“Please, consider sharing with us how you care for the things in your wardrobe. Your clothes, shoes, and accessories always look pristine.” “Please talk about achieving a more polished appearance. I’m often underdressed.” “What style changes have you made in your sixties?” Thank you for your questions and comments. They inspire many of my posts.
The details add up to a more polished look. I have adjusted my choices along with my birthdays. I now avoid black blouses for daytime, distressed clothing, marled colors, dark red lips, eyeliner or mascara on the lower lashline, higher than three-inch heels, bare legs, necklines that are too low, and ill-fitting jeans. My iron gets used regularly. I wouldn’t dream of wearing a wrinkled shirt or pants.
I do small loads of laundry and remove the garments before they are completely dry. I reshape them and hang them on my rolling rack to finish drying. If something shrinks, pills, fades, loses its shape, or gets stained, I donate it to a charity shop or the local textile recycling drop.
Garments that maintain their shape are a priority more than ever before. For example, a pair of jeans that start to bag at the knees and backside halfway through the day get donated. I don’t put them back in the closet after I do the laundry.
I follow the one skin rule: only one animal print or reptile print embossed item per outfit. My veiny white legs and feet should not be on display in winter, so I wear nude (closest to the color of my skin) pantyhose (here) with light-colored shoes and black stockings with dark-colored shoes.
I polish my smooth leather shoes, wallets, and bags as needed, and always clean and dry them after wearing items on a rainy day. I check the weather before I get dressed so that I don’t wear white pants or suede shoes on a day that it might rain.
I’m careful not to overdo it with jewelry. A small pair of studs with a necklace is enough; never statement earrings and a bold necklace together. I try to relate the bag or belt hardware and buttons with my jewelry. Note how the burnished buttons on the jacket blend with the French Kande necklace here with the extender here.
When I wear a hat, I never wear a necklace. Reduce clutter around the face.
My hair gets trimmed more often these days, and I make an effort to control the frizz. Well-groomed nails and all-over moisturizers are imperative. I massage oil here on my arms, legs, and feet fresh out of the shower and then put on lotion here. Otherwise, I would have embarrassing dry, flaky skin all winter.
I wear much less makeup now, but I am devoted to my skin and hair care. I have been using Beautycounter (here) for the past few years, and I am delighted with the results.
This week I’m sharing some tips on how to add more color to our basic neutrals. A bright blouse, camisole, or tank can light up your face. The blue Peck and Peck tank is more than four years old. Similar here. I go up to a size large in knit tanks so that they don’t pull across the bust.