If you read my blog regularly, you will know that I encourage women to an an Ageless Attitude to life and avoid putting limitations on ourselves. You would also have met my new guest fashion writer, Christine Blundell, from My Private Stylist, who will be writing Seasonal Fashion posts along with the odd tip here and there.
Today, Christine asks us a question relating to an ageless attitude and style. Be sure to connect with Christine through her links at the end of the post.
What does having an ageless attitude mean when it comes to our Style?
It’s not just about WHAT we wear, it’s more about HOW we wear our clothes and accessories. Take Iris Apfel for example. If you haven’t yet heard of Iris, let me introduce her :
Iris is an amazing 96 year old Style Icon. She wears outfits most of us half her age would never even contemplate wearing, but she wears her style well. I know if I tried to, I would never be able to pull off that look, nor would I want to.
Why? Because it’s not who I am, and that I think, perhaps is at the very core of what an ageless attitude with our style is all about.
It’s about OUR Style, unique to each one of us at ANY age.
I remember my Mum, at my age (64) was wearing what I call “ old lady clothes”. I think our parents seemed to be older than what we are at their age. Thankfully things have changed a lot. We are living longer, working longer, travel more, have more choices and we are more active. Our whole attitude towards “ ageing” has changed. Even the word ageing or anti- ageing is now being discouraged, especially regarding beauty products.
Margaret Manning on her blog Sixty and Me shared a video about The butterfly theory of personal development . I love that term! Butterflies are very symbolic to me as it represents what God does in our life, changing and growing us into the beautiful women we are.
As Margaret says, “sometimes in our life we make a decision to re-invent ourselves and that can and often does include re-inventing our style no matter what our age. It’s not about age, it’s about attitude.”
I love the term “ageless attitude” and when it comes to style I believe that it’s about whether what we wear still expresses who we are. We are not the same in our thinking, knowledge and experiences as when we were in our twenties, so why would we want to wear the fashions of a twenty year old?
I don’t think we should necessarily make blanket statements such as after a certain age a woman should not wear jeans for example. It depends on the wearer and how she feels in them.I still love wearing my jeans and I’m not planning to give them up anytime soon.
I read just this morning that the editor of one of the top Fashion magazines in the UK said that women over 50 should not wear polka dots. Why not? I saw a photo of Helen Mirren in a stunning Polka dot dress, so I think she has proved that theory wrong!
It’s about wearing those things that suit the body shape we have and expressing our personality.
As we know our shape changes and our Style evolves over the years, so therefore we may need to let go of some things that we used to feel comfortable and confident wearing, while embracing and expressing who we are now.
It’s about knowing and feeling good about ourselves.
It’s about being authentic, being happy, being healthy, being us.
Fashions change from year to year, a lot of which don’t look good, no matter what our age or the body we have. Style however, always looks good on us and is something that comes from within. Fashion is what is on us, whereas Style is something that exudes from within, that is evident outwardly in how we carry ourselves, how we express ourselves and how we treat others.
As Yves St. Laurent once said “ fashion fades, but style is eternal.” We are bolder, braver, wiser and more confident than we once were, so let’s express the wonderful women we are and show the world we are women with an Ageless Attitude, not an Attitude of Age
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