I believe that women can look beautiful and feel confident for their whole lives, not just when they are young. When I started to blog, I was only fifty-four, but I was losing my sense of style and all of my confidence. Researching for more than one thousand blog posts has given me a keen eye for measuring the current trends and playing them against what is right for me. When I lost more than forty pounds, I thought, “Oh good, now I can wear anything I want.” That isn’t true!
When I wear clothing that fits my body, flatters my shape, reflects my personality, and is appropriate for this stage in my life, I feel tremendous confidence. Wearing clothing that is too tight or exposes too much skin or is the wrong color for me drains my energy. The clothes in the Junior Department might fit my body, but I would feel so silly in them, I wouldn’t even step outside the dressing room. Just because I can doesn’t mean I should. There is so much more to style than size.
I am wearing a Clara Sunwoo Soft Knit Tunic Length Cardigan in Dazzling Blue with the matching tank (shown below without the jacket). These items were gifts from my friends at My Fair Lady. The pants are old from Chico’s. The black suede evening sandals were by BCBGeneration last year. The necklace is from Caravans in the Grove Arcade in Asheville. The designer is Petra Meiren, a Germany-based jewelry designer.
We were on our way out to dinner before The Music of John Williams concert by the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra. I wore the necklace because it looks a little like a galaxy. (John Williams wrote the music for Star Wars, Jaws, and many other famous movies.)
I always try to share helpful tips that you can apply to your style formula. Many of you have asked for suggestions for posing for photos. Use an icebreaker to help you relax and have fun with the fact that someone is taking your picture. If you are stiff and self-conscious, it will show. Do something utterly silly so that you can relax and have a genuine smile for the remainder of the photos. Never take yourself too seriously. Developing a healthy sense of humor is the best lifestyle tip of all.