Threading the style needle over 50. I’ve been thinking . . . about personal style, “uniform” dressing, being “age appropriate” and other fashion-related miscellanea. I have a lot of time to think now that I am retired and can’t travel anywhere. [Do not pity me, this is where I live]:
I’m searching stylistically for that sweet spot between Old Lady (not that there is anything wrong with Old Ladies) and Mutton As Lamb.
Ironically, when I was in my late twenties and early thirties I dressed completely corporate – dark suits, silk shells, nude hose, and medium-high black pumps. I worked in downtown Boston, then downtown Washington DC, and I looked exactly like all the other business women. This was me:
I see myself now as a modern 65 year-old woman, of-the-moment but neither trendy nor, gods forbid, dowdy. I never dress “sexy” any more; I don’t feel comfortable showing cleavage, thighs or butt curves. All my clothing is slightly loose and super-comfortable – that’s a concession to age, and also the casual, downtown style I’m drawn to.
Here are a few the Ins and Outs I currently follow to thread the style needle at my advanced age. All of them are significant to only me, so please keep doing you. No rules or prescriptions for you here, wear what you love.
OUT (for me, for now):
- Matching skirt suits in a conservative cut.
- Nude pantyhose!
- Medium heels – any heel, actually, over two inches.
- Pink or any pastel polyester pants. No worries, if you love them, just enjoy.
- Hawaiian print shirts. Not my style, not even at the beach. Your mileage may vary. 😊
IN (for me, for now):
- Cool neutrals. A closet full of navy, gray, ivory and black, with shots of red.
- Tee shirts, long or short-sleeved, all year here in Florida. Washable silk ones are fab.
- Modern denim. I try to choose jeans that spark joy and are in a current cut. My current favorites are high waisted straight legs, in a dark wash.
- Full skirts that hit just below the knee. An occasional pencil skirt, just to the knee.
- Midi dresses that skim over the body. Maybe a floral print in this category.
“I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker color.”-Wednesday Addams
What’s In and Out for you these days?
Stay safe, wash and wash and wash (your hands), xo
Wear what you love, always. Here are some goodies to browse: