Finding Your Personal Style

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People have their own style. Mine is simple and quite plain. If you take a meander through my closet, you will see a lot of black, beige, gray, navy and white. There is not a lot of color in my personal wardrobe. I am not a “fashionista”, but I do like clothes that are made well and fit comfortably and I love to follow current fashion from a distance.

In the summer I wear mostly plain white and beige. I love the look of white for summer and collect pieces every year. I know t-shirts are good for one summer so never spend a lot on each one. Bleach is my good friend as with it white clothing is easier to maintain stainless in the long run.

For winter I wear mostly black, with an occasional navy or gray mixed in. The grayer my hair becomes, the more I like gray. I am short, so a monochromatic look works better than a lot of different patterns or colors.

That being said, I have collected belts, necklaces, bracelets and scarves for years and they do the work of making each outfit have a little different look.

I love simple style, so if you look in my closet you will see little pattern. It may be there, as I collect clothes, but I seldom wear them. This is my take on fashion over sixty.

Helen Mirren is my icon for fashion. She wears her clothes well: they do not wear her. I think that is the most important thing about finding your personal style. Hope to have other people see you first and what you are wearing first.

Finding Your Personal Style

Hats! I love Hats…..

Saw this article on women wearing beautiful hats to church.

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It brought back wonderful memories of days at The Del Mar Turf Club in the 80’s when we would go and wear the most beautiful hats we could find. We wore those hats to church and to luncheons and felt very glamorous.

I wonder where that glamor has gone.  In Washington, the closest thing you see to a hat is a knitted hat to keep your head warm in the winter.  Some atrosious thing that smashes down your hair with a puff on top.  Not so elegant any more.

I found a couple of “very old” photos of me in a hat in the 1980’s:

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I still have several of the hats from this era and have shared them with a friend for use in a Vintage Fashion Show.  Don’t think either of these still grace my closet.  I do wish they would become fashionable once again, as I love the idea of a new hat to go with a new Easter Outfit every year.

Hats! I love Hats…..

Fashion Over 50

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Gaudy or Good?

Iris Apfel is considered a “geriatric starlet” and a very senior fashionista at 94.  How much of a statement do we need to make as we grow older.  She has collected jewelry and clothing all her adult life and now has a collection of “couture” jewelry that has been featured at the Peabody Essex Museum, where she is considered the “Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel.”

When I am 94 I would love to be considered fashionable, but I do live in a small community and not New York City.  How do you take “fashion” to rural America?

For one thing, I would never be able to wear that many necklaces without a back brace. One car accident too many, by this point in my life to have that much weight suspended from my neck. On another day, we might take on the conversations we have with peers about “health issues”.  Maybe call it “Backache with Lunch”.

Looking to icons of fashion over the years, so many seem based on excess not elegant simplicity.

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So where do you take this?  Do you over-stimulate your eyes in the mirror each morning or do you look for an expression less overpowering?   Or do you take some elements of style and look fashionable in slightly less exaggerated manner?

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Coco Channel is stylish in a slightly less provocative manner.  So pick your style, enjoy life and love getting dressed in the morning.  “Fashion you can buy, but style you posses”. Iris tells us this.  What is your over 50 style?

Maybe in a more rural environment, we just make our overalls more stylish?

Or better yet, maybe go for stylishly simple and elegant.  Anyone can make a statement, but not everyone can make a good one.

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Maybe less attention too excessive is good and elegance can return.  What do you think? What would AARP say about this?

Fashion Over 50