Thursday, November 21, 2013

Fashion after 40

Lately I've been thinking about the direction my life is taking and how that is affecting my blog. I am 41 years old and am loving life. Although I don't even want to attempt to pull off some of the looks I loved in my 20's and early 30's, I am constantly reminded that good quality and style are always in fashion.

Here are some thoughts about fashion after 40...

1. My style and taste remains very much the same it was a decade ago, except that the hemlines have gone down an inch or two.

2. It seems like some companies are targeting a younger and younger audience, but I have to wonder if this new target audience has the disposable income to spend $$$ on their styles.

3. I don't really care what anyone thinks anymore and am more willing to take a fashion risk. It's very refreshing.

4. Friends over 40 are honest. A decade ago, my friends told each other what they wanted to hear. Now, we're (brutally) honest, but we're also stronger than we used to be and are each others biggest champions. S/O to my peeps!

5. Chic knows no age limits.

Earlier this week, I styled my Charlene dress from Lilly Pulitzer in a different way that I loved. Paired with a yellow button down oxford shirt, the dress takes on twist and looks completely different than other ways that I have worn it. I completed the look with Frye boots and bracelets from knot:ical and Lilly Pulitzer.


  1. I am a few years older than you and I agree in regards to the audience that many stores are targeting. I really haven't spent money for clothing in the last few years because of the trends that are just not for me. I have always been more a classic style person and still am. You look great and your outfit in the pictures is wonderful. If you feel good you will look good.

  2. Great post! It is always so shocking to me when I go to back to school night and I see so many mothers who are clearly buying clothes from the junior's department...and these women can well afford to spend money on clothes! I stick with Talbots and Brooks Brothers for women and spice it up with Lilly Pulitzer and Vineyard Vines for's getting more difficult to find Lilly skirts with an appropriate hem line for me though! I have the Charlene dress too and LOVE it! So comfortable but so classy looking!

  3. Bethany, Thank you, thank you for this post. I have been so frustrated lately, at the clothing selections. All the stores, high end and low are targeting younger and younger customers. I also question this decision, as I really think 'we' have the disposable income to shop the higher end stores, but I can't seem to find anything that appeals to me or fits! I even went as far as calling the Saks Marketing Director, here in my city, to bring this to her attention, as a long time Saks customer. She said that's just the way the store is focusing. I am taller and I can't wear much at Lilly any more, I aleady had all the hems let down in the past, but now it just isn't enough. Thank goodness for 'classics', they last.

    Warmly, Kathleen

  4. Totally agree! So many dresses barely reach the tips of fingers if my arms are at my sides. Any movement of arms would risk a wardrobe malfunction, and it sitting is not an option.

  5. I love your OOTD! I'm more than half way to 40 but not yet 3/4 of the way there. But I have the hardest time finding clothes for work since I have to dress conservatively and it is impossible to find anything with a work appropriate hemline and it feels almost impossible to find fun dresses with hemlines I feel comfortable in. Granted, I am on the tall side.



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