following these tips will help you stay fit and live a longer, active life. Now that’s sexy!
Getting older doesn’t have to mean invisible. You can be stylish without your wallet taking a pounding. You just have to have a plan. I hope these fashion budget tips help you save money, look great and love life. You deserve it my friend.
About the author:
Valentina Wilson is a personal financial blogger who loves to write on how to manage personal finances in a better way. Traveling is also her passion and she loves to explore different places alone. You can find her at her blog Best Debt Consolidation.