Fashion, Age, Budget …Can I Still Look Fabulous?

As we grow older, we like to know that the styles we are used to wearing are still available and at a reasonable price and the fashion world is including us. My mother wore the same style and brand of bra for the 60 years I knew her.  For one thing, some of us are retired and paying over one hundred dollars or more on a couple of bras is really outrageous because it really eats into the budget. I want my style bra at a reasonable price…is that too much to ask? That’s just the tip of the iceberg!

Some of us are accustomed to wearing underwire  bras with no padding.  Stop in at Wal Mart for a buget buy and most of the bras are the thick molded kind.  If I wanted to look that endowed it would be perfect, but please show some Bali minimizer knock offs…or anything but Playtex!

This seems like such a god awful thing to whine about, but at 70, I am getting a bit overwhelmed with the young market.  Short, short skirts and belly-showing tops are great for the 40 year olds, but that plane has taken flight.  Where are the fun fashions for my group? We neither want or need the criticism for dressing like the kids, but we are young at heart and on a budget.

If you have an in with any designer, let them know we are not OLD, but we are sensible and even a little modest.  We do not have money for top designer clothing, but appreciate a good buy from the discount stores…that includes Kohl’s and Goodys.  Give us color and fresh prints…not the Sears’ prints from my grandmother’s day.  Remember our waist got lost, and our hips didn’t always grow with our belt size.

We want to look fabulous to boost our spirits.  Afterall, being in our seventies has enough challenges! We have earned some fashion respect and self respect.

Asking for all of this, I realize that I am asking alot from the world of fashion. Let’s have a magazine or two that shows us our options.  I often see make up ads for “mature” skin…looking great in your 50’s.  Wow, who didn’t love their 50’s! However, living in the reality of the situation (being 70+), we need the attention of the world of beauty and fashion.

Let us look fabulous!

Can I Pull Off that New Style?

One thing that is fun in today’s fashion world is the freedom to choose many different styles and surely there is one for you!  I know you think some style will never work for you, but believe me it’s all about a touch of modification. it makes sense to start with one fashion item and work around it with glimmers of the new style. Depending on your body type, go for the most flattering style to build confidence and glamour. Everyone is put together differently, so choose to explore the Internet for styles that suit your body type.  That is a lot simpler than looking at the models who may have no shape at all while your curves are dynamite! From the tiniest of Juniors to the glorious plus size figures, you will find them categorized on your screen.

One item at a time!  Try that hip belt instead of the traditional belt that encircles your waist. The small addition to the dress or slack and shirt makes a huge difference in the style changing it from yesterday to today!  Everyone wants to look attractive and slight changes will hone your outfit.

If you are short, please remember to lengthen your look with those rope and chain necklaces that are fashion forward items for the season.Tall girl styles that compliment your height are abundance so forget about being “too tall for that dress!” Clothes are not the only change you can make…develop your hairstyle and makeup to enhance the shape of your face. No one wants to demand those runway extremes; however a little modification goes a long way.

Make an effort to tell yourself you can pull off that new style…it just doesn’t happen overnight. Your style will require that positive mental attitude and a smile.

Senior ladies…you are not beyond your stage of beauty.  Find the color family and “the look” that works for you! Never wear an item that is in your worse color or size. Look your best in your modified fashion from today’s manufacturers..Remember, it takes time to build the new you! It is a new season and it is time to start!

Promise to look your best every day!

“Come Shopping Girls”  2nd Closet in Osage Beach, MO would be a great place at Lake of the Ozarks to pick up some items for your new look!  Check out top rated consignment shops in your area.

Pleats? They’re Back?

Ladies! Trying to keep up with the trends of fashion and wanting to update your wardrobe is never easy…did you get rid of all your pleated slacks?
If you are wanting to save some money, check out the thrift stores or consignment stores in your area. Surely, someone gave up some nice pleated-front slacks for flat fronts ones.

As a rule of thumb: Select the best of your old wardrobe and put it away for another day. Your outdated fashions will return.

Pleated slacks, according to the Huffington Post, are back. Most all figures will be flattered in the pleats. I find that when I am wearing the right size for my waist (and that is above your belly button), my pants are comfy and look great. There are some styles with pleats that hug the hips. By finding pictures on Pinterest, you will be able to detect a style you like and one which suits your body.

I know that saving your old wardrobe can seem senseless. How many perfectly good items have you discarded for the new fashions on the market? I so wish I had some of the sheath dresses that I gave away.  My body and age are ready to return to some of those dresses. I am not ready for the 60’s or 70’s, but don’t blink because tie-dye and ice-dye are in.  I might have to change my mind!

I still have two pairs of pleated-front slacks and I hope they still fit!  They were just too awesome to discard!

Shopping tips for your next party dress!

I’m not 30 anymore!

The holidays are coming and you have a special party to attend…you need some shopping tips for finding your next party dress.  You want to make a dramatic entrance and look like a million bucks. How will you do that?

Start your search by knowing your body shape and what looks good on that body type.  It is horrible to wish you had an hourglass figure…to realize that you are not as young as you once were and the sand of that hourglass have lost their proportions.  This is information that the aging female hates to acknowledge.  You, like many others your age, wish time had been nicer to you! Don’t worry because you can be as glamorous now as you were in your 30’s.  As a matter of fact, you will be more beautiful because you can be confident. Work on finding the party dress that emphasizes your good features.

Begin looking for your next party dress by shopping in magazines such as ELLE. Steer clear of the very young and provocative magazines…this gorgeous mature you doesn’t need to shock or draw a sexual glance your way.  Look for styles that are classics and find colors that flatter your coloring.

Fabrics are important to you now that you may need to hide a bit of a tummy or hips that you wish were smaller.  Soft fabrics that float down your frame will make you feel fabulous and very feminine.  Layers of tulle and stiff fabrics will only emphasize your less-than-perfect figure. Your next party dress will “hide” the imperfections of aging arms with 3/4 length sleeves or an exquisite bolero. Necklines that flatter are better than necklines that show too much of that ample bosom. Smaller bosoms are enhanced by modest strapless necklines or shutter-pleated bodices.

One more  shopping tip about the length of your next party dress: too short is out and tea length and floor length dresses add a luxurious note to your style. Look lovely and confident in the right party dress.  Follow some simple shopping tips and you will knock them out (with a velvet glove)  when you make your dramatic entrance to your gala event wearing an elegant party dress!

Dress for elegance and the occasion.  Dress for your body type. Shop for the best party dress ever.