Should Older Women Wear Bright Colors? Fashion Over 50
by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)
Over the years, I have read a lot of articles about what colors (and clothing styles) are “appropriate” for women over 40, 50, 60, or 70 years old. And, some of the articles are so biased (and so definite in their opinions) that they make me want to scream... Well, can “old ladies” wear bright colors or not? I say, “Yes, they can, but they have to be the right colors.”
What makes me an expert on the subject of older women and colors? A. I am “older”. B. I am a colorist.
Note: I don’t do people’s colors. My college art professors always called me a “colorist” because my paintings were all about creative color. (What my teachers meant by the word colorist was that I painted with unusual, but fabulous, color combinations… and that I had a good eye for color.)
There Are No Bad Colors
I’m paraphrasing here, but I once read a quote that said something like, “There are no bad colors. There are only bad color combinations.” I wish I could give credit to whoever said that, because it’s true. And, when it comes to clothing, this quote is doubly important. Not only do you have to look at color combinations in your clothing, but you also have to look at colors in combination with your face… your skintone… your complexion… your hair… your eyes… your own basic coloring at this stage of your life.
Once you get into your 40’s or so, your coloring starts to change. After that, your skin and hair seem to transform from time to time… or maybe all the time… and this means you should not be wearing your fave colors from your disco days of glory. Well… not exactly. It is, also, my opinion that your very best colors will always be your very best colors forever, but some of your favorites will have to be grayed down (neutralized) or kicked to the curb.
Find Your Best Colors for Clothing and Accessories
I have a bit of a color bias based upon my experience with my own coloring. I am a naturally pale, mousey-brown brunette, with yellow undertones in my skin. I am Northern European and English, with something like Brazilian thrown in, but no one really knows for sure because my grandmother was adopted and adoption was all “hush hush” back in the day.
Anyway, I know what colors look good on me: deep magentas, dusky plums, sapphire blues that are a bit off and not too strong, most shades of teal or turquoise, and so on. However, there are times when you might see me overdoing the color thing a bit and going a little wild, but that’s because I’m constantly experimenting with different combinations of colors.
And, you should be experimenting, too, because we are all different. For example, I know that I can’t wear mustard yellow, because I once wore a mustard-colored top and the undertaker showed up at my door within minutes. However, my Irish friend (a natural redhead) absolutely glowed like an angel when she wore that same color. (article continues)
Keep reading about colors for women over 40, 50, or 60 on page two.