3 generations of Fashionsitas

3 generations of Fashionsitas

There comes a time in every woman’s life that she will question whether or not she is too old to wear a certain style anymore. It usually comes when she puts on that favorite piece from her wardrobe that made her feel like a million bucks! She will stand in front of the mirror and ask What Happened? This used to look so good on me. Frustrated she will ask her husband or close friend to confirm what she already knows. That time of her life has passed and with it went a treasured piece from her wardrobe. Feeling Fashion has eliminated you and moved on is a hard pill to swallow—but that is the reality of the fashion world.
It’s time now to take control and assess your situation. This is about you. Can you wear that shape? Does that color flatter you? Are florals your enemy? Do you cringe at the thought of skinny jeans? Women at every age face a dilemma about their wardrobe. In your 20’s you worry about dressing too young and feminine . Looking to set your own style, not the fashion sense or lack of you got from your mother. No, you want to be a woman ,dressing sexy to attract young men and turning heads when you walk into a room. By the time 30 rolls around your ready to tone it down a bit letting the skirts get a little longer and the necklines a little higher. Real life of the business world has taken its hold on you and so did professional dressing. When you reach your 40’s , your confident with your style, sexy and professional all at the same time and all seems right with the world. 50 sneaks up on you, and the styles you wore in high school are now the current fashion trends of the day. The dilemma becomes , How do I wear a style I wore in High School today at 50 and be seen as stylish and not too old ?
Whatever your age ,looking stylish requires repeated assessment and the unrelenting idea of letting go of things you once loved. This letting go should be viewed as a process of simplifying and re-prioritizing. Many of this season’s top trends contain designs that are appropriate and flattering at any age. One example is the use of suede ,which is more flattering to more mature complexions than leather. Colored leather is also more complimentary than black leather. Other trends that are age friendly are the beautiful array of blues and floral patterns. However, older women should look for bigger and bolder patterns. The bucket bag trend is absolutely perfect for every woman of any age!
Let’s talk details about Dressing your age…….
20’s- College students/young professionals
Enjoy your youth and start developing your own unique style
Buy only things you can afford and be creative ,mixing in designer pieces with less expensive things. Spend your money wisely, investing in a good quality purse and pair(s) of shoes.
A quality piece of statement jewelry is also an investment and can take the focus off inexpensive clothing. Making sure all your clothes are well fitted and pressed will also redirect focus. Trend shopping is okay as long as you have all the essentials of your wardrobe covered . Limit your trend shopping to 3 pieces per season. Most of all have fun and don’t be afraid to mix things up!
30’s – young professionals
At this stage, you you have connected with what your style is and what looks best on you. If not, I would suggest seeking the help of a personal shopper at a major dept. store such as Nordstrom or Macy’s just to name a few. They can help you establish what looks best on you. As a young professional, most of your time is spent in clothes that are work appropriate. My suggestion for creativity comes in how you accessorize . If your office requires suits and dresses think about adding a colorful pair of shoes,handbag and jewelry to spice things up . A colorful scarf is another way to bring that black suit to life. Adding a bright color blouse under your jacket with matching pumps says sophisticated fashionista ! Work clothes do not have to be dull and boring . Mix in texture and pattern in neutral tones to break it up. Try adding a little lace under a jacket; sexy, feminine, work appropriate, all at the same time!
40’s – executive- business owner -full time Mom
You are wearing many hats and juggling a lot of schedules whether you are a full time executive, business owner or a full time mom. Maybe your super woman and all three! My hat’s off to you!
At this point in your life your wardrobe is a little bit of everything. From working professional to carpooling cheer or soccer mom you are on the go. Your wardrobe needs to be simple and versatile. Focus on clothes that you can wear at work with heels and accessories then swap out for casual flats and very little jewelry to wear to your child’s soccer game. Removing a jacket and changing out accessories will get you to the places you want to be in style when life gets busy. My suggestion would be to purchase skirts and slacks that are versatile enough to dress up or down. This would depend on the fabrics you choose to go with. Sheath style dresses are also a good option and can look dressy or casual depending on shoes and accessories. Try belting it and slipping on some colored flats or low wedges for a very stylish look . Go team!
50’s- working professional- part time- empty nester
In this season of your life things seem to be coming full circle and changing. The dynamics of your family and hopefully the needs of your full time job are changing, both for the good . Your wardrobe probably needs assessing and a make over. To update and assess your wardrobe read my earlier post “Spring Clean Your Closet” to help you get started. Once you’ve done that start making a list of activities and events you will be attending, trips you will go on and an idea of what your everyday life looks like. This information will help you decide what types of clothes you will need in your updated wardrobe. Whether it be more casual or dressy depends entirely on you! At this point you are in charge of what your style will be. Not sure where to begin? Follow my posts on Instagram for daily inspiration. Visit your local department store personal shopper and let them show you the latest trends for your busy life.
Most importantly , have fun and feel confident in what you are wearing. Happy shopping!