Fashion Advice For Contemporary Women Over Fifty

If you’re a woman who is over fifty, you’ve probably heard all the old standard fashion advice for ‘mature’ women. Wear turtlenecks, they cover up wrinkled necks. Wear your skirts below your knee, it’s more age appropriate. You’re too old to wear long hair, it ages you.

The list goes on. Well, that list is antiquated. Throw it out. Today’s 50-plus woman doesn’t have to give up her sense of style just because she had another birthday. Here are some suggestions to help you dress to make you look and feel good about yourself.

Be Confident in Yourself

Wear your confidence like a designer gown. You’ve lived enough life that you are knowledgeable, experienced and can believe in your own self worth. You’ve earned the right to trust your own taste and judgment. If it feels right to you, it probably is. Don’t let anyone dictate what your personal style must be simply because you’ve passed a mile marker.

Often, you are told to avoid trends, and that may be right sometimes, just as women of all ages should be selective about the fashion trends they choose to follow. That doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in certain ones that appeal to you and suit your particular body type. Being over fifty doesn’t mean you know longer love to look stylish and up to date. Trust in your instincts.

Know Your Flaws

Yes, your body has changed over the years. Your arms may not be as firm as they once were and the girls may not be quite as perky as they used to be. Maybe your rear has spread some or your tummy is no longer concave. So, yes, you may have to change your fashion strategies a bit. That doesn’t mean you are suddenly sentenced to live the rest of your life in drab, baggy clothes with no style at all. It just means

you need to think about ways to disguise the problem areas and flatter the rest of your body. If you are uncomfortable with saggy upper arms, then either don’t wear sleeveless garments or add a shrug or jacket. If you are bothered by widening hips, accent the top half of your body with shirts or sweaters with rich color, v-necks or vertical stripes and de-emphasize the lower half with solid, dark colors. A-line skirts and wide-legged trousers also help minimize a bulky bottom.

Invest in Well-Fitting Undergarments

Gravity does take its toll on our bodies no matter how hard we fight it. The best way to help control the g-factor is with undergarments that fit correctly and do their job properly. Indulge yourself and go have a bra fitted by a professional. You’ll be amazed at what a difference a quality bra that fits correctly can make in your figure. It is a well known fact that most women don’t buy the right bra for their body. It’s more important now than ever to change that.

The same goes with panties. Panty lines are unattractive on anyone, no matter what their age. If your butt or tummy is a little flabby, don’t wear tight bikini panties that cut in and emphasizes that fact. People may make fun of granny panties, but a well-fitting pair of briefs is a good option for many people. If you’re over fifty, don’t fall victim to out of date fashion dictates for mature women. Your love for fashion is still alive. Indulge it.

Shopping Thrift Stores and Pawn Shops For Collectable Jewelry Considered

Finding pristine pieces of collectable jewelry takes a lot of patience and a bit of knowledge. That means it takes some experience and observational talents that must be developed over time. Some folks like to peruse the online ads on eBay, Craigslist and such to find collectable jewelry, but you better make sure you know what you are buying and that the picture displayed is crisp and the actual digital shot of the item that is for sale.

It’s starting to sound a little dangerous buying stuff online or at online auctions isn’t it? Sure it is, so beware. Still, a talented shopper can find some super deals online, again, with patience, knowledge and knowing exactly which questions to ask, before they send the electronic payments to the seller. May I be so bold as to offer some advice on shopping for collectable jewelry another way, using the “what you see, is really what you get method?”

Why not go into a nicer area and check out the Pawn Shops? Right now with the economy in the tank, many folks have hocked their collectable jewelry to get quick cash to stay in their homes, pay their mortgages, or get money to stay out of bankruptcy. With job losses increasing at the bottom of the recession, there is quite the supply available.
If you have collectable jewelry and you take it to a Pawn Shop do not expect to get much for it, it’s too risky and many Pawn Shops will not give you much for it, as there is no definite market and its value is so hard to judge. There is a market for some specific top end brands like Rolex Watches, but for the most part collectable jewelry is not so easy to Pawn.

Perhaps this is why you can get such a good deal for it. And while you are at the Pawn Shop, why not check out the Thrift Stores too. The selection might not be so great during a down economy, since more folks are shopping for low prices for jewelry, but Thrift Stores often have great collectable jewelry, again if you are patient and know what to look for. Think on this.

Organizing Jewelries in Classic Armoires and Boxes

Love collecting jewelries? Most women do, which is why jewelry armoire and jewelry boxes are essential furniture around the house. If one has a huge jewelry collection, she may need a jewelry armoire. On the other hand, jewelry boxes are for smaller number of accessories. Commonly, this furniture is made from cherry, oak, and pine which make it look more classic and elegant. It may be expensive because of the proven durability of the materials but it is worth buying especially for women who want to organize their jewelry collections. It can last for several generations too and helps preserve precious jewelries and family heirlooms.

When buying jewelry armoires, the main things to think about first are the space and size (for the room it will occupy), personal needs, style and design, and the quality of product. Typically, armoires are described as tall cupboards with at least four to five drawers and locks for safety. But there are many other distinct features which will need careful evaluation first. Now, considering the space is important because it depends on the room where it will be placed. If there is only little space available, do not choose huge armoires. Check the features too like sliding door panels and others that can help in saving space. Size also matters here if the owner will be transferring the jewelry armoire from time to time. Personal needs refer to the function of the armoire. Some armoires are for plates, clothing, television, etc.

For jewelries, know first the total number of jewelries. From it, one will know what to buy – a jewelry armoire or a jewelry box. Jewelry armoire can hold more jewelry on it. Check the number of stacks, pegs, hooks, and compartments too. If one has more necklaces and chains, it will be better to choose the one with more hooks; if one has more stud earrings, those with smaller compartments will be a best buy, and so on. Know the features before deciding to buy one. Style and design will depend on the taste of the person and the style of the house. The quality is tested if products are recommended by other people, so take a survey too. It must be durable too. For jewelry boxes, choose one made of strong wood and good fabric lining. It can help in preventing scratches and nicks in jewelries.

Jewelry armoire and jewelry boxes are important not only for organizing jewelries but also for safety and preservation of valuable jewels. So consider buying one now and keep jewelries safe and organized.