“Clothes are not going to change the world. The women who wear them will.” – Anne Klein
This quote was shared with me recently and for the most part, I completely agree with Anne Klein. We are the ones who will change the world with our strength, intelligence, creativity, and confidence. Therefore, I cannot help but think there needs to be another sentence in between the two.
Clothes are not going to change the world. But, the right clothes can help a woman feel confident to go out and change the world. Confidence is powerful and attractive. We can do so much more when we walk with our heads held high and smiles upon our faces. Many times the cover on our own book determines if we will be heard and respected.
Lately, I have seen over and over again in the blogosphere, these headlines, “Fashion is Ageless,” and “Style is Ageless.” We must understand the difference between the two to know the first statement is false, and the second one is true. As I explained in 8 Steps to Reinvented Style, I understand the difference between fashion and style. We all have some type of style, like it or not. Style goes with us our entire lives, but there are different types of style. Fashion, on the other hand, offers unique designs for different age groups. There are very few pieces which look good and appropriate on all women. But I am not saying midlife and beyond belongs in the frump section of a store.
I am fascinated with the fact clothing sends a message about us. I have learned to control the messages I send while creating my own personal style. This has given me incredible confidence over the last 13 years, and made it possible for me to soar career wise (even at 63!).
As I shared in my reinvented style piece, I can remember my freshman Communications class at the University of Texas in Austin in the 1970s. We studied Marshall McLuhan’s concept, the medium is the message. One source explains his theory as “the form of medium embeds itself in the message creating a symbiotic relationship by which the medium influences how the message is received.” It was clear to me that FASHION is the medium and STYLE is the message. And that your choice of fashion determines how your style will be received.
Every day I want to communicate I am strong, chic, dramatic, current, and savvy. An example of what I might put together to achieve those messages could be a proper fitting pencil skirt, a form-fitting suit jacket (many options in my closet), beautiful blouse, and the dramatic and current item might be found in a statement necklace or fabulous shoe. By focusing on my messaging, I can look in the mirror and go out with confidence!
Do you ever think about the messages you send with your fashion choices?
Stylist Stacy London (affiliate link to London’s incredible book) writes, “It’s not an overstatement to say that style teaches me over and over again how to live in my skin. It helps me find the courage and confidence and control when I feel I have none.”
Every woman has style; you send a message every time you get dressed. It is up to us to compose what fits our personality and lifestyle, and then go change the world!