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Biggest Fashion Faux Pas

  • January 15, 2014
  • By 50 Shades
  • 15 Comments

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I often see women my age and think how much I would love to pull them aside gently and give them advice about their makeup, hairstyle or dress sense.  Honestly, there are a lot of 50 something women out there who either don’t care about how they look because of low self esteem, have given up entirely or simply don’t look in the mirror.

Sure, when I look in the mirror I sometimes see an ageing woman looking back at me and wish for my former young self to appear.  Alas, that is not going to happen, but I am still going to at least try to look good for my age.

These are the things that I think are the biggest mistakes that women my age make when it comes to beauty and fashion.

  1.  Their foundation is laid on too thick, leaving a distinct line around their jawline and not at all disguising the lines on their face.
  2.  Their foundation is the wrong shade for their skin tone – too dark or too light.Bad Makeup
  3.  They make no effort to use foundation or bb cream to cover up skin imperfections such as redness, spider veins or brown pigmentation marks.
  4.  They use too much black eyeliner and mascara which is way too harsh.
  5.  Their lipstick bleeds into the fine lines around their mouths because they either use the wrong lipstick or they don’t apply lip liner.
  6.  Their bras are not giving them proper uplift and support, making their boobs look saggy.
  7.  Their bras are too small and their cups runneth over!Bra
  8.  They wear the wrong panties which gives vpl (visible panty line). There are plenty of shapewear or spanx type panties that can get rid of vpl.
  9.  They still think having a deep dark suntan is flattering, however the reality is that it makes their skin look like old wrinkled leather!
  10. They either wear their hair too long and unstyled or too short.
  11. They use too much bleach on their hair and it ends up going a horrible shade of orange and is a mass of dry frizz.
  12. They don’t get the regrowth on their hair touched up often enough or they don’t bother colouring their hair at all.Colour Regrowth
  13. They over-colour their hair or use a colour that is too harsh for their skin tone.
  14. They have two-tone foils that make them look like a skunk!
  15. They don’t use hair product or a straightener to try to smooth out the frizz.
  16. They dress either too young or too old for their age. For example, wear very short minis, overly tight tops and sky scraper heels.  Or they wear loose baggy pants and oversized t shirts or frumpy long shapeless dresses.
  17. They always wear pants when a skirt or a dress would look much more feminine and smart.
  18. They choose comfort over style.  For example, elasticized waisted pants rather than nice tailored pants or good fitting jeans.

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19.  They never use accessories to their advantage.  For example, a chunky colourful necklace or scarf can do wonders for a plain outfit.

20.  They wear extremely ugly shoes when there are so many stylish comfortable shoes available.

21.  They dress way too casually for a dressy occasion because they can’t be bothered.visible panty line

22. They wear leggings or tights out in public which do them absolutely no justice.

23. They still wear their jeans that they had in the 1970’s or 80’s. Very unfashionable!

24. They wear track pants and Ugg boots out in public.  So trashy!

25.  They think getting a tattoo is cool! OMG that is the biggest mistake of all.  They do not look good on anyone over the age of 40 years!

I understand that everyone has their different likes and dislikes, different tastes and fashion styles.  We are after all, very unique in our own way and some people like to stand out from the crowd by being different.  It would be a boring world if we all dressed the same.

So my advice is to ask someone to help you out with choosing makeup, a hairstyle and or an outfit for a special occasion.  Ask your girlfriends, your daughters or the shop assistant in the store where you shop.  Many department stores have their own fashion stylists who are free-of-charge and can help you put an outfit together.

Remember we maybe fifty, but we don’t need to be frumpy!

 

 

By 50 Shades, January 15, 2014 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

15 Comments
  • Pinky Poinker
    January 15, 2014

    6, 7, 10, 17, 18 and 19 are me. I pass all the rest I think. I have no excuse for being a slob but with those hot flushes coming twenty times a day comfort is very important these days. I try not to be frumpy but I am a bit too casual :) I’ll try a bit harder when Winter comes.

    • Kathy
      January 15, 2014

      Michelle, I’m sure you are being too hard on yourself! I say you can be comfortable and look reasonably smart at the same time. We all just need a bit of help sometimes.

