In the book of clock-stopping commandments, "Don't let your clothes age you" is up there with "Always wear sunblock." The trick is to take some smart, super-flattering risks. Model Beri Smither (a gorgeous 41) demonstrates.
Add some party to your preppy
Why is it the perfect flattering formula? It hides a tummy, plays up your legs, and comes off as rather badass. (Yes, this jacket is a splurge--but any biker-style one will do.)
(See also: Best dresses for your 20s, 30s, 40s)
Make a jewelry statement
A single, dramatic dose of glitz is chic in a confident, dowager-countess kind of way. Just keep the rest of your jewelry minimal, or absent.
Balance girly with tough
A simply cut, slightly boxy, long-sleeved minidress lets you bare your stems. Just throw on black opaque tights if you're shy.
Please put away any insecurity about your (strong, capable) arms: Play them up! A foxy-cozy turtleneck also spotlights bare shoulders and lets you relax already about your neck.
See how nice her waist looks? It's not just because she's a model--those side panels visually nip her in, without the Spanx.
Here's the deal: Slim, dark-wash, mid-rise jeans work on everyone, and keep you from looking like your mom (or, um, dad). Add a luxe top and flat boots and be done.
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