Saturday, September 19, 2015

How to wear vintage for the 40+ year-old woman, part II

So you are 40+ and have the guts, motivation and desire to wear vintage fashion. Where do you get the inspiration to make it your own? The best answer I know is: Yourself.

Pin your style

This is fun, free and a great way to explore your own creative thinking.

If you have always given thought to your style, wonderful! Keep doing so, and keep looking around, finding fresh inspirations. By the ages of 40, 50, 60 and 70 many women have been busy being mothers, partners, co-workers, caretakers—thinking lots about others’ needs. It may have been awhile since they even considered their style. Style is not within the purview of young women alone, in fact, young women can get away without style more easily. 

Try pinning ideas on a Pinterest board or physically pinning images on a bulletin board, or into a scrapbook. Sometimes you don’t know what you like until you cluster a number of images together. Sometimes the images will beget new ideas of what your style is becoming. Sometimes when you don’t know what the heck to wear that day you can take one look at your board and get a great idea. 

Keep doing this, perhaps each season or at least twice a year, because style is not something that should be completely immutable and without reaction to what’s going on in your life and the world. Stay in touch with modern fashion trends but pin the vintage examples that inspire you even more. Look for images of women wearing vintage in a way that really works for you. Don’t copy, just get the gist.

I’m quite addicted to Pinterest, and if you’d like to see my style inspiration boards:

Now it’s your turn: Show us your Pinterest boards or a photo of your scrapbook pages!

Next: Be bold

See the previous post in this series:

Part I Quit acting like you have something to lose

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