it’s safe to say we live in a casual world. at least fashion-wise. most people hop in the shower, dry off, throw on a shirt, sweater, or tee and blue jeans and call it a day. or a tee and shorts if it’s hot. then again, some women wouldn’t be caught dead in a pair of shorts. some women don’t like to bare their arms, while others can’t do long sleeves in summer. or what about issues with your feet? bunions? plantar fasciitis? hammertoe? what about age-appropriate outfits? is there such a thing? is it possible for an over-fifty woman to wear a two-piece swimsuit? are skirts or dresses above the knee retired at some point? what about bright colors? patterns? a bold lip color? am i trying too hard? not trying at all? am i supposed to be invisible at some point and fade away? what if this outfit makes me look (heaven forbid) too wide? too big? too? go ahead and fill in the blank. wowza! that’s a lot of information, and we’re just talking fashion.
ladies, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to fashion at any age, but especially as we age. the baby boomers are pushing back the fashion boundaries that once hemmed in our mothers’ generation. white after labor day? go ahead. loud prints? why not? all-black is slimming… if that’s your jam, go for it. if there’s one thing i support, it’s fashion choices, and we have plenty of them in the 21st century. don’t be afraid of trying too hard. at least you’re trying! can you imagine teachers wielding that negative phrase at their students? and don’t be afraid to look like, gasp, mutton dressed as lamb, an ageist remark that needs to be retired btw, cuz i’ve seen plenty of lambs dressed as mutton. who cares either way? it’s time to flex your style muscles, ladies, and have some fun! don’t worry if you get it right or even wrong. style is personal; style evolves, style should make you feel good at the end of the day. the best professional baseball players have a .333 batting average. it’s safe to say the ball isn’t always hit out of the park. then again, sometimes it is! it’s time to celebrate the fact style has no expiration date. it’s time to celebrate we’re no longer excluded from the fashion soiree. and brands are starting to pay attention to a neglected demographic. hooray!
so, yes, i dress casually. and, yes, i’m 62. i live in a small town, and my outfits reflect that lifestyle. but i’ve lived in large cities too. as a matter of fact, i’ve lived all around the globe and had the privilege of observing many different cultures not just the good old US of A. dressing for the occasion is what i’ve always aimed for no matter what city i’m in. clothes have sizes, not ages. honestly, i have no idea what an age-appropriate outfit looks like. yet, i love fashion, and i always will. and i love love, love that i can create casual outfits that look comfy and chic. or if invited to a gala, backyard bbq, or a football game, my outfit would reflect that event. dresses, skirts, shorts, blazers, tennis shoes, or high heels all have a place in my closet, and i imagine they always will. do i wear stilettos all day long? nope. but i will wear them to a lovely dinner engagement. do i wear long sleeves come summer? absolutely. i’ve been to more than one restaurant with sub-zero temps in the dead of summer. as i mentioned, i dress for the occasion. do i have a personal style aesthetic? why, yes i do. it’s classic and preppy and i love to borrow from the boys. but i’m also a little boho from time to time. am i afraid to try something outside my style box? absolutely not! style should never turn stale or stodgy. ladies, it’s time to embrace your personal style whether you’re 32, 52, or 72. am i right?!
this blog is dedicated to aging with grace, strength, and beauty. it’s not always about the outfit, although i do have to get dressed in the morning so an ootd is always included in the post. but you may have noticed i love to share recipes, hair products, skincare, makeup, supplements, home design, and table settings with y’all. or i’ll talk about the importance of a good night’s sleep. grief is touched upon now and again as i lost my husband two years ago. and i’ve broached the subject of learning to be single all over again. one thing i know. life is sweet. life should be enjoyed. and life is short. it’s time to live a vibrant and healthy life. cute clothes and all. ’nuff said.
today, i’m sharing more pictures of Savannah. this city is literally a feast for the eyes. and i’m also sharing what to wear to brunch in Savannah as there are soooooo many good restaurants to choose from in this city. and brunch on saturday is a no-brainer. the venue? The Emporium Kitchen and Wine Market a cute little spot that’s unpretentious and effortless yet packs a punch. it’s located adjacent to The Perry Lane Hotel, and it’s adorable. i chose a cute pair of linen pinstripe shorts from Banana Republic with a drawstring in case i ate too much… last week, i had the opportunity to shop at Bloomingdale’s and spied a cute linen blouse from Joie (affordable options here and here) that’s perfect all summer long. a pair of sandals from Ann Taylor complete the look. but don’t forget jazzy earrings (similar here) and/or sunglasses (similar here) add personality to this ootd.