Kim, professional stylist with Style for Hire, changed the way I dress and see myself when she came to my house a few weeks ago, and audited my closet. But cleaning out the old is only part of the transformation; tailoring pieces you already own and finding new pieces to build your wardrobe are the second steps. My new finds: a black, a-line skirt (a style that flatters all body types), red lipstick (Cover Girl #355, which Kim told me to imagine as an accessory all its own!), and tall black boots (well, these were not on my formal list, but I did hear you, Kim, when you asked if I owned a pair!). Breaking down my outfit: skirt – Theory; sweater – a Marc Jacobs‘ I have had for years but forgot how to wear; and boots – Sergio Rossi, I found at a super price on sale at a consignment shop, because … who can resist that!?
I am still on the lookout for a camel skirt but I feel energized with what I’ve changed so far! I wish new fashion days for you, too!
“Fashion after 40 becomes more about you as a person, from the inside out rather than from the outside in. When you’re younger you think fashion is the clothes, the outside – but as you get older you realize that it is more about how you feel within. You make the fashion. My daughter is seven. She has a favorite skirt and you can see how special she feels in it; when she puts it on she just wants to twirl! All girls that age are like that. They pick clothes that make them feel good. Self-confident. As girls get older and reach the teenage years and beyond they are so affected by what others are wearing that they think only about the clothes. And finally, as women get older, hopefully we begin to trust ourselves and stop trying so hard. It’s no longer about what might be in, but more about what feels right to us. That is the evolution of fashion.”