Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

…Dress after 40

Dress the body you inhabit now. Don’t rely on what looked good on you in your 20s or 30s.

Be choosy. The softer our bodies become (at any size) the more we need to wear clothes with shape, drape and line to erase years and pounds.

Find a good tailor. It’s like six months at the gym.

Don’t use black as a crutch. Experiment with monochromatic combinations that flatter your face, neck, chest. Try rich, dark colors on your top and wear black as bottoms or outer layers.

—Kendall Farr ’81

Farr is a New York–based stylist and the author of Style Evolution: How to Create Ageless Personal Style in Your 40s and Beyond, an excerpt of which was featured in the Wall Street Journal. She has worked as a freelance fashion editor for magazines, including Vogue, Glamour, Elle, Marie Claire and InStyle. As the owner of Kendall Farr Studio (www.kendallfarr.com), she has dressed numerous over-40 women (Sigourney Weaver, Halle Berry and Diane Lane, to name a few) for magazine shots and ad campaigns, and as private clients for award shows like the Oscars.

About Lee Nash

Lee Nash is an award-winning writer who lives in Cranston, R.I.