Hello, everyone! Welcome to my style reinvention update (from last year) Part 1!
I appreciate the patience of those who have been through this style reinvention process with me…especially those who began reading this blog when it was born in 2010.
There are a few new followers, so just for them, please allow me to bring everyone up to date as briefly as possible.
To make sure everyone knows what is going on, I believe I need to fill in the gaps every now and then with updates when possible.
STYLE REINVENTION UPDATE: THE BEGINNING
When I turned 50, I was a bit of a mess. I had neglected me for years and as a working mom, placed me at the bottom of my priority list.
A wake-up moment opened my eyes to take a hard look at me.
With the help of the stylists on the popular television show at that time, What Not to Wear, I was motivated to take back me and leave frumpy behind. They helped me see the importance of taking care of myself and building my own confidence so that I could actually do more for family and for others. The journey was fun, life-changing, and exhilarating!
I became a rapid-fire student of style, fashion and beauty books and a walking experiment of a style reinvention over 50. As a journalist, I only wanted to learn and know more.
Pleased with the results and the response to the results, I started sharing with friends everything I had learned and applied. One of my closest friends then said…you should start a blog. I was at such a low point with my self-esteem at age 50 that I wanted to encourage others who might be experiencing the same feelings.
At 50 I was fat, frumpy and forlorn…until I took back the reins. So, here we are….18 years after the initial wakeup call. OK…honestly…I am still fluffy in the middle, but frumpy and forlorn are in the past! I no longer allow “imperfections” or comparisons to shut me down. I make sure sure I am not at the bottom of my priorities any longer.
Over those years in addition to blogging, I was a high school teacher, a magazine editor and a communications director. Often, my role determined my style and the system I had invented worked well to help me through that time with confidence. (More about “the system” tomorrow)
The first summer of the pandemic, I was laid off by the university where I worked …along with hundreds of others. Suddenly, here I was thrust into a new lifestyle at 68. The picture below is how I typically looked while working at the university.
I am now a full time writer and website producer of a blog to encourage women over 50. I also work predominantly at home. This means I need a wardrobe of casual chic clothing I can wear out for work and comfortable casual for living more at home.
The blog was born in 2010, but became my everything profession in 2020.
LATEST STYLE REINVENTION: COLOR UPDATE
I really prefer to call what I went through last year, a Style Refresh. I think the first time at 50 when I literally changed everything was a complete reinvention. But the word, reinvention, seems to be one that resonates with more women.
If you read these posts,
then you will be caught up on my new style journey with the help of color consultant/stylist Annie Castano. She noticed that I was dressing in the wrong color palettes and that the right one would turn my style around. Annie was a joyful, knowledgeable, experienced professional. I related to her immediately. And, she was right, so I made the decision to listen and follow her advice. It really was exactly what I needed at a new time of life. The new colors brightened my complexion, gave me a youthful glow, new confidence, new direction and showed me how to create a wardrobe that is budget-friendly and works! It truly is amazing what wearing your best colors will do for you. It is so freeing…and especially freeing to know that these are my colors the rest of my life, no matter what I do to my hair. I simply feel like my best me wearing them.
Once I had the color wheel for me, it was simple…just wear the colors and get as close to these colors as possible! If another consultant suddenly changed the name of these colors to another season or anything else, I would still just wear these colors! Simple and fun…and not restrictive at all.
I learned to look at colors I wear in the best light and see if they are casting shadows on my complexion or brightening my complexion. That is how I knew something was wrong…my beloved black looked bad on my face and it took too long for me to see what was happening when I wore it. The same with “white.” I tried and tried to look good in white tops and I never did. Now, I know why. I was completely mis-read by the professional who told me I was a winter. That is why you must be careful with who you work with on color consultation. It is good to ask a lot of questions up front and be careful of those who try to make it very complicated…it is simple.
The update then? My new colors are a perfect fit for me and I am still wearing them every day. However, Part Two of this saga tomorrow will discuss the Style Personality and how I have decided to “fashion” my style during my new life! I hope to see you then.
It hasn’t been as easy as the color side of the story.
I believe this entire journey was important for me to discover confidence and just how empowering it can be.
The overall morale of this tale is: Low self esteem is a bitter enemy and takes down the strongest of us…I did not want to be a victim.
However a humble, joyful confident woman is a strong and empowered woman who can accomplish just about anything and does not give others permission to control her.
The blog was born to be of encouragement and inspiration and my mission is just that. I want you to always look and feel your very best.
Any questions so far? Please share….and hopefully I will see you tomorrow for part 2.
By Pamela Lutrell
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