One of the most fabulous things about turning 50 is our newfound freedom to forget the fashion rules we felt confined to in our youths. That doesn’t mean, however, we have to let ourselves go entirely. With most of today’s fashion catering to the under-30 set, it’s more important than ever to fight the frump. A few simple guidelines and go-to pieces in your closet will keep you styling through middle age and beyond, with minimal effort.


1. Lovely layering

Running hot or cold at any given moment is one of the “perks” of middle age, so being able to add and remove clothing with temperature fluctuations is key. Thankfully, these days it’s easier than ever to layer up. There are endless varieties of cardigans and cover-ups to suit any size and shape. Just make sure you go with “flowy” silhouettes that fall below your hips. Boxy shapes add unnecessary bulk.

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