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Having an Ageless Attitude towards our Style

June 25, 2018
Having an Ageless Attitude towards our Style

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 :

Having an Ageless Attitude towards our Style

Iris Apfel

 

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

 

Having an Ageless Attitude towards our Style

 

If you are ready to find your best style then contact me by email:

chris_b66@hotmail.com

Or to create your own personaIised Style program in the comfort of your own home for a low price of only $89 and you will have lifetime access to this fantastic fully colour illustrated style profile go to:

www.christine.myprivatestylist.com

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My Nutrimetics website: www.nutrimetics.com.au/christine blundell

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48 Comments

  • Reply Karen Hume June 25, 2018 at 06:30

    Hi Christine,
    I’ve never been one for paying much attention to fashion but lately, now that I’m retired, I’ve really been desiring a style that reflects the me I am now. I’m not yet sure exactly who that is, but I absolutely appreciate your message that there are no limits, that what matters is what makes you feel good and makes you feel yourself. Thanks for the post. I’ll go check out your site. And thanks for Margaret’s video. I’d love some butterfly time right about now.
    Sue, thanks for having Christine as your guest. I appreciate the ageless attitude approach to everything, including fashion.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 25, 2018 at 11:01

      I think when we retire Karen we need a whole new look! I was always wearing corporate wear and of course, I don’t need it now I’m looking for a style that is casual chic and one that makes me feel good when I get dreassed. It is easy to fall into wearing trackpants all the time when you retire. I’m hoping having Christine on board will keep us inspired. 🙂

      • Reply Karen Hume June 25, 2018 at 20:42

        Casual chic is a great description for the style you’d like, Sue, and feeling good when getting dressed is definitely our ultimate goal. Trackpants at home and jeans when I go out are my staples of the moment but my mind is definitely starting to veer towards other, more interesting, options.

        • Reply Sue Loncaric June 26, 2018 at 16:26

          I think we all go through phases, Karen. I know I do. Depending on my mood I can dress up with the best of them but other times I can’t be bothered. I do try to look smart casual when I go out because it is important to our self-esteem to take that extra care in how we look. Not for others, but for ourselves. x

  • Reply Karen Hume June 25, 2018 at 06:33

    Oops. Christine, I tried to go to your site and got a message from Google that they don’t consider it safe, that it could be open to attack. I thought you’d want to know.

    • Reply Christine Blundell June 25, 2018 at 07:31

      Hi Karen, thanks for letting me know about that link not working. I don’t know why but if you click on the My Private Stylist icon on the side bar a little further up it will work.
      I totally understand what you are saying about once you retire needing to find out who you are at this stage in your life. It’s a great time to go on an exciting journey of discovery and excavating your authentic self. X

      • Reply Karen Hume June 25, 2018 at 20:40

        Hi Christine, I did click on the icon and it did work. Thank you.

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt June 25, 2018 at 07:36

    I think style at any age is important for self-esteem. I’m mostly very conservative and sport yoga wear all day, or clothes one would buy at Athleta or Title 9. When I’m teaching I prefer business casual although I see a lot of professors schlepping around in clothes I wouldn’t wear in public. Thanks, Sue for bringing Christine to help us focus on an ageless attitude!

    • Reply Christine June 25, 2018 at 11:00

      Hi Terri! I agree style is so important to our self esteem. Some of the things I see people wearing in public are reflective of their self esteem, I sometimes see women going to the supermarket in what I think are pyjamas!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 25, 2018 at 11:18

      Totally agree Terri. If I look good, I feel good. Like you I wear sporty type gear as I don’t need the corporate look anymore. I am looking forward to Christine’s post to find my style. I am pretty Classic in the styles I like but it is great to get some added inspiration with posts from Christine x

  • Reply Grammy Dee | Grammy's Grid June 25, 2018 at 07:36

    I wear what I like and what feels comfy to me with both clothes and shoes as well as my hairstyle! I recall the article that said women who were 50 something shouldn’t be wearing jeans – I WILL NEVER give up my jeans!

    • Reply Christine June 25, 2018 at 11:02

      Hi Grammy Dee! Yes I have read a lot of those articles and I agree about not giving up my jeans! X

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 25, 2018 at 11:16

      You go girl! I saw that article and thought it was rubbish. Jeans can look great on anyone no matter our age. Have a great week! xx

  • Reply Victoria June 25, 2018 at 08:25

    Christine this is a good post on style. I don’t think anything should be off the table if you feel good wearing it. Wear things that make you feel your best.

