Instagramer over 40 styling tips

What we learn about Style from the Instagramers over 40 that we follow

29. Januar 2020

It is undeniable, there’s been a rise of fashion influencers over 40 on Instagram, and we find their accounts a fantastic source of fashion inspiration. Because, let’s face it, finding the right outfit after 40 sometimes is challenging. Suddenly our bodies start changing and we don’t feel comfortable anymore wearing the clothes and colours we used to wear before. Luckily, these Instagramers over 40 have been doing the heavy lifting for us and have found great styling solutions that we can incorporate in our life.

What can we learn from Influencers 40+?

Having fun and experimenting with fashion shouldn’t be over once you reach a certain age. Besides knowing what type of clothes fit them, women over 40 are not afraid anymore to play with colours and prints and try new trends. You can read more about mature women in fashion in the article Guess what, the new fashion influencer is plus 50!

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Tailoring is your friend

Ines de la Fressange has basically invented the French Girl style. The muse of Karl Lagerfeld turned fashion designer has always stayed true to her signature masculine-yet-feminine style. She wears sleek tailored suits with crisp white shirts and makes the combo jeans, t-shirt and blazer look super chic. As for shoes, she’s rarely seen in heels.

Blue blazer, yellow pastel short sleeves top, wide leg jeans

1- Pinstripe double-breasted blazer by Ganni, 2- Burberry jumper, 3- Jacquemus beige jeans

Wide-legged trousers are flattering

Another French influencer we follow because of her style and a fabulous wardrobe full of Céline pieces. Fontanel’s styling secret is to combine high-street and vintage finds and adds a dash of humour. Fontanel is usually in wide-legged pants that are chic and flattering, especially when your legs aren’t as toned as they used to be. You can read more about her in the article Sophie Fontanel, the French Instagrammer we all love.

Pink pullover, blue blazer, blue cobalt pants

  1- MSGM turtleneck 2- 3.1 Phillip Lim trousers 3- M&S blazer

Wear colours and prints, no matter your size and shape

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I don’t tend to wear jeans. I mean, I do, occasionally, but they have to be worn beneath longer tunics or dresses so that my bum is covered. It’s a self-conscious hangover from being told years ago that I don’t look good wearing them. Exacerbated over time by absorbing whispered conversations, hidden behind hands and under breath, overhearing women criticising other women’s’ bodies: ‘she shouldn’t be wearing those jeans.’ What I’d LIKE to be able to say at this point is that I stuck two fingers up and wore them regardless. But I didn’t – and that’s just being honest. Being bottom-heavy, my denim confidence has been eroded by other people’s opinions over time – and so I’ve simply looked elsewhere for casual trousers. And yes, there IS a whole other world outside of jeans! Have a look over on stories, where I have covered a whole host of non-denim casual trouser options. As for me, I wouldn’t allow anyone else’s opinion stop me from wearing ANYTHING else, so it shouldn’t happen with jeans either. I’m working on that. Looking good really isn’t about size or body shape, it’s about an attitude. So, if you want to wear something, please don’t EVER let anyone else’s prejudices stop you. Life is short, wear the jeans. Or not. It’s your choice – no one else’s 💪🏼❤️ . . Coat, Aquascutum from eBay (£25!) | Cardigan, M&S | Khaki striped top, per una at M&S (previous season) | Boyfriend chinos, Topshop (previous season) | Trainers, Veja | Bag, John Lewis & Partners (previous season, paid partnership) | Sunglasses, Céline (gift) | Hairband, & Other Stories (previous season)

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Erica Davies is not your usual Instagram influencer, and the fact that she doesn’t seem to live only on water and lettuce makes her so relatable and inspiring. The wardrobe of the fashion editor turned blogger consist mainly of high-street pieces in bright colours and bold prints. So forget the idea that you have to dress only in black because your body isn’t as it used to be. Davies says that „the idea that we have to be a certain size and shape to be deemed attractive seems such an old-fashioned view now.“ 

Mix wool yellow coat, cropped wool yellow long sleeves vest, striped t-shirt

1- Mango coat 2- AutographMarks and Spencer cardigan 3- Arnold & Co Breton t-shirt

Don’t be afraid of trying new trends 

We love the adventurous fashion style of this photographer, editor and blogger. The Milan-based Jamaican says fashion should be about having fun, this is why she’s not afraid of playing with volumes. You should also try knitwear with puffy sleeves and flared pants. McPherson dresses up her go-to-pieces with statement coats and accessories such as bold earrings and hats.

Pastel Yellow pullover, blue wide-leg trousers, black leather hair bow

1- & Other Stories leather headband 2- Pinko flared trousers 3- Ganni sweater 

Experiment with what’s in your wardrobe

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Another version of a super easy, dress down outfit. This for me is easier than putting jeans on. As weird as that sounds. Maybe because it’s my default look that I don’t expend any brain power on. With jeans, I either go big coat or blazer… there’s no “in between” option. I’m going to fess up and say I don’t do a biker and jeans together. I just feel too T-bird in it. Love the look on other people but it somehow never quite feels right on me. Another reason I always say to TRY THINGS ON!!!! You can get as much inspiration from others as you like but so often we can try and emulate a style but just feel like a right banana. That’s ok. Tweak it with something from your go to favourites and you will get a similar look that works for you. No big coat today as we were off to the cinema. Big family outing to see Star Wars. I can’t say I’m the biggest fan BUT I did enjoy the last two. Not as much as I enjoy Bond films though…saw the trailer today and Can’t. WAIT!!! Now need to get ready for a party and cannot decide what to wear. Certainly not one of the short dresses over on my insta stories.. 😳😳 and definitely not the yellow one 😂😂 Goes to show, it’s not always about how much you spend. I’ve got some other much more cost effective examples coming up tomorrow to compare and contrast. #ootd #wiwt cashmere hoodie @thewhitecompany (from paid partnership aw18) – skirt From Modern Rarity @johnlewisandpartners (from paid partnership aw18)- biker @hushhomewear (gift 6yrs ago) – trainers @goldengoose @farfetch (sale 2yrs ago) – bag @apc_paris @forzieri (sale ss19)

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„Does my bum look 40“, Kate Farmer’s fashion blog, has the best name ever, and we would already love her just for that! The stay-at-home-mum who’s become a successful influencer likes rediscovering garments in her wardrobe and experimenting to find new ways to wear them. For example, Farmer dresses down an elegant skirt by pairing it with a hoodie layered under a biker jacket and worn-out sneakers.

grey hoodie, black leather aviator jacket, gold pleated skirt

1- The White Company cashmere hoodie 2- Arket midi skirt 3- Ganni leather biker

Don’t be afraid to be sexy

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Can you tell it was very cold!

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Grece Ghanem shows that there’s is no age limit to feeling feminine and sexy.  We can see on her Instagram page that, whatever outfit she’s wearing, there’s always a hint of sexiness in her looks.

leopard coats

1- Stand faux fur coat 2- Bottega Veneta leopard coat

 Layering is your friend

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Sunshine needed @solar_company

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Renia Jaz’s layering of tonal-based garments results in a modern yet pulled-together look. She usually adds some element of colour through accessories like a statement bag. The fashion blogger says she wants to inspire women of her generation to feel confident to experiment with style.

orange pullover, camel leather skirt, beige and black turtleneck top

1- Acne Studios sweater 2- Marine Serre jersey top 3- A.W.A.K.E. Mode faux leather skirt

Photo @ Erica_Davies

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