Retired Style


By the time we reach Retirement age, some of us will need a Wardrobe refresh. Style is very Personal and Unique. It's very rare that two persons will have the exact same style. And, as we age our style naturally evolves but, we tend to stick to the tried & true. You have so many clothing options at your disposal to try some New items and still enjoy fashion. Today, women are Redefining life in their 60's. This is not the time to be Invisible or become stifled by limited options. This is a decade of distinction and self-expression, thru the lens that only a sixty-something woman can possess. You don’t have to look far to notice that there is no "One-way" plan to do retirement style.  Comparing a style icon like Iris Apfel, an award winning actress like Helen Mirren and recording artist Tina Turner, sure proves that there are so many options and styles for dressing confidently in your later years.  

It can be Liberating for some and daunting for others. Some women want a “Do this, Don’t do that” directional map for style to make sure they are doing it right.  Not Me.  I will wear anything I Love and can afford. As we age, things shift. . and that’s just the way it is!  So, instead of spending all your mental energy wishing things were different, you can should just Embrace your new body & this season of Life. And the best way to do that, is to accentuate what you like about yourself, and camouflage what you’re not so confident about. 

While retirement may feel like a "Do Over", sorting out a wardrobe that still has clothes from 1998 certainly isn't. So how do you decide what you actually need and what you don't?  Try on every single item in your closet. Clothes are ultimately all about how you feel when you wear them. If you have a dress that makes you feel frumpy, or a skirt that hug the area you are most self-conscious about, put them in the donate pile immediately. Also, if an item of clothing has been unworn in your wardrobe for more than two years, you probably won't wear it again. So, rather than leave it hanging for another two years and taking up space, get rid of it. 

In conversations with some of my peers, they want to dress Modest.  Mr. Google says. . "The term modest dressing refers to a fashion trend in women who wear less skin-revealing clothes, especially in a way that satisfies their spiritual and stylistic requirements for reasons of faith, religion or personal preference." If you are modest, you do not draw undue attention to yourself. Those who do it for religious reasons are more diligent to include longer sleeves and hemlines, as well as bottoms that reach below the knees. Others, want to cover any exposed skin they do not like. And, we just cannot argue with that. When I think of Modesty. . it's the feeling when someone brags about how great you are, and you start blushing. That's it.  

There is also talk about a "Minimalist Wardrobe".  A minimalist closet could have 20 pieces or 200. What matters is you wear all of them – and that they bring you joy. Believe it or not, there's Ultra-Minimalists - people who want to live with as few possessions as possible. This can include counting every item they own and trying to keep the total quantity under 100 items. This would not be Me. The Style Doctor, Stacy London has the deets on a Wardrobe Minimalist.  According to what I've read. . You have to Admit that you own too much clothing, to create a minimalist wardrobe. I will admit to that! Then, you should avoid the sale racks. This is where they lose Me.  I live for clearance sales because I will NOT pay full price for anything! The most important thing is, that you have enough clothing to curate a complete and functional wardrobe for all the places you go. And, that you feel comfortable & confident in your outfits. Not sure 50 clothing items could survive a life well lived.

According to Stitch Fix. ."You should donate the following items before you turn 70"::

  • Hemlines that hit above the knees: Age appropriate can still be sexy (see: pencil skirt), and there’s no more flattering length than knee or upper calf.
  • Shimmer and shine: All that glitters is not gold after a certain point. Let your metal accessories do the talking, and avoid age-advancing embellishments like sequins.
  • Theme-y looks: Keep details like fringe, studs, or embroidery to a serious minimum to avoid the costume effect.
  • Animal prints: As a general rule of thumb, animal prints should also be worn sparingly, think: flats or eyewear.
NOT . . . We Will Wear, What We Want, When We Want!!

The idea that women over 60 are “too old” to experiment with new styles is boring and far from the truth. When it comes to fashion, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. The term “Aging Gracefully” means something different to Everyone.  To so many of us, it simply means. . embracing your age while dressing your best. It does not mean “letting yourself go.”  Creating fashionable looks in your Retirement is centered around outfits that suit your body type and lifestyle, not just your Age. So if you tend to buy clothes based on an “age-appropriate” approach, you are actually limiting yourself. 'Shopping on Champagne' has a few tips on Wardrobe Transition that you may find interesting. 

“Nothing you put on your body that makes you feel like your most Radiant, Indestructible Self can be a considered a fashion mistake.”. .Cintra Wilson. 

A woman's closet - whether organized by color, season or wearable sizes - is “a laboratory in which you may invent astonishingly powerful voodoo,” writes Cintra Wilson in her book, Fear and Clothing: Unbuckling American Style.  Wilson also offers the following shopping tips:

  • Forget any fashion rules anyone ever told you.
  • Be the costume change you want to see.
  • Don’t censor yourself or doubt your taste.
  • Know good fabric by its touch so you can “speed-scan the Thrift Store rack by feel”

It’s a myth that good fashion sense only belong to younger people. We women know that we feel more comfortable in our skins as we get older, and this feeling is to be Celebrated

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