“Are there any looks you wore in your fifties that you would not wear now?” I enjoy getting good questions from readers because they encourage me to narrow my focus and discuss something a bit more.
Running two businesses and having a constant flurry of activities and social engagements means I need to make decisions quickly and go with them. I never have more than an hour from the shower to out the door, which means my closet needs to be in top-notch order and include only the items I can wear comfortably. Let’s talk about the word “comfortable” for a moment. When I was younger, with firm, toned, smooth legs, I wore mid-thigh length khaki skirts and even shorts with flat sandals in summer. I wore dresses that showed the shape of my body. I do not own any of these items now. Shorts might be a little cooler than ankle pants, but not by that much. I am more comfortable not showing my legs at all now.
We often attend events where a cocktail dress or evening pants set would be appropriate. It might be ninety degrees, but that does not mean I would be comfortable in a plunging cocktail dress with a slit halfway up my thigh. Comfort has much more to do with how a garment makes me feel about myself than how it feels on my body.
When I show you what I wore and mention where we were going, I hope you can get an idea of what might work for you at a similar event and weather. I often wear classic pieces that can be purchased at every price point. My summer evening looks typically include pants that skim my body in a lightweight fabric that moves with me and falls smoothly.
I have enjoyed wearing my high heels collection for many years, but now I am more comfortable in lower heels so that you will see fewer stilettos on my feet in the future. (I will share some of my new lower-heeled shoe purchases with you soon!) The shoes I am wearing here are by Bar III from Macy’s last year.
The IC Collection Jacket in Fuchsia is from ShopMyFairLady.com. So that I might unbutton the jacket while I am seated, I wore a black Microfiber Contemporary Tank from Chico’s. I buy a size larger tank top than I usually wear in other styles of tops. It will not matter that the armholes are too big because I would never remove my jacket.