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Evolution of Personal Style: Reflecting on Changes Over Time #TellUsAbout

April 18, 2024

It’s time for this month’s Tell Us About…. a link up hosted by some lovely ladies (including me) from all over the world. You can see who they are at the end of the post and I encourage you to visit their blogs and check out what they have written for this month’s prompt.

Each month one of the members selects a topic/prompt and this month it is Tell Us About……Your Personal Style. This month’s prompt was suggested by me!!

Evolution of Personal Style: Reflecting on Changes Over Time

As I mentioned, I selected this prompt for #TellUsAbout and then wasn’t really sure how to approach it.

At almost 67, my tastes and style have certainly changed over the years and have been determined by my lifestyle. In saying that, I do believe that our style is inherent. We can try different things but ultimately our personal style is what we feel most comfortable with. It also isn’t restricted to fashion but is applied to other areas in our lives.

A positive about aging is that we know what we like and what feels good to wear.

A negative can be that we get stuck in a rut and don’t explore other options.

Can we change our style or is it inherent?

I would describe my personal style as ‘Classic’ and ‘Minimalist’, although I wasn’t always necessarily that way. When I was much younger I would, like others, wear whatever the ‘fashion of the day’ was and looking back was more adventurous or just didn’t know better. It is the 50th anniversary of ABBA winning the Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Waterloo’ and I was reminded that I had a jumpsuit in green velvet just like Anna and Agnetha wore!

I had yellow overalls just like Benita wore on Play School (if you are Australian you will know what I mean).

And of course wore the ‘Princess Diana’ look – or tried to.

In Grade 5 I thought I was just ‘it’ wearing a pink and white checked hotpants and top combo with red clogs!!! The clogs were not very comfortable but I loved them.

I’ve also made some pretty horrendous hairstyle decisions over the years which my children love to tease me about. The frizzy perm and who could forget the ‘mullet’ – I wish I could!

Looking back I’ve certainly had some hit and misses!

In my 50s & 60S

I believe that because I’ve come to terms with who I am and learned to appreciate my qualities and not so much what I look like or what others think of me, I’m happy with myself. I’m not the self-conscious girl who was never happy with her body image or thought she was pretty.

These days I like wearing clothes that I know will look and feel good when I put them on. I’m fairly conservative in my style although have been experimenting with colour over the last few years.

Now I have no need for the corporate colours of black and grey although I still love wearing Black and White combos. My clothes are more in line with Smart Casual and around home I’m normally in active wear. I enjoy adding a pop of colour using accesories or a scarf to lift a basic outfit and have even started wearing hats!

Last year, I was approached by Fella Hamilton, an Australian clothing brand to collaborate with them. I’ve certainly expanded my style and am surprised that items I might have walked by in a boutique, actually look great. I’ve become more open minded about my style. I’ve just been sent a floral blouse which is definitely outside my comfort zone but will see what it looks like. It is very similar to a painting we have!

I tend to wear the same jewellery and accessories although I have started to experiment with hats!

Personal Style in my Home

For my home I prefer the minimalist look although in the past I loved antique furniture. Since moving in 18 months ago we have replaced the dark grey carpet with timber floors. We renovated the kitchen by replacing the very dark and probably expensive at the time, marble worktops with lighter ones.

These days it is clean lines, light and airy for our home and I always feel a sense of calmness when I come through the front door. We add pops of colour with artwork which I have to credit my husband for choosing. He went to an art auction on a cruise whilst I was on a day tour and well, let’s say no more about that!

We recently renovated our bathrooms and I love them. They are white walls, with a marble look tiled feature wall and grey floor tiles. Quite conservative but each time I have a shower I just love the space.

As life changes so do we and although I believe our style is basically part of our personality we can learn to adapt and introduce different styles into our lives.

Discovering or Rediscovering Your Personal Style in Fashion

Finding your personal style is an exciting journey of self-discovery! Here are some steps to help you along the way:

