Moms and their 20 something daughters weight in on fashion over 40

At the beginning of July, I asked mother-daughter fashion and style bloggers about fashion over 40. Thus, the older generation and our generation gave their 20 cents on Fashion over 40. In this post, I switched things around. I asked mother-daughter fashion and style bloggers, who are over 40 and in their 20s, respectively, the same questions. See what they said.

#maturefashion woman in chic summer dress
Back view of Eli Tahari sheath Kieselstein Cord belt, Hermes enamel bangles, Hermes collier de chien cuff, Ivanka Trump pumps, and Prada bag (all own)
#maturestyle woman wearing a posh sheath
Eli Tahari floral print sheath, Hermes enamel bangles, Hermes cdc cuff, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, Ivanka Trunk, and Prada bag ( all own)

Here are the questions again. The mothers answered just the following question

What is your most important advice to look to their best fashion and style wise for women over 40?

and the daughters answered this question

Which of the current trends would be awesome for women over 40 to try?

maturestyle woman in posh work outfit with floral print sheath
Side view of Eli Tahari abstract floral print sheath, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, Hermes enamel bangles, Hermes cdc cuff, Ivanka Trump pumps, and Prada bag (all own)

Let’s switch things around and start with the daughters’ answers this time.

Sarah (daughter) at Tina’s Pink Friday

I like jumpsuits and Off shoulder blouses for women over 40. A jumpsuit can look cool with a denim jacket or elegant, for instance, with a blazer. Meanwhile they are available in all varieties and all sizes.

I like the Carmen or off shoulder blouses because they show off the shoulders and look so feminine even with jeans. They look romantic feminine with a skirt. There is nothing wrong about it. Women are already empowered and don’t need pants to show it. I wear mainly dresses and skirts, which is rather uncommon for my age.

#midlifestyle woman in shirt dress over sheath
Express shirt dress worn as coat over Eli Tahari dress with Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, Prada bag, Hermes enamel bangles, Hermes collier de chien cuff, Ivanka Trump cap toe pumps, and Prada bag (all own)

Eve (Sheela Goh’s daughter) and blogger at The World according to Eve

I think jumpsuits would be a great trend to try out! Most women in their 40s (at least the ones I see in Houston) resort to athletic clothing or college tees with worn-out jeans because they don’t believe there are any other options for them. Personally I think jumpsuits are the greatest things in the world (besides chocolate)! They’re incredibly comfy and versatile. You can just slip it on in the morning if you’re late to work and all you would need are a cool pair of shoes to match. Then you could go out with some friends later that night with only having to change your shoes or putting on some accessories to switch it up.

#advancedstyle woman wearing two dresses
Eli Tahari dress under Express shirt dress worn as coat, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, Prada bag, Hermes enamel bangles, Hermes cdc cuff, and Ivanka Trump pumps (all own)

Here are the answers of the mothers.

Tina (mother) at Tina’s Pink Friday

Women over 40 can wear everything what they want to wear. I think that an optimal fit of the clothes is key. Don’t compromise when purchasing a beautiful piece, when it lacks a great fit, for instance, when it is too tight. In that case, it has to stay in the store.

Personally, I pay attention to classic basics to have great quality fabrics. I love to mix modern with classics and I love accessories. For my money, they are the icing on the cake.

It is important to feel comfortable in the clothes. Be honest, tight uncomfortable clothes, and/or bad-fitting clothes are history for us 😉

#midlifestyle woman over 40 wearing a dress and picking flowers
Back view of Express shirt dress over Eli Tahari dress, Ivanka Trump pumps, Hermes enamel bangles,  and Prada bag (all own)

Sheela Goh (Eve’s mother) and blogger at Sheela Writes

To have fun. Really, really. At the end of the day, it’s basically playing dress-up. That’s all it is. What other absolute daily requirement allows you to build and enact a character, if only for the time you’re wearing those clothes? To be someone else, just for a wee bit. I’m convinced rules and guidelines were created as part of a larger marketing ploy (read: to sell more) and thus, ought to be thoroughly set aside in favor of personal preferences; what puts a smile on our faces; and a lift in our steps. Anyone who tells you differently shouldn’t technically even be in your circle of friends. I’m just saying.

Yes, friends don’t let friends wear bad outfits. Interesting that there is agreement on jumpsuits and the Carmen look among the daughters and on having fun with fashion among the mothers.

Have you tried the jumpsuit and/or the Carmen trend? What trends do you think women over 40 should try? Keep the discussion going by tweeting your friends about this.

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