(Photo from Pinterest) Sooner or later each us find should deal with the effects of gravity, that strange downward pull that affects a part of our body. And that takes us running to the pool and to the gym, in search of the magic formula to keep on wearing every garment that can be declined in the diminutive – short dresses, little dresses, shorts – just as if nothing had happened. But how to dress after 40? Can we pretend that everything is as it was at 20? Even when we do everything to chase the dream of a toned and healthy body?
As a good and naive dreamer that I am often, I would like to tell you that everything is allowed. The childish soul that belongs to me is still mesmerized by those short and frilly dresses immortalized in the summer photos along with my best memories. The Blue Fairy, however, invites me to take the right path, to give you some worthy advice when some parts of the body start to change.
How to dress after 40 and cope with sagging skin
About the knees, for example, one of the areas perhaps least taken into consideration by many women, and the lengths of the dresses. The ideal dress for women over 40 should have the hem at the knee and cover it or leave it just a bit uncovered. This part of our body begins to show signs of relaxation and first wrinkles, a very common problem even for thin women, especially if you don’t play sports. But it is also true that there are women who wear sizes from 44 upwards, with beautiful and toned knees, and who, in my opinion, could easily opt for shorter hemlines.
In the list of dangerous areas there is also the belly, the one I fear most, even if I have a slender and thin body. In the morning I wake up with my belly in harmony with everything else. Then, during the day, it begins to acquire an increasingly round shape, until arriving in the evening that recalls my first months of pregnancy. I think this situation is quite common for those who have children. Im my case, then, there is also a bowel resection that changed the physical structure of my belly.
In the past two years, I have understood that, more for health reasons rather than for aesthetic reasons, I should have started eating fruit between meals, and favoring the foods that my body can assimilate. But I have also started to look for the right clothes, experimenting on myself the garments that could hide the balloon when it swells.
I have searched from dresses that slide well on the hips and with A shape style, to peplum tops, so magical and perfect for giving me those feminine curves I do not have. For those who want a slimmer silhouette, the high-waisted dress with a wide pleated or flared skirt really performs this double function. Worn with a thin belt that emphasizes the waist it is really perfect for hiding a “naughty” belly.
Last but not least, a must have that all of us should have in the closet, the shaped jacket, the magic garment that can rebalance the proportions and give harmony to the figure.
In the list of the parts of our body that are most affected by the attraction of gravity there are also the arms. Do you know the famous greeting of Queen Elizabeth? With the arm high at shoulder level, the elbow bent at 90 degrees and the hand that turns towards the audience? If in recent times you have not concentrated on working out your muscles, you will surely understand that I am talking about the dreaded “bat wings”. The fastest way to hide them is inside beautiful tops with sleeves or in wide shawls that wrap the shoulders. While tank tops and slip dresses should be put aside if this part of the body starts to cause you any problems.
Now you should have learned the formulas to counteract the force of gravity. So, look inside your closet and wear those garments that will make you feel good! By the way, who knows if Valentina Tereskova, the first woman in space, that time, had also enjoyed doing some more frivolous experiments!
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