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Classic versus Trendy Fashion and Style
As a retiree should we embrace trends? This is a frequent question from my clients as they move into their fun and play years. This article explains how to embrace trends and still remain classic and classy!
Many clients, especially ones older than 50, ask me how they can embrace trends and not look like they are trying too hard. They want to look current but someitmes get stuck in the look that served them for the past decade or two. This is what I tell my clients who want to keep from looking datedf and stuck in thee 80's.
I am a strong believer in classic timeless wardrobes. That being said, it is really fun to play with trends throughout your life and this should not stop as you get older. I love seeing retirees embracing a few of the latest trends when it is done ‘right”. You need to create a balance between trends and your own personal style. As we age, it is generally more stylish to accentuate the classic with only small homage to trends.
I think the proper way to have fun is to mix new ideas with tried and true classics that you know already work for your body. For instance, I am flying to work with a client in Ohio today. In the airport, I saw a stunning woman who appeared to be in her 70’s. She had on her basic black slacks which fit perfectly, a tweed jacket and then really unusual shoes that were the young hip, sporty tennis shoe style. Her shoes combined with her modern hair style made her look youthful and classic all at the same time.
If there is any advice I will follow when I reach retirement age it will be this: Stick with the lines and styles that work for my body, not against it. Combine new trends that work with my classic standbys to create an image that has a little hint or element of the youthful ‘look’ of the day, whatever that might be at the time.
I don’t ever want to fall into the complacency of wearing clothes simply because they are ‘comfortable’. I will not get stuck in my old ways like other retirees often do, but instead will always strive keep current in some fashion or another. That being said, I think where some older women go wrong is that they completely ditch what they have been wearing for years and construct entire outfits entirely with current trends. This creates an image of trying too hard and often looking quite foolish.
Whether you are young or old, the key to keeping in style is wearing clothes that are classic cuts in the right color and the perfect fit for you. If you have not yet figured out what that means for your body shape, hire an expert. It is not as expensive as you might think and I guarantee you will have less clothes in your closet AND the ones that are there will be perfect for your shape, size and color and eill make ou feel fantastic!
As you update your wardrobe, pay homage to the current trends by adding them to your outfit in the form of a blouse, shoes, bag, haircut or accessory. This will not only help your budget but will also keep your style authentically you!
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