Who says you can’t stay fashionable, stylish, trendy and beautiful as you age as a woman? Can I be honest, I used to think I couldn’t. Don’t laugh but I have a teenage son who looked at the clothes in my closet and shook his head and said Mom, “I’m calling the fashion police”. Now at first, I was a little upset because what does he know, but truth be told he had a point! So then I had to reevaluate (take a closer look) at my attire.
Many years I thought because of the position I held in my local church as a leader I had to wear dresses way below my knee, almost to my ankles. Looking back now I’m sure my clothing attire probably made me look humdrum and dull. Now before you think I’ve gone to the extreme opposite of my appearance, I haven’t. It’s just now I know I can look fashionable and beautiful without being out of my character and still know God is pleased. I’ve just taken my fashion style up a notch as I realized I can wear a dress that comes to my knee and still look respectful without giving off the wrong impression. Oh, and yes I still on occasions buy fashionable long dresses. I just have a variety of selections now to choose.
Fashionable and Beautiful
God created us in His image and we are wonderfully made (which makes us beautiful from the start). I’ve come to realize there’s nothing wrong with being fashionable and beautiful at the same time. You can be fashionable and still remain classy and tasteful. Besides, it’s all up to the individual what works for their body type and shape. There’s nothing wrong with stepping up your wardrobe a little. For me, it’s a gradual process, not a sprint. In reality, it’s helping me enjoy the journey even the more. I’m no fashionista but I’m one who loves a good bargain and a great sale. There are so many websites now that I’m happy to say are within my clothing budget. Yes, ladies, it’s good to have a clothing budget. So now when I shop I don’t have to worry will this outfit set me back because I stay within my means.
What’s Your Style
It took me a minute before I realized what style suited me because everything on the rack did not look good once I tried it on (if you know what I mean). Even in my forties I still want my clothes to be age appropriate. I’m not ashamed of my age as a matter of fact so many have said I don’t even look like I’m in my 40s. I even had one lady who thought I was in my late 20’s (I had to smile and tell her my true age) but that I appreciated her compliment.
Here are some famous quotes, that you might find uplifting:
- Coco Chanel: “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”
- Alexander McQueen: “I think there is beauty in everything. What ‘normal’ people perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it.”
- Marilyn Monroe: “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.”
- Sophia Loren: “A woman’s dress should be a like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.”
So now before I go out, I take pride in picking out an outfit from my closet. Whereas before I would just grab the first thing and wouldn’t think much of it. I’m sure we all have a certain style we see ourselves in. Whether it’s casual, professional or sexy; as our appearance means a lot. Let’s be honest, first impressions do mean a lot because once someone meets you for the first time, that look stays with them.
Do you already have a particular “Style” (for example):
- Casual, Professional, Vintage, Urban, Bohemian (non-traditional), Artsy, Sophisticated or Elegant (just to name a few).
- Which colors are your go-to or safe zone?
- I used to wear a lot of neutral & dark colors but I’m learning that other colors in the spectrum look nice on me as well.
Let’s say you have an event coming up for a BBQ or social gathering this summer, here’s a list of Vogue’s 10 color trends for the summer:
- Rapture Rose
- Sky Blue
- Light Green
- Military Green
- Milk White
- Chocolate Brown
- Tomato Red
Online Shopping: Affordable Pricing
Online shopping began in 1994 and then in 1995 both Amazon and eBay came on the scene. Talk about perfect timing for these two companies to be launched on the internet. Just think back to what you were doing about 23 years ago when online shopping was introduced. For some, the idea of shopping online instead of having to drive to the store was all it took but for others, it took a while to catch on to the concept. However, in today’s times, I’m sure the majority household (at one point or another) have shopped online or sent gifts to love ones via online shopping. Online shopping saves us dollars more ways than I think we imagine. For one, we no longer have to physically go to major stores to stand on long lines as these stores now have online shopping capabilities (we are saving in time). Here’s another way online shopping saves us, how about in gas for our vehicles. Unless you live in a town that the shopping mall is around the corner, 9 times out of 10 you have to drive some miles before you get there.
Studies showed last year that Women shop online more than Men on a monthly basis: Woman 41% and Men 39%. It’s no secret as women, we like to shop but we play it smart when it comes to spending our money. We look for online store coupons, 15-20 % off, referral discounts, etc. – right ladies? If at all possible we will try to avoid paying the retail price unless it’s marked down. We will even wait and not buy the first time we see a dress, a pair of shoes (call it intuition or a gut feeling) because we will shop online knowing that item will be on sale soon. We will bookmark that page or save it in the cart and wait until the merchant sends out an advertisement notification to our phones or an email stating it’s now on sale.
As women, we take our fashion style and discount sales seriously. Just because the item was made by a designer doesn’t always mean we have to pay designer prices if we shop smart and wise. That’s another reason why online shopping is to our advantage ladies, we can shop around on several sites until we are satisfied that we are getting a bang for our buck.
If I can leave a tip with you that helped me along the way. I’m learning not to bite on more than what I can chew. We sometimes feel we have to buy that dress, shoes or purse right then and there but then realize later, wait, what did I just do? It’s okay if you have to wait a week or two before you can buy what you just laid your eyes on. Remember what I stated earlier, it’s good to have a clothing budget to keep you on track of your spending habits. For example, if you truly can only spend $75 but the outfit is $100, either search the web for coupons or wait until that item goes on sale.
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