There is an old saying, “We are welcoming people by the clothes, but it is their mind and personality that can capture our attention and make the final impression”. Each of us has a style, as we age our bodies are changing and we are adapting to our own unique styles to feel more comfortable. Comfortable can still be stylish and attractive. Believe me, being from Europe fashion is a massively important thing to me.
As I have grown up and become wise my rule with fashion is: Dress for YOU, not others —which frankly is how I should have been dressing these past couple of decades leading up to the present. Everyone has their own style and their own certain “happy clothes”. There is a vast selection of articles and books telling people how to cope with turning 50, how to lose weight and how to stop hot flashes. I don’t think we can read all of the articles available in the world and find the silver line. Each of us is unique, we have different DNA which composes us with a assort of body types, skin, preferences and passions. Just be you, own your body and trust your instincts.
Spring is around the corner, it is time to get ready to pull out your skirts, shorts and tank tops from your closet. Soon we will be taking trips to the beach. Peel the layers of sweaters, tights, long pants to uncover our skin to let the body breathe fresh air and the sun rays touch us again. Spring makes us want to look through out wardrobe to make sure we are in style for the upcoming season. Try this, this season before you head to the shopping center to buy a new wardrobe, take a look into your closet to see what you already have. If you like shopping as much as I do, this can be hard, but I was able to train myself to get over the temptation and I have created a few tricks to help clean my wardrobe each year and sometimes find a hidden gem within all my regular clothes.
Let It Go: The silk dress is gorgeous, but this beautiful dress is also a size 2 which you haven’t been for years. It is time to let go of the dress. I am not saying throw it out entirely, if it is in good shape try to donate it at your local donation center. Donating is not only good for the soul but it also can get you a reduction in your taxes and someone else will be able to enjoy the dress just like you did at one point.
Here is your brown coat and it has dust on it, what was the last time you wore it?
A trick that I have used for many years every time I clean out my wardrobe is turning the hangers in the same direction, facing up to the back of the closet. Throughout the season after using my clothes I place them back facing the front. So when I go to do my spring cleaning or whichever season cleaning I know that the hangers that are in the back of the closet are the ones I never wear. In a way it lets me know that those are good candidates for the donation bin.
By donating you are making more space not only in your wardrobe, but in your life by enriching your soul and mind. Items contain memories, either good or bad. Honestly, I have a few clothes that I am not able to give away. They are my “happy clothes”. Some of those include a scarf I purchased about 25 years ago in Venice; an ugly hand knit sweater from my mother and a few t-shirts and dresses that I wore to happy events in my life, the rest I can let go.
Be active: The most important type of clothing to have in your wardrobe should be your sport wear. If you don’t have any put your shoes on and go buy some, there are so many inexpensive quality brands.
Little Black Dress: Yes, you read it right the infamous little black dress. I actually have a few that I switch around, they are important because not much can be wronged with a black dress. Simple, plain, sophisticated and that’s all you need.
If you chose to add accessories to spice up the simple look I like a necklace or a scarf, or a favorite silver belt so you can look like a million dollar girl. Just top it off with simple make up look and a pop of color with your favorite lipstick and your ready to head out to the door whether that is to an important event or a trip to the grocery store.
Business casual: Even if you have great legs to rock a mini skirt, it might not be the best choice to wear if you are 50 and above. Maybe the more sophisticated chic pencil skirt and polo-neck can flatter the figure more. Don’t forget to have a blaiser, jacket, skirt and trouser available they are always a good options for interviews, networking events or if you want to that loan you need to start the business of your dreams. Dress to impress is key. Colors like black and white never go out of style, nor do they have seasons.
A clean, crisp look doesn’t have to mean masculinity, there are suits out there that have a softness to them.
Accessories: Simplicity can go a long way. I personally like to use simple accessories during the day and change to bold for events that I attend. My personal style is considered to be artistic and sometimes I like to choose the glitter and sparkles. Bags are another one of my favorite pieces to an outfit, who doesn’t love bags? Instead of investing half your paycheck and buying a bag that is in trend at that time and not in trend in the next season try this tip. Purchase bags that have classic shapes, good material such as good leather, and where you can organize your life in them. Another good accessory that I use to wear a lot were wide belts that were right in the middle of my torso. Maybe your one the lucky ones with a long torso and long legs who can wear a wide belt, they are in style now. I still have some from the eighties but over the years they don’t look right on me anymore. These days I prefer a skinny belt, it gives my body a better sense of proportion.
Shoes: I use to love wearing high heels all the time. I use to work at a bank and I needed to look elegant every day and they were the perfect choice for all my outfits. After having two kids and running from soccer practice to school and then to daycare I traded in my heels for a pair of so called “nun shoes they feel like I am walking on clouds. One thing to avoid is wearing
I use to love high hills, working in bank I need to look elegant every day. After having two kids and running from soccer practice to school and the daycare I traded them for pair of so called “nun shoes”, they feel like sneakers on my happy feet. One thing to avoid is wearing your favorite flat shoes teamed with a dress. A heel elongates the body, but keep it 4in, if you don’t feel comfortable it throws off your balance and posture, and everything slumps — your breasts look lower and your waist looks wider.
Glasses: Sun glasses are a must and they are most optimized when good quality. If you’re wearing sunglasses without sufficient ultraviolet (UV) protection put them in the trash. When you go out and put your sunscreen on don’t forget to put your sunglasses on as well to protect your beautiful eyes. Talk to your eye doctor and see what options you have for polarized bifocals.
Attractive and Sexy: Sexy doesn’t have to be wearing a short dress or a leather skirt, or even tight jeans. Longer lengths and roomier clothes are also as chic. They can also create a more youthful and flattering look to your style. Well tailored dresses and elegant shoes will always be a classic look that will give you a sexy look as well. As for leggings, let’s just keep them at the gym.
Colors: Our skin tone change as we are age, hair color also changes and sometimes its not as flattering with our old clothing options as they use to be. Find the color that compliments your skin color and hair. Use small prints, polka dots look good on everyone.
Dress for yourself, not others — this is how I have been dressing in the decades leading up to this one. Everyone has own style; be yourself, stay attractive and elegant. Dressing in your 50s or 60’s is about maintaining proportions in an elegant fashion.