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How to Save Money on Clothes & Style: 16 Ideas for Women Over 40, 50, 60

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13. Mix and Match: Mix your prints and patterns. This will make your simpering, cutesy prints look fierce. You can find interesting, patterned clothing on sale when everyone else is shopping for black. And, remember that leopard is used just like a solid. (Tip: Start small and don’t test out new combinations on a workday unless you work in the entertainment industry or the arts.)

Best Everyday Jewelry for Women

cheap costume jewelry for baby boomersHere’s what I’ve learned about jewelry over the last 40 years.

14. Your Wedding Ring: Spend more money on your wedding ring and less on your clothing. If you are getting remarried or you have a chance to upgrade your ring, look for something great. If you're single, shop estate jewelry to find something large, funky, or fabulous to be your signature ring. Nice jewelry elevates apparel from Target or Old Navy. And, in the long run, you’ll save money, while looking chic.

15. Basic Earrings: Wear the same earrings everywhere. Once you get the right earrings, mine are mabe pearls, you will never want to take them off. I can’t tell you what earrings you should wear, because it depends on your face shape and your bone structure, but you will probably look fabulous in one of these styles:

  • how to save money on fashionDiamond Studs: You can wear fakes if they aren’t too large. Large CZs or rhinestones will make people wonder if your earrings are real.  However, if you have a large (real) diamond wedding ring, you might be able to get away with large CZ studs.  People will assume you can afford diamonds.
  • Black or White Pearl Studs: These are perfect if you have delicate bone structure.  But, try different colors. There are no hard and fast rules about what shade of pearls goes with different hair colors.
  • Large Mabe Pearls: Large pearls are fabulous if you have a rounder, larger face.  I sold my diamond studs because they were lost on me.
  • Large Yellow or White Gold Clip/Post Earrings: Large earrings work well if diamond studs look ditsy on you.

16. Costume Jewelry: Once you have your signature, wear-everywhere jewelry, you can add all kinds of wooden, plastic, base-metal, or faux-pearl pieces that come from consignment shops or Target. Your good jewelry will make your cheap stuff look great. Well, you have to use your good taste, with this method. But, I’m not using the phrase “good taste” the way your mother would. I mean “exotic and fun” good taste.

One of my ideas might help you add snap to your style. I hope so, because it’s no fun to have no money for new clothes. Then again, you could live like a hippie by eating nothing but brown rice and steamed veggies in order to save money for fun accessories or trendy clothes. Or, maybe, it's up to you to create the new "new".

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Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

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  1. theresa

    Re. Hair Color .... I am going to try henna for blonde hair. Natural and worth a try, as I dislike my mousey dish blonde graying hair color and HATE the whole coloring process, the smell, etc ...

    • Tina


      I don't know how henna comes out on lighter hair. Most of the time I've seen it on dark hair... in France... but I may have seen lighter hennaed hair all over and not known.

      Tina Boomerina
      ps Let us know how it comes out. We ALL hate the smell of bleach and dye.

  2. Laura

    About hair dye: at age 48, I started getting highlights, having become self-conscious about the grey popping up in my hair. After five years, I got busy and poor, stopping the highlighting for a summer. That's when I realized that my grey was coming in at the center part, creating a lovely, light streak. I've kept it natural since, and it gets better every day!

    • Tina

      I love that. You saved money and you found out that you looked better the way God (or Mother Nature) intended you to look. Cool.

  3. Nancy

    Hello Tina, you're whole personality comes out in these baby boomer fashion suggestions.

    I read them over and over, and the photos really help towards my learning to try different color sl.

    I am very sorry you have been sick with the painful illness. It must be very strange feeling to not have your balance. I am sad to see the photograph of the side to side head movement. I hope there will soon be a break through to give you comfort.

    I am an avid follower . Maybe you can give us boomers your thoughts of the new
    Pantene colors. Or,perhaps,one of the colors. Any of these colors will beat my nylon brown recliner. It is almost Vintage.