There’s something about being over 40 that makes us want to go deeper to discover who we are, and we how can express this to the world. Clothing is one way to get the message out. But with so many style choices available, how do you know whether your style choices are expressing the true you?
Brenda Kinsel is the author of 11 Style Books including Brenda Kinsel’s Fashion Makeover: 30 Days to Diva Style!, and her ever popular 40 Over 40: 40 Things Every Woman over 40 Needs to Know About Getting Dressed. She always has great advice.
In 40 over 40 Brenda reveals a great test you can take to help you with your fashion identity dilemma. Brenda says:
“Take this test every morning: Look in the mirror. If you are wearing the clothes that reflect you, your life and your personality, then your diaphragm will relax, you will sigh and take pleasure in what you see. If you are dressed in clothes (or a look ) that’s not right for you, you will look and feel like you are in someone else’s clothes, like you are wearing a costume.”
Doesn’t that ring true? Sometimes you look in the mirror and start to squirm, you lift your shoulders, shift your weight, tilt your head to get a better look, but you still don’t feel right. What is it? Too sporty, too avant guard? Just not you?
I’ve found that the key to dressing fabulous after 40, or any age is to pay attention to these feelings. Tap into your intuition-even expressing how you feel when you wear certain clothes in a journal.
Once it’s on paper you will soon see a pattern to what feels natural and what feels phony. A good image consultant can also help you through this process.
What style you see when you look in the mirror these days? Does it reflect who you truly are? Comment below and let me know.