How we present ourselves speaks volumes before we say a word, so our style should evolve as we do. Fashion and style should help us feel confident and authentic. (Fashion is what you buy. Style is what you do with it.)
When I lost nearly fifty pounds a few years ago, I tried various looks while building my new wardrobe. I’m sharing some old photos to show how much of a difference the details of our style choices can make in our appearance.
The proportion in the above looks out of balance for my height and my legs’ length. The tops and even the necklace are too long for my body. Shapeless tops with dropped shoulders do not flatter older women with a fuller bust. (As I age, I am avoiding wide necklines.)
The best tops end at mid-hip, as in the photo below. The best silhouettes include slightly fitted elements that skim the body. (I am 5’5″ tall with an inverted triangle body shape.)
Slim straight-leg pants should stop at the most slender part of your leg. (Usually about two inches above the ankle bone.) Full-length tailored pants should touch the top of your foot. Wide-leg pants and flares should cover the shoe and almost touch the floor.
I often get questions about why I so rarely wear prints. Prints, particularly print tunics, overwhelm me, as seen in the photos above. I enjoy wearing a printed scarf or a patterned top peeking out from a solid-colored jacket or cardigan. The images below show better print choices for my personality.
I wear white jeans all year round on sunny days. I’ve learned from the mistakes I made with other fabrics. Almost all of my white pants are now in denim. If the material is too soft or the pants are too short or tight, the effect is unflattering.
The white ankle jeans (here) I am wearing below are timeless and will be flattering for years. The length will allow me to pair most types of shoes with them.
Jeans have always been a staple in my wardrobe, but the time has come to wear only dark or medium-wash blue jeans. If they are too faded or distressed, the effect isn’t as fresh looking as I would like.
Casual looks are always challenging since unstructured long tops become tentlike when I wear them. A better choice is a long-sleeved soft cotton tee that loosely fits my shape and ends at mid-hip. As the weather gets colder, I can layer on jackets and vests.
What is my most crucial styling tip of all? If you feel as if you are wearing a costume, don’t. Stay true to your personality and only wear what makes you feel like the best version of yourself.
Many of these photos are from the early days of my blogging career, so I showed you popular looks then. I have fully embraced classic basics in neutral colors in the past year. I know which silhouettes are best for me, so trends no longer tempt me. The simple details combine to create timeless looks that feel comfortable and authentic to my style personality.