Why denim is a not negotiable in your wardrobe at any age

denim is a great style addition to your wardrobe

I’ve always been a fan of denim: to me it’s ageless, timeless, versatile, classic and can be worn in many different ways.

Anyone at any age can wear it. I’ve seen 70 and 80-year-olds in a classic straight cut, white shirt and blazer, and my god, do they look great.

I’ve also seen a 76-year-old wearing the coolest tee-shirt ever and jeans, Karen Walker glasses and rocking the most outrageous pair of trainers – she felt great, and you could see it.

denim tips for all ages

I’m nearing 50 and I love wearing my denim dressed up with a great heel and feminine top or on off-work or casual days in the office I love a sneaker, jean and tee.

When I hear people talk about age appropriate dressing, I think ‘what are you talking about’ dressing is about expressing yourself, wearing what makes you feel great.

That’s why denim is so perfect – it’s ageless.

There are so many styles to pick from, straight, boot, skinny, wide, distressed, dark, vintage, the list goes on.

My advice is wear whatever style makes you feel great. The fabrics now range from rigid to stretch (my personal favourite) and everything in-between so there is something for everyone. Anyone, any size can wear jeans.

Jeans suit anyone, any shape or size. It’s just a matter of finding out what makes you feel good. It may take time, but once you get the perfect pair, you’ll have them for years.

denim tips

Jean shopping doesn’t need to be hard. Here are some of my top tips.

  1. Use the internet and search high street brands to see what they have on offer, it will save you time in the long run
  2. If the jean don’t look great on the model, they will probably won’t look good on you
  3. Stretch fabric is more comfortable
  4. Never go for the sales persons line of ‘buy tight, they’ll stretch’. What this means is they may stretch and until then, you’ll feel like you are being cut in two. If you want jeans you will wear often, buy the ones that feel comfortable. I am speaking from years of experience
  5. A great tailor is key. I take my jeans (because I am short and have a small waist but larger hips) to get taken up and in. I then get the perfect fit, and the cost is about $60, but it means I have the perfect fit and I’ll get more wear out of them
  6. Get the right hem length – it costs as little as $15 to get your jeans hemmed
  7. Size doesn’t matter. I never look at the size of the jean, it’s always about the fit. Don’t get sucked in by thinking going up a size is a terrible thing, it’s not. If you feel comfortable you will look amazing.
  8. You don’t need to spend a fortune. Brands such as Sussan, Country Road, Trenery and Seed all have great jeans for a reasonable price. You can get jeans from major retailers for under $100
  9. Classic cuts will last the distance if you are on a budget
  10. Dark denim always looks more dressy, and if you are beautifully voluptuous then dark looks great
  11. Do the squat test – this is a great way to see if you can move in the jeans
  12. Don’t feel intimidated when trying jeans on. Just take a heap of different styles – you may be surprised by which cut and colour you actually like, and what looks good on you
  13. Straight and slim fits look great with heels or flats
  14. Wide leg look fabulous with heels
  15. Most importantly, there are no rules, if you like it and feel great – that’s all that matters!
The co-founder of 50SoWhat has been in publishing for most of her working life. She was general manager of successful boutique media publishing house in New Zealand for several years and boasts an impeccable sales, marketing and management background. When she’s not road-testing the latest cosmetic procedures, or investigating the hottest lifestyle, travel, fashion and beauty trends for over 45’s, Jo is often back home catching up with family and friends, or working on her golf swing!


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