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I’m so excited to bring you the 5th installment of the My Refined Style Linkup! Each month I am blown away by your posts, which just goes to show that fabulous has no age. But first, I want to talk a little bit about wearing color over 40.

Wearing Color Over 40

Wearing Color Over 40

Color is the midlife woman’s best friend. If you’re like me, you’ve noticed that your natural skin tone and hair coloring have lost some of their vibrancy in recent years. That’s why wearing color over 40 is so important.

Color has the power to warm up your complexion and bring out your features.

wearing color over 40

Wearing Color Over 40

I brought out my inner Elvis to show off this fabulous purple fringed poncho. I am a strong winter, so my best colors are cool and clear, like this purple. If you are not sure what colors best suit you, head over to Chic Fashionista to use their color analysis tool.

wearing color over 40, purple fringed poncho

Of course, color is not the only thing this outfit has going for it. The fringed poncho is just so sassy paired with these flared jeans. The camel colored leather belt and boots contrast perfectly with the deep purple. Then, I finished off the look with a beaded necklace and rolled paper bracelet, both hand crafted in the Philippines and an amethyst ring from Thailand.

wearing color over 40

Now that I’ve shown you my style inspiration, it’s time for you to show me yours. Let’s get to the My Refined Style Linkup!

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  1. Marsha says:

    I don’t think I could ever leave the house without being dressed in my favorite color of the day. I am over 50 and people tell me I look 40 so that in itself gives me reason to rejoice!

    Love your blog style. Visiting from Markets of Sunshine blog.

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      I really think the right color does a lot to add color and warmth to our skin tone! Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Katey says:

    What a fantastic color! And the fringe adds such a fun playfulness.
    We’d love to see you at our Tuesday Fashion Party Link Up!
    Katey & Betsy

  3. This is just a GORGEOUS color on you…it is one I don’t have much in my wardrobe, though I do tend to wear jewel tones – emeralds and royal blues. The photos of you are wonderful.

  4. The purple looks fabulous on you, Shellie! I love the poncho with the flares – great look!

  5. nicole says:

    I agree that color is so important. I have to say though for me, when I wear color I am stepping out of my comfort zone. I always gravitate toward the neutral colors. It’s hard to liven things up sometimes but I am going to start trying.

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Hi Nicole, the easiest way to start is to add a colorful accessory to an otherwise neutral base.

  6. sue says:

    Oh you look gorgeous in all the photos. I love the purple! I used to wear corporate black and grey but no I’m retired I love colour. It is instantly uplifting! Stopping by from #blogsharelearn linky and have a lovely day!

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Color can really lift the mood and it does wonder for your skin tone! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Michele says:

    I love that purple! I am trying to revamp my style, and working towards more color and less black all the time. I also find I am less interested in prints. I am not sure if that is the current fashion, or that lately I just prefer solid colors more.

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Hi Michele, I also gravitate to solids for the majority of my wardrobe, but I do like a lot of color!

  8. Jennie says:

    Such a great look, Shellie! I am in love with this bold purple on you. Makes me want to wear more of it myself and soon! Have a great weekend.

  9. Just stunning Shelly! Yes us middle age gals need lots of color! Purple is not one I can wear…I am Autumn, so teal is my color! It looks great on you and I love your poncho..go Elvis!

  10. Purple is a great color on you, Shellie! Love that fringe, also. Very pretty.

  11. I think it’s fantastic you encourage women to wear color at any age! It seems there are tons of restrictions as to what women can wear after a certain age, and I don’t think it’s all true. You can find ways to incorporate anything into your style to make it work for your age.

  12. Jennifer says:

    That color is stunning on you! The strong contrast in your natural coloring works beautifully on you!! Love the fun fringe too. Thanks for inviting me to host My Refined Styled with you!
    XX Jennifer

  13. amy says:

    That is such a pretty color on you!

  14. “My inner Elvis” – I love that, Shellie!!! The purple looks so good on you, and of course it’s the colour of royalty too…!

    The two outfits I’ve linked up are polar opposites colour-wise: One is super bright yellow and pink, and the other is super soft pale pastels (even though I know pastels are already pale)! Thank you so much for hosting, have a great Thursday/Friday – and weekend 🙂

    Catherine x

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      You and I, as polar opposites, are a perfect example of going with what works with your coloring. Your muted palette looks stunning on you! I see a fabulous future blog topic there 😉

  15. Thanks for hosting!! I agree that color is so important…and that purple looks fabulous on you! jodie

  16. This color is gorgeous on you! Thanks for the Link Up. 🙂

  17. Laura says:

    You look fabulous, Shellie! Please add this look to our Fashion Over 40 Pinterest Board! I added you, so you should be able to pin away! Purple is my favorite color and I am SO loving that fringed poncho! I do believe I’m jealous! Ha!

  18. Glad to join you, dear friends

  19. Laurie says:

    You are so right Shellie, colour is so important when we are a little older. I love the Purple on you, it’s great with your dark hair.
    Thank you for hosting

  20. REBECCA says:

    I believe color is a must in every age – and this purple top is so pretty on you!