    • Reply Christine June 25, 2018 at 11:04

      Thank you Victoria , I’m so pleased you enjoyed the article. You are right we do need to wear what we feel expresses our own unique style. X

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 25, 2018 at 11:15

      Exactly, Victoria – if you feel good you will look good. I totally agree. Have a beautiful week and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply The Widow Badass June 25, 2018 at 08:51

    Hi Sue – another great post!
    I laugh when I read of fashion do’s and don’ts, especially for older women. Surely one of the benefits of getting older is not giving a f*$k anymore about these silly rules and wearing what we want? Like you, I see a lot of older women on blogs really defining and flaunting an exuberant sense of style. I probably wouldn’t wear what most of them do, but if it makes them happy, more power to ’em.
    Dragonflies are to me what butterflies are to you, I think – a personal symbol of creativity, beauty and rebirth.
    Proudly rockin’ my love of polka dots and now breaking fashion rules (apparently), which makes me love them even more…

    Deb

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 25, 2018 at 11:14

      I love polka dots as well Deb and to me, it is all about feeling good about what you are wearing. If you feel good you will look good in my books and we don’t need any rules to tell us what we should and shouldn’t be wearing. Have a great week! 🙂

    • Reply Christine June 25, 2018 at 12:22

      Hi Deb! You go girl! Rocking your polka dots! I love dragonflies as well. I think as the years pass we care less about what others think and more about being our authentic self. Sometimes though we can feel a little lost and need a bit of guidance with finding our style and what we can do about any figure challenges. This is where My Private Stylist can help. I love how we are all feeling so much more confident in our own skin! X

  • Reply Candi Randolph June 25, 2018 at 08:56

    For me, style at any age is encompassed in Christine’s comment when she said: “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.” My style in my 60’s is still evolving, but it begins on the inside, not on the outside. Great post!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 25, 2018 at 11:13

      Mine is still evolving too Candi and I get my inspiration from both Christine and yourself! Have a great week! 🙂

    • Reply Christine June 25, 2018 at 12:16

      Hi Candi ! I think our style is always evolving as our lifestyle changes and it’s fun to get in touch with what we are feeling within and how we express that as the clothes we wear are the only way we have of expression outwardly, also our accessories. Hmm there’s an idea for another post! How accessories can change our look what do you think Sue Loncaric?

  • Reply Vanessa June 25, 2018 at 14:19

    Feeling good in your clothes makes you look good in them – I firmly believe that!

  • Reply Joanne Tracey June 25, 2018 at 14:27

    I remember my Nan turned up to her own 90th birthday party in a silver lame top, sensible trousers, silver stilettos and a pale blue ostrich feather boa – with a tiara. That was her style – always had been. Animal prints, lame, boas, glitter. And yellow – she loved to incorporate yellow.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 25, 2018 at 15:07

      oh I hope I’m like your Nan, Jo. She sounds so full of life! 🙂

      • Reply Joanne Tracey June 25, 2018 at 15:13

        She was. She passed away at the age of 94 & had still been dancing. It would have been her birthday this Thursday – she would have been 100.

        • Reply Sue Loncaric June 26, 2018 at 16:24

          We need more role models like your Nan, Jo xx

    • Reply Christine June 25, 2018 at 16:37

      I love the sound of your Nan Joanne! That’s precisely what I am referring to in my article, it’s about expressing who we are and she was obviously full of life!x

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl June 26, 2018 at 06:06

    Sue,
    Great post and as usual, so much for me to think over and incorporate into my own life.

    To me, style is an attitude rather than an age. It’s also a lot about acceptance. Where our lives may be right now and where our bodies also are right now. No point wishing for the past for the future in terms of weight gained or lost or ‘back when I looked younger’. Our bodies, minds and faces have taken us through so much and are the things that will carry us into the future so treat them well and style them up!

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 26, 2018 at 16:24

      I totally agree SSG and acceptance plays a big role in how we view ourselves. We need to love ourselves first and then I think our style will follow. Glad you liked the post and I hope you have a beautiful week 🙂

  • Reply Jodie June 26, 2018 at 07:05

    This is exactly the message I love to hear, and try to promote on my blog too!! My mom is 80 now and can still rock her jeans (and polka dots) like no other!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 26, 2018 at 16:22

      I know Jodie your Mum is amazing and such a great role model for us all. XXX

  • Reply Paula June 26, 2018 at 08:03

    Ladies,
    Life is too short not to enjoy what makes us happy! If we are happy in silver lame, do it. I am a sixty-something lady and love to break the fashion rules. It is about how you style the fashion. Don’t let the fashion style you. Be comfortable with who you are and where you are in life,

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 26, 2018 at 16:20

      I couldn’t have said it better Paula! Good for you and thanks for visiting to leave a comment. Much appreciated. x

