Happy Monday, ladies! Today I am discussing what makes everyday fashion over 60 “soul- stirring?”
Now, I did not say stunning…allow me to explain…
One of the reasons I re-visited Tim Gunn’s book, A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style, is chapter 3…Diagnosing the Common Closet.
He tackles this topic in a way that most of us can get, and so much everyday fashion over 60 is seeking the balance between our old professional lives and our new more relaxed lives.
Thus, the closet dilemma…what stays and what goes?
Tim Gunn discusses how our closets should provide a relaxed environment and reflect our authentic selves. (a goal I achieve by using my style adjectives)
He also acknowledges that this takes practice and commitment with missteps along the way.
We have all experienced those missteps.
WHAT MAKES EVERYDAY FASHION OVER 60 “SOUL STIRRING?”: WHY IT MATTERS
This is a discussion…I want to hear from you as to what everyday fashion meets your “soul-stirring” guidelines.
I think this is very personal, however, we can help one another…as we so often do here.
Tim recommends that we begin by creating four piles from the closet:
The Soul-Stirring Pile
The Repair Pile
The Gift Away Pile
The Throw Out Pile
It is the “soul-stirring” pile where I would like to begin a discussion with you, because as wearers of everyday fashion over 60, I think our soul stirring has most likely changed!
Of course, we do not want to continue to hang on to expensive, designer clothing we no long wear…it is time for sentiments with our clothing to take a back seat.
I know this can be difficult, but our closets will be all we need for them to be if we move clothing that merely has sentimental value, but we no longer wear it.
I have made myself move on the pieces which just sat, yet inside I was thinking…“but I wore this when…..”
I am going to hang on to my mother-of-the-groom dress for at least a year and see if I have a reason to wear it again.
The soul-stirring pile should be items we wear now and often.
After all, these everyday fashion pieces must be “soul-stirring” to each of us or we would not reach for them so often…right?
I also personally think this has little to do with the cost of the item.
In my post last week, Fall Travel Favorites for Women Over 60, I am wearing a little red jacket I have owned for years.
I purchased it at Marshall’s for about $17 and it would go in my soul-stirring pile. I love it.
WHAT MAKES EVERYDAY FASHION OVER 60 “SOUL STIRRING?”: MY PILE
The everyday fashion pieces that I love the most in my closet speak my style adjectives, fit well, and stir my creative soul.
Some may understand that when I think of everyday fashion over 60, I think of my accessories first.
For example, the Via Spiga flats I have on here have stirred my sole for years.
I originally found them at a Nordstrom Rack.
They still look great, are very comfortable, and have that current adjective I like to wear.
So many times I have been asked for a link to these shoes…but, alas, I cannot find this exact shoe…only similar styles.
I would NEVER remove it from the closet…unless they do fall apart one day….but this leather and design is amazing.
My Chico’s long denim jacket, and JJILL boyfriend jeans are keepers for me, however, I do not consider them irreplaceable.
My everyday fashion over 60 which is soul-stirring would include a pile of scarves, necklaces and bracelets that I am not ready to part with and wear often.
I keep telling myself that I will know when it is time to send some along.
This green Chico’s top goes in my “soul-stirring” pile.
I wear it so often because it is perfect for warmer weather…hits my color palette…speaks my adjectives…is flattering…washes so well…and all of those are reasons why I reach for it.
I have shopped for similar tops that I have the same attachment to as I do this one…still looking to come closer than I have.
I merely wanted to demonstrate to you the types of items I would consider “soul-stirring” in my closet.
Many would shake their heads and say…these are not fabulous fashion pieces…how can they be “soul-stirring.”
Well, to me they are and I own several everyday fashion over 60 selections that help me feel this way…at all price points.
My closet is in the best shape it has every been because I have used my style adjectives and color palette to build a wardrobe that works well as a team!
I look into the closet and see “uniquely me.” Tim Gunn uses this “soul-stirring” pile to help women see the same thing.
I find this to be another way which confirms the importance and success of dressing with style adjectives….those five words are the connecting narrative in my closet.
So, what about you…can you describe what your soul-stirring everyday fashion over 60 would look like?
I think it would help all of us to know the types of pieces that would be in your pile. I cannot wait to read what you have to say.
Thank you for being here as we discuss what makes everyday fashion over 60 “soul-stirring?”
Tomorrow…more fun with Would You Wear It!
By Pamela Lutrell
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