The weather is turning colder here, so I am wearing some of the things from last fall and winter. As was the case in the summer, I am discovering that some of those items no longer serve me well.
As we age, the redistribution of weight on both our bodies and our faces makes a difference in our appearance and how our clothing fits. The title “The Next Chapter” pertains to the subtle changes taking place as I attempt to present the woman I am now in a more attractive way. When I edit the photos from all the recent shoots, it is undeniable that some of the items I enjoyed wearing last winter are no longer the best choices for me.
My style will reflect who I am, but it will be a little more refined and less rock and roll inspired. For example, the blazer I am wearing here appears to be textured leather (it isn’t). The jacket is from last year via Dillards. You may be able to find one on eBay. It is by Antonio Melani. This style is more dignified than the leather biker jacket I ordered from Nordstrom earlier this year and promptly returned. When I tried it on the words “old hippie” came to mind. I knew immediately that I would feel silly each time I wore it.
I have given away most of my stiletto boots, shoes, and sandals, but I am also learning that very flat shoes do not serve me well. Leggings and long tunics are also no longer my friends.
When I posted one of the images from this shoot on Instagram yesterday, several people wrote to ask how I tied the scarf. I folded it into a large triangle and placed it around my neck like a bib with the point down the front. The ends are just wrapped around my neck and back to the front again. I like this simple way of wrapping a large scarf because you can adjust the neckline high or low as you wish.
The gray tee is an old one from White House|Black Market. A less clinging fabric will be my choice the next time I purchase a similar tee. The proper foundation garments are more crucial than ever. I now only buy the Ultimate bra by Shapeez.com (available at many boutiques and online). My serums and moisturizers by Beautycounter here are replacing any face makeup/foundation, and I am wearing much less eye makeup these days. Sunglasses are always on my face or in my bag. These are by Dolce & Gabbana. My eyes have always been sensitive to sunlight, but even more so now. All of my leggings and skinny jeans are being replaced by slim-fit straight-leg jeans. The handbag is old by Tahari. The boots are by Frye from last year.