Welcome to a new collaboration with Jennifer of A Well Styled Life and Pam of over50feeling40.  We desire for all of us…the grandmothers, the professionals, the retirees, the volunteers… the fabulous women over 50 …to look and feel our best each and every day.  After years of blogging for this audience, we have heard from so many of you about your discouragement and despondency when you look in the mirror every morning.  But, we both know just how transformative style can be and we hope to encourage you with specific, step-by-step guidelines right here every Sunday.  We would like to see all of us empowered with strength, joy, and confidence!
Each Sunday, we will bring to you a scenario we face each week and show you our step-by-step process as we decide what to wear…you will see on our individual blogs how we handle the challenge and seek our personal sweet spot for the day!

Hello, everyone, hope you had a wonderful week.  Our situation to dress for this week is a marathon holiday shopping trip.  Many of us will head out to accomplish a lot in little time and need to move quickly with purpose to check off names on the list…too bad there are no Christmas elves to really help us do this!
MY OLD THINKING: Who cares how I look while I am shopping.  I will join those women who wear tattered jeans, old t-shirts, and pull over our eyes a baseball cap…we look like we are incognito…no one should know we are at the mall…all identity protected!  Because I did not feel good about myself, shopping was always a difficult, maddening experience.

MY NEW THINKING:  Shopping is a fun experience…NOT a necessary evil.  I will dress my best in order to enjoy my time and approach it as an experience.  I enjoy the decorations, music, peppermint lattes…all of it.  Blogging has taught me to stop for pictures and look for moments while I am shopping…and the best moments are always the ones which stir me inside.  Attitude is so important…we need to clothe ourselves first in a hopeful, joyful attitude this time of year and not an annoyed one.

MY OLD THINKING…Because comfort is important to any successful shopping trip, I thought old comfort clothes and grungy athletic shoes were the necessities.  I did not know looking nice and comfort could go hand in hand.

MY NEW THINKING…Now, I know I can look confident and be comfortable at the same time. In Texas, layering is a must.  I might leave for marathon shopping when it is cold and by late afternoon be in the warm sunshine.  So, I layer from a soft, knit tunic top…to a knit vest…to a coat…and usually leave the coat in the car early on.

ABOUT SHOES….There are so many excellent comfort lines now and they give us great styling options.  (return Thursday for a beautiful option)…here are the ones I have shopped in lately from SAS (SAN ANTONIO SHOEMAKERS) (right here in my city) and MEPHISTO.

ABOUT HATS…If you love them, and wear them…then be proud and make them a part of your style.  Don’t use a baseball cap to hide under.  I own  two fun styles from SOFT SURROUNDINGS and love to pull them out during cooler weather!  Like this wonderful BERET.

ABOUT JEANS: I love jeans and always will, but I have learned dark denim is a nicer look.  Fit is very important with jeans.

NEW THINKING…I want to be confident when I shop and have fun. It goes better when I feel good about how I look and about my comfort level for the day.  Be purposeful in your selections for shopping…you will have more fun and get the best service when you smile and are friendly!  You also will feel better about trying clothes on after taking the time to fix up.

Now, let’s see what JENNIFER OF A WELL STYLED LIFE is wearing!

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Happy Shopping!

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