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7 Midlife Giveaways That You Look Frumpy After 40


by Deborah Boland

Do you look in the mirror and feel like a frump because you know that you've let yourself go? Want to pinpoint exactly what it is that's making you look old so you can finally do something about it? Here are the 7 Sure Signs you're Looking Frumpy after 40.

1. You Resemble a Tent Baggy clothes that hide your entire body make you look old and matronly. Show off the parts of your body you still like (for: example your bust) and cover up only the parts you don't (your hips). Don't use oversized clothes as a gigantic blanket to hide behind. Switch to more fitted clothing (but not tight) if you want to look fresh and fabulous after 40.

2. Yellow Teeth A big turnoff and a telltale sign of age despite how great you may look otherwise. At midlife a set of shiny white teeth will easily knock ten years off. These days it's simple to do with at home whiteners or dentist laser treatments that restore sex appeal.

3. Dated Glasses Still wearing those hokey glasses you bought ten years ago? Then it's time for an update. The trend now- buy at least two pairs---one that is dressy and one that is casual and fun and switch them around to look modern and fashionable. Be sure to take a stylish friend along with you when you make your choice. It's easy to get stuck in an eyeglass rut and end up buying much the same thing you had before.

4. Dull uneven Skin Tone As we age our skin starts to fade and years of sun damage from too much tanning begins to show up on our face the dark brown spots of midlife. You can even out your skin and restore its natural glow with cosmetic peels, and even laser resurfacing treatments. An added bonus- fine line and wrinkle also seem to disappear as the new layer of skin is revealed.

5. Saggy Bust If your breasts are heading south it's time to perk them up with a good supporting bra. The older we get the more this is to help hold everything that's fallen in place. Throw out your boring white underwear. Go out on a limb and get some lingerie that is colorful and fun. Age is a state of mind and if we're feeling sexy underneath, we're going project a vibrant, youthful energy to the world.

6. Helmet Head Hair The most glaring sign you are stuck in the past Helmet head hairdos like Betty and Wilma Flintstone. Don't be caught looking like this! Keep you hair, loose, soft, and shiny. Update your style very six months and make sure your color is multidimensional not flat and phony, in order to look fabulous after 40.

7. Old Lady Handbag and Shoes You'll look like an "old bag" if you carry an old handbag. Unstylish purses and shoes are a sure giveaway you've fallen in an old lady fashion rut. Study the magazines, see what younger gals are carrying and wearing on their feet and copy them. This is one area where you can be a little more trendy and fun. Classic styles + funky accessories =modern and youthful.

© 2007 Fabulous after 40. Deborah Boland and JoJami Tyler (The Glam Gals) are Image and Style Experts specializing in helping women 40 plus look and feel fabulous. They are the authors of the book, The Glam Plan~ 12 Simple Steps to Take You from Frumpy to Fabulous, as well as coaches for their Tweak Your Chic™, Image make-over program. The Glam Gals may be contacted at http://www.fabulousafter40.com or info@fabulousafter40.com

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