Do you feel stuck in a rut in the style department now that you are 40+?
Does your silhouette project more of a 'dressed in the dark' than a chic and elegant look?
Are your closet and wardrobe crying out for an urgent overhaul?
Maybe you wear jogging bottoms and loose T-shirts when out shopping, which makes you cringe when you get a glimpse of yourself in the shop windows as you walk past?
You imagine how much better you would feel if your style was chic and elegant. However, your closet does not have any piece that can be described as such. In the mornings, you take a deep breath and open your closet slowly. You peer inside with a long sigh. No, your wardrobe has not been miraculously updated while you were sleeping. You have nothing to wear that would transform you from Cinderella to Princess. Where is your Fairy Godmother when you need her?
Did you call me? I am here to help you. This is what I love doing.
It pains me to see wonderful women feeling less than wonderful because of what they wear. So, if you are 40+ and need a few tips on how to improve your current style, look no further. I'm about to share with you three easy style tips that French women just swear by.
These three main tips, if implemented, will generate the biggest change to your wardrobe and, hopefully, to how you feel too. I can't wait to see your transformation. Can you?
My First Tip: Audit
Good foundation is not only important but fundamental to how you look and how your clothes drape your body. This is why this tip is No. 1 on the list. Underwear that fits you well is a must so a good audit of your lingerie drawer needs to be done asap please.
This means that bras should be on your shopping list right now if they make your bust appear saggy. There is nothing like a bust that hangs low to make you look much older than you are. You're too young and beautiful for the saggy look. Get fitted for a new bra or three.
Keep knickers that are not too tight at the thighs or at the waist. This creates unsightly creases on your clothes. What you're aiming for is a smooth line and silhouette. This is your first step.
Please watch my video below on how to spot if your bra does not fit you well.
What are the signs that your bra is the wrong size for you? Video
My Second Tip: Upgrade
Yes, upgrade both your style and wardrobe. Stay away from the cheap 'throw-away fashion' stores geared for teenage girls and upgrade to grown-up fashion. Embrace good quality clothes in natural fabrics, with a hint of elastane to keep things in good shape. Avoid anything too fussy. Opt instead for simplicity, à la Coco Chanel. Good tailoring needn't cost the earth but will cost a bit more. The good thing is that good quality, well-made pieces will last longer.
They will look better on you. You will look better in them. Win-win.
My Third Tip: Declutter
Decluttering is not as frightening as it sounds. You may think that you have absolutely no time to declutter because you work full-time/have children/work shifts/can't miss Game of Thrones (fill in the blanks). If you find decluttering too time-consuming, try to do shorter sessions. Even 5 or 10 minutes in the evenings, before going to bed maybe, is better than nothing at all for months on end. Remove anything that does not fit you, or doesn't scream chic and elegant.
A decluttered wardrobe and closet will transform your style by making way for better clothes that suit and fit you now.
If you feel overwhelmed and don't know where to start, my book THE TIDY CLOSET will lead you every step of the way.
Try out these three steps to revamp your style. You may find that you enjoy the process so much that you share this post with your friends. Please do. Merci.
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I'm Marie-Anne Lecoeur. I teach women how to upgrade their style and think, shop & dress like a French woman in my Ecourses and The French Chic Academy
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