Women over 40 should look for clothing that complements their figures but doesn't make them appear that they are dressing to look younger. An eye-catching accessory, such as a silk scarf, is also a practical fashion choice for a woman over 40.
A long, relaxed-fit cardigan is a fashionable substitute for smaller, button-down sweaters. The loose-fitting cardigans are also ideal for hiding large arms. Fitted jeans and shoes that have a chunky heel that isn't too high are also ideal pieces for a woman's wardrobe. Loose-fitting boyfriend blazers can be worn with dark jeans and pants. The sleeves should be casually cuffed to add casual sophistication to the look. Flat shoes, such as wingtips and oxfords that feature feminine accents, such as lace, are also ideal for middle-aged women. These shoes are both comfortable and ideal for traveling. Sporty accessories like visors and large sunglasses are fitting for casual outings, as are tank tops that are long enough to fall at the hips, so as not to expose the midsection. Casual shorts are also appropriate for a woman over 40. However, it is best to wear the shorts with a long blazer and nude heels to make the outfit especially refined.