What To Do With Business Attire Post-RetirementNovember 15, 2018
When it comes to age-appropriate dressing, I am on the fence.
Is it true that age should dictate style? I say no… and yes! Hear me out.
It is important that we keep a pulse on the evolution of our style. If you find yourself wearing the same clothes you were wearing a decade ago, you’ve officially been left behind.
In that respect, great style at any age is about keeping up-to-date with who you are today and making sure the image you present reflects that woman, not the younger, less-experienced version of you circa 1982.
No Rules, Just Right
Ellen Barkin famously told O, The Oprah Magazine that women over 50 should never wear blue jeans to dinner. And while that may be her truth, these are exactly the type of rules that I eschew.
Embrace denim, by all means! Perhaps skip the acid washed, torn at the knees version that the younger you may have appreciated, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a great, comfortable pair of denim.
British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman has a few simple style tips for women over 55: know your shape, don’t be afraid to embrace colors, and downplay the sparkle.
Alyson Walsh, former editor of Good Housekeeping and author of the book Style Forever: The Grown-Up Guide to Looking Fabulous, agrees with our no rules mindset, declaring that fashion should be fun! Her tips for timeless style include investing in a great hairstyle and well-applied makeup. (After all, isn’t that why magnifying mirrors were invented?!)
“There’s simply no need to be confined to frumpy, basic or boring,” she says.
I translate that to mean fashion should be enjoyable! And that, ladies, is the one style rule I stand behind.
What To Do About Business Attire
After decades of being a visible, vibrant woman in the workplace, you may be considering retirement. If you’re like me and you’re already retired, you may be wondering what to do with all the great pieces you collected that gave you an edge at your former job.
So that begs the question, should your clothing retire along with you?
The answer isn’t exactly cut and dry, and here’s why. The clothes you wore to work likely highlighted your best side and made you stand out. They may have even helped you land that promotion you were working towards.
If you have some pieces from your business wardrobe that you still love and still make you feel like you’re on top of the world, why get rid of them? Instead, I encourage you to breathe new life into them! You might even consider bringing out a great blazer or long trench coat if you have an event to dress up for during the upcoming holiday season.
Even though you may not be working a 9-5 job anymore if you feel these pieces still represent the incredible woman you are, keep them around. And if by chance they don’t, then you can get rid of them knowing they no longer suit you.
What Are Your Thoughts on Dressing Your Age?
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