When I lost more than forty-five pounds seven years ago, I looked for a magazine, a website, or a blog to guide me. The process of buying a new wardrobe appropriate for a woman over fifty with a classic style personality was daunting. I found very little helpful information as I tried to determine what serves me well and why. Ultimately, I put art and science to work to identify the shapes, fabrics, colors, and styles to flatter my build and fit my lifestyle. My blog now includes all the tips, information, and inspiration I wish I could have found when I was younger.
At the start of each new season, I identify the missing links in my wardrobe. Earlier in the year, I sold my burgundy utility jacket because it didn’t work out for me as well as I had hoped. The fit was too small, and the color was not bright enough for my coloring. Dusty colors wash me out. I have two denim jackets, but one is very faded and casual looking, the other is dark, but it is a short fitted version. I need a darker color that I can wear when I want a more polished, less trendy appearance. I like the look of a soft button-front shirt worn alone or layered with other items, but all of my Portofino shirts are somewhat dressy in fabrication and style. Now, I’ve given you hints about what I purchased for fall and how I go about identifying the holes in my wardrobe.
I shop at the beginning of the season to get the correct size, style, and color while they are in stock. I invest in the best quality I can afford because I know I will be wearing the item many times over the next few years. When I look through the sale items now, I rarely buy anything other than belts, jewelry, or other accessories. I avoid impulse shopping because those items always ended up in the back of my closet, never to be worn. Since I live in an area with a mild climate, I wear the same items for most of the year and shop for only two seasons. (Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter)
Your wardrobe’s anchors should be the ones that you can easily pair with the show ponies, prints, and all the other items in your closet. I look for separates that fit well and are classic and unadorned in their design. If the items include embellishment or prints, they will limit the possibilities, and I will quickly grow tired of them.
At the beginning of each new season, I also consider an updated hairstyle to remain current (not trendy). More about that later.
The Saks Off 5th white cotton cardigan (similar here) is a couple of years old, and I’ve worn it countless times. The slightly bootleg dark wash jeans were hemmed to my best length by my tailor, Yonnie. I bought the jeans from Chico’s a couple of years ago. The gray tank from Chico’s is at least three years ago. The shoes by Tommy Hilfiger were from Belk last year (on sale at the end of the season). The salmon color tote bag is by Dooney & Bourke here. The scarf ring is here. The scarf is the same one you have seen me wear many times.
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