So can it help us be more beautiful and stylish? I think yes. Here are some of the ways experience can make us more beautiful:
- We don't doubt ourselves as we select our wardrobes, so we are more sure of our choices.
- Our style reflects who we are more closely -- because we know who we are, more confidently each year.
- We take the time and make the effort to take good care of ourselves. If budgets allow, we get massages and pedicures. If not, at least we know how to turn down the noise and take a long, fragrant bath.
- We've learned how to accept, style and work with our hair, to its best advantage. No more straightenings for me, or setting my hair on juice cans.
- We are not so self-conscious in our clothes as we once were. We get dressed, have a good look in the mirror, add or subtract a piece and go about our day. Because . . .
- We know what works!
For example, I did a mini closet clean-out last night. I just focused on my work skirts and blouses/tops. I tried most of them on to see if I still said "Oh, yeah!" when I looked in the mirror. "Do I still love this?" and "Do I want to wear this right away?" The Yes pieces got put back in the closet
There were a few easy No's - that just don't fit right anymore, or are too scratchy/pilly. Then there are the very nice pieces that I haven't worn in a long time. The nice black wool Banana Republic blazer. It's in perfect condition, and it's my size. But it's double-breasted and has shoulder pads, and it's just too masculine for me. That's why I haven't worn it, duh! So to consignment it is going.
|Beautiful, but it doesn't fit my style (this one's a Donna Karan).|
|This soft Banana Republic cardigan suits my look perfectly.|
|This Theory cardigan is also my style (but not my budget, sadly).|
I have learned/am learning my own style so that it's easier to say No, whether at the store or in my closet, to pieces that are not Truly Me. That's the beauty of experience.
What do you think? Has aging helped make you more beautiful, by giving you that extra boost of wardrobe confidence? Or are you thinking: shut up, Patti, I'll take 29 and inexperienced any day? : >