Today, I am welcoming my friend Cathy Lawdanski to share a guest post on how to get your midlife style back.
Fashion and design have always come natural to me. That’s why I started fashion blogging to motivate other women over 40 to find their own personal style and the confidence that comes with it.
I met Cathy from My Side Of 50 through a mutual social media group. I have enjoyed watching her recapture her style confidence over the last several months, so I asked her to share some lessons she’s learned to get her style back in midlife.
In September 2015, it seemed like all of a sudden I had gained a bunch of weight and NOTHING in my closet fit. I’d come off a rough year and done a lot of emotional eating and was able to be in denial about my weight gain by wearing some really comfy, stretchy Ann Taylor shorts all summer!
I used to dress really stylishly. I had no problem finding clothes that fit and putting together outfits. But as I got older, and my size changed, it wasn’t as easy to find clothes that made me feel confident and put together. It seemed that I had totally lost my sense of style.
With the help of some of my favorite fashion bloggers, I learned some great tips that are helping me re-discover my sense of fashion and personal style.
For me, that meant cleaning out my closet and getting rid of the clothes that no longer fit. No more waiting until “I lost the weight” and might wear it again. If it didn’t fit, it was gone. I found that very freeing.
After gaining weight, the temptation was to not buy one thing until “I got the weight off!” If I stuck by that rule, I would have had about two outfits that I could wear and those would have fit very snuggly!
Some people look great in loose-fitting flowy tops. When I see pictures of me in those types of tops, I feel like I look bigger. Tailored clothes that aren’t too snug look best on me.
Every store has so many different styles and fits these days. It’s not always easy to walk into a store and find something that fits perfectly. That’s where a tailor comes in. If you find a piece that is a good investment piece that needs some altering to make it fit just right, take it to a tailor. A tailor is an added expense, so I only utilize this on pieces that I plan to wear for a long time!
High quality slacks, ¾ length tees, a good white blouse. You can create all kinds of looks from these basics by mixing and matching with more “trendy” pieces and accessories.
This will keep your basics updated and you won’t break the bank on things that are no longer “on trend” in a year or so.
Has your sense of style changed as you’ve reached midlife? What do you do differently now?
Cathy Lawdanski is the blogger behind My Side Of 50.