The girls who knew how to put an outfit together stood out from the rest and were an inspiration to me growing up. Whatever age and size, their confidence and their flair shone through. There is nothing more fabulous than someone who is comfortable in their own skin. Style-wise, they instinctively know what suits them and have no fear of looking a certain way or wearing something different they wear what they really love and are not afraid of what people think, or say.
In my younger years – we girls would turn up in our ‘get-ups’, which had been so meticulously put together. Of course, this was the late seventies, early eighties – the time of big shoulder pads and “New Romantics”. I also had a few mates who were “Punks” and “Goths” (now, that took time, effort and style). I wonder what they are doing, and where they are with their “style”, now. I don’t think you ever quite leave your young style behind as you get older – it’s part of who you are, carried forward with you in some shape or form. We midlifers have had time to rehearse and practise our style and wear what makes us happy.
Like most, I know what doesn’t suit me. For example, in my younger years, I had some “not good” moments – one being woollen dresses which made me resemble Mrs Blobby or a giant snowball – the whole colour block thing doesn’t agree with me, and the very eighties) rah-rah skirt. This was the first successful attempt to revive the mini skirt and, hands up, I was a fan at the time! It wasn’t very forgiving if you know what I mean.
Oh, and there was the odd bad hair-do just to add to the overall mix. I once came back from the hairdressers looking like Tina Turner which, as much as I love Tina Turner, was not my intention or what I had asked for. I think the hairdresser got a little bit carried away, I had asked for layers – but not that many! I remember leaving the shop and looking at all my hair on the hairdressers floor, I certainly wasn’t looking forward to the reaction I got when I saw my other half, hence the Tina Turner likeness, which makes me laugh now.
I believe style in midlife years is continually a “work in progress”. For example, I will see a great outfit on someone, or in a shop and love it. Sometimes, I’ve been brave enough to ask the person where they have purchased it. But, on me, it will either look equally good or really terrible. I once read somewhere that style takes time and maybe that’s true. I believe, at this age, I am still trying to look good and that, for me, it’s ongoing. Some women make wearing clothes look effortless (The women I have chosen for this post have inspired me all my life). Whereas, for me, alas, that’s not always the case!!!
I also believe it is very important to be comfortable, and know what suits me. I’ve done this through trial and error, and taking good advice along the way from expert fashion stylists.
There is a lot of great “style gurus” out there. I believe some of them are brilliant and give out great, constructive advice. But, I also believe that, whatever advice you read, you still must feel happy and relaxed in what you are wearing. Because style is such a personal thing! We all know people who wear something because of the label or because they think, if it’s one of the most expensive, exclusive garments in the shop, then it will have to look great on them. Unfortunately, as we know, that’s not always the case.
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