Happy Fall Fashion Friday, everyone! Today, I want to begin another discussion on importance of personal style over 60!
I have so much on my mind…and I am still fatigued…but will do my best to hopefully inspire women over 60 to look their best.
The discussion yesterday about the differences of how women over 60 dress for travel sheds light on the differences of how we think as we age.
You see women who dress as if they have given up and no longer care…because, after all, we are aging and it just doesn’t matter any more. (their thinking!)
Then you see other women like the ones I observed who see every moment as an opportunity for engagement with other humans and desire to look their best, no matter the occasion.
One of my goals is to show the women who no longer care, to see the benefits of caring to the very end, no matter your circumstances or budgets.
I do not believe this is shallow, fashion thinking…I believe it is powerful healthy minded thinking.
The benefits are joy, confidence, fun, and the legacy we leave behind for family and friends.
We are more likely to stay engaged with life and make a difference in our worlds when we look and feel our best.
It is not about being skinny…or botox…or anything but discovering our own personal style and sharing it with the world.
The importance of personal style over 60 results in ease and freedom to be uniquely you and enjoy who you are created to be more.
IMPORTANCE OF PERSONAL STYLE OVER 60: HOW TO BEGIN
If you do not already understand personal style over 60, then start today and do not give up…no matter what.
My favorite style books right now are the older ones…I have not read a current book on style that I enjoyed…man are shallow.
On my recent trip, I re-visited A GUIDE TO QUALITY, TASTE AND STYLE by Tim Gunn.
He confirms my belief that every outfit we put on communicates a message about us.
Gunn writes: “How we dress is a personal form of language; it is highly informed by our society and culture. (After you dress for the day) how will people respond to that image of you, and what assumptions will they make about who you are? You are sending a message about who you are!”
He believes that the dressing down of society began with Casual Fridays at work…I think it worsened during the pandemic.
But, I have never minded being the best dressed in the room.
I am so thankful I began to ask the mirror…what does this outfit say about me?…before I left the house.
It keeps away so many regrets! Why did I do that? After an unexpected encounter with someone.
Several stylists agree that what we wear sends a message, but disagree on how to create a personal style over 60.
That is why I believe personal style shaped with style adjectives works and if you use them with every outfit, you will eventually be known for that style.
I am really enjoying my style adjectives and believe they are uniquely me…I want every outfit to say that I am creative, polished, approachable, joyful, and current.
Photo from Instagram: donnakaranthewoman
In Gunn’s book, he identified the style of fashion designer Donna Karan, as that of a polished bohemian.
Curious, I did some research and saw several similarities between how Karan dresses and how I like to dress.
Mostly in the area of accessories and statement jewelry.
But it was affirming to see another woman who likes to look polished and creative at once!
If I said that I am classic…it would not be correct, because I go beyond that for my personal style over 60.
But, if I say that I am bohemian, then it does not describe me because I do not wear flowy, gypsy-type looks.
The two women who inspired me the most on my trip…were dressed in quality, perfectly-styled looks, with amazing accessories from shoes, to handbag, to jewelry.
I wished I had time to strike up a conversation with them. Their style said they are intelligent, engaged women.
I want to always be approachable with each outfit and send a message of….I want to talk to you!
When deciding what five messages you want to communicate with each outfit, pick what YOU want to say….and not what someone else might tell you to say.
This is a very personal decision and when you hit it, you know it is you!
I hope this makes sense.
IMPORTANCE OF PERSONAL STYLE OVER 60: YOU ARE FABULOUS
Women over 60 and beyond are getting kudos for their great personal style.
Vogue Italia has just released a gorgeous cover of Isabella Rossellini, age 71, and she asked that the photo NOT be touched or edited in any way.
She looks fabulous and photos like this should encourage all of us to look our best.
We are famous with our families and friends, and can inspire so many others to enjoy each day of life with our own personal style.
If you do not see the importance of developing a personal style over 60, and want to talk it out…I am here to help.
I hope you will love it as I have once we dive in.
When I think of my grandchildren, I know I am leaving a legacy and desire they remember me as distinctly GIGI!
See you tomorrow with the Style Tips challenge of the week…..
KEEP SMILING, EVERYONE!!
*NOTE: THE OUTFIT I AM WEARING TODAY IS AN OLDER LOOK AND NOT ONE I CAN PROVIDE LINKS TO…SORRY!
By Pamela Lutrell
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