These easy to incorporate tips from a professional stylist will help you look and feel great today. Here’s how!

According to Heather Rivendell, founder of Her Creative in Melbourne and stylist at Blue Illusion, one of the best styling trends this year is layering.

“The bottom layer of your outfit shouldn't always sit hidden away under your other items. Wearing longer length shirts under your knit is not only a great look, the additional colour and detail from the shirt can add interest to your outfit. It can also be a great way to break up colours and fabrications,” she says.

Natural colour palates are also a flattering trend.

She adds, “Not only does this create more versatility within your wardrobe, it is ageless. For those who love colour you can still add colour and that feature piece which suits your personality.”

Heather’s top 4 style tips for 50+

Tip 1: A versatile shirt and trench coat are must-have wardrobe items
The shirt can be worn on its own or layered under a knit and jacket, can be worn both causally during the day and styled to suit the evenings. A trench coat or adaptable jacket, which can be worn over any outfit, adds style and brings practicality to your outfit.

Tip 2: Get to know your body shape (and look great)
Don't be afraid to trial new shapes, patterns and prints. Even though you may have done this when you were younger, with the changing fashion and your evolving body type, this needs to be re-explored regularly to make sure you’re getting the best out of your wardrobe.

Tip 3: Embrace new ideas and have fun
Fashion trends are for all ages. Many trends evolve and suit all ages and body types so it’s worth keeping an eye on them. With this in mind always be willing to try new things. It can be as small as wearing a gorgeous colourful scarf in a different way or tucking your shirt into your jeans. Not every look will suit you but a number will and it will be those of which will make the difference to how you feel.

Tip 4: Clever tricks will help address problem areas
Each person will have slightly different versions of the same problem areas, what works for one ‘apple’ shape may not work for another person due to height for example. The main goal is to draw the eye away from that area which you don't like and create interest in your stronger areas.

If your mid-section is the problem then you don't want anything to ‘stop’ in this area. Longer line kits or tops often work well to draw the eye down past the area. From there, select an accessory or neckline to accentuate and draw the attention up to your face.

If you are a little shorter than average then don’t always automatically put on your favourite black shoes. Depending on what you’re wearing this could be ‘cutting you off’ and making you seem shorter than you are.

Try to continue your outfit all the way to your feet by continuing on the colour tone. This doesn’t have to be exactly the same colour, if you’re wearing a lighter toned bottom like a light denim jean or khaki wear a nude shoe. It gives the illusion that your legs are continuing on and gives you the extra length to give you a slimmer look.

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