It has been a week full of great conversation to inspire those of us in the second stage of life. Today, I want to take WHAT SHOULD I WEAR? a little deeper and focus on those of you in the audience over 60. How can we feel youthful, confidence over 60 and leave dowdy behind? I am the young age of 66 with only about five months until that goes up, and I am aware daily of looking appropriately youthful in all that I do. When I reached my sixties, I was asked if I was going to change the name of the blog…well, no. The rest of our lives we are over 50, and hopefully feeling youthful and strong.
TIPS FOR LOOKING YOUTHFUL OVER 60
- Wear clothing that fits your body well. I really think one of the biggest mistakes that women 60+ make is to wear clothing that is too large in an attempt to be comfortable. Comfort comes when we are confident in what we are wearing and what it says about us. Over sized, flowy garments do not necessarily deliver comfort and honestly may make you look older than you are. I am beginning to ask myself when I look in the mirror…What Age do I look? Right now, I want to be respected as a professional, an intelligent woman, and a woman with a large wonderful family.
- Wear current, appropriately youthful clothing. This only means to leave your mother’s mu-mus where they belong…gone into the past. We do not want to look like we are competing with 25 year-old women either…they will always win! I have on simple pieces today, but pieces that have been current and classics for many years…always in style and always youthful.
- Do not be afraid of color or accessories. They add the pop of youth that makes each outfit special and really do not take that much time to add fact, it takes as much time to dress with confidence as it does to dress down and look dowdy or frumpy…the latter only means we are saying with our clothing that we do not care. This messaging will take us down a road to depression and I do not want any of you on that road. The two outfits I wore on Monday and Tuesday had more color in them and I confess, I felt younger in both of those looks. I like today’s look, but I think the addition of color really helps!
4. Embrace your imperfections. Just as a master painter embraces his artwork and actually finds beauty in each imperfection within, so are you a masterpiece. Today you are looking at a woman on this blog who is wrinkled, over weight, has funky feet with curled toes, has a ripped ear, is covered in age spots, and has a front tooth out of line!! I have had these same imperfections for a long, long time and still dress with confidence every day. So what if high heels and earrings are in my past! This is a new day with new fun accessories to enjoy. It’s a new day, it’s a new life, and I am feeling good! (That’s a song lyric, right?)
5. FInally, ladies, attitude is everything. If you go out the door with a smile on your face, then you look younger…it is a given.
Now, below is an outfit that I wear to work, but will also wear in retirement for many reasons. Each piece here will stay in my closet. I really love jackets with jeans. I am really trying not to purchase what I formally called professional clothing, but have clothing that I can wear in both stages of life.
I believe there are many women who think that their personal style is done when they hit 60+. Far from it, girls. Style can be a source of strength and propel us forward into exciting segments of life like we have never known. It is not too late to have amazing experiences and to look better than we ever have…yes, with wrinkles, bunions, hammer fingers…all of it. Don’t close the door to your wardrobe just yet or put on outfits that tell the world you have given up. Let’s have some fun!
We have had great, encouraging discussions this week! Make sure you read the posts from Monday and Tuesday. For the ladies 60+, what do you like to wear that makes you feel younger? Please share your personal favorites! I have some fun items in today’s slideshow (I picked items with feeling youthful in mind)………….watch out tomorrow for Today’s News for Women over 50….and make sure you
By Pamela Lutrell