Q&A: Art Gallery Style in Your 50s

March 25th, 2008

Q:  I am to be the featured artist at a gallery art walk in a city by the water north of Seattle.  What do I wear?  I want to look classy, yet artsy.  I am 51.


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by Colleen Geary, fashion stylist and image consultant

A: At fifty-one, you fashion priority is to select a dress or suit that is not only sophisticated but also suits both your coloring and body type.  For a classic yet artsy look, build your outfit with classic foundation elements.  A little black dress is always appropriate—but if you dare, you may want to wear a splash of color. 

  • If you have an hourglass figure, try a sleeved wrap dress to accentuate your curves. 
  • To elongate a fuller figure, you can try a suit with a high stance (where the two lapels meet in front) and strong vertical lines.
  • If you’re blessed with a long, lean figure, a colorful maxi dress may also fit the bill.  A maxi dress gives you full coverage, and it also has a bohemian air to it.

Finish off your outfit with a pair of comfortable flats or low heels.  You’ll be standing for hours, so choose a pair of shoes that will allow you to focus on the event—not your aching feet.

Style tip?  After thirty-five, the color black tends to drain color out of a woman’s face. Should you choose a black dress, make sure to accessorize with colorful jewelry (or a scarf) and give yourself some extra color with your make-up. 

Have a great tip about style in your 50s? Share it with us in the comments!

Entry Filed under: Q&A, Ready Made Outfits, Women, Women's

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mimi  |  March 25th, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    I’m not there yet age-wise, but I love when mature women go bold! Bold colors that flatter their skin tone. Bold jewelry. Bold accessories. And a bold, confident attitude!

  • 2. Yvonne  |  March 25th, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    I think there is a real gap in blogs/writing for women over 50 as far as fashion, hair and makeup are concerned. It took me a few years to figure out how to dress when I turned 50 but I had to work at it. Thanks for asking for great tips for women in their 50s.

  • 3. Yvonne  |  March 25th, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    I think there is a real gap in blogs/writing for women over 50 as far as fashion, hair and makeup are concerned. It took me a few years to figure out how to dress when I turned 50 but I had to work at it. Thanks for asking for great tips for women in their 50s.

  • 4. Trisha  |  March 25th, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Yvonne, we’d be honored if you shared some of your style tips with us!

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