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Shopping Doís And Doníts To Help You Find Your Style After 40!
Ever gone shopping, tried something on and wondered, ďDoes this look awful, or am I just not hip?Ē How do you really know if a new trend looks bad on you or whether youíre just stuck in a serious style rut? Here are 6 shopping Doís and Doníts get you off the fashion fence and help you look fabulous after 40!
1. DONíT Blindly Listen to Sales People
Weíve all fallen into the trap of letting a salesperson to talk us into buying something, weíre not really crazy about. After 40, we are easy prey. While there are some good salespeople out there, most are on commission and want you to buy. Best to listen to your gut about an outfit or develop a long term relationship with a particular salesperson that you like and trust. Also, be sure to take a good look at how the sales person has put herself together. If she doesnít look chic, how can you expect her to help you look chic?
2. DO Take it Home to Test Drive
Most stores have excellent return policies, so if youíre not sure how you feel about something, take it home and try it out. It can look very different when you are more rested or if you are in a different light. Maybe youíll even notice how well it works with something else in your closet or start to feel differently about it when you slip in it on and get all kinds of compliments from your family. Or perhaps, youíll realize that your instincts were right after all, and return it.
3. DONíT say No to your First Encounter with a New Style
When a new style arrives in the store it can seem so foreign that even though it looks fabulous on you, it feels strange. This is particularly true after 40. For example, if you try on a pair of new high waisted pants, and you like them, but are just not sure, then try on several versions of the same look from different designers. Sometimes a slightly different cut or a small detail change can make all the difference and suddenly you are sold.
4. DO check out what other Women are pulling off
If you are not sure if a style is age appropriate, then take a look at what other fashionable gals your age are wearing. If you are over 40 and worried that chunky platform shoes may look too young, but you notice stylish 40 somethings wearing who look great, then go for it. Also notice what clothes, hair and accessories these women are wearing with the chunky platforms. Itís important to co-ordinate a total look.
5. DO Be Prepared to make Mistakes
If youíve fallen off the style track since youíve turned 40 itís going to take a while to get back on board. Be prepared to make a few mistakes and forgive yourself. So you thought it looked great, gave it a chance and a month later hated it. This will happen. Donít beat yourself up. Getting Your Style Groove back is a process.
6. DONíT Buy Clothes you are not in Love With
In the end, the best way to determine whether a new style is right for you is to be in love with it. Thatís the bottom line. If you donít feel confident in what you are wearing you will never look fabulous no matter what anyone says. Remember you have to feel fabulous to look fabulous after 40!
© 2007 Fabulous after 40
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