    • Reply Christine June 26, 2018 at 19:30

      Hi Paula! I love that comment “ it’s about how you style the fashion, don’t let the fashion style you. Sums it up beautifully! X

  • Reply Denyse June 26, 2018 at 14:16

    I think it takes a change of attitude as you and the poster say. Mind you, it takes some courage too, to decide to dress for yourself and to feel good. Last year, by the end of October I decided it was time for me to embrace the newer body I had acquired over the years of not being well and accept that my less weightier me needed new clothes. Since then I have enjoyed my every day style posts and challenges and they continue to challenge me and I like that a lot!
    I have been doing this daily post on IG on over 250 days now.
    Thank you for joining in #lifethisweek Next week’s optional prompt is Taking Stock. Denyse

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 26, 2018 at 16:19

      I so admire your daily style posts to Instagram, Denyse. It shows great commitment and also I think it gives a little boost to your day. I can’t believe you have over 250 days now – good for you! Enjoy your new wardrobe xx

  • Reply Ally Bean June 26, 2018 at 21:30

    Interesting thought here. What to wear seems to be a universal question, regardless of age. I’ve found over the years that the more I refine my look, focusing on colors, shapes, and textures that flatter me, the more “me” I’ve become. I refuse to look like a clown or a frump, going more for relaxed traditional with a hint of boho chick. In my experience once you name your style, you’re well on your way to making it happen.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 27, 2018 at 06:38

      Hi Ally, I agree we need to find our style and then you can make it happen. I think that if we can find our style, feel comfortable yet ‘stylish’ we feel so much better about ourselves. My style is fairly classic but it was difficult making the transition from a corporate wardrobe to a retirement wardrobe – I definitely didn’t want to look like a ‘granny’ unless I was a groovy gran LOL:)

  • Reply Janis June 27, 2018 at 08:40

    The timing of this post couldn’t have been better! Since I retired four years ago, I’m afraid that I’ve gotten a little lazy in my daily appearance. I don’t dress like a slob, but I often go out without make-up or styling my hair (which is fine and straight so it really does look better styled). I have often thought that I need a new style that is chic, creative, comfortable (in that I don’t feel too “out-there”), and attractive. Hmmmm…. how do I start to find this new me?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 27, 2018 at 15:06

      Oh it is so easy to fall into that habit Janis, I hear you loud and clear. Now that I’ve asked Christine to write regularly, I’m sure I will up my game and return to taking extra interest in how I look at home and when I go out. I know if I do dress well and take care with hair etc it makes me feel so much more confident and happy. Let’s find new me’s together – I think I’ll start a series. 🙂

      • Reply Janis June 28, 2018 at 01:03

        That would be great! I think that many of us are struggling with the same thing – balancing the relief of not having to make ourselves up every day for work with the desire to still look good and feel confident.

        • Reply Sue Loncaric June 29, 2018 at 11:30

          Yes you have inspired me to start formulating a New You series, Janis. Thanks!

  • Reply Suger June 27, 2018 at 09:51

    In a lot of ways I feel like I totally get this, even though I’m not at the stage anyone is telling me what I can and can’t wear because of my age. But my size, the build of my body, well, that’s a whole other story. Learning to embrace what I want to wear and my own personal style took time, but I’m glad I did it.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 27, 2018 at 15:12

      Hi Suger, yes that certainly is another important angle regarding style. Learning to love our bodies and who we are is just so important and having the courage to do this and then say ‘this is me, here I am’ is so empowering. Thanks for sharing your view and have a beautiful week xx

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au June 29, 2018 at 16:34

    I don’t know how I missed this post – but I’m glad I popped back to check in! So many good points about dressing to suit ourselves but still taking into consideration the changes in our shape etc. I find that it can be tricky getting the balance right – looking good becomes harder when so many clothes are geared for the teenage market or for the “mature” woman (old lady). Finding something somewhere in the middle that fits well, is in a nice colour or pattern and goes with clothes I already own is always a challenge. Fortunately more stores are waking up to the market of Midlife women and things are gradually improving (now to find a pair of jeans that are the right length (I’m tall) and not skinny and not breaking the bank – stay tuned!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 1, 2018 at 10:36

      Hi Leanne, some weeks fly and I know I don’t always catch your posts. I’m glad you popped back too. I’ve just found some jeans by Danni Minogue from Target would you believe? They fit perfectly and as they come in petite I didn’t have to take them up for a change (I hate that part as I’m not a sewer). Hope you find your jeans, I’ve longed to be taller and yet you still have problems finding a pair that are just right. Maybe we need to start a business??? LOL:)

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