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Jeans are always in fashion - it’s a fact. But as we get older, we may need to change the way we style them. From the jeans you choose to what you decide to wear them with, there are some simple and easy steps you can take to make sure you always look stylish, sophisticated and well put-together. Here are six tips for dressing up jeans for women in their 40s.
The first step to dressing up jeans is choosing the right pair. Darker jeans will always look dressier than light wash options. Opt for black or dark blue denim, both of which have the added benefit of making you look slimmer. Avoid jeans with too much detail. Choose whatever style suits your body shape best, whether it's slim leg, skinny, bootcut or mom-style jeans. Be aware that looser, baggier and low-rise styles will look more casual than a well-fitting, high-waisted alternative. If dark denim is not for you, white jeans can also be a big hit for women over 40 and can look dressy and stylish in both summer and winter.
There’s no easier way to dress up a pair of jeans than to throw on a blazer. A smart and flattering blazer is a closet staple for women of any age. The beauty of it is that you can wear any kind of top underneath - a roll neck, a cute, printed t-shirt or a cami, for example - and the blazer will instantly lift the look and make it seem dressier, smarter and well put-together. This Slim Elegant Long Sleeve Blazer is a great option for creating a chic and sophisticated look. Not only does it look tailored, but it also has a longer length, so it can skim your bottom and create a more flattering silhouette.
If you want to wear jeans for a night out or a fancier occasion, team them with a dressier top. Choose slinkier-style evening fabrics such as silk or chiffon and look for standout details such as a bow collar or puff sleeves. Women over 40 may want to choose a top with a longer or asymmetrical hemline to create a more flattering silhouette. This Floral One Shoulder Top is fun and colorful, with just a hint of sexy shoulder exposed. Team it with heels, a clutch and a slick of lipgloss, and you’re good to go. Tops with sequins and sparkles are also a fantastic way to dress up jeans for the holidays or another occasion, while a silky cami worn with a great handbag and heels is a simple but effective evening time look.
Dress up your jeans by thinking carefully about the accessories that you choose to wear with them. Simply changing the belt you wear with your jeans can make them look a lot dressier. Try a belt with gold detailing or an eye-catching pattern like leopard or animal print if you want to give your look a lift. The same goes for the shoes you wear. High heels will always create a dressier look, but if they are not for you, you could always try a cute pair of ballet pumps or loafers instead of your usual sneakers. A silk scarf can also help to elevate your look and make you look nice while adding a splash of color or pattern.
Nothing could be more classic than jeans styled with a crisp white shirt. Tuck a crisp, cotton button-up shirt into your jeans and roll up the sleeves for a classic look that is dressy, sophisticated and instantly cool. Pop on a gorgeous delicate gold necklace, such as the Singular Charm Women’s Initial Necklace , add some smart flats or high heels, and you'll have a dressier look nailed. It doesn’t have to be a white shirt; any type of blouse or shirt teamed with your jeans can help you achieve a dressed-up look. This Mock Neck Lantern Sleeve Fashion Print Blouse is another great option to team with jeans.
When you’re looking to dress up your look, these types of jeans should be avoided at all costs. While there’s no reason you shouldn’t wear them casually, they are extremely difficult to dress up. By their very nature, torn or ripped jeans do not provide a dressy overall effect.