This is the second post in a series I am writing for the new site, Generation Fabulous . The first post, HERE, discussed our attitudes.  I hope you will be able to spend some time with the amazing women of Generation Fabulous!!
Hopefully, we all agree
YOU ARE FABULOUS!  No matter your age, size, income levels, or political
affiliation….whatever….YOU ARE FABULOUS!  We started with our attitudes,
and I know something which helps my attitude is to look and feel my absolute
best!
When I decided to
perform a personal makeover at age 50, there were many things to consider.
 I watched makeover television shows…I read magazines and blogs…I spoke
with other women…and I walked the malls and shops.  I was taking me from a
frumpy- mom-typical-old-teacher look to a more stylish-in-charge-strong- middle
aged-professional woman!  The question was …How to do this and still be
me?

In reading one style
book, this quote jumped off the page:
“Appearance can be a
powerful and useful tool in controlling the kinds of message you send to others
about who you are, your age, and how you view your age. If you get the response
you want, your style fits: If you do not get the response you want, consider
making some changes.”  -Alison Vaughn
After reading this, I
began to think about the messages I desired to send with my style.  I
wanted messages which were true to me.  This is where personal style
becomes very unique and individual.  We are all different right down to
the fingerprints, so why should we all look the same.  The only way I can
decide how a trend or new garments fits me is to have a formula.  This is
why I developed the over50feeling40 Foundational Five.

WHAT DO I WANT TO COMMUNICATE WITH MY STYLE?
Every time we get
dressed, we are sending messages.  As I entered age 50, I was
communicating the message I DO NOT CARE ABOUT PAM.  My looks said,
I AM
TIRED and LEAVE ME ALONE.  When I did dress up, I
often went to a “wacky” extreme which said I NEED ATTENTION, NOW!
 My wacky style said I DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO.  I KNOW I
NEED A CHANGE, SO I WILL JUST TRY EVERYTHING AT ONCE!
I now understand why
sales people were not particularly helpful and why my children and husband made
comments about how I looked. I also had a closet full of misfit pieces…lots of
garments handed down from my own mother and mother-in-law and cheap, cheap,
unflattering clothes.
After a process of
waking up and seeking guidance, I finally decided the best way to define my
messages was to selective the adjectives which described the messages I wanted
to send.  I narrowed them to five, because if I focus on more than five
then my style lacks direction and definition.  After testing this process
with friends and readers of my blog, it has proven to be very successful.
So, the Foundation Five
is simple.  Select five adjectives you want to communicate with your
clothing.  Take those five shopping with you. Any garment you purchase
MUST meet all five adjectives.  If not, put it back.   Make
sure they are displayed in your closet.  Any style you put together, must
meet all five or don’t go out.  Following these five will eventually
develop a personal style for you and may even open new doors.
All of us will have different five adjectives…because we are
all gloriously and wonderfully unique.  Your fabulous five might include
words like simple, tailored, romantic, trendy, preppy, bohemian, approachable,
minimal…there are a plethora of words to compose the communication you are
seeking with your style.  Of course, you can change and refine them as you
grow and go.  But, only you can decide what the messages will be…the more
consistent your messages are, the people will understand who you are.
 Infamous designer, Coco Chanel, once said, “The most courageous act is
still to think for yourself. ALOUD.”

Here are my five:

  1. Strong.  Does the piece or
    outfit give me a feeling of strength…in charge…professional woman?
  2. Chic.  Does the piece or
    outfit help me to feel chic, classy, dignified?
  3. Creative.  Does the piece
    or outfit say that I am a creative, artsy person?
  4. Youthful.  Does the piece
    or outfit communicate a vibrant, youthful, age appropriate message?
  5. Fit.  Does the piece or
    outfit fit and flatter my body in a fabulous, appropriate way?
I have made fewer
mistakes since I began to shop with my formula.  I donate less clothing to
Goodwill. I take time and am more thoughtful in the dressing room. There are
fewer moments when I say, WHAT WAS I THINKING? And more moments when I say, “Oh Yeah…this is fabulous!”  Salespeople
take me seriously now, because I look better when I go out, even to run
errands.  Parents and students approach me differently.  The ultimate
bonus?  Smiles.  Smiles to wear with my new style!
Please
let me know if I can help in any way…just send an email to
over50feeling40@gmail.com!!
Wednesday I will announce the winner of the Soft Surroundings 
topper and make sure you register to win one of three tunics to be 
gifted to readers from Foxcroft.  NOTICE…there is a new way to 

enter that does not involve Facebook!!

Have a terrific Tuesday all!!

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