  • Johanna
    January 15, 2014

    Yep, so agree Kathy. Save our frumpy days for doing the housework (alone), then get to the grooming and pull out the stops to look and feel good. Hell, we’re all we’ve got, so we better make the most of it because we aren’t going to get younger!

    • Kathy
      January 15, 2014

      Too true Jo. We do have to make the most of what we have. We all have figure flaws and are unhappy to a certain extent with our physical attributes, but it doesn’t mean we have to frump it!

  • Deborah
    January 15, 2014

    Hi Ladies, I am delighted to agree with both of you. In fact, Johanna, I now even choose my clothes for “home” days based on the task list. If it’s the mowing and mopping then certainly it’s shorts and a polo T-shirt and hope no one calls in. However, if it’s a “clean” day I may wear a shift dress I might have previously worn to work (teaching) even if I still spend the day alone. I’m sure I sit up straighter when I’m not slobbing it!

    • Kathy
      January 15, 2014

      Oh yes naturally I am not perfectly groomed or dressed on my ‘at home’ days. However I do slap on a little shift dress and a small amount of makeup (foundation & lipstick) if I go shopping or running errands. I am gobsmacked by the amount of women who go out in public dressed as if they just got out of bed. I even saw a woman dressed in boxer short pj’s at one of the major shopping centres on the Gold Coast a few weeks ago! I agree Deborah, I definitely feel better if I go to some sort of effort to dress and groom myself. It is good for self esteem.

  • redlandcitygirl
    January 15, 2014

    Thank goodness I have Miss 17 to be my own personal fashion and style adviser!

    • Kathy
      January 15, 2014

      Me too Janet. I have more own little ‘fashion critic’ at home and a son who often says “you’re not going out in that, are you”? But seriously, my girlfriends are very helpful when I need advice on hair, makeup and fashion. What would be do without one another?

  • Krishna_Everson (@KrishnaEverson)
    January 16, 2014

    Ooooh! Controversial! Okay, 17 is true for me, so I had my veins done and enjoy wearing dresses again. Gotta argue with 13 though! I’m not quite 50 (I’m 48) and have made the decision to go grey. There’s a going grey movement you know! Great post.

    • Kathy
      January 16, 2014

      Thank you Krishna. I’m glad you are wearing dresses again. I think they can be so much more flattering on a woman and they are definitely cooler in Summer. Not that I am trying to worm my way out of my grey hair comment, but I do think that going grey suits some women. If you are already fair it tends to look fine and I have even seen the odd woman who is salt & pepper who looks great. I checked out your photo on Facebook and you look fabulous!

  • Life Images by Jill
    January 28, 2014

    great post – and a great list of reminders – I think we have all done some of these at some stage or other. I only have sons, and no daughters to keep me from committing fashion or dressing mistakes. And shop assistants should tell the truth when you ask them if something looks right on you!
    Have a great week and thanks for stopping by my blog.

    • Kathy
      January 28, 2014

      Yes I think I have been guilty as well, particularly letting my hair regrowth get long overdue. I agree with you that shop assistants should be more honest. Actually I think my son is more of a fashion critic than my daughter! Thanks for reading Jill.

  • Kathryn
    May 21, 2014

    I have followed this site for a while and am finally going to ask this question- Deborah, I’m curious- what do you base your advise on? Yours, a group of advisors?
    The reason I ask is because I saw no basis for some of your advice. For example, a few years back I was very surprised when you said “no” to anklets for us over 50. They are beautiful dainty and feminine.
    We are encouraged to wear leggings, skinny jeans, but not UGGS? They are comfy and warm in colder weather, not to mention, cute.
    I’m not coming down on you,just curious who makes the decisions as to what is age appropriate. And, don’t forget, most of us don’t look as old as we are!

    • Kathy
      May 21, 2014

      Hi Kathryn, are you sure you have the right blog? I have never said anklets were unflattering and my name is not Deborah. As for Uggs, yes they are comfortable and warm, but in my opinion should not be worn outside the house. My opinions only. I don’t profess to be a fashion expert but I do know what looks good and what doesn’t. Thank you for reading my blog.

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