Nikki’s Inbox: Trendy, Sexy, Cool At 55

I’m having such a problem with fashion right now. I love dressing trendy (I’m a hair stylist) but being older I’m not sure I can still do that. I’m 4’10 and weigh 90 pounds. I used to shop in the kids’ department and still do for some casual wear but I’m not ready to be conservative yet and maybe never will. Can you please help with my fashion issues? Thank you so much!

Kim, 55/New Jersey, USA

First of all, can I just tell you how much I appreciate that you find my advice trustworthy? I’m still surprised when I get questions from people of all ages (yes, I do get emails from 10 year-olds to 60-somethings, too!) So thank you, my dear readers, for letting me make a small but hopefully good difference in your lives.

Now then, you said it yourself, Kim: you love keeping up with trends and don’t see yourself as ever dressing “conservatively.” I also assume that your profession as a hair stylist is a big factor in your fashion choices. I know a lot of similar creative types who prefer to be bold and daring when it comes to their outfits. Thus, if your favorite styles make you happy and affirm your true self then that’s what’s important.

Go for dramatic silhouettes
I only know that you’re basically petite, Kim, and that you’re looking for casual wear but other than that, I don’t know what your exact issues are. Let’s just assume for now that you know your body shape (vertical and horizontal) and work from there, okay? Check out YesStyle’s Petite Fashion because I guarantee that you’ll get your best finds here!

If you’re used to wearing tight-fitting clothes from the teens’ and kids’ sections, time to switch to the other side. Winter is all about volume contrast, from bigger pieces like billowy trench coats, capes and ponchos to boxy, longer sweaters and trousers. While there’s the risk that all that bigness might overwhelm your small frame, I say that if you’ve got an eye for proportions (which I’m sure you do), then go for it! As always, the rule of thumb is to contrast something loose or baggy with something fitted, e.g., boxy top + fitted pants or vice versa. Easy to remember and easy to do!

From voluminous to fluid to A-line, silhouettes are always important to a petite.

Colors and textures are your friends
I love fall and winter because that’s when textures come out to play – knits, tweeds, suede, corduroy, fleece, fur, to name a few. Fringes and tassels are definitely big this year so a fringed suede mini skirt or fringed pair of boots is definitely something you should keep in mind on your shopping list. Jewel tones (garnet red or burgundy, royal purple, cobalt or sapphire blue, emerald green) in winter are popular but with textures, they definitely look way more upscale.

Always keep it visually interesting.

If you have an all-black dress code at work, no problem! Dress in various shades of black to break the monotony, and contrast matte with patent to bring out the edginess. It can be leather patches on a coat or graphic print sweatshirt, or a faux leather mini skirt that comes with inset leggings. Works with boots, high top sneakers or even suede pumps.

Black doesn’t always have to be boring.

The statement can be in the details
Sometimes even regular, seemingly “boring” clothes get a lift when you find accessories or details that elevate the outfit. It can be in the form of exaggerated or contrast-colored collars, asymmetric hemlines, stitching or embroidery. While it may be too cold to wear a crop top, you can opt for a cropped trench-style jacket instead or cardigan that will serve to visually elongate you.

Keep it short and sassy!

Accessories are your other best option to making your style really pop. Chokers took the fall/winter runways early this year and now you can find them not just in the typical lace or ribbon cord but in other fabrics or materials such as wire, and in various thicknesses too. Tasseled earrings are the new chandelier and can instantly draw attention to your face and hair.

Speaking of hair, as a hair stylist yourself, I’m sure you’re already aware of the unicorn hair trend which is yet another game-changer to your look, plus a whole slew of other eye-popping ways to transform tresses. But to save your natural locks from damage, why not try multicolored clip-on extensions? They’re an easier and less time-consuming way to change your ‘do.

Give them plenty of eye candy.


P.S. If you’re sending a question, please don’t forget to include any helpful information about your body, your tastes or personality. You can include a photo (link only please) of yourself or your clothes (which I will never publish without your written approval). Thank you!

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