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Are There Any Rules When it Comes to Fashion After 50?

By Margaret Manning December 04, 2016 Beauty

A few weeks ago, I asked the members of our community whether, when it comes to fashion after 50, it is more important to “look good” or “feel good.” Perhaps somewhat predictably, many women commented that they didn’t feel like this was a fair choice. They said that they always selected clothes that look great AND feel great.

After a while, I realized that I may have asked the wrong question. You see, if we count ourselves as the sole judge of what is fashionable, of course we can find clothes that look good and feel good. But, is that really true?

Do we always know what looks good on us? Or, are there “rules” of fashion that can make us look better after 50? If so, are there times when these “rules” may ask us to sacrifice a little comfort for a more flattering look?

Let me give you an example. When I interviewed fashion expert, Melanie Payge, she said that, in most cases, older women don’t look good in leggings. Of course, there are always going to be exceptions, but, I think that most women would agree that leggings are not as flattering as a pair of well-tailored pants.

At the same time, many women get upset by the very idea that there are “rules” that one should follow when it comes to fashion after 50. They say that we should be able to wear whatever we want. This is the essence of the question that I was trying to get to when I asked about comfort vs. style.

I’m curious what you think about this. Do you believe that there are any “rules” when it comes to fashion after 50? If so, are you ever willing to sacrifice a little comfort for a more flattering look? Please take a second to vote in the comments below. Then, let’s get a conversation started!

Do you think that there are any “rules” when it comes to fashion after 50? If so, which ones do you apply? If not, why not? Please join the conversation and “like” and share this article to keep the discussion going.

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Margaret Manning is the founder of Sixty and Me. She is an entrepreneur, author and speaker. Margaret is passionate about building dynamic and engaged communities that improve lives and change perceptions. Margaret can be contacted at

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