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10 Easy Style Updates to Make at 50

Subtle tweaks in length, shape and color that make everything you wear look better

Mary Steenburgen, Cynthia Bailey and Halle Berry

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(Left to right) Mary Steenburgen, Cynthia Bailey and Halle Berry

Looking our best is a top goal at 50-plus. Superficial? Not in my book! In fact, looking good makes you feel good and that is a major mood elevator and confidence builder. Your appearance speaks volumes about your attitude toward aging and life in general, and clothes play a starring role. But fashion is tricky and changes all the time. Despite our preference for comfort, we still like looking updated and “new.” But how do we navigate the fine line between style trends and a down-to-earth wardrobe? Here are 10 easy ways to keep your cool:

Lois Joy Johnson is a beauty and style editor who focuses on women 50 and older. She was the beauty and style editor at Ladies’ Home Journal and a founding editor of More magazine. She has written three books: The Makeup Wakeup, The Wardrobe Wakeup and The Woman's Wakeup.