Yesterday, we discussed the importance of getting up, getting out and getting going in the second half of life. Today, I would like to encourage you to also look your confident best every day in order to have greater impact during life transitions. Your appearance can be a powerful tool to achieve your life goals. One of my favorite quotes is from an image consultant, Alison Vaughn. She says….
“Appearance can be a powerful and useful tool in controlling the kind of message you send to others about who you are, your age and how you view your age.”
Right now, no matter your age or current lot in life, you have a unique beauty that is all your own. What is great about working on our outsides is that we always have the ability to make changes and “improve the house” so to speak. We can upgrade in many ways…a new hairstyle, or hair color, or healthy eating plan, or a different look that finally says, THIS IS ME.
If you have just retired and are finally home for the first time in a long time, make it a part of your daily goals to fix up every day. At least with a well- coordinated casual look, makeup, and fixed hair. But, if you are going to go and approach someone about volunteering, or joining their professional group, or leading a Bible Study, take the time to create a personal look you feel confident wearing. Be a leader to younger women with your style and grace.
For the past 30 years, one of my life’s goals is to be known as a woman of strength and dignity. Purple is the color of royalty and dignity, so it has been my favorite for several years…I also look good in the deep royal purple colors. This purple silk jacket from Chico’s has been in my wardrobe a long time…it is a favorite.
Today, I am pairing it with a new Ming Wang white top that I love because it floats away from my middle and doesn’t cling. Ming Wang does provide quality, “designed to flatter” foundation garments. On the bottom are my trusted JJill pants and my super comfy Rockport ballet flats.
The whole ensemble is popped with a colorful neck scarf. This is an example of how to wear a print in your accessories with a predominately neutral wardrobe. This is how I say, “Lookout Spring, here I come!”
Wearing your favorite colors and clothing that you feel confident and powerful in goes a long way to help you achieve the goals you have right now. It can wake you up each day and help to send you off on an adventure. You never know what possibilities are out there.
REMEMBER, YOU ALWAYS SEND MESSAGES
Even over 50, 60, 70, plus…. even in retirement…. even a grandmother…even the “more experienced” end of the workforce, you are always sending messages about YOU with choices you make on the outside. When people first meet me, I want them to see a confident, joyful, approachable, intelligent, and youthful woman. I like it when someone walks away wondering my age and not quite sure. We send communications with every choice we make on the outside and isn’t it great that we can control what those communications are?
I am not talking about spending large amounts of money; in fact, some of the fun I have is seeing how I can meet my style adjectives on a budget. It isn’t money you need to do this.
You need an understanding of yourself, who you are right now in this stage of your life, and what you want to say with your outsides.
Without speaking a word, what does your appearance say about you?
Today’s slideshow is dedicated to those of you who are retired or just beginning retirement and you need some inspiration of how to look at this new stage of life. There will be more about this tomorrow.
By Pamela Lutrell
Disclaimer: I was gifted the top from Ming Wang, but my words about it are my own.