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Video: Baby boomer fashion

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updated 7/12/2007 9:58:36 AM ET 2007-07-12T13:58:36

Women over 50 tend to get frustrated when it comes to finding something perfect to wear. Baby boomers can get lost in a sea of rules, fashion trends and age-appropriate concerns. Dressing after a certain age can be quite challenging.

Stacy London, TODAY’s fashion expert and co-host of TLC’s “What Not to Wear,” shares a few fashion tips for mature, successful women who might have trouble finding up-to-date outfits for different occasions.

Fit and quality
A great fit is the most important thing! Also, by buying high-quality clothing, you get better fabrics and better cuts, which make a better fit.

Softer, neutral colors
Softer neutrals — navy, charcoal, black and khaki — are better for day: But a warning: Be careful how much black you have against your face during the day; it can look harsh.

For bright colors: Stay away from primary colors; instead go with jewel tones. Black and white should be saved for evening.

Big and bold accessories
When it comes to accessories, a bigger, bolder piece is better then lots of small items of sentimental jewelry. One strong piece is a very chic statement and very age appropriate.

It can be difficult to find the perfect casual outfit for a baby boomer. You want clothes that fit well and are age appropriate. Remember, when putting a look together, that you do not need to follow your mother's rules. You do not need to match perfectly! Think outside the box — and get out of the fashion rut.

Seductively smart
Wrap dresses are great, but women with larger chests can have problems with fit. Some are so low-cut that you can cross the line from sexy to slutty. To keep from looking inappropriate, wear a sexy cami underneath your dress. You can be sexy and draw attention to your cleavage without showing everything!

Also, when wearing a dress, the right bra is critical. Make sure you get fitted for your right-size bra!

Suit up
When purchasing the right suit, color and fit are everything.

Instead of bright-colored suits, wear neutral tones. You will get more use out of a neutral color, and it won't look age specific. To add some color, wear a jewel-toned shirt under the suit!

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