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Every now and then shine pops up as a trend for evening and weekend wear. Read what makes this trend tricky to wear and how to wear the shine trend right at any age.

  1. For Whom Designers Seem to Design …
  2. … Doesn’t always Match who can Afford to Buy the Clothes
  3. What Are the Pitfalls of Shiny Clothes?
  4. How to wear the shine trend over 40
  5. Styling Example


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For Whom Designers Seem to Design …

This season’s trends look like a homework in designing school to come up with the most unpractical and hard to pull off trends for the customers. An important sub-assignment was that these trends, of course, must look awesome on a size 0 or 2 skinny 5 ft 7 or taller twenty something manikin. Recall that

A manikin is a model of a woman. #fashionmodel Click To Tweet

Let’s be realistic. Even when we look at 40+ models, their bodies are quite different than those of most women, and us other gals over 40. Kate Moss (now 42), for instance, is 5 ft 7 (1.70 m) and 121 lbs (55 kg).

#fashionover50 midlife woman in shiny leather pants with a pop of color
Shiny leather pants in jeans cut, GNW Luxe cashmere wool sweater, Puma sneakers (all own), and India Hicks scarf c/o ambassador Tammy Gray



… Doesn’t always Match who can Afford to Buy the Clothes

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average adult US woman is 5 ft 4 inches (1.63 m) and 166.2 lbs (75.4 kg). In Germany, the average weight and height of an adult women are 148.8 lb (67.5 kg) and 5 ft 5.5 inches (169 m) overall, and an inch taller when just considering German rural areas. Looking at Europe, women are typically taller in the North than in the South.

I could create a worldwide list, but these examples already illustrate the mismatch. The women the designer ought to design for and the women they use to show off the trends are as similar as apples and oranges. We have to conclude that

The models do not even represent the mean of the actual sample of women. #runway #fashion Click To Tweet

From a statistical point of view, the models are even more than a deviation from the standard! Sorry, there speaks the scientist in me. How can we tackle the problem?


What Are the Pitfalls of Shiny Clothes?

Shine draws attention to the body parts that are shiny.  At 40+, we all have learned that shine seems to add  pounds. This adding of pounds makes the models look better than their skinny self, while it can make us look heavier, which is precepted as unhealthy.

Every shiny fabric gives the illusion of a more heavier you. #style #fashion Click To Tweet


How to Wear the Shine Trend over 40

Here are my tips to solve the designer caused shine trend problem.

  1. Keep shine to just one or two items per outfit. Thus, avoid to shine on all burners.
  2. When you are on the right side of the mean weight, i.e., heavier than the average woman, and at the same time, on the left side of the mean height, i.e. tinier than the average woman, try the following: Go for items that have shine just as an accent, e.g., a T-shirt with a shiny graphic print, a shiny pleated skirt (The pleats create vertical lines that give the illusion of height and may off set the “pounds added” by shine, a jacket with shiny trim, a brocade skirt or jacket with shiny thread waved vertically thru them.
  3. The easiest way to get the shine trend right. Shiny patent leather pumps or clutches are the safest bet to add the shine trend.
  4. Keep your shine grounded. Shiny is a girl’s thing. Thus, pair a shiny silk blouse with menswear pieces to look work appropriate when wearing the shine trend. Another way to ground the shine is to go for a monochromatic look with shiny and textured items.
  5. Keep your outfit color-coordinated. Shine is a statement already. Thus, pairing shine with neutrals is a safe bet to look elegant, sophisticated and work appropriate in neutral colors like navy, brown, gray, black or even teal.
  6. Go for a neutral color shiny item. Pick a shiny item in a neutral color like silver, black, or champagne and pair it with just a pop of color (see OOTD).
  7. Fit and cut are key. Since any shine grabs attention, go for tailored items when buying the trend. Also stay away from anything shiny and tight at the same time. It is a recipe to visually add 10 pounds. Who needs that? Not even Kate Moss!


shiny pants with a pop of color
Zoom-in on the outfit with shiny leather pants, Kieselstein Cord belt, statement snake tail buckle, GNW Luxe sweater, Puma sneakers (all own), and India Hicks scarf c/o Tammy Gray



Styling Example

I like the contrast between the mate long blazer – didn’t we call this style duster a decade ago – and the shiny satin of the joggers. What I like about these joggers is that they look great with both flats and heels. I have to wear heels with my black mate jogging pants. The wide rubber band at the ankles makes all the difference. Just another evidence of the fine line between what works and what doesn’t. More on styling joggers work appropriate.


mature style blogger in casual look with long blazer and joggers
back view of shiny satin joggers


woman over 40 in mate and shiny casual outfit
College Tee “Never underestimate and old woman who graduated from University of Cologne”, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Shein duster, Shein satin jogging pants, horse bite slides, and sunnies c/o Winkwood


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Photos: G. Kramm

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