Starting a new age bracket can be tough, but the good news is your 40s come along like a comforting sigh of relief. Your childish decisions are behind you, your career and family feel under control, and you're more comfortable in your own skin than you ever have been. What's an amazing way to embrace this? Make some style changes and leave behind the trends that become fashion mistakes after 40.
As we age, getting dressed in the morning is no longer about impressing someone or fitting in. It's about dressing for the internal as opposed to the external. "When my clients reach 40, they are acclimatized to who they are, they are no longer looking to the external world to influence their decisions, and they're not looking at trends or social media to give them insight on what to wear," says fashion psychologist Dawnn Karen. Dressing for you—a concept your teen self could never understand.
The fact is, you shouldn't make fashion choices based on age, but rather on life experience. Cameron Diaz famously said the one thing she would never wear again after crossing the 40 line was a tube top. But that wasn't because she felt like she couldn't. By the time you're 40, there's a certain aura of professionalism and (hopefully) confidence you can pull off. But there's also plenty you should let go of, including the trends of our youth. Here are some ideas to help you get a jump start on your spring closet cleaning and to feel fabulous in your 40s and beyond!