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A fashion savvy woman knows what she likes and why she likes it. Not only that, but she has figured out what elements work together to refine and define her style.

Have you ever considered how your fashion choices reflect, enhance or possibly detract from your personality? Take a minute to think of someone who’s style you admire. What elements of her style do you most appreciate?


fashion savvy - Shellie Bowdoin

When it comes to my fashion choices, I am a major fan of black, not because it’s easy, but because it’s honestly one of my most flattering colors. I prefer classic lines, but I like to mix things up with interesting textures and details. Then, I like to add just a touch of edginess to my outfits to keep things fresh and current.

How Fashion Savvy Women Refine Their Style

 1. They Know Their Colors

I am a true winter, which means I wear clear, unmuted colors. In fact, the more brilliant the color is, the more it suits my natural coloring. And yes, I wear A LOT of black. Again, pure black jives well with my coloring. Red is my signature color.

How about you…do you know your coloring? Wearing color over 40 immediately warms up your complexion.

2. They Know Their Shapes

I know my body, so I choose clothing styles to accentuate my best features. Although, I don’t seem like your typical petite I am actually short-waisted. I often shop for my tops in the petite section to keep the hemline from falling too low.

I also like to wear circle skirts. Circle skirts flatter many body shapes. I find the most flattering length is just below the knee cap. Likewise, I’m a major fan of the pencil skirt, which looks best when it tapers in below the knee. And oh, how I love a great pair of slim legged slacks!

3. They Know Their Style Vibe

I admire a myriad of different styles on other women, but I know my vibe and stick with what works for me. I prefer classic lines and feminine shapes. Often, I like to mix soft and hard elements.

When it comes to jewelry, I like metals and natural materials. Dainty jewelry doesn’t seem to work for me, so the bigger or clunkier it is, the more I like it. And, I’ve learned to rock my reading glasses over the last several years. Hey…if you’ve got to have them, they might as well be fabulous!


fashion savvy - Shellie Bowdoin - wear a smile

4. They Are Happy In Their Own Skin

Ultimately, a fashion savvy woman knows who she is and what she wants to convey to the world. I live out the lyrics from “Annie,” the musical,”You’re never fully dressed without a smile.”

While I love all things fashion, I also realize that fixing up the outside is only a small part of the equation. Ultimately, it’s what’s inside that comes bubbling through.

Psalm 139:14

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.

Check Out The Style Of These Fashion Savvy Women

Jessica’s Style

Here is an outfit that best describes my personal style. I love color, and feminine styles. The shape of this dress is fitted, I love a vintage inspired look with the color and v back. Dressing for my shape is part of my style as well as wearing shoes that are comfortable and stylish. The block heel, vintage inspired, is a versatile shoe! I do love my floral patterns as well!


Elegantly Dressed And Stylish

Dawn’s Style

I think this look reflects my personal style.  Here I’m wearing all my favorite things: flared jeans, cool shades, and kicken boots! I’m also loving revisiting the deep burgundy lipstick shades and black chokers of the 90’s!

Dawn - Fashion Should Be Fun

Fashion Should Be Fun – Style Over 40

Patti’s Style

 I like to mix dressy with casual, have a fun and funky piece as the eye-catcher, and use jewelry to help define the look. I always want my shoes to have a little personality, like these black booties. And I like to incorporate trends (e.g., cropped trousers) with classic silhouettes.


Not Dead Yet Style

Cherie’s Style

 I love to be comfortable in what I wear so this was right up my alley.  Pairing it with metallic slippers or slides seemed to be the perfect mix.  Casual elegance.  I have a difficult time defining my style, but people have described it to me as just that, casual elegance.

 Style Nudge

Andrea’s Style

This look captures and defines my style which is often a blend of dressy with a casual piece mixed in or visa versa. There is something about mixing casual and more dressy pieces and soft fabrics that makes me feel polished yet more comfortable. For me, being refined means wearing things you love but always feeling like yourself and exuding confidence.

Andrea - Living On Cloud Nine

Living On Cloud Nine

Trina’s Style  

This bohemian style dress, which I’ve layered over a peasant blouse, and paired with lace up flats definitely defines my everyday style.  I’m not afraid to layer, I feel comfortable running around in flats (even at my wonderful height of 5’3″) I am more likely to throw on a dress on any given day for just about any given occasion because it makes me happy!  I feel truly confident in this little number and just a bit unique which is what makes us all that much more refined.

Trina - Tea Time With Trina

Tea Time With Trina

Each of these fashion savvy women know what works for them and it shows! If you relate to their style vibe, make sure to check out their blogs for more inspiration to help refine your own style point of view. Also, these awesome pics were taken by my cutie-tootie niece, Rebekah. Check her out on Instagram…@rebekahswindal .

Have a great day!

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  1. Shelly says:

    Such great tips! And I agree..these ladies nail it!

    Thanks for linking with Ageless Style!

    Shelly | The Queen in Between

  2. Mica says:

    What great advice! While I’m not in that age bracket yet I agree that these are good tips for anyone – and you have shared some lovely bloggers who are just as stylish as yourself too! 🙂

    Hoping your week is off to a good start 🙂 The weekday wear linkup is live on my blog, I’d love you to join! 🙂

    Away From The Blue

  3. jodie filogomo says:

    You bring up some great points Shellie!! Being comfortable in our own skin makes such a difference.
    Great post and thanks for showcasing all of these women!

  4. Kippi says:

    Wonderful tips for ladies of all ages. Have a great weekend, Kippi #kippiathome

  5. Emma Peach says:

    I’d say red is my signature colour too, although I do love classic black, especially for evening. Great to see some of my favourite bloggers featured here!

    Emma xxx

  6. Angelina says:

    I enjoyed reading your post. You look great! Thanks for sharing with Thursday Favorite Things! I’ll be featuring you this week. Angelina @ Petite Haus

  7. Shelly, such great tips for those of us who are not very fashion savvy. We will feature your post on the next Blogger’s Pit Stop. Well done.


  8. You look fabulous! all those women too.. you have just reiterated that keeping up to the fashion keeps one emotionally stable. Thanks for joining Bloggers pit Stop. – Pit Stop Crew

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Hi Menaka,

      I do think that how we keep up with the outside often mirrors how we are feeling on the inside.


  9. Michele says:

    All of these women, including you, look fabulous! I think it is because they are all comfortable in their own skin. I am still working on that part. I know I like fairly classic clothes, mostly solid colors and not trendy. I wear a lot of mid-range blue which is my best color. I am experimenting with jewelry and trying to figure out what I like. The problem for me is that I see something I love on someone else but then I don’t like it on me!

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Hi Michele,

      It does take a while to figure out your own style. Take notice of those times when you receive compliments on an outfit or when you felt especially smashing…what were you wearing?


  10. Ada says:

    You look great in neutrals, Shellie. I love your smile too. Looking fab! Love all those ladies you featured, killing it in the over 50 category!


    Welcome by the blog today to link up your latest posts with me. Thanks, Ada. =)


  11. Hi Shellie, I love your fashion post, everyone looks great and my favs are Cherie’s classic style, her outfit is sooo classy, love it. And Andrea’s skirt is wonderful so comfortable. I miss being in fashion and retail, I had the opportunity to run fashion shows and it was so fun to put together outfits.
    Thank you for sharing this week on #omhgww, its fun to see you!
    I hope you have a lovely week and a Happy Valentines!!

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Hi Karren,

      I bet it was fun to dress people up for the catwalk! I always love it when I have the opportunity to help someone find new pieces for their wardrobe.

      Thanks for the linkup,