…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.