The idea the menopause should stop you from being your fabulous self is a myth. Take Michelle Obama, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Oprah, for example—they’ve all spoken candidly about their experiences with menopause and aging. And they couldn’t be further from the stereotype that entering menopause means entering a chapter of shapeless nightgowns devoid of all personal style.
With that in mind, we tapped pro-aging influencers who have experienced the hormonal changes and physical manifestations of menopause firsthand. All five women showcase the reality that menopause comes in all ages, shapes, and sizes—and that aging is a beautiful and multi-faceted experience.
Below, learn about their unique experiences with menopause, fashion, and the tried-and-true products that make them feel empowered, confident, and sexy.
Alyson Walsh, Founder of That’s Not My Age
For Alyson Walsh, freelance journalist, author, and founder of That’s Not My Age, menopause has shifted her wardrobe in subtle ways. “I’ve found that anything I can waft around in is a winner,” she says. “I love fluid dresses with lots of movement and always opt for natural, breathable fabrics like cotton, linen, and silk.”
She’s also grown fond of a good oversized t-shirt and statement earrings. “Once estrogen leaves the building, our metabolic rates slow down, we burn less fat, and we’re more susceptible to weight gain around the middle,” she explains. “As such, I’ve switched from signature grey marl t-shirts to open-necked, oversized pieces from Arket, COS, and Everlane.” She steers clear of oversized necklaces, which can make her feel “clammy and sweaty,” and instead adds personality to her ensemble with statement earrings. “They’re such an easy and inexpensive way to give your outfit a pick-me-up.”
Despite these sartorial shifts, Walsh remains committed to her personal style. “I practically live in oversized jumpsuits, despite the fact that I have to go to the bathroom more frequently now,” she says. “Menopause or not, style is a personal thing and you have to wear what makes you feel good.”
Janie Medley, Founder of Medley Style
Soft, breathable fabrics and feminine silhouettes served as fashion blogger Janie Medley’s menopause capsule wardrobe. “Knitwear became my go-to—the material is super breathable and I loved the elastic waist on pants,” she says. “Whether it was a cute knit dress and sandals in the summer, or a knit set in the fall, I always felt on-trend and amazing.”