“It’s not very easy to grow up into a woman. We are always taught, almost bombarded with ideals of what we should be at every age in our lives: THIS IS WHAT YOU SHOULD WEAR AT AGE 20; THAT IS WHAT YOU MUST ACT LIKE AT AGE 25; THIS IS WHAT YOU SHOULD BE DOING WHEN YOU ARE AGE 17. But, amidst all the many voices that bark all of these orders and set all of these ideals for girls today, there lacks the voice of assurance. There is no comfort and assurance. I want to be able to say, that there are four things admirable for a woman to be, at any age! Whether you are four or forty-four or nineteen! It’s always wonderful to be elegant; it’s always fashionable to have grace; it’s always glamorous to be brave; and it’s always important to own a delectable perfume! Yes, wearing a beautiful fragrance is in style at any age!” -C. JoyBell C.
For the last three years, I have read so many different opinions about how a woman develops great style. From Coco Chanel to C. JoyBell C., the variety is vast. But, isn’t that what makes any creative art form fun….variety!
The readers of this blog are much diversified. You will meet in this audience:
*women who only shop secondhand. They love a good treasure hunt through the thrift and resale side of life.
*women who prefer traditional, modest priced retailers and love a good sale!
*women who have their style and closets designed to the letter and now, with discretionary income available, mostly purchase investment pieces to enhance their wardrobes.
*women, like me, who love to live in all of these worlds and find it fun to travel around this fashion globe.
The September issue of HARPER'S BAZAAR includes an article by Lisa Armstrong, On Personal Style, and she supports the fact that creating personal style is derived from a variety of places. A couple of quotes from the article I really like are:
“Designers have realized that the modern woman doesn’t come in a cookie cutter package.”
“Personal style isn’t what it used to be. With the Internet and the flourishing of street style blogs has come a dizzying liberation that has enabled us to think about clothes as a bona fide expression of personality. We are no longer being spoon fed a single viewpoint from designers. Today we are saturated with all kinds of women making their sartorial mark in all kinds of amazingly sophisticated ways.” (For the rest of this article, pick up the latest Bazaar)
I have been able to report stories from this wide playing field, except, less time has been spent on the investment shopping world. So, this next week, I will bring you some fabulous finds We all must face purchasing and budgeting decisions every day. We must prioritize and decide where the budget money is best served. For example, I have decided that funding a personal trainer is key for my health and will, hopefully, lower medical costs down the road. There are some of you who budget to purchase one or two amazing garments rather than a cart full at a consignment boutique.
Neither is wrong. I hope as I spend some time bringing you these stories that we all will love to see and appreciate the beauty and innovations of what is currently on the market. Some may even find themselves changing a viewpoint and actually participating in this incredible niche of the fashion and beauty industry. It's our time, ladies, and some are in positions to finally live in the fashion world the way we always dreamed...there is nothing wrong with that!
Remember, we all develop personal style in different ways and that is what makes us unique and exciting!
Have a fabulous Saturday and I will see you Sunday evening to introduce an incredible "woman of a certain age"designer..these are two of her designs!!