8 Things a Woman Over 40 Should Never Wear

Women over 40: You’ve never looked better. No matter what stage of life you’re in — single and ready to mingle; working professional; professional mom; and beyond — the world continues to be your oyster. But, are you dressing like the pearl you are?

Now we know age is just a number, and there really aren’t too many style rules. But, there are some sartorial statements you’d be wise to avoid. Many of the items on this list are a fashion faux for even younger women. So, take heart and nip and tuck your closet where needed to ensure it’s as timeless and sophisticated as possible.

1. Bedazzled anything

Jeans in a drawer

Leave your bedazzled clothes behind. | iStock.com

We’d venture to say anyone past the age of 14, much less 40, should not be seen in anything that remotely resembles the bedazzled bling zone. Whether it’s a gemstone-encrusted top or a hyper-embellished set of butt pockets on your denim jeans, rhinestones are solely meant for dance recitals and tween dreams. Better to err on the side of plain Jane than pageant queen.

2. Tube tops

Smiling woman in a tube top

Tube tops aren’t flattering past a certain age. | iStock.com/violet-blue

Also in the category of inappropriate for most anyone, the tube top is an often unflattering way to clothe your upper half — it provides little to no support for the bust. It may fly when you’re 15, but most women will look best without a Spandex-infused top that squeezes in all the wrong places. Instead, look for a bodysuit with some structure and shaping. Your bust will thank you.

3. Daisy dukes

blue denim shorts ripped

Don’t wear these dangerously tiny shorts. | iStock.com

Even if you’re looking fly and feeling fresh as a daisy, do us a favor and leave the booty shorts at home. No matter how toned your pins and perky your posterior. Just because you can wear something doesn’t mean you should. Whether they are super-short cotton cutoffs or denim Daisy dukes, it’s never chic to let your cheeks see the light of day.

4. Miniskirts

Woman wearing polka dot skirt

Miniskirts are also not cute after 40. | iStock.com/Anetlanda

Much like the booty shorts, micro miniskirts should also be vanquished from your wardrobe vocabulary. Most of the time, they simply look juvenile and rather inappropriate, especially those that barely grace over your derriere. And, no matter how good you look in them, the effect is the same. A far more sophisticated option is a sultry, curve-hugging pencil skirt which leaves a bit more to the imagination — and is all the sexier for it.

5. Message tees

Happy volunteer showing her t-shirt

Message tees can seem immature. | iStock.com/Wavebreakmedia

We don’t mean to burst your thought bubble, but if you’re 40, you don’t need a T-shirt to talk for you. Message tees are a cute novelty, but inappropriate for most day-to-day activities. Unless they’re worn for a specific, cheeky occasion — think bachelorette party — or used in the event of gym time, wearing a shirt that says “I Woke Up Like This” just reads as immature and rather desperate.

6. Platform flip-flops

woman in black sport clothes walking with backpack and shoes in hand

Pick a stylish wedge instead. | iStock.com/RossHelen

Platform flip-flops … you know the ones. They are chunky and clunky with a solid flat-form heel. Even though they add a few inches to your frame, they are far from fashionable for a sophisticated lady. Half the time, they really aren’t all that comfortable, either. From white plastic-y versions to faux cork and decorated looks, they all should get firmly crossed off the list. There are far more sophisticated ways to wear a sandal with a wedge heel.

7. Inexpensive bras

Colorful bras hanging in store

Get properly fitted for a bra. | iStock.com/amnachphoto

The girls deserve proper support now more than ever. Many women are not fitted properly for their bras, and just as many are wearing poorly constructed undergarments that don’t do the décolletage any favors. It’s time to retire the ratty brassieres and get a proper bra fitting and other quality lingerie. It will make a world of difference when it comes to your posture, silhouette, and even the way clothes fit you.

8. Hair accessories

woman holding her hair

Hair accessories can look childish. | iStock.com/grinvalds

From scrunchies to banana clips, kiddie barrettes to flowery headbands, whimsical hair accessories are girly, but not a good look for a grown woman. Leave the fun, fancy frills to elementary school kids. Much better is to get a great hair cut that suits your features, so you don’t have to add any decoration at all.

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