This morning I did a wardrobe audit for a lovely 53 year old client. She’d already thrown out a pile of stuff before I got there, but we managed to get rid of another 5 garbage bags of clothes that were no longer working for her.
Like most ‘middle ageless ‘ (thanks Rosina) women, she didn’t want to look middle-aged, nor (not surprisingly) matronly, so as we went through her clothes it was easy for her to let go of everything that was dowdy, dated or decrepit.
By wearing these ageing clothes, you are adding years to your perceived age. Approximate age is one of the first assumptions we decide upon after what ‘sex’ someone is when we first see them. Details on clothing are important when deciding what is still working and what is passe. Look at the fabrics, old man-made fibres are very different from the current ones, especially if they were a ‘fad’ at the time of purchase. Button details – big gold buttons can often give away the age of a jacket or coat. What are the pockets like? Pockets go through the fashion cycle as do all sorts of other details such as collars and lapels.
In her wardrobe was a jacket she’d bought 12 years earlier for her father’s funeral, that she ended up never wearing, that swamped her frame and was a dated pattern and style. Why keep something you’ve never worn for 12 years? It was placed front and centre too in her wardrobe, first thing you see – not making her feel she’d made a good purchasing decision, yet not being worn either.
Also, my client had had a breast reduction 2 years ago, and she had some clothes pre-reduction that now swamped her frame – she’d had to buy ‘big’ just to fit her breasts in. Plastic surgery can alter the styles and shapes of clothes you wear. Interestingly it also changed the ‘style’ of clothes she wore, as she now chooses clothes with feminine details, but before the reduction had only chosen ‘practical’ clothes. Fortunately she’s enjoing her new body more as well as expressing her feminine side through her clothes, which she hadn’t felt able to before.
We’re written up a shopping list, and are off next week to get her some new threads to update and upgrade her look – we’re both excited!
Whether you’re 25 or 55, your clothing is an essential part of your look, especially when it comes to determining your age. An ill-fitting blazer or an outdated pair of jeans can instantly date you—and, in many cases, it’ll do so unfavorably and incorrectly. Do you have clothes in your wardrobe that are pilled, stained or don’t work anymore? Not sure what you should keep or get rid of?
The first step I taken when sorting through a wardrobe is to get rid of the villians. After that it’s a matter of assessing each piece for its viability. An objective pair of eyes can really help, either a friend with great style who completely understands your,style, or the professional help of an image consultant can get your wardrobe sorted out.
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