I like to follow many rules; they make life flow smoothly and reduce chaos, e.g.: drive on the right side of the road, show up for work on time, and never touch the Queen.
But there are rules (guidelines at least) that show up in nearly every list of fashion tips for Women of a Certain Age. Many of them are terrific, and others I just can't help breaking, with gusto. Please note, I'm only speaking for myself, not judging these rules per se. Here are some of my fashion acts of everyday rebellion:
- Get a professional bra fitting and invest in great bras. Nope, tried it, and I don't need to. I enjoy wearing camis with built-in bras, or stretchy little bras from GAP. I wear sturdy fitness bras for my workouts, but I can't wait to take them off when I'm done.
- Along the same lines: don't wear those Grandma panties, try some sleek thongs. Arggghh. While not grandma-style, my personal garments are, well, normal-sized and they don't have an agenda to invade my body parts.
- Own a crisp white shirt. I have tried this too. I have not yet (at 56!) found a truly comfortable, flattering, easy-care white shirt. They're just not for me. Give me a nice, heavyweight white cotton or silk tee, with an open neckline.
|It's classic and lovely, but not for me. Nordstroms.|
- Here comes some heresy: Own a trench. Again, I have tried. I have a very nice one hanging in my coat closet right now, classic tan. But I have never worn it. It's just not me -- too much fabric, perhaps, or "too classic" for my personal style.
|I'd wear a denim jacket instead, for casual. Nordstroms, on sale.|
|Or a flowy open jacket, for office/dressy occasions. Also Nordy's and on sale.|
- Shapewear is a must. OK, here I know I am probably too rebellious. I recognize the nice smooth lines created by Spanx, et al. I just feel horrible all pressed in like that, and I reach for a looser fitting piece of clothing. I may change my mind about this, but for now, I feel freeeee.
I'd love to hear from you! Are you an habitual rule-breaker? Do you feel a little rebellious when you wear white after Labor Day? No wrong answers, of course, we all want to be comfortable in our own skin.