This week’s style and beauty advice is written by MOXIE! member and lifestyle blogger, Nena Ivon. Nena shares her thoughts on the “age issue” in fashion and classic looks at any price point. Enjoy her style wisdom, my darlings.
Sleek, Sophisticated & Stylish Not Dated, Frumpy & Dumpy
When I thought about writing an article on fashion after 50, all I could think was, “Aren’t we all over the ‘age issue’?”
In my mind’s eye, age is just a number. But I know what you must be saying, “Oh sure, Nena that is easy to say, but it’s not easy to live!”
However, since the ‘age issue’ is a huge one, we are seeing zillions of articles and books on the topic. I personally love Ari Seth Cohen’s, Advanced Style books and film. I adore the drama of those featured. Then, of course, we should always think Iris Apfel! If you don’t know her, she is a fashion icon, successful businesswoman and interior designer. There is a great documentary on her that you must watch.
Let Iris Apfel aspire us all to think and remember that boring is boring!
Fashion & Style As We Age
What do we need to change in our fashion choices as we age?
Do we really need to change anything? Well, to a degree, yes we do!
With classic pieces, which are always my way to dress, you can make major changes to your look in several ways. This may include adding new accessories or updating your hairstyle and makeup. There is nothing more aging than trying to look 20 when you are 60. The current trend–thank heaven–is letting your hair go grey, which I love.
However, there are so many challenges that we face in this process and most of us aren’t models like Carmen Dell’Orefice.
Remember that as we age, our makeup also evolves and becomes a bit more subtle but still evocative, enhancing and fun. I recommend seeking professional advice for both your hair and makeup. And always try new things. It pays to be adventurous!
I have been having fun doing an experiment with all the September issues of fashion magazines.
I’ve been putting an older face over each ad. Do you know what? Most of the looks for fall are ageless!
I find so many women settle for what they think they should wear as they age, but I’m here to tell you: stop it right now!
Of course, I’m not saying that one should look like they are trying to be their daughter or granddaughter. Instead, be a developed, best version of yourself. When did looking dowdy become a statement? Always update, update, update!
Classic Looks For Every Wardrobe
How should you update your wardrobe you might be asking?
Here are some looks that are classic and available at all price points. These items should be in every wardrobe. As well, you can add to them by including a new seasonal trend if you so desire:
- A well-cut blazer: black, grey flannel and camel.
- Classic skirt: can be a pencil, flare, pleated or whatever works for your figure type. The best length for most is just covering the knee (Chanel liked this length; she was not fond of knees).
- A fabulous black leather jacket.
- The best-fitting jean you can find.
- A classic trench coat: and who says it has to be tan? This is a great place to wear color!
- A dramatic white shirt: this is an addition to your collection of basic white shirts. There is nothing more flattering around your face than white.
- A little black dress: this is always a must. Buy the best you can afford.
- Classic cut grey flannel trousers: think Katherine Hepburn!
- La Smoking ala Yves Saint Laurent: this is a black tailored tuxedo with a satin side stripe, worn with a white ruffled shirt. Nothing is more classic nor more timeless.
- An easy shirtdress.
- Something in an animal print: this can be as subtle as a shoe. It is always classic and always new.
- Try a pattern on a pattern: Remember to use the same tones, not clashing colors.
A selection of must-have accessories includes scarves, handbags, and signature jewelry. Take a look within your own closet and see what new trends you need to add! Additional accessories that can spice up an outfit include:
- Boots: both tall and booties
- A proper bra: this must be fitted by a professional. A good bra makes all the difference in the fit of your clothes.
Regarding shoes, you don’t have to wear only stilettos. Wear whatever heel height works for you. Simply remember to adjust your skirt and pant lengths accordingly after you make your footwear choice.
And finally, my last tips: If you are able, work with a fabulous personal shopper and get an alteration person. Alternations often make a great deal of difference in the look and fit of your clothes. Sometimes it’s all about a small, personal touch.
What are your must-have classic wardrobe items? Join the conversation below or on Facebook and Instagram.
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NENA’SNOTES combines Nena Ivon’s lifetime experience in the world of fashion with her varied interests in art, literature, theater, interior design, food, and much more. In addition to producing fashion shows, researching and presenting lectures on fashion topics and teaching fashion studies at Columbia College Chicago, she writes two monthly posts for the Randolph Street Market Blog, maintains the Chicago History Musem’s Costume Council Archives, and researches her own archives housed at Columbia College Chicago. Her reminiscences of the varied group of designers and other fashion professionals she has worked with throughout her career are delved into in NENA’SNOTES. Her passion for everything that reflects her and her friend’s lives and the fascination paths they have traveled is also explored on the blog.
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