Yes,it is that time of year that we all make resolutions and then forget about them in the next few weeks.There are 3 style resolutions you must make and keep for the rest of your life.
1.Never ever dress your age.
You may think I am going to be 50 or 60 or 70,so I have to tone down my style or may be it is not as important to pay attention to what I wear specially since I am now retired.Women are living longer and are in amazing shape and there is no reason to let your style age.Here are the steps you can take to maintain Ageless Style.
a.Be inspired by the new guard.
Most of us look to our mothers or even grandmothers for inspiration on how to dress when you get older.Do not do that!Fashion rules have changed dramatically.Dressing your age is an absolute No! No!.Look to our current crop of stylish women who are breaking every rule.60 is the new 40 and some of my fashion icons are well into their 70’s.
We take care of our bodies more nowadays with better nutrition and fitness so there is no need to give up and buy some shapeless housecoats or mumus.
If you are celebrating your 80’s this year look to someone like Carmen Dell’Orefice who at 85 is one of the world’s most sought after supermodels,she is booked months in advance.
I love these 3 women,they make 70 seem like an age you must get to so that you can be this fierce.
Like I said 60 is the new 40 and these 3 icons prove it over and over again.
You must constantly assess yourself.Style is a lifelong journey.Your body changes as you age,so take the time to measure your body even if you have maintained the same weight.Know your body and always dress the body you have.Take stock of your strengths and showcase them.Take what works for you but constantly update it.One of the reasons women look old is because they are stuck in a rut specially when it comes to hair and makeup.On most women the tops of the shoulders always look amazing make sure you showcase that.Legs are another part of the body that never seem to age on most women, so do wear short dresses and leggings.
c.Pay attention to Color.
As we age our skin becomes more translucent so certain colors wash us out.Do not fall in to the all black trap,yes it is flattering but it can create a harsh contrast especially in the winter.Go for earthy neutrals like Chocolate,Warm grey and Rich Camel.Jewel tones are the way to go Ruby Red,Sapphire blue,Amethyst Purple and Emerald Green should be your go to colors.Stay away from Yellow,Beige and Neon colors they can wash you out.Also pay attention to your hair color and makeup colors.Brunettes should get warmer with their hair color as you grow older and lips reds should get softer.Stop into a department store every 2 years or so and have your makeup colors reevaluated by a professional.
d.Invest in Timeless Pieces.
Fabric,Quality and Cut are what you need to look for.You need fewer pieces as you get older but they should be the best you can afford.They should also fit you to a T.Do splurge on the services of a good tailor or find a friend who can sew.Here are some great basics you should build on.
- A Hero Jacket that goes with everything.
- A perfect black dress that can work for a wedding,an interview or a funeral.
- An amazing pair of pants in black and navy.
- An outstanding coat.
- A couple of flawless cashmere or merino sweaters.
- A crisp tailored white shirt.
- Soft silk blouses in red and blue.
- A great pair of jeans in a dark wash.
- A flattering black skirt.
- A quality black shoe and bag.
These become the foundation of your wardrobe and you can pair them with less expensive pieces.As we get tailoring and structure look better on us that loose oversize drapey clothing.The most flattering outfits are ones that mix a tailored piece with a soft piece.This is how french women look so amazing at every age.
e.Pile on the accessories.
Take a lesson from Iris Apfel who at 95 is one of the most influential fashion icons.As you grow older your clothing should become simpler and your accessories should become wilder.Go big and bold do not be afraid of making a statement.When looking to being current trends into your wardrobe first do it with an accessory and if you love it then go for it in a piece of clothing.This works great with print and pattern.
f.Understand trends and how they relate to you.
Trends come and go and in your lifetime you will see the same trends over and over again.You can wear most trends but each time you wear the trend you have to do it in a different way.
g.Rethink your Shoes
As you age your tendons in your heel are less flexible so it becomes really hard to wear heels,most women give up at that point and switch to shoes that are all about comfort.There are several shoes out there right now that do not sacrifice style for comfort so take the time to find the right shoes.For daily running around invest in a good hybrid sneaker,it is a sneaker that is made of materials reserved for dressy shoes like leather and suede,it is usually very chic and simple.For work a girly loafer ot a slight heeled bootie adds polish and for evening opt for a sweet kitten heel.Do pay attention to your shoes as they are the pedestal that displays your whole outfit.Do try to wear some kind of a heel.Most clothing other than activewear is fit with some kind of heel so your clothes do look better with a slight lift.
2.Dress the body you have
We always tend to dress the body we had or the body we plan to have,so take the time to assess what your body actually is and then dress it accordingly.
Current research is showing that there are close to 12 different body shapes out there but a majority of women fall in to the 7 body shapes listed below for each body shape I have given a brief do’s and don’ts.These are just suggestions based on my experiences working with all kinds of women over the last 30 years.The only rule is to is know that you are truly unique and beautiful and it is all about loving what you have and rocking it.
These are just guidelines to help you showcase and understand your uniquely beautiful body.So have fun with this and just know something’s may be better for you and others may be better left alone.
This most common body type close to 40% of women rock this shape.
This is the most desired body shape by both men and women.
Dolly Parton celebrates this shape in song
Fashion loves your body shape
May be one of the more challenging body shapes to dress but looks amazing when done right.
Well as they say you are destined to catch someone’s eye.You do find tall Apples but it is most common among petite women.
One of the least common body types but fun to dress.
3.Make your wardrobe simple.
Clothing should be a source of joy never a point of stress.So organize your clothing into groups.
1.Your everyday staples.research has shown that Women wear 20% of their clothing 80% of the time.Identify this clothing for you and then organize it by color in the center of your closet.Create an easy capsule collection,here is one I have created for you https://storylinecollection.com/
2.Take a hard look at the rest,if you have not worn something in 2019,you are not going to wear it in 2020 so get rid of it.
3.Organize your special occasion clothing to one side of your closet by category dresses,pants,skirts and tops.Do the same with your weekend clothes and put it at the other end.
4.All basics like underwear,t shirts,leggings etc should be folded organized by color and put away in a dresser.
5.Same logic applies to shoes,put the ones you wear daily in the center of your closet right under your main clothes,special occasion organized by color goes under that section and weekend goes under that section
This will make getting ready a lot less stressful,so be ready to tackle this year with 3 fashion resolutions firmly in place.