Blythe Danner - Aging GracefullyUnarguably one of the most talented actresses of film, television and stage of a generation, Blythe Danner has always been known for her fresh-faced beauty (a trait she passed along to her daughter, Gwynneth Paltrow). She is an Emmy and Tony-winning actress and has been a favorite on the red carpet of many awards shows.
Blythe has evolved her personal style over the years and has transformed her looks subtly so as to adapt to a more mature visage. Her evolution can serve as a pattern for many women who wish to retain their personal style while looking their best at any age. Here are some of the basics that Ms. Danner follows, which would help any mature woman look her best:
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More than ever, as a woman matures it is important to select the right clothing to flatter your figure. If you are developing a matronly build, then consider more layered looks with garments that skim over bulging areas, and provide clean, simple vertical lines to help give a slimmer appearance.
Women who, like Ms. Danner, are retaining a good figure, but are dealing with the usual sags and signs of age, should opt for softer silhouettes and draping garments, in more neutral and softer colors. A softer color palette allows you to compensate for the natural fade in skin tone and can make little lines and wrinkles less noticeable by contrast. (Dark colors on the other hand, will emphasize the shadows of such lines and can make you look older.)
The key is to remember to focus more on playing up the positives, while drawing attention away from the less flattering features. If you have a paunch, wearing a tailored trouser with a tunic-style sweater or jumper in a soft fiber or a loose blouse just a touch longer than normal (to skim lightly over the area) will be much more effective at flattering you, than wearing a caftan-style dress in which all of your figure is obscured.
Shown in the photo, you can see how Ms. Danner's choice of a boat-necked blouse with the color blocking in the buttery-gold and champagne silk give both the softness of texture and color that makes the vital blue hue of her eyes and the splash of color on her lips pop. The result is that the eyes forget to notice the laugh lines and creping on her face and neck.