Dressing for casual events once caused me a great deal of stress. My working wardrobe reflected that most of the events in my life involved getting dressed up. When I sold my business and retired to a more relaxed lifestyle, a wardrobe shift had to occur.
Other than the individual clothing choices, there are style personalities to consider. I feel most authentic in classic conservative, traditionally tailored, neutral colors and high-quality fabrics. Minimal details and structured accessories with natural-looking makeup and unfussy hairstyles all feel right for me. As always, I am sharing this thought process to help you focus on what makes style feel authentic for you—for example, flowing fabrics, statement jewelry, and bright colors may reflect your style better.
Applying these principles to a more relaxed retirement wardrobe helped me feel more authentic and comfortable. Getting dressed for casual events is easy now.
The Friday weather was beautiful, so we drove to Banner Elk to enjoy the changing leaves and a cocktail at Bodegas.
Bodegas’ classic margarita, made with freshly squeezed lime juice, is always delicious.
Their guacamole with warm chips is colorful and so yummy!
Bodegas’ crabcakes are Mr. Mickey’s all-time favorite.
The dahlias were still blooming in the parking lot.
We are not usually in the mountains as evening approaches. The golden light added to the beauty of the changing leaves.
This is an often repeated outfit for me. I also wore it styled in another way here. I am wearing the new eyeglasses in today’s post.