At this point in life, you probably think you know what looks good on you and what makes you feel good. But bodily changes, including skin tone, hair color, weight gain or loss, shifting and drooping of certain parts, can change that. Different colors may better suit your skin and hair color now. You’ll also want to select styles that make the most of what you have while camouflaging what you don’t want to emphasize.
We have earned the right to wear what we want, the way we want, within social norms. Business attire is still in order in certain settings and decency is always in order. It’s always better to wear what looks good on you rather than what is currently fashionable. Six inch stilettos are in fashion, but I doubt you’d find many Platinums wearing them. A narrow two inch heel is more flattering and saves both the feet and the posture.
Comfort and ease of dressing and undressing are important considerations in selecting what to wear. There’s just no need for fashion to supersede comfort. If you have arthritis in your hands you probably don’t want a lot of buttons.
If you have limitations in dressing and undressing you can find a lot of online fashion help. Online stores like Silverts.com and BuckandBuck.com offer clothing for almost any limitation: Parkinsons, ALS, Alzheimers, stroke victims, amputees, those receiving homecare, arthritis sufferers, even folks with incontinence issues, and those in nursing homes. Use color as your guide to selecting what will look good. Then add accessories to create your own style.
It’s usually better to buy one nice piece rather than two that look cheap. Speaking of cheap, my favorite source for great stuff at bargain prices is my local thrift shops. I’ve found unworn Italian designer suits, high end shoes and accessories. Plus casual clothes like jeans, pants, sweaters and t-shirts are always available from the Gap, Banana Republic, J. Crew, Land’s End and more. It does take time to wade through it all, but the treasures are there if you have the patience.
There are many Platinum aged fashion show events listed on Facebook (search “senior citizens fashion show facebook”). But don’t stop there, YouTube has a full list of senior citizen fashion shows, one of the better ones was done by “Style eye”. And if you are not seeing your style, why not throw a fashion show of your own. Here is a great blog about doing a fashion show with and for Platinums.
For an enjoyable glimpse at some original styles, check out Advanced Style. It is a website created by Ari Seth Cohen and it’s full of photos of Platinum New Yorkers showing off style and creativity on the streets of New York. This website has been praised and blogged about by many, many fans. The show will soon be out on film, but you can check out some trailers now.
Let your platinum years ring in your second “coming of age”. Now may be time to update your style and wardrobe based on your evolving body and possible new limitations. Select from the fashion that suits who you are now and make it part of your new style. Feel good, look good, enjoy life! Looking and feeling attractive is always in style.