A lot has been published about what colors and styles to wear or not to wear. I believe that dressing in what makes you happy is the key to successful style.
We met with friends over drinks and hors d'oeuvres to discuss a project a few days before I got my hair cut. I always try to dress appropriately for the weather, the event and lastly I bring my personality into the mix. I have been saving these photos to share with you when the post calls for it.
It was a cool evening, and the professional nature of the event called for a more polished look than my usual combos.
Even though I am wearing old pieces from my wardrobe in the picture above, I do not usually put them together in this way. The more relaxed cut of the dress pants combined with low heeled shoes and the loose fitting tank top with a neutral blush color jacket do not reflect my nature. The edgy straw clutch bag along with the jazzy necklace were my attempts to add "me" into the mix.
Yesterday we were going to visit my parents and then to have a light dinner to end a great weekend. The lack of an "event" to dress for meant that I could just put on what felt right for the weather.
You can see how much happier I look wearing clothes that reflect my personality.
Not just because I am acting silly, but you can tell that being true to myself in the way I dress makes me feel more confident and happy.
The tips and tricks I share with you are intended to help you evaluate what is in your wardrobe and determine if the pieces work for you and with each other. The secret to success is found in how you put the items together and then accessorize them. It does not matter what color they are (certain colors and tones will indeed look better on you than others), or how much they cost, or where you bought them. If the elements in your collection can be combined to show your unique personality and make you feel confident, that is what matters.
This way of dressing does not require that you have a huge wardrobe. It is all about knowing what is right for you and your lifestyle. What I wear, including my heels, might not be right for you at all. My budget may be entirely different than yours. The colors that comprise my core wardrobe may not be right for you. The points I make here are intended to show you how I use these elements to put together looks that work for the event, the weather and my personality. I am just using myself as an example to hopefully help you use these basic guidelines to figure out what works best for you.
Thank you for joining us on this journey through midlife and beyond. The second fifty years are truly the best!
I purchased all the items I am wearing in this post.
As always, all words and styling are my own.