Saturday, January 23, 2016
Five Work Days, Five Outfits
I've been focusing more on what goes into and how much I move my body this month. I'm hopeful that this strategy will shave off some pounds and tighten some jiggly places. Until then, I've been feeling my work attire has gotten a bit slovenly and thrown together. Jan at The Great Escape has been mixing and matching and putting together some smart ensembles with the things in her existing closet. I'm inspired to do the same this week, though may need to get out of my comfort zone and use the accessories I have in abundance, but rarely wear because I haven't felt I could pull them off. Scarfs and chunky or bold jewelry make other folks wardrobes new and invigorated, so why not mine? My challenge by Sunday night is to have five work days of outfits ready and hanging, ready to slip on, complete with accessories, as quickly as I throw on my standbys. I fear some clothing repair is in order-hems that need fixing, a few buttons missing, but I can handle simple tasks, I'll post my attempts Sunday night.
I love the web site 40 Plus Style. Sylvia and her friends are masterful at giving credit to women with an eye for style, and capture real ladies in real life situations-not models on runways or carefully crafted photo ops. I love her intro "We help women find and ignite their style after 40." While the web cache is How to dress after 40, the answer is, and I paraphrase, however you want to, to feel good about yourself. If you love print, they have a showcase on prints to see. If Prints are too much, and you like black and white tones, she has a feature there.
In my head at least, I've thought of my style as a bit Audrey Hepburn, but with a body shape more like Marilyn Monroe, I never feel I can pull off the pixie look of the slim dresses. I have an affinity for both these beautiful, iconic women, and their simple elegant style, but for Marilyn, embracing her curves. I am actually excited to do some shopping in my own closet this weekend to see if my inner Audrey and Marilyn might manifest. But first, the laundry awaits.