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Posted on July 6, 2022 by Christine Crosby in fashion, lifestyles, older women, style, wardrobe

Why We Definitely Get More Stylish As We Get Older

Why We Definitely Get More Stylish As We Get Older

Developing our own personal style takes time. We spend a large portion of our lives trying to fit in. Wearing the latest fashions, whether they actually suit us or not. Even worse, we spend years squeezing ourselves into uncomfortable clothes and footwear in the name of fashion and inclusivity. But there comes a point where we finally find our own style. Clothes that fit and flatter, shoes that compliment and support. Finally, we can look in the mirror and think “yes, this is me and I feel great!” and here are 7 reasons why.

  1. We Care Less What People Think

As we get older other people’s views on how we look become less important. We are more self-assured and spend less time trying to impress others. Our wardrobe choices will often reflect this. Uncomfortable items or pieces that don’t make us look our best are rare sights in an older woman’s wardrobe. On the flip side, we are happier wearing things that others may not like or approve of.

  1. We Are Less About Keeping Up and More About Loving What We Wear

Fashion is great but the one thing we learn as we get older is that trying to keep up is pointless. Plus, any styles or trends worth keeping up with tend to come back around pretty quickly. We learn that there are staples to any wardrobe, dictated not by others, but by our lifestyles and personalities.

  1. Quality Over Quantity

There comes a point in every woman’s life where we get bored of spending hours looking for that one black top in a mountain of black tops that barely see the light of day. We get tired of buying items, washing them twice, only to find the seams falling apart. Finally, we start to get pay checks that allow us to spend a little more on clothes than we could before. We realize that one perfect black top can stand the test of time and form the basis of a small, efficient cohort of clothes that suit us and our lifestyles.

  1. Comfort is King

As we get older we get busier. Whether it be with work, family, kids or friends, there comes a point in our lives where utility and comfort win out. Gone are the days of carrying flats and flip flops in handbags for a quick change out of the pain inducing 4 inch torture instruments we forced our feet into that morning. Looking good and comfort can be synonymous. It just takes us a while to realize it.

  1. More Confidence, Less Fear

Presenting ourselves to the world when we are still not quite sure who we are is a scary experience. But once we begin to get to know ourselves better, some of that fear subsides. The question of “what will everyone think?” dissipates and is replaced with “what do I think and how do I feel?” We also realize that our bodies only make up half of who we are and that the mind is the part of us that really has the sex appeal.

  1. Clothes Are About Us Not About Others

There are moments in our lives where considering other people’s feelings, backgrounds and views may be needed. If we are in a culture where women are expected to dress modestly, a mini skirt and crop top is not appropriate. But in our daily lives, as we get older, we realize that dressing ourselves should be about us and not about others. Yes, those leather trousers may make him weak at the knees, but are they really worth cutting off the blood supply to your thighs?

  1. We Are More Comfortable in Our Own Skin

Body image issues are huge amongst women and we spend a large portion of our lives with insecurities about our bodies that affect our wardrobe choices. How many times have you seen a beautiful piece, but instantly heard that little voice in your head “your body is wrong for it”. As we get older we realize that there is nothing “wrong” with our bodies. Some styles aren’t for all body types and personalities, and as we get older we learn to accept that, making choices that fit our body shape, lifestyle and personalities.


Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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