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How to Have Fun Dressing Over 40 ~ Tamera Beardsley

I always say that when you look good, you feel good, and life is so much more fun! And don’t we all want more fun in our lives?

Tamera Beardsley thinks so! She’s a great example of a woman who is having a ball with fashion!

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Tamera writes a personal style blog that I first heard about when she submitted some photos that I featured on my How to Wear the Color Linen post.

I immediately fell in love with Tamera’s unique, eclectic style.  She’s got that fun, artsy look that many women over 40 are searching for.

Tamera, a jewelry designer, is a natural at putting together playful, creative outfits that reveal her joyful spirit. Read on to find out more about this Fabulous After 40 Styleblazer and her unique fashion philosophy.


DeborahBoland2124Deb: How would you describe your style of dressing, and how has it evolved? 

Tamera: My personal style is made up of chic sportswear with a heavy dose of fun and dramatic accessories. As I have gotten older, I have become just as interested in fun and energizing clothes as those in which I feel and look good.

 

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Deb: Your outfits are like art – beautiful, thought-provoking, and inspiring. What goes into creating a look?  Do you have a story in mind you are trying to tell or do you put together things that delight you at the moment?

Tamera: When I am composing an outfit, both ways can come into play. If the outfit is for a particular occasion, I compose the feeling I want to convey and wear.  Other times, an outfit can be inspired by a particular item I am drawn to, like a crown, a tulle skirt, or even a hat.

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Deb: What’s the one item in your closet that you can’t live without. Why?

Tamera: I can’t think of one item, but accessories always play leading roles in my closet. I have my accessories displayed in my room, so I always have them ready to pull from.  Hats and sunglasses are always a quick pick for an immediate dose of some finishing Glam!

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Deb: You are a big fan of tone-on-tone looks (which look fabulous on you). What’s the secret to a great monochromatic look?

Tamera: I think the secret to making a tone-on-tone look work remembers to pair tones with like weights and textures.

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Deb: Many women over 40 play it safe when it comes to fashion. What advice would you give to women who want to be more experimental and take fashion risks?

Tamera: The advice I would give is to start with one simple stretch to your look.  Like a great pair of sunglasses or a shoe that’s just a little further out than you would normally wear. Any look is all about how it makes You feel, so start small and work in pieces that stretch as you build confidence in your own choices.

When I was deep into full-time mothering, I lost my style mojo and had to work to get it back over the course of a couple of years.  I had gone from a bonafide hat and bold accessory wearer to someone who questioned if hats and accessories were still aged appropriately.  Now I know that true style is ageless, but it was a process to be confident with the idea.

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Deb: Tell us about your signature jewelry line. Was this always a dream of yours. What makes your jewelry unique?

Tamera: Before I had my third child, I had a very successful jewelry line with reps all over the country and had amazing editorial coverage of my line.  When I shuttered my business to raise my family, I always planned on returning to my creative passion.

 What makes my pieces unique is that they are all handmade here in Southern California by artisans.  I design my pieces to be cherished and worn with confidence.

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Deb: Your love of California is obvious by the gorgeous photos on your blog, but living there doesn’t offer you many seasonal weather changes. Do you ever long for colder temperatures and the opportunity to wear winter fashions?

Tamera: What a great question, my dear!  This is the second winter in a row here in Southern California, and my winter clothes have not been out to play. I have had to make peace with this, as I love nothing more than layering on pieces for varied looks.  But seeing how the winter has been so harsh in so many places in the country, making peace with our beautiful weather has been a little easier this year!

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Deb: Your daughter is recently engaged. What kind of dress do you have in mind for yourself as the Mother of the Bride?

Tamera: Another fabulous question!  I plan on a long dress, fitted on top with a ball skirt and pockets in a neutral lace or satin.  I want a dress that speaks to the momentous occasion but is also comfortable and practical.  I see my job that day as supporting my daughter and being a great hostess to our guests while all the time savoring and enjoying the moments in a dress that makes my heart happy!

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Deb: Gratitude is a big theme on your blog. Why, and what are you most grateful for in life?

Tamera: Gratitude is huge to me, not only on my blog but also in my offline life.  Learning to practice, intentional gratitude changed my life. It taught me to focus on the good instead of getting caught up in the bad.  As I have aged, I have realized life is hard on us all at one time or another.

Practicing gratitude makes sure I don’t miss so many beautiful moments in life, many of which happen right alongside the hard days. Learning to focus on the good gives me more courage to meet life’s challenges with more grace and love.  I am most grateful for learning to appreciate my own story and the people in my life.

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Deb: What would be your outfit of choice for a casual day of the afternoon shopping and early evening cocktails?

Tamera: I wore this bold stripe-on stripe maxi dress to Laguna Beach for a day of shopping and sunset cocktails on the beach.

The brooch necklace is a piece I made using flea market finds and some childhood keepsakes. It’s a fun project to make out of varying collections.  You can find a DIY tutorial for the necklace on my blog.

