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What Women Shouldn't Wear after Age 40

March 21, 2017  •  1 Comment

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Google ‘what not to wear after age 40’ and you will have your pick of thousands of articles telling you what looks terrible on your old ass body.


We could spend hours studying the clothes we shouldn’t wear and the words we shouldn’t use and the makeup techniques we need to retire, what a horrible word that is...retire, like some unrequited, discarded item.

Here’s me, weighing in on this topic.

You are over 40 for duck’s sake. Wear whatever you want to!!


If you’ve made it to 40 and still need to consult articles on how to dress appropriately then you are so missing out on one of the best things about being that age. One of the best things about getting older is realizing that we don’t have to spend our energy worrying what other people think and we get to be comfortable in our own skin with our own freak flags. Watch any of my You Tube video's and you will hear me say "Why am i wearing a Sailors hat?, Well, Why not i say!! "


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Still, in saying that, there are a few things that women over 40 really shouldn’t wear:


The first thing is - The weight of the world. When you wear the weight of the world on your shoulders, you age. If you like the feel of the world’s weight and don’t want to give it up, then try scaling back a bit. Perhaps just wear the weight of a few of the smaller continents. 


The Second is - Shame and Regret. So few people can carry this look off. Most of us just end up looking haunted or like we were forced to eat liver and onions. Shame and regret are especially hard to wear after forty. Wearing shame and regret past forty is one of those things that make your eyes all red and runny looking. The downward spiral just snowballs from there. Once the eyes get old lady looking, then you have to re-evaluate the wisdom of black eye liner. I say give up wearing shame and regret and stuff giving up on black eye liner.


The Third - Rose colored glasses. Oh, sweetheart, you know who you are. Those glasses do nothing for you. Not only do they make you look like you’ve been smoking weed for days, they also keep you from examining life and your surroundings realistically. Yes, reality sucks, but by the time we hit forty, we need to suck it up, take those glasses off and punch reality into submission. Or just get some really big dark sunglasses instead. They cover all manner of sins!!


Fourth - Stiff upper lip. There is a time and a place for the stiff upper lip, but damn, it can’t be worn all the time. Too much stiff upper lip causes those funky vertical lines between your upper lip and your nose holes. We don’t always have to be stoic. I’m not suggesting that you wear your heart on your sleeve, but that is a  much softer look than wearing a stiff upper lip.


The Fifth thing - Too many hats. Personally, i love a good hat but wearing many hats, not so much. It's just not attractive. When you wear too many hats, it’s easy to forget which hat you’re wearing. For instance, are you wearing the ‘no nonsense corporate’ hat when you meant to wear your ‘quirky and kicked back’ hat? We’re not getting any younger, you know. Sooner or later you’re going to accidentally wear your court jester hat to the gynecologist and then where will you be?


Resting bitch face. Hahahahaha. Just kidding. Wear that one all you want. Although, it wouldn’t hurt if every once in a while, you had a welcoming and kind look on your face. At least that’s what I hear from other people.


There isn’t anything wrong with getting advice about updating your look or what to wear, but be yourself, talk to me, this is what i do with Photography Styling.


Who says what is appropriate? From where I sit, it seems ‘appropriate’ changes based on geography, social status, income and size. After a while, the advice becomes a confusing blur. I think I’ll just keep wearing my many shades of black.


With every Professional Portrait Session here at Studio Fascino, we always have a STYLE CHAT. I want to know who you are as a person and make sure that when we create an image, it represents you! Not my version of what i think you should look like. It is just so important to own who you are and love your quirky, unique self.


Megan xx


Megan Rizzo is the owner and head photographer here at Studio Fascino on the Gold Coast, Australia.



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Ann Beirne(non-registered)
Best styling advice I've EVER heard! Thank you :)
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