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“If you are wearing the same types of outfits over and over again, make a change. If you feel like you are blending into the walls, make a change. If you are tired of looking into the mirror, make a change. Change keeps the mind busy, the heart full, and the spirit young. Change is good.” – Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner in You Are What You Wear
Read that last sentence one more time…Change keeps the mind busy, the heart full, and the spirit young. What an important sentence for those of us in midlife and beyond. Adding a little spice to life is healthy…and can easily begin with our wardrobe. Women just smile more and walk with confidence when they feel they look their best.
Dr. Baumgartner’s book offers some quick tips to revive your wardrobe. I have six favorites. Here are the first three:
- Designer brands… “Find a designer brand you can rely on for style and fit. Nothing is better than knowing you will always find something you like or that looks good on you when you enter a store or on-line site. These no fail relationships can get you through the toughest fashion ruts.” For me, Ralph Lauren is a BFF. I love the fit of the clothes and every collection has something which meets my style. I can also find Lauren lines in thrift, consignment, and stores like Marshall’s and TJ MAXX. I also have a couple of retail outlets like Chico’s and Soft Surroundings where I know I will find ME or a little spiced up version of ME.
- Re-create a look….”It has never been easier to get the look for less.” Choose a designer outfit from a magazine or runway show and re-make it with lower priced items. I take cell phone pics of mannequins often, in order to do exactly that, recreate looks I love.
- The statement piece…”Dress simply, but pick one statement piece for each outfit. This is a piece that is colorful, sparkly, and artistic, goes against the norm, or is completely different from what we are used to seeing.” Or, better yet, from what you are used to wearing. Just find one amazing piece…a jacket, cardigan, scarf, necklace to take you a tiny bit out of your comfort zone or funk.
She writes of 13 suggestions to shake things up and I am sharing six in two posts. Her last one is called GET RID OF IT, and as so many stylists recommend, if we do not love a garment, then sell it, donate it or throw it away. However, you do it, get it out of your closet.
Now, are any of these ideas do-able for you??
Please join me next week in The Joy Boutique for my next three suggestions…and I hope all of you have a safe and joyous July 4th!