IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad shops in the most amazing places…flea markets and second hand stores. He is not an ordinary gentleman and the almost 90 year-old Swede is not short on cash. His worth is in the multi-billionaire financial bracket, but he wants to save money by shopping for clothing at the thrift-store level.
Mr. Kamprad is not only careful about spending money on new clothes, he watches where he can get the cheapest haircuts.** Penny pinching is part of his makeup. Not such a bad quality in these days.
If today’s fashions are hanging on racks in the second-hand shops, why not save some cash and refresh your wardrobe. This is not advice for women only, because the racks are bulging with handsome dress shirts and trendy shorts and jeans plus much more.
The best way to shop, as has been mentioned in my blogs before, is to keep a running list of needed items. If a new blouse in a soft peach color is on your list then shop away. If you are just browsing with the chance of buying, don’t let a good bargain pass but make sure you will wear it. Closets can become catch-alls if you are not careful. Secondly, nothing is a bargain if it doesn’t fit well or you have no ocassion for wearing the garment.
We may not all become millionaires, but if Ingvar Kamprad can watch his money…why not follow his example.
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.
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!
If you want the perfect image, shop for your style at 2nd Closet in Osage Beach! Owner Denise and her manager, Danielle work with fashion diligence to fill the consignment shop on Osage Beach Parkway with all the most appealing styles for today’s Juniors, Misses and Plus Sizes. There is a style for everyone and accessories to complement the look you want to create. (This shop is consignment and accepts only the best quality, stain free and perfect condition items to offer for sale.) 2nd Closet offers ladies styles only!
2nd Closet is more than clothing…the shoes and accessories are fabulous and priced for your budget. There is a piece of costume jewelry to finish any outfit. Also 2nd Closet in Osage Beach, MO has begun offering some home decor items. Many cut glass pieces are exceptional and a gorgeous array of ceramic and cloth items top the list. Tux rental is part of the shop’s menu of services as well as first class alterations done by the team led by Jackie whose credentials are topped by a degree in Design by Missouri’s own Stephens College. You can stay at the Lake and get all your fashion needs filled at 2nd Closet. If you are a part-time resident or a weekend visitor, supplement your wardrobe with the special outfit for your stay. Seasonal items are offered for your convenience…whether it is Halloween or Christmas tops, swimwear or shorts, 2nd Closet in Osage Beach is your place to shop!
2nd closet is your formal wear shop…prom, New Year’s Eve, and Quinceanera gowns are waiting for you!
You can’t go wrong when you stop at 3877 Osage Beach Parkway across the road from Steak & Shake. Open Monday-Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, come shopping girls!
2nd Closet…Consignment, Alterations and Tux Rental! 573-348-1533
Pinks are perfect for every occasion this fall and winter…from street length dresses to formal attire for your homecoming or New Year’s Eve celebration. Pinks include mauve, blossom, fuchsia, magenta an any combination of these soft and wonderful colors. Let your pinks shine through the snow by choosing a parka in a shade of pink. Winter wool jackets will look elegant and sophisticated to spruce up the grey days of winter. Who can resist a pair of pink mittens and a pink scarf!
Fall colors will display as an array of pinks and your fading suntan will glow from the pinks of your fall wardrobe. Choose a cute pink hoodie and jeans for that casual look. From tops to bottoms, there will be pink fashions waiting for you to hang in your closet.
Decide to incorporate pinks into your everyday life…pink stationery, pink slippers and a cool pink cup for your hot chocolate. Pink is a very happy color and I am so glad that it has made a comeback for this winter season.