Being a “young”, older woman, I am very interested in this age group. I would love to see this covered in great detail, maybe as regards to makeup , clothing and jewellery. e.g. When is it “too much”? I do LOVE to wear bling, but, when is it OVERDONE? I hope you enjoy your posts as much as I enjoy reading them!
When is too much too much? Well that really depends on two things:
- Your personality
- The occasion
So the question relates to:
- Who are you?
- How do you want to be perceived?
- What’s your personality style?
- What’s your signature style?
- What is the occasion?
- Dressy, casual, formal, sporting etc.?
- What’s the level of refinement of the bling, makeup or clothing?
- Does it relate to the level of refinement of the occasion and what you’re wearing?
Answering some of these questions will help you figure out if it’s enough or too much! A full face of makeup and a pearl necklace at the gym are just too much! But they work when you’re going out to lunch or dinner.
But I feel there is another question being asked her, and that’s all about age and not being perceived as ‘mutton dressed as lamb’ or MDAL as I shall now call it. Now what I’ve discovered is that the women who worry about looking MDAL are rarely the ones who fall into the trap. In fact I’ve discovered it’s part of one of the ‘personality styles’, it’s usually an act of rebellion (whether conscious or unconscious) in some way. If you are not the rebellious type, then it’s just not going to happen to you. The only time I feel it looks “overdone” is when it becomes a “costume” on you! Now for some women that’s an easy line to cross as their natural personality style is more conservative. For others with a dramatic or creative flair, it takes a lot to get to the ‘costume’ stage.
I don’t believe that women should fade into the background as they age. In fact I really admire the women who choose to make themselves visually present (and just take a minute to pop over to Advanced Style which has so many fabulous older women featured, or other 50 plus blog sites – just google that and you’ll find lots of them) and you will see that you don’t have to be really restrained.
One of the aspects that I’m really enjoying seeing the efforts of all my wonderful Evolve Your Style participants is that many of them are 40 plus and they are trying out all sorts of new looks and they are really enjoying it and finding they are getting positive reactions! Age should not define us and what we wear. Sure we may like to show less skin as we get older, but there is no reason to stop wearing makeup or jewellery or finding fun and exciting clothes to wear!
It can be harder if you’re surrounded by people who are a bit scared of standing out so err on the side of caution and conservatism in appearance. But what I’ve discovered is that sometimes all they need is a role model to inspire them to get out of their comfort zone and try something new.
Want some more inspiration? Check out all the makeovers that Christopher Hopkins does on women of many ages!