Have you ever picked something up from a store rack thinking, “I can still rock this,” only to find out in front of a mirror that the look is just completely wrong? You were probably shopping for a different time in your life, something we’re all guilty of doing whether we know it or not. The idea of dressing for your age, or even knowing how to, isn’t as easy as some might make it look. Some people may seem like they always just have their look together, but the truth is dressing according to your age is a true art. And like many art forms, it takes practice until its perfected. 

It doesn’t mean that you have to give up all your favorite skinny jeans as soon as you turn 40. It also doesn’t mean that just because you’re 25 you can’t wear a sophisticated maxi. Dressing for your age simply means taking your time to think through an outfit, to put together pieces that won’t make you look 10 years older than you actually are. You also don’t want people to think that you’ve browsed through a teenager’s closet either.

There are plenty of unspoken rules in fashion, and dressing for your age is one of them. For a beauty boss like you, your style should be a reflection of your business. So swallow that frog and rock your age no matter what stage you’re in with life. It’s time you learn that you are gorgeous no matter how old you are. This guide should help you tap into the style that’s appropriate for your age without totally changing your personality. 

A Complete Guide to Dressing for Your Age

Dressing in your 20s

This is the time when you can take the biggest risks when it comes to your wardrobe. This is also when you should be discovering your true personal style. You might be boho chic one day and undeniably urban the next. Just don’t be afraid to experiment in your 20s. Trust me, it’s a lot easier to do when youth is on your side. Mix and match styles and find your voice. Don’t be afraid of color. Keep it interesting and playful. When you’re in your 20s, youth is your best accessory. Have fun dressing it up and figuring out what looks good and what doesn’t.

Dressing in your 30s

At this point in your life and career, you should have a pretty concrete idea of what your personal style is. You should probably leave your flighty sense of style and stick with something that you really like. As a beauty boss, you want to always have a polished look—no matter what you’re dressing for. There are no rules that will tell you to skip certain clothing pieces, but your overall goal should be a style that’s a lot less silly and a little more balanced. If you find yourself asking whether that mini skirt is still appropriate or if you’re doubting whether that graphic tee still looks good, it’s probably time to give them all away. 

Dressing in your 40s

If you’re in your 40s, it’s time to start thinking of refinement. Your wardrobe should start filling out with more sophisticated and high-quality pieces. Invest in better buys, clothing that shows how unique you really are. Carefully curating items in your wardrobe can actually be fun. This movement towards refinement doesn’t mean your closet will be boring. Far from it! Don’t forget that you can be smart and sexy at the same time. Just because your hemline is below your knee or you’re showing less cleavage doesn’t mean you can’t be sexy. 

Dressing in your 50s

You’ve got to embrace the numbers at this point because when you’re in your 50s, it means that you are aging, my dear. Although, there’s absolutely no reason to fret about it because there’s wisdom and grace that comes with age. That’s something that you just can’t have when you’re still in your 20s. The goal for dressing in your 50s should be elegance. At this point, you shouldn’t be chasing any fashion trends anymore. Your look should be your own, and it should represent you personally and professionally. Try to stay away from the brightest colors in the spectrum. Go dark or go soft; wow with the details and textures instead.     

Dressing in your 60s and beyond

The key to dressing once you’ve reached your golden years is in comfort, but never mistake comfort for complacence. You should also never use your age as an excuse to become lazy and slouchy when it comes to your wardrobe. Comfort doesn’t mean shapeless. Define your best parts, and don’t forget to accessorize. You should be conservative without being square. Whatever your style may have been in your younger years, you can certainly adapt them to your older age with just a bit of ingenuity and care.


Are you ready to tackle your age? What are your favorite age-appropriate styles?