Monday, August 17, 2009

Guest Blog: Dressing For Your Age

This guest post was written by Jennifer and Melissa of Workchic.com. Workchic helps dress women for work by offering suggested outfits, fit guidelines, tips and tricks on how to look professional, feminine and chic. Check out the Workchic blog for tips and trends!

As you all know by now- We love dresses! They are universally chic and are one of the easiest ways we know to achieve sophisticated and professional style. We have done a video about styling vintage dresses, written countless blogs, tweets, and created unique Polyvore sets. Through out all this, we haven't discussed dresses for your age. While 20 something’s look chic in loose tunic styles, 50 something’s would prefer a more polished style. So which of these dresses is right for you?

If you are in your 20's have fun with your work wardrobe. Play with color, pattern, and silhouette. The key to keeping it professional is staying covered up. That means no cleavage and nothing to short. Wearing a cardigan also helps complete your look.

In your 30's you can still have fun with color, but we recommend toning down the silhouettes and go for something more fitted to counter bold colors. Select one item in your outfit to make a statement with. For the yellow dress we would go with neutral heels. The printed dress has a looser silhouette but is pulled together with a tie at the waist. For this look we added bold color in the heels. Add a blazer to complete you professional image.

In your 40's we minimized the bright colors, but did not loose them entirely. A tie neck dress keeps the colorful stripes professional with a little whimsy. Animal print can be sophisticated in the right silhouette. Here we added a cardigan. We kept the look toned down with chocolate brown wedges, pearl earrings, and reading glasses. For a quick pop of color try a raspberry satchel.


In your 50's keep the silhouette of your dresses sophisticated. Unique necklines draw the attention up toward your face. Wrap dresses are also key, they are the perfect place to play with pattern and even some color. Though in this example we put all the color in a classic red pointed toe pump. We gave a few different of examples of jewelry that will put the finishing touches on your look.


Remember dresses will make your life easy in the morning. The key to looking professional and age appropriate is color, pattern and silhouette. In your 20's and 30's play with color in your dresses, in your 40's and 50's move the pop color to your accessories. It's always flattering to accentuate your waist and have skirts that float away from the body. You can purchase dresses that have a tied waist or add your own belt to personalize the look. Blazers and cardigans also go a long way toward completing your professional image. Put these pieces together and your image will say successful every time!

7 comments:

Akaya said...

I disagree with most of this. We must remember, there`s more to people than their age! My mother can pull off just about any outfit I can, even if she`s 37 years older than me. This has more to do with body shape, colours and personality than age.

ShopForYouToo said...

I agree with your take as well a Akaya. Dresses are so ageless, they are a classic feminine piece. I like what you have shown as variety.

Anonymous said...

Great stuff but your look for 40's was a bit too matronly for me.

I'm 44 and have a 1 year old and a 3 year old.

More and more women my age are having kids for the first time and want their work wardrobe to reflect a spirited and energetic vibe.

Jennifer said...

The items are awesome, but I have to agree that the age tied to them doesn't work for me. I know women in their 50's and 60's who look sharp and beautiful in bold colors. I also know women in their 20's who pull off more classic looks with amazing grace.

Sirius B said...

Japanese women prefers pastel colors as they aged and they look absolutely fine.

Ketutar said...

I'm 40 and I'm offended! My 74 years old mother wouldn't get caught dead in that granny-outfit you suggest I should wear! Only teenagers can handle a bow under their chin! Those were really fashionable when I was a teenager, so on me it would look as if I was still wearing the fashion of my youth! You wouldn't put those clothes on any 40-something celebrity, why are you even thinking of normal women wearing something as horrid as that!

Workchic said...

We love getting feedback on our posts. Every women and every office is different. It is very important to consider body type, personal style, and office environment when creating your work look. These are just a few of our suggestions and by no means exact rules every woman should follow. We are not telling anyone to forsake style, we love having fun with fashion. Just consider the looks you are putting together. We can all admit some items just are not age appropriate as some items are not office appropriate no matter your age! For more help on dressing to impress, be sure to check out our Fitting Room Series.