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Deb: When you attend a gathering with a more artsy crowd and vibe, what is your go-to outfit?

Tamera: The Summit is a very creative crowd. Wearing this particular outfit made it one of the most favorite ensembles ever!

I bought the tulle skirt in Paris with these parties in mind. I grounded the outfit with jeans as a base. I loved the juxtaposition of the elements!

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Deb: What’s the best style tip you’ve ever received?

“Life is too short to wear boring clothes.” Researching the quote, I found no definitive source to attribute it to. I first heard it from my therapist when I complimented his shirt. Obviously, he turned out to be the perfect therapist for me.

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Deb: Do you have a daily uniform?

Tamera: I have several versions of this daytime ensemble. Living in southern California, this denim tunic and white jeans have been my go-to pieces for years. They let me get done what I need to at home and in the studio and leave the house in style.

I always have a daily outfit and a collection of accessories (hat, sunglasses, scarf, jewelry, a bag, and a fun, walkable shoe) at the ready so that I can leave the house in style.

Thanks, Tamera, for letting us peek into your closet.  To see more of Tamera’s inspirational style, be sure to visit her blog, Tamera Beardsley. 

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19 thoughts on “How to Have Fun Dressing Over 40 ~ Tamera Beardsley

  1. What an excellent post…great advice by Tamera…as a wardrobe stylist myself…I have seen women that hit a certain age…and give up…it doesn’t have to be that way…Tamera looks amazing…while showing her unique personal style…her beauty of life shines through!

    1. Hi Elena, That’s a great way to put it…” Her beauty of life shines through.” It does because you can see she is wearing things that give her joy. You feel good when you look good, and life is much more beautiful!
      Cheers, Deborah

  2. I love the second outfit. Where can I get that red jacket? Since I live in Southern California, I like the striped dress with straw bags and saddles.

  3. All I can say is wow! I always envision dressing like this, but I can never bring myself to do it. After being in banking all my work life and loving the boho look, I am ready to go!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Hi Deborah & Glam Gals,
    These outfits are just perfect for a “fashionista” however, I am barely 5 feet tall and wear a size 4 (sometimes six depending on manufacturer), so these outfits, much to my dismay, would not look good on me at all (sigh)

    However, I still enjoy reading all about your great fashion ideas and the lovely women who model them.

    Best regards,
    Christie

    1. Hi Christie,
      My..you are petite! Yes, Tamera wears a lot of big jewelry and loses styles that would probably overwhelm your tiny frame. You would need to scale back. This has given me a good idea. I will look for a petite 40+ blogger who can provide us with some of her little dressing tips and show some photos. Stay tuned! Cheers, Deborah

  5. Love your free sense of style. My problem is I have large breasts. I’m thankful but it’s hard to find clothes that work. Suggestions? I think I look dorky in hats.

  6. I Adore Tamera and love this interview. She is ALWAYS so stylish and together. Thank you for featuring my friend!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    A New Gallery in Town!

    1. Yes, Isn’t Tamera wonderful? I always feel inspired by her stylish photos and reading her uplifting blog. She has an artist’s soul, and that shines through. Thanks for popping by, Karena. Cheers, Deborah

  7. I’ve followed Tamera for quite a while now….not sure how I found her…but I fell in love with her style, but more than that,t Tamera’s blog spoke to my heart. She is one of the sweetest, dearest people I’ve NEVER met, and I feel like I know her because she is so “real”…Visit her blog, everyone – you won’t be disappointed!!
    Although I don’t dress as wonderfully as Tamera, I’ve learned to branch out by picking up on her fearlessness of style…and in the process, found my style (after 50, it wasn’t easy). I have my friends now wanting me to take them shopping! So much fun!! Thank you, Deborah, for giving her deserved kudos! ;-). I LOVE your blog also!!!!

  8. Tamera has always been one of my most admired bloggers. Her sense of style radiates confidence that all women can be inspired by. As a dear friend of Tamera, I must add that her inner beauty is just as gorgeous as her outward appearance.

  9. Hello Deborah! I enjoyed reading Tamera’s interview and am definitely visiting her blog. I love the free-spirited vibe she radiates and the creativity involved in every gorgeous outfit she wears. Thanks for featuring her in your blog. Blessings!!!!

    Jeannette

  10. Deborah, thank you so much for featuring my style today! I love how you give a fashion voice to all over 40, no matter our style! Your blog continually inspires me!

  11. I love the daily uniform. I don’t wear white bottoms, but I would pair the whole outfit with darker-colored jeans. #2 is just too cute. She looks spunky, playful, but slightly sophisticated. #3 is a bit much for me, but she looks adorable in it.

    1. Yes, Annette, Tamera stands out as very original. Even if the way she dresses is not how someone reading this might dress, you can’t help but admire her style. She looks so comfortable with herself; that is authentic when your outer style matches your inner essence!

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