First of all thank you for all of your kind thoughts on my sister’s passing. I have always thought I had such an incredible readership and now I know. You guys truly are “my tribe”. I can’t thank you enough for all your support. Today, I am joining a couple of my favorite bloggers Vicki Archer and Susan from Une Femme d Un Certain Age and we are talking about finding our own style. I know it sounds elusive. In the words of Gore Vidal “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn”. That is the beauty of being over 50, 60, or 70. Most of us are comfortableI in our own skin. Style is not about age, and it isn’t about the latest trends. Style is about working with what you have and making it your own, no matter your age. Finding and refining your own personal style is a struggle let’s face it. From the clothes we wear,to the books we read to the activities we enjoy, style encompasses our entire life. What kind of music do we listen to? Which movies and artists inspire us? Where have our travels taken us? This is what defines our personal style. Do you feel like you are owning your own style after 50? If not let’s talk about how you can.
Your style should not only represent your vision and creativity but also fit your lifestyle. Many women our age are no longer working and have a much more casual lifestyle. Consider how you want the world to see you and how you want to reflect your personality. Here are my seven suggestions
Here ae my suggestions for owning your style after 50.
Trust your instincts and be authentic
Your style should reflect and celebrate your life. We have earned it haven’t we?
What are your basics?
As long as the item is flattering and works buy multiples
For me, it would probably be jeans, tees, a button-down linen shirt, and turtlenecks.
#3 Choose a Signature Piece
Fashionable women own a signature item or two that becomes part of their personal identity.
Currently, the CP Shades Lily Skirt has to be a signature for me.
#4 Shop Smarter
Invest in pieces that will stand the test of time
#5 Less is More
Study which pieces you like to reach for the most in your closet and ask yourself why
#6 Accentuate your Strengths
Don’t be afraid to accentuate the positive just don’t overdo it. I have a small waist although nothing else is.
#7 Look for Inspiration in Others
Whose style do you admire and why?
I have long admired Ali MacGraw, Diane Keaton, and Meg Ryan.
I wrote about Ali MacGraw’s timeless style here Ali Macgraw aging gracefully
I love Ali’s gray hair, her ethnic accessories, and her bespoke style that she has owned for decades. How many of us can be that comfortable with ourselves? She has forged a path for us all to follow with age and grace.
Diane Keaton almost always cinches in her waist with a great belt. You rarely see her without one of her iconic hats and she can rock the monochromatic look.
I adore Meg Ryan’s girl next door look. With her tousled hair, often a simple turtleneck & masculine boots, she pulls off a seemingly effortless casual look.
#8 Make Accessories Your Best Friend
Use accessories to express your creativity. Buy some vintage pieces for interest.
My choices are pretty basic, horn, and wood, and ethnic and or vintage silver for jewelry. I always love a great scarf as well.
I enjoyed this article about Ali Macgraw’s jewelry style in Town and Country here.
I am curious who Inspires you and why? You might enjoy the articles below for more information.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with different patterns, textures, accessories, and shoes. It all boils down to feeling good in your own skin—your style should reflect and celebrate your life, your individuality, and your personality. Try not to shop too much; try not to buy into trends the moment you see them. Let your thoughts marinate; give a lot of thought to something before you buy it. Shop vintage for a collected look. Own your style, be proud of it, and embrace fashion as a way to express who you are and who you want to be. You have earned it!
As always thank you for reading Owing Your Own Style After 50. Has your style evolved over the years? How would you describe your style? I can’t wait to hear Susan and Vicki’s spin on this. Please share your thoughts and check out their posts. I know you will enjoy!