The beauty of experience. I’ve been thinking about how aging or experience translates to beauty. That’s what aging is, after all – experience at living. And experience helps us in every area of our lives: at parenting, at our jobs and relationships, at managing money and homes and hobbies.
So can it help us be more beautiful and stylish? I think yes. Here are some of the ways experience can make us more beautiful:
- We don’t doubt ourselves as we select our wardrobes, so we are more sure of our choices.
- Our style reflects who we are more closely — because we know who we are, more confidently each year.
- We take the time and make the effort to take good care of ourselves. If budgets allow, we get massages and pedicures. If not, at least we know how to turn down the noise and take a long, fragrant bath.
- We’ve learned how to accept, style and work with our hair, to its best advantage. No more straightenings for me, or setting my hair on juice cans. Let the frizz fly.
- We are not so self-conscious in our clothes as we once were. We get dressed, have a good look in the mirror, add or subtract a piece and go about our day. Because . . .
- We know what works!
I did a mini closet clean-out last week. After laying my summer clothes out on the bed, I tried them on to see if I still said “Oh, yeah!” when I looked in the mirror. “Do I still love this?” and “Do I want to wear this right away?” The Yes pieces got put back in the closet.
There were a few easy No’s – that just don’t fit right anymore, or are too worn. Then there are the very nice pieces that I haven’t worn in a long time, e.g., an elegant Trina Turk tux-style blazer. It’s in perfect condition, and it’s my size. But it skews formal and it’s a little masculine for me. That’s why I haven’t worn it, duh! I’ll try it again this Fall, with jeans and a blouse.
“All your life you’re yellow. Then one day you brush up against something blue, the barest touch, and voila, the rest of your life you’re green.”-Tess Callahan
I have mastered my own style so that it’s easier to say No, whether at the store or in my closet, to pieces that are not Truly Me. That’s the beauty of experience.
What do you think? Has aging helped make you more beautiful, by giving you that extra boost of wardrobe confidence? Or are you thinking: shut up, Patti, I’ll take 29 and inexperienced any day? : >
Stay fabulous, xo
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