  1. Explore Inspirations: Look for inspiration from various sources and pay attention to what catches your eye and resonates with you.
  2. Identify Your Preferences: Take some time to reflect on what you like and dislike. Consider factors like colors, patterns, fabrics, and silhouettes. Think about the clothes you feel most comfortable and confident in.
  3. Assess Your Lifestyle: Your personal style should align with your lifestyle and daily activities. Are you more casual or formal? Do you need clothes for work, leisure, or special occasions? Understanding your lifestyle will help you tailor your style choices accordingly.
  4. Experiment: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles and trends. Mix and match different pieces to see what works best for you. Visit thrift stores, try on different outfits, and have fun exploring new looks.
  5. Find Your Signature Pieces: Every person has certain items that they feel particularly connected to. These could be a favorite pair of jeans, a statement accessory, or a signature color. Identify these pieces and build your wardrobe around them.
  6. Consider Fit and Comfort: No matter how stylish an outfit may be, if it doesn’t fit well or feels uncomfortable, you probably won’t enjoy wearing it. Prioritize clothes that fit your body type and make you feel good.
  7. Develop Confidence: Confidence is key to owning your personal style. Embrace who you are and wear clothes that make you feel empowered and authentic. Remember that style is not just about following trends but expressing yourself.
  8. Seek Feedback: Don’t hesitate to ask for feedback from friends, family, or even fashion experts. Sometimes an outside perspective can provide valuable insights and help you refine your style.
  9. Evolve Over Time: Your personal style is not set in stone and is likely to evolve as you grow and change. Be open to trying new things and adapting your style to reflect your evolving tastes and experiences.
  10. Have Fun: Above all, enjoy the process of discovering your personal style! Fashion should be fun and expressive, so don’t take it too seriously and allow yourself to experiment and have fun with your wardrobe choices.

The most important thing is to be true to yourself. Don’t compare or worry about what others will think. If you like something go for it! Remember, You do You!

What’s Your Personal Style? Has it changed over the years? I’d love to hear your thoughts .

Until next time….

Sue Loncaric

Future Prompts and Dates for the Diary

April 17/18 – Your Personal Style
May 15/16 – Musical Influences
June 19/20 – Beauty
July 17/18 – Blogging
August 14/15 – Holidays/Vacations
September 18/19 – Favourite Things
October 16/17 – Schooldays
November 20/21 – Confidence
December 18/19 – My Year in Review

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Tell Us About….Contributors


Gail from Is This Mutton Gail from Is This Mutton finds there’s a great feeling of peace and satisfaction about nailing your personal style, with no more expensive mistakes. And it costs nothing to do.  Find her post at  https://www.isthismutton.com 

Deb from Deb’s World (Australia) – Debbie feels that she doesn’t have a style as such and isn’t much of a fashion plate, but she does like wearing certain colours – usually the brighter the better. Debbie’s not usually one to talk about fashion so this is a fun post. Read more about Debbie’s personal style at www.debs-world.com  

Suzy from Suzy Turner  (Brit living in Portugal) – Suzy shares her journey in defining personal style, from admiring fashion icons like Stevie Nicks and Diane Keaton to embracing monthly challenges, while cherishing her love for Victorian Goth and celebrating the freedom of self-expression in fashion. Find her post on her updated blog https://www.suzyturner.com/family-history

Marsha, from Marsha In the Middle  – Marsha, who professes to be a fashion blogger, struggled with pinning down her own personal style.  She may or may not have been successful. Find her post at https://marshainthemiddle.com/ .

Mary Katherine from MK’s Adventures in StyleMary Katherine reflects on her personal style evolution and the influence of age and confidence, time available, and disposable income. Find her post at https://mksadventure.com

Penny from Frugal Fashion Shopper – Tbh, I struggle with the concept of a personal style as there’s one style I would really like to be seen as having but in reality I wear altogether a different set of clothing.  But just maybe you could have several personal styles? If so, that’s me! Find her post at https://frugalfashionshopper.co.uk/

Australian blogger Jill from Grownup GlamourJill looks at her own personal style and its interpretation over time. Find her post at https://grown-upglamour.com

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27 Comments

  • Reply leannelc April 18, 2024 at 10:24

    Hi Sue – I love that you included your home decor choices as part of your style. We’ve made similar choices with our house as you’ve done… out previous house had lots of colour and vibrancy, this house is all neutrals and creams, white and greys – with pops of colour to still make me smile. Fashions change, but as we hit Midlife we find what works for us and it gets so much easier.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 19, 2024 at 07:47

      Hi Leanne, I believe our personal style is more than fashion so that’s why I included the home decor – and also to give people an update on our renovations. I’m sure your new colour scheme blends well with your new lifestyle after 60 x

  • Reply marsha57 April 18, 2024 at 13:42

    I love all the photos of you from the past! And, I had a pair of red hot pants in the fifth grade. They were kind of like velour and had a longer short sleeved top with a Nehru collar. I loved that outfit! And, oh, my goodness! The perms…like you, my hair is straight so I’d get a perm quite often. It didn’t help that my younger sister was my stylist at the time. I haven’t had one since 2012…thank goodness! I don’t intend to ever do one again.

    I also talked about my personal style being reflected in my home. Great minds, right?

    Thanks for such a challenging prompt…those are the best, aren’t they?

    https://marshainthemiddle.com/

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 19, 2024 at 07:49

      It’s funny what clothes we remember, Marsha. I did love those hotpants even though I did not have the figure for it. I was quite plump in my younger years. Those perms were a mistake for me, but at the time I thought the were great. Personal style is also reflected in our home so I think you and I are on the same page there. x

  • Reply Toni Pike April 18, 2024 at 16:58

    You’ve always looked fantastic, Sue – and love your decor!

  • Reply Gail Is This Mutton April 18, 2024 at 17:21

    Great choice of prompt and loved reading your post. The Fella Hamilton clothes suit you so well, particularly the colours. You have a model’s figure thanks to all your fitness activities. I love how you included home decor as well. As you’ll see, the post I hastily wrote last night doesn’t bear any relation to my summary. It seems that yes, our style does change, even when we think we’ve nailed it!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 19, 2024 at 07:50

      Hi Gail, I enjoyed the prompt more than I thought I would. The FH range is good although there are a couple of outfits they sent which I don’t feel are ‘me’. I enjoyed your post as well and yes it did change but there is no rule saying we can’t change our minds, is there? Have a lovely weekend. x

  • Reply suzyturner April 18, 2024 at 19:59

    You look fabulous in colour! It’s so cool that you were approached to work with that boutique, the photos are great. I love that you also included mention of your home style, as well as giving us some advice about personal style, Sue! Great post!
    Hugs
    Suzy xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 19, 2024 at 07:51

      Oh you are so lovely, Suzy! My husband takes the photos which I appreciate and I’m having fun playing ‘model’. We’ve finished our renovations so wanted to share my personal home decor style as well. Have a lovely weekend and no to think about next month’s prompt! x

  • Reply Debbie April 18, 2024 at 22:08

    Wow Sue, the frizzy perm was such a hit back in the day and you rocked it! I had one too for many years. I had red overalls to your yellow ones and thought I was rocking the look!
    What a great post that encompasses so many stylish examples, house, fashion, hair…you chose a fabulous prompt and I loved reading your take on it!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 19, 2024 at 07:52

      You are too kind, Deb! I’m not happy with any photos of the younger me and have said when I die no photos of me are to be shown before the age of 50! LOL 🙂

  • Reply Bernie April 19, 2024 at 17:00

    So I think my signature pieces are scrubs… they are like the most comfortable piece of clothing even if you don’t own them! Seriously I want to bring a pair home when I retire – maybe that can be my retirement gift! I really love how you responded to your own prompt and the history of your life and styles. Bernie

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 20, 2024 at 16:00

      Thanks for your lovely comments, Bernie. My daughter-in-law is a nurse practitioner and I often see her in scrubs. They do look very comfortable! x

  • Reply Penny April 19, 2024 at 19:28

    I love that you included your home in this theme which of course is logical. In too love the minimalist white look for our home interspersed with a lot of colour on the walls from paintings and other stuff including cushions and throws. Your hats are great – love the pink one!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 21, 2024 at 11:54

      Thank you Penny, I thought I would add my home as well and I think Marsha did also. It was a great prompt even though it was my choice! I enjoyed reading everyone’s contributions. x

  • Reply Ratnamurti April 20, 2024 at 08:12

    Love your personal style. Very modern, streamlined, and love the straight hair on you too. I love antiques in my home, they are timeless.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 21, 2024 at 11:55

      Thank you for your kind words and yes antiques are timeless, aren’t they? x

  • Reply Natalie April 20, 2024 at 09:36

    I enjoyed reading your post, Sue. Like you, my current style is active wear, smart casual, and using a pop of colour or accessories to lift basic pieces. I also choose lightweight and wrinkle-free pieces for my travel. Thank you for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare. Have a wonderful week!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 21, 2024 at 11:55

      Hi Natalie, I’m sure you always look smart and wrinkle-free pieces are perfect for travel. Have a lovely week. x

  • Reply Tessa April 20, 2024 at 10:15

    I have no personal style. I simply wear something comfortable such as sweatpants and T-shirts.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 21, 2024 at 11:57

      Hi Tessa, I think it’s great that you know your personal style – it’s something comfortable!

      • Reply Tessa April 22, 2024 at 09:57

        I don’t have a fancy wardrobe and don’t need it where I live. I rarely leave the facility so it doesn’t much matter in the long run.

  • Reply batennancy April 20, 2024 at 16:35

    Is vero nice to read how other women’s style evolved! Thank you for hosting and I hope to see you on my Fancy Friday linkup party.

  • Reply Julie April 25, 2024 at 15:00

    I just learned this 3-word method to personal style. The first word is describes your wardrobe, the second word is what you aspire to, and the third word is how you want to feel. The combinations can come out interesting. Mines is simple; it’s Classic, Minimalist, and Well-Traveled.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 26, 2024 at 05:44

      Oh I loved that 3-word Julie. I think my three words would be the same as yours. Have a lovely weekend. x

      • Reply Julie April 28, 2024 at 02:42

        I like the three word method too because it allows some style mixing.

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