Recently, I received an email from a reader who is in her 70s and desires to dress more youthful. I asked some specific questions and she has not responded, so I thought I would offer some generic advice here on ways to dress youthful in the fall, and see if that will help. This blog has always been about encouragement and bringing the lovely readers over 50 some inspiration and ideas for how to look and feel your youthful best. At 66, I am still feeling 40 and hope that never changes! Here are some basics:
- Wear clothing that fits your body well. I am not talking about skin tight clothing, but a fit that is flattering and does not hang on your body. I know especially when you feel over weight, some can dress in larger sizes thinking it will hide, but it only adds weight on. I had to learn this the hard way years ago. Many of the pant styles now are made to fit well and give a little in the fabric.
2. Wear current styles. Again, going back to pants, they are made differently. Spend an afternoon at a brand like JJill, Chico’s, or Soft Surroundings and try on many different styles and sizes to see what suits you best. Forget about the numbers…you are not going for a size, you are going for a current, stylish, fashionable pant that fits you well. These can be found at many price points and the holiday and end of the year sales is the perfect time to change up your wardrobe.
3. Learn what the seasonal trends are and add them to your wardrobe or bring them out of the back of the closet to participate in a trend. This keeps us current and youthful. I am wearing plaid today…because it is a trend….and the Ponte Knit Scarf is also a youthful touch to this outfit.
4. Wear clothing that makes you smile! Smiling is forever young. This photo was taken a couple of years ago ( that’s why the hair is longer), but you will notice I was not afraid to wear tall boots, or vibrant color, or a denim top….wear what makes you smile. Remember to ask yourself, “What do I want the world to know about me from looking at what I wear!”
5. Finally, read this blog and others like it to receive ideas, inspiration and guidance. We are always talking about fun clothing ideas and trends. I hope you will be here on a continual basis.
I have ideas in the slideshow below. At 66, I would wear any of the garments I placed there. Anyone else have something to add? How do you dress to feel appropriately youthful?
KEEP SMILING…GIGGLING…WHICHEVER YOU PREFER!
For those who asked for my family dressings recipe, here it is!
Pam’s Family Holiday Cornbread Dressing
This is a recipe handed down through my family. It is a Cornbread dressing…not stuffing, because it isn’t stuffed anywhere…but your tummy!! I will say…it brings many compliments and happy eaters around your table! Yes, it takes longer than opening a box, but it is worth it!
The day before you serve the dish, do these two things:
- Make Your Cornbread – I double this and make two pans when serving more than five people. I have tested it over the years with other cornbread recipes and believe this one to be the best!
1 cup flour (these older recipes say to sift, but I don’t!)
¼ cup sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
¾ teaspoons salt
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup milk
¼ cup melted butter
Mix together the dry ingredients and then add the milk, eggs and butter. Cook at 425 for 25 minutes. Do not overcook…you do not want a dry dressing.
Allow to cool, cover in foil and place in refrigerator overnight.
- Cook in a slow cooker on low over night the following: 2 turkey legs, one chopped onion, one apple sliced, one bay leaf, two cloves of garlic minced, ½ cup of chopped celery and two slices of Applewood Bacon. Cover this with water and add a dash of salt, poultry seasoning and sage seasoning (just a smidgeon…
The day of the event: Remember to double this if doing two cornbread’s
- Crumble your cornbread into a large bowl into very fine pieces and set aside.
- Sauté in butter ¾ cup onion, ¾ cup chopped celery, ¾ cup chopped green bell pepper, two minced garlic cloves and sprinkle with celery salt. Cook until onion is clear. Then pour over the top of cornbread.
- Sprinkle the top of your mixture with poultry seasoning, sage, white or black pepper (my mother insisted it made a difference to use white pepper) and a tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce. Mix it well ( I use my hands, but you can use a spoon!)
- Now, use the turkey stock you made in the slow cooker and gradually add a little at a time and mix it together until it is moist and thick but not soupy!
Stir or mx well and put into a casserole dish. I like to garnish with some green pepper slices and a couple of slices of the Applewood Bacon. Then bake at 350 for about 30 minutes…again, do not overcook, or it will be dry.
I use the remainder of that turkey stock to make a turkey gravy to use with the dressing and mashed potatoes. It is really good and flavorful.