This article is good food for thought.
Assessment Based on the Text
- No rouge for me…but I do get looking one’s best in public…
- Bauble pursuit is near endless for me…it always spruces up ‘this old thing’ garments
- they jazz up anything
- they add variety
- they add interest
- they add uniqueness
- I try to get a good fit off the rack and avoid tailoring, but I agree, it does make a huge difference
- My core wardrobe is:
- jeans…black skirt – a-line…tasteful shorts
- neutral shirts
- layers too
- a few shirts in classic prints
- plaid…leo…stripes…polka dots…florals, sparingly
- shoes – they make or break an outfit
- booties…ghillies…OTK boots…adidas
- toppers – a variety, especially for colder months
- cardis [LOTS]…denim jacket…belted or dress-shaped flatter most
- heels – not a mood booster so much as I feel slimmer lol
As I muse…I have much of what I need…as per that list; though, to that list, I’d add a signature fragrance. Presently, mine is Cashmere Mist.
Dresses > Pants
Hands down, unless it is cold, I’d rather a dress…pants outfits make getting ready slow and frustrating for me.
Eyes > Cheeks
I only my eyes really…lips with a gloss usually and lipstick on Sundays!
Comfort > Height
I’d love to be the gal elegantly prancing about in sky -high heels – but I hate life in sky-high heels. 2-3.5″ is the max…even in a wedge. They must be comfortable and non-clunky looking [aka sleek].
My Own Family
Raised by my own set of Southern Belle tendency having women, I grew up hearing:
- watch how you sit and walk
- your skirt should NOT resemble a question mark in the back
- control top stockings
- slips are a must
- when buying patterns, check that the print matches across the seam
- no rough knees or elbows [aka use good lotion liberally!]
- be mindful of what your clothing conveys
- if the print isnt visible on both sides – it will fade, you’d do well to select something else [depending on the price, this could be an ultimatum 🙂 ]
- cover things
- dress your best for the Lord [i.e. church, we didn’t wear jeans – or pants – ever]
- act like you’re used to things [lol – big one – and the reason you won’t catch me wearing a ring on every finger…or several statement pieces at once…my garish tendencies have limits!]
Favoring classic styles themselves, Ma and other Maternal Kin never really weighed in on styles chosen or colors, only that it fit, be mostly modest and age-appropriate, and flatter.
I believe my thick skin, and sometimes cold and unfeeling assessments that give others pause, were both made possible by them.
New lessons from them, as they are all old/er ladies, I’ve learned:
- style should continue – have fun with it – but don’t be so sad as to dress too young
- never too old for a fresh tattoo [so long as the doctor hasn’t forbade it]
- quality shoes and bags
- a warm neck and warm feet are often enough to be comfortable in a cold place
- pick the right colors for your complexion
- embrace the body changes…[this still gives me pause 🙂 ]
Needless to say, I’m super grateful for them.