5 event outfits to boost the confidence of every 50+ woman

Choosing the right items to wear for important occasions is the key to feeling confident – and looking glamorous. Here’s how to do it…

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Whether it’s a high school reunion, a big family wedding, or a work meeting, wearing the perfect outfit will help you feel positive, happy and relaxed – however old you are. Try our tips for confidence boosting clothes, whatever the event…

1. The school reunion lunch

Classic-cut jeans in a dark colour are comfortable, flattering and oh-so-easy to wear, but also smart enough for a meet-up with old friends. Team them with a silk shirt (or silky T-shirt or blouse) for a timelessly chic combination.

To make your look unique, add interest with quirky footwear, like a colourful suede loafer or a bright statement heel, or break up your outfit with a jazzy belt or playful scarf. And if you do decide to party on into the night? Dangly earrings and a bold red lipstick automatically grant your look an after-dark edge.

2. The big work meeting

Ditch the forgettable plain black dress and boring black tights combo and go for something with a more impactful, take-charge look. You could go bold by going for a bright trouser suit but fear not – you don’t have to leave your comfort zone to get a successful style.

It could be as simple as choosing a clean-lined dress that looks sharp but has an interesting neckline or sleeves to prove you have fashion flair. Team this with a bold bracelet, structured bag or leopard-print pumps, and you’ll make an even greater impression. Most importantly, you’ll feel great, which instantly draws people towards you.

3. Your big birthday bash

Age is just a number, remember… it’s all about your attitude. Dress in fun, flattering and fabulous clothes, and that’s exactly how you’ll feel! Prefer to blend into the background in black? You could be amazed at how good you feel in colour, so give it a try.

Look for styles with bold, well-chosen statements – a flamboyant ruffle, layers of sparkle or a confident print. Love trousers? Avoid nondescript territory and look for something special like coloured velvet trousers, or a suit in a playful print. Alternatively, bring your look bang up to date by opting for a jumpsuit or playsuit.

Want to smell as good as you look? Add a capful of Lenor Dazzle Parfum des Secrets when washing your party outfit for a gorgeous fragrance burst.

4. Your son or daughter’s wedding

This is always a special day in a woman’s life – but your choice of outfit has to tick a lot of boxes. It needs to be comfortable enough to wear all day long (yet not casual), beautifully flattering and eye-catching (without outshining the couple, of course) and in a style that won’t date (you’ll want those photos on your wall for ever).

A well-cut dress with a complementary occasion coat or jacket is the perfect match, instantly creating a pulled-together look. It’s customary to wear a shade that adheres to the wedding party scheme, but you could also consider silver, gold, steel or platinum shades, which ooze luxury and are surprisingly easy to wear.

If it’s a summer wedding but you’re conscious of your arms and elbows, try a dress with sheer sleeves. For a glamorous, couture-like finish, don’t forget the hat or fascinator. Go as big as you dare!

5. A romantic dinner to celebrate a wedding anniversary

Give your go-to dress a miss and surprise your partner by wearing an ultra-special skirt. For a fashionable update on the classic A-line skirt, choose a lined style with layers of tulle. As classic fashion trends go, this is a great one – the unexpected fabric feels luxurious and romantic – it could even make you feel like you’re back in your wedding dress again!

As tulle skirts are found in midi and maxi cuts, you’re bound to find a ladylike length you’ll love. Barely-there strappy high heels and a fitted top keep the look polished, while a sparkly clutch bag adds the final flair.

What’s your failsafe outfit for instant confidence? Whether it’s a simple shift dress or leather trousers, share your ideas for key pieces with us here. And check out Lenor for advice on looking after them.