Let’s begin this new direction for me (see THIS POST) with this statement: Confidence is Powerful at Any Age. I am surprised by the women I meet who do not believe that statement. They see confidence as only necessary for women who work; they see confidence as pride; they see confidence as superficial.; or they see confident people only as loud and annoying. But, believing in ourselves is important at any age, no matter what we are doing, and includes the total package of looking and feeling our best inside and outside.
If I am confident with who I am and how I look, then I am going to:
- Get out of the house and experience life
- Join organizations and causes to make a difference or experience things I love
- Believe I can accomplish great things at any age
- Be more willing to share advice and experience with the younger generation
- Smile more often and display a positive outlook
- Attract others to me because I communicate I care about me and others
You may believe in who you are, but if your outside says to the world I do not care or I am a mess, then you have limited your opportunities and abilities right there. For those of you who are retired, there are so many opportunities available to you to make a difference in the lives of others. Do not allow a defeatist/low self-esteem attitude to hold you back. No matter your size or age, you can look amazing NOW!
Stylist Stacy London writes this, “Look at every stage of life as an opportunity to reinvent your style, and, as its own unique opportunity, period. It is a new reason to get busy with yourself. You may no longer be the cute girl but get to know this kickass woman now. She’s got something new to offer you and those around her – just as she did in her twenties, thirties, forties, etc.” (I highly recommend you read her book, THE TRUTH ABOUT STYLE. Order HERE)
Because I was confident I was able to land a middle management communications position at age 64. When you walk with your head held high, and a smile on your face, there is just no telling what doors will open to you. Do not allow excuses to hold you back…work though them and overcome them.
Do you struggle with confidence or have a story to tell of how it has served you well? Please share.
ABOUT THIS OUTFIT:
As stated on Friday, I am going back to dressing for me, so I needed a new pair of bootcut jeans and Chico’s 40% off sale was the time to pick these up. This is the So Slimming Girlfriend Jean. I use to wear this style in the early years of my reinvention, because the dark denim and full length pant was the most flattering on me. When I wear garments that fit and flatter, confidence naturally happens. The jacket and top are long past Chico’s purchases, and accessories are Soft Surroundings. The copper leather ballet flats are a past purchase by Cole Haan at Dillards. This works for Casual Friday at work, or for just about any situation if I were retired…casual chic. Just taking time and care to accessorize can really up your style…and confidence!
I was blown away by the response through comments and in my email from FRIDAY’S POST. You are a very special group and I look forward to continuing this journey with you.
KEEP SMILING, EVERYONE!
New Feature: My Opinion On Yesterday’s WOULD YOU WEAR IT Mannequin: I was surprised when I saw this look at Chico’s. Usually, their mannequins are very polished, but this one was disheveled (a bit of a mess)…blouse was askew and too many accessories around a garment that already speaks loudly. Now, I would not personally wear the sweater for two reasons: 1. It is too hot for San Antonio . 2. Horizontal Stripes make me look larger and are not flattering for a larger bust. I only own one horizontal stripe and the design and fit of the top make it flattering. For those who like the sweater, the pants Chico’s styled it with online look super cute and come in all sizes including petites. I put them in yesterday’s slideshow. Readers know how much I love Chico’s…this one garment just isn’t for me.
Now, for today’s slideshow!