There are some types of clothing that I used to stay away from because it evoked not the fondest of memories or elements of infamous school uniforms that were worn growing up. Then, there are ways of wearing the same style of pieces in an outfit, but with a modern twist–making them form a more upbeat and very workable ensemble.
This outfit is just that: plaid, stockings, and loafers–all three elements that could easily stand alone with inspiration from an old schoolgirl uniform. Yet, by added embellishments and modified style lines they marry nicely for a grown-up version of moi! Although, my style has evolved over time, there are still elements of the past that I love!
Hmmm, newsflash! By the end of our conversation, I found out that we were all around the same age.
I wore this outfit to pick up a friend at the airport, as we had also scheduled a day of unwinding with spa treatments and afterward spent time furniture browsing (which I recommend as great inspiration as well). As we chatted with ladies at the spa, “youth” came up in conversation, specifically how we dressed. “If I were as young as you two I could wear that …” a woman said, pointing to my stockings. What!
This made me think about many other women who believe that they cannot wear certain items because of their age. I am not talking about career specific dressing vs. a night out with the girls to paint the town red, black, or blue! I am merely talking about very simple elements; everyday pieces that can also be worn by anyone!
Certainly, we've all heard it before, and I agree. Confidence is absolutely more than a lending hand to how a garment is worn and even the overall look perceived. However, I must say, when I am fifty, even sixty, whatever age I may be, if I feel like wearing knee-highs or leather trousers guess what you’ll find me in … likely knee-highs or leather trousers!
Then again, in the broadest spectrum, I don’t typically put myself in a box of “dressing for my age,” per se!
I would love to know your thoughts? Aside from factoring in your occupation, trends, or types of prints, because some people even believe that leopard print may have an expiration date or associate a certain type of style/woman who wears it ... that's a shame!
Be honest, do you tend to put yourself in an age bracket or have you in the past when it comes to your style of dressing in general or not?
It wasn’t too long ago that I saw a beautifully mature woman crossing the street wearing a Tee with Aladdin printed on the front, yes, all paired with platforms and a maxi. I wonder what she was pondering when she left the house–something tells me, I doubt it was her age!
Needless to say, of course I wore these stockings cheerfully and proud!