So what’s different about style in your 40s? Ultimately, not much – the basics of good style do not change as we progress age brackets. What may change however, is you. Not just how you look but how you feel about yourself too, and both can have an impact on how your clothes look and feel. So how best should you be developing your style so it moves and works with you? Find out how to make the most of style in your forties and beyond with the L&F Guide to Fabulous Fashion Over 40.
The first step is getting the measure of where you’re at in the journey – what do you feel differently about? This might be something tangible like how your pants are fastening or where necklines are sitting but it could also relate to your mood – how your favourite dress makes you feel or how dark the colours in your wardrobe look when all you want to see is sunshine.
This step is not about attaching positives or negatives, it is an assessment of facts alone so get the measure of the situation. Take your measuring tape and consult the size guide before you buy next – they’re just numbers not a measure of your beauty or worth. If you need to size up or size down, then so be it – comfort equals confidence!
Make the most of what you have, and yes, we all have something to be proud of! Build style confidence by choosing clothes that highlight your best feature – play up your killer curves, show off your slender ankles or make those bright eyes pop.
Make the best of the rest – empower your look with good foundations and ensure you have well-fitting lingerie. A good bra has the power to redefine your silhouette, lifting and supporting heavier busts to reveal waistlines or boosting and shaping softer tissues to add definition.
Regardless of size or shape, colour is a simple way to transform the way you look and feel.
Renowned for their sophisticated style and timeless aging, French women are known to choose navy over black as it reflects more flatteringly on the skin. So too, as skin tones and hair colours change often to softer shades, paler palettes and pastel shades can look more harmonious.
Colour is a powerful communicator so use it to convey your new energy: embrace an optimistic mood with cheerful shades and playful prints, make a statement in bold contrasts or showcase your sophisticated side with neurals and tonal palettes – pick your statement style make it your signature.
Brighten up the world with a playful print, make your presence known with a bold contrast of colours or stay calm and equalizing in neutral tones.
Invest in clothes that reflect the richness of your life. We’re not talking about your bank balance here, but the wealth of your wisdom. By forty you qualify as a connoisseur so look out for the details that will communicate this – the darts on a tailored jacket, the button fastenings on a pair of pants, the pleats on a wrap-front dress, these are the small touches that elevate a garment and by consequence, your style as the wearer.
Two or three investment pieces is all you need and then you can mix and match in your basics. Make block colours your mainstay then add a pop of print to add depth to your look.
Look for the details: pleats, tailored tucks and clever darts all enhance the fit of garments while covered buttons, top stitching and deep hemlines add luxury.
Great style is all about showcasing your best bits – that’s not just your physical assets but your personality and outlook on life too. Style is unique to the individual. While fashion should be fun, (and there are times when it is frivolity at its most fabulous!) trends are not compulsory. Use them as inspiration not regulation, and stay true to what you know makes you feel good.
I have 3 pairs of these pants now. They are my go-to work pants. They are so comfortable, classy and go with everything. They sit well on my hips and are very flattering due to the way they fall and the high quality material used. They are also my favourite travel pants as they are comfy, not tight around waist and don’t need ironing.
Perfect length for petites and colour is stunning!
Absolutely gorgeous colour and such a high quality pair of pants. Unfortunately the style isn’t working for my current body shape (I exchanged for a different size but both didn’t suit). Whilst disappointing for me it’s a reminder that not every style suits every body type. For those that it will suit, they are a really lovely piece.
Lovely fabric and mulberry colour. Unfortunately the style hasn’t worked for my current shape (short pear) so have returned.
First up late purchase and looking for something not to OOT. This is perfection!
Beautiful blue dress for a formal wedding. So comfortable and wore a slip underneath
I love the fit and colour of this top. The blue is beautiful
Beautiful soft slinky fabric. This will be on high rotation
Adding cobalt to my rainbow of Emilys was a great choice.
Perfect for work or play. Great with navy, black and denim. 💙
I have this in white and now the black. I like the fit and it looks very stylish. I teamed the black shirt with white jeans and was happy with the look.
I love these so much, so comfortable to wear. I would like them a tad shorter due to only being 5’3”. I think they will get plenty of wear.
Love this top. My first ziggy and it really is such a comfortable and stylish shape. And the Emerald Arches print is so striking, I receive compliments every time I wear it.
Love the lower-cut square neckline, fitted front, and longer rounded back. Stand-out print, great with slim black pants or a fitted black skirt.
I normally buy a 12 in the Jarcardis but found I could have gone down a size. It’s a beautiful colour with a great style that goes with so many of my L&F pieces. I love the versatility that comes with this smart little jacket.
People have mentioned ‘work pyjamas’ often on these pages - now I think I get what they mean. Divinely stretchy and comfy, the Monroe pant is flattering and the petrol colour adds class. New fave pants.