Fashion Over 50: Creating Style Uniquely You

I speak often of using adjectives to describe my style.  Not only do my adjectives describe what I want my clothing to say about me, they also describe ME.  I believe I am strong, intelligent, approachable, current and creative.  These are things i want to communicate about my personality…so I try to select clothing which says the same thing.  I am not selecting adjectives which contradict who I am.

 

I suppose it is possible to use your style to change something about yourself.  I met a woman who has a large personality and she says she is trying to wear softer, more neutral outfits to tone it down.  Perhaps a more introverted personality could change wearing clothing an extrovert would wear.  But, I prefer to keep the adjectives closer to who I really am. Now, when I wear outfits which I feel are uniquely me then I walk in confidence.  I select the strong neutrals to communicate the strong and savvy message….but the colors, prints and accessories to communicate my creativity.  The choice of current styles keep me youthful and approachable.

 

 

Overall, I want to be confident…and own the room with my confidence and smile.   Even though it is now cold again.  When I went to work yesterday morning, we had the air conditioner on and it was humid and hot.  By noon, I was freezing from a forty degree drop!  So it is very much still winter in South Texas!  At least I can still wear my faux leather leggings!

What about you?  Have you ever worn clothing which you hoped said something different about your personaltiy?  Do you think there can be something good about doing that?  Please share and then……………………….

 

KEEP SMILING!!

The outfit is all older pieces:

Turtleneck Tunic and Faux Leather Leggings  Soft Surroundings

Knit Topper  Eileen Fisher

Necklace Chicos

Leather Flats are Lucky Brand from Macys

 

 

 

 

 

12 Comments

  1. Yes, I have and often do. I use clothing to send messages which are not always the same.The gal you mentioned wearing more subdued colors may find she is more effective by toning down her look. So long as she is comfortable, that’s what matters. Sometimes we need to dress for the situation, and the effect we can make.

  2. I would wear this outfit!? Seriously, you are wearing what I feel comfortable in. I love my winter colors & neutrals. I have a muted floral ruana for spring & I don’t wear pastels typically. Life gets boring if I don’t try new things! I get compliments when I wear dark colors, especially burgundy. I experiment cuz I can’t wear burgundy every day. In July? Nope. My struggle is I love a 3rd piece in summer. Even necklaces get hot outdoors. I started experimenting with jewelry. It’s easy & FUN!

    1. Experimenting with jewelry is exactly what I love to do, Linda. And I like to mix things up as well. Some necklaces do get hot..summer presents a whole new set of challenges for the woman who loves accessories. Thanks so much

  3. I adjust my style to the environment of course but even so my wardrobe reflects who I am. I use many of the same adjectives you use to describe myself (except creative) which is probably why I like your style so much and your use of colour. This outfit is very flattering on you!

  4. I live in northeast Texas and I understand dressing for the ever-changing weather! Layering clothes is my solution.

    I typically wear classic, tailored clothing, unless I’m working in the yard or doing other grubby activities. Last year, I started a painting class and really love it ~ now I need to update my style to reflect my previously dormant creative side. I have all the accessories to do so, but find it difficult to get out of my rut!

    To answer your question, I have occasionally worn clothes that I love, but definitely reflect the softer side of my personality – polka dots, flowy skirts, the color pink. I feel as though I’m playing dress-up in someone else’s clothes. Oh, well. Sigh.

    1. That is what I have tried to avoid, June,is feeling like I am playing dress up and not me. The goal is to be able to look in the mirror and say…YES, That is me. Now I am going out to conquer the day with a smile. Thanks so much for your comment.

  5. When I worked in Washington DC, I had to dress conservatively. Once I retired, I am now free to communicate that I am a strong woman, an accomplished woman and a woman that is creative. I love pretty accessories. In face, I just ordered that pretty pink scarf you showed today.

  6. While most of the time your clothing should reflect your innies, there are some reasons to be an outtie. For example, an interview outfit should be worn solely to communicate that you understand and can work within the company’s culture. In the junior high school where I teach, I try to keep my wardrobe professional and quite modest because I want to project an image of stability and the no nonsense vibe young teenagers need. Teachers in younger grades might wear clothing that is brighter and more “cute” so that the little ones see them as comfortable and welcoming. And I would venture there is many a woman who has dressed to make an ex realize -exactly- what he missed :). Clothing conveys messages that are very powerful, and in all honesty, we need to walk the line every day between self-expression and convention.

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