over50feeling40: Why Reinvention Should Begin On the Outside
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Aug 7, 2017

Why Reinvention Should Begin On the Outside



"That in a nutshell, is what the French understand about clothing: that it has the power to transform us, to entertain us, to change our self-images, and occasionally to change our lives."  - Tish Jett

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This statement is hidden within Tish Jett's excellent book, but for me it jumped off the page since I have lived it and found it to be true.  I think many women delay a reinvention or makeover because they feel so down on the inside and lack direction.  I know I did.

Some believe it is "superficial" to begin a change on the outside and do not understand how it can lead to an overall change within. But it can.  Just like the French women Tish has come to know and love while living in France, I discovered beginning my exterior change opened up joy and new direction for a completely reinvented woman over 50.  As I felt better about myself and began to smile at the mirror again, I had the courage to go forward and eventually follow a new career.  As my confidence grew, I believed I could (and can) do anything.  I never think of myself as too old, past my prime, not relevant...instead, I believe any organization is smart to tap into my experience and maturity.

I do want to say, though, it takes time to get to where you want to be...there is no magic wand here.  I have chiseled away and refined my wardrobe as an artist would a painting.  It has taken time for me to look inside the closet and say to the whole, "Yes, this is me!" 



For many reasons, I look forward to rising in the mornings and deciding what I will wear for the day.  It is entertaining and joyful and has helped to fashion me into the woman I am today.  It is not just that clothes have power....it is that the right clothes have power.  The clothes fitting who I am and exuding confidence.

Has anyone else experienced this?  Thoughts?  I do highly recommend Tish's book  FOUND HERE.


Keep Smiling, Everyone!

Linking up with ELEGANTLY DRESSED AND STYLISH

14 comments:

  1. It sure is the truth that when we feel good about how we look, I.e. confident, it does change a lot of what's going on inside. It can completely change our outlook on heading into a day. I really like what you are wearing here, that top is great with the white ankle pants! And such a beautiful necklace! Black and white is a special kind of magic, isn't it? Also deep navy and white.

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    1. I agree about black and white, Karen...it always works! I found this necklace a few year ago at Chicos for $10 and it is one of my favorite sales purchases ever! Thanks so much

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  2. Can you provide details on the top?

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    1. Yes! It is the PEEK Tunic by Marie Hell. Find it https://www.mariehell.com/shop/view-all/peek-tunic.html

      Thank you for asking...

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  3. These are words of wisdom, Pam! Because so many people think it's superficial to care about what we wear. Yet the impact on us and others is so profound!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. I know it has been profound with me and confidence has helped me to grow inside.

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  4. So very true, the power of looking good to influence feeling good.

    I appreciate too how you've described this all as a work in progress. It is one with many layers.

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    1. I am such a work in progress and hopefully improving daily in the self-care area. Thanks Susan.

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  5. Agree to some extent... I think you are talking about self-care. That I totally agree with. I actually spend a lot less time on my appearance now than I used to and find it completely freeing! But I spend a lot of time on my self-care... my daily walk, my daily gentle yoga and meditation, that gives me the same feeling I think you get from your wardrobe, which is super cool. Always love your posts. :)

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    1. I am talking about all of it! When I took care of my outsides and regained confidence I was then ready to tackle self care. My wardrobe is one part of the component, but not the whole. Thanks for commenting.

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  6. I just turned 59 and I find that 'dressing up' each day is so enjoyable and a fun way to start the day. Taking time to look my best gives me confidence, especially since I don't have the figure I had in my younger years. You've been a great inspiration in that way, Pam. Glad I found your blog and look forward to it each day! Love your classic look!

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  7. What great insight ... and so true! A few months ago, I dumped my blow dryer and flat iron and embraced my naturally curly hair - I am still amazed at the change "inside" I experienced. Not only did I gain an extra 20 minutes every morning, I no longer stress over Texas heat/humidity but focus on the beauty of the day. A few quick applications of curly hair products and I'm good for the day - WONDERFULLY FREEING in more ways than one!!!

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  8. I enjoyed reading Pam! Love your tunic and lovely necklace.
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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