While on the treadmill I was listening to one of the morning shows. They were highlighting makeovers for women over 50. Yup, I fall into that category. Each woman said basically the same thing; how do I tap into style and grace at this age? Each were dressed in jeans and a baggy top. My go-to outfit as well, since I work from home, there isn’t much else I want to be in. When I went to an office, I would spend a portion of my Sunday afternoon, organizing the upcoming week’s outfits, with the accessories, shoes and other items to pull it all together. It’s been a couple of years and I now share the same uniform with those women on TV. I am forced to admit, it’s not a good look.
I have decided to give myself my own makeover. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or any money at all. I am going to start by organizing what I have. I am sure my biggest problem is the items I don’t wear, are not in rotation, buried in the drawers. I don’t need to wear jeans every day, there is nothing wrong with wearing comfortable, dressier items and accessorizing. I also have tons of fun jewelry, that needs organizing. Here’s what I am not going to do: Follow any rules. I am not going to succumb to that over fifty look or lean towards my tendency to match. I don’t have to dress my age, I am going to do what comes naturally. I just don’t know what that is yet.
Starting from the top and going down; Shape Magazine suggests taking an inventory of makeup. I did this by accident when I went to St. Louis last September and forgot to pack my makeup. I stopped at a cosmetics counter in the St. Louis Galleria and had my face done. I learned so much. It cost nothing for the consult and I ended up purchasing practical items I could use daily.
What to wear at this age is tricky. I am not going to address body shape. It is, what it is. We have arrived and we are beautiful. I did find this fun blog called Who What Wear, that had a great post on over-50 trendsetters. Let me tell you, they were killing it. One of the quotes that stood out: Comfort with your personal style, is the chicest thing of all. Only one person had jeans on and they were not the ones I wear around, so my homework is to find a new style for my favorite go-to.
Here are some questions I am asking myself as I retool my style:
- How can I make this process fun and affordable?
- Does my current style reflect my past style heyday?
- Can I commit to a couple of days a week getting out of my comfort zone?
- What does a makeover mean to me?
The trick to this whole process it to be loving, not judgmental. When reviewing where I gravitate to when choosing an outfit, or other clothing items, I seem to harken back to what I loved in previous decades. I must stop that, the 1980s are gone and anything that resembles that era, should be saved for theme parties. This includes makeup and hairstyles.
When I was working in an office, I would subscribe to Stitch Fix, a monthly subscription to clothing trends would appear at my door, filled with great fashion items. I loved this. I now receive their newsletter, and highly recommend it. While I don’t subscribe to the clothing delivery anymore, I still get great wardrobe ideas. The newsletter provides helpful tips with pictures of completed outfits. This is way easier to follow than trying to understand what the fashion magazines are promoting on wafer-thin models. Another great resource, Pinterest. Seriously, lots of women of all ages, with an easy to emulate fashion sense.
Now I need to address why this struck me today. I must admit, I love change. It’s fun to try new things, but I know not everyone shares that outlook. When my husband cleaned out his closet, and got rid of 35-year-old items, he never wears, I had to pry them out of his hands. He didn’t want to part with them. He admits going into the donation bags later, in my car, to retrieve what I had forced him to part with. So, I get it, it’s hard.
Another force at play here is; why make the change? I feel the day I stop changing is the day I die. Life can be way too stale without a little burst of color, a chunky bracelet, a new outlook, a better attitude of self, a new set of heels and anything else that gives you a sexy-pause. The point is to feel good from the inside out along with some renewed interest in how we present our fabulous selves to the world, is not a bad thing at all.