It’s very easy for your dressing to get stuck in a rut ie a dressing time warp.
Getting stuck in a dressing rut is one of the biggest fears of Baby Boomer women who want to stay stylish and modern.
You Have to Let Go in Order to Move On
In today’s society there is an emphasis on turning back the clock to look 10 – 20 years younger, depending on how old you are now. You are overwhelmed with a choice of products to make your hair, your face and your body look younger. Fashion’s anti-aging answer is shapewear in everything. Not the most comfortable-to-wear choice for eight or more hours a day.
So you pour through the fashion magazines, the Internet articles and the You Tube videos to find dressing suggestions that will make you look years younger. Most of these tell Baby Boomer women to find the styles that suit them and never deviate from those. It’s safe. It’s also a dressing time warp.
There must be a better way. And there is.
As your dressing changed from toddler to primary school, to high school, to work, to at-home mum (for some of us) and for many of us now – a change in job or priorities, your dressing style evolved. At each of these stages you kept some principles of your past and added new ideas to it. You let go of some of your fixed ideas to embrace a slightly different version of yourself.
Please don’t get fixated on anti-aging. Become the best version of yourself for the age you are today. I don’t want to go backwards. Do you?
All the anti-aging products in the world won’t help you look 20 years younger if your wardrobe or closet is in a rut.
Let’s find out if you have fallen into a dressing time warp chasm, gully or pothole.
The Slimming Dressing Time Warp
Do you still stick to the classic slimming technique of dressing in a black or any other dark colour down the middle of your body with a coloured or patterned unbuttoned shirt or jacket over it? Do you still dress in the opposite – black or a dark coloured down your outside with a different coloured or patterned top underneath?
They do still work as in these examples from Chicos. I am not disputing that. BUT! There are more modern ways to look slim and be a stylish Baby Boomer.
The modern slimming styles on the right are from TS14Plus (which starts at size 12). One of the modern ways to look slimmer is layering. Both these tunics are layered over tank tops. Layering is ‘modern classic’ dressing. So is layering over different hemline shapes and angles. Have these styles as some or the majority of your slimming options and you will look the newer and best version of yourself.
The Classic Dressing Time Warp
There’s nothing wrong with wearing classic styles tops, skirts, pants and jackets. They have a place in your wardrobe. To avoid that ‘wardrobe full, nothing I want to wear’ feeling, you need to have some modern classic styles. These give you choice; make you feel stylish and help you feel that you are the best version of yourself today.
There are lots of different modern classic styles that you can add to your wardrobe. Here are two tips from Jacqui E. The red jacket over the black top creates a ‘long over short’ look which is modern. In this example, the black top has a peplum (another modern classic). The pink jacket has a frilled piece at the back only. It’s just a little twist that lifts a plain jacket from ‘classic’ to ‘modern classic’.
The Accessory Time Warp
Now to your shoes, jewellery and other accessories. Are you sticking to very basic styles in shoes? How often do you wear all your necklaces, earrings, bangles and scarves?
A new pair of shoes can modernise so many of the clothes you wear. A new necklace can do the same if the colour and personality of it matches who you are.
The black, ‘Isabell’ style shoes from Mathers are a modern twist on the basic court shoe. The red ‘Imogen’ style from Ziera comes in three different colours and is orthotic friendly. This is a style you see from Louboutins to these comfort shoes. The soft turquoise and silver necklace from Sistaco is in a colour that suits most skin types.
Are you happy with your wardrobe/closet? Or can you do better? The answer to a dressing rut is to embrace ‘modern classics’.
Action Steps (because Information is not Transformation):
- Do a dressing time warp audit. If your clothes and accessories are all safe classics, you are in a chasm. It’s time for a dressing overhaul.
- If you have less than half of your wardrobe/closet in safe classics, you are in a gully or a pothole. It’s time for a dressing tune-up.
- If you can do it yourself, great. If you need help, call me about my VIP program for an overhaul when you are stepping up and stepping out.
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