Signature Style Evolution

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I’ve been thinking lately about the idea of a signature style. You know, those clothes in your closet that seem to reside there year after year in one form or another, even as trends come and go. At least that’s how I define signature style: the style of outfits in which we always feel comfortable, and which always make us feel like ourselves. Since I let my white hair grow in, though, I’ve been feeling a bit differently about those styles and outfits which I reach for automatically. I’ve been feeling as if I need a change.

Trying a new look with my white hair. Max Mara black vintage jacket, Holt Renfrew black leather pants, Equipment blue shirt, black Mec turtleneck, Stuart Weitzman ankle boots.
Trying something a bit new with these old pieces.

In fact, I think I’m having a signature style metamorphosis. Well, maybe not quite a metamorphosis, maybe more of an acceleration of the style evolution I began when I retired. In any evolution, there is slow inexorable change, and then there are periods of rapid change triggered by an event.

Retirement triggered a major personal style change for me. An evolution from business suits to suit jackets with tee shirts and jeans, from skirts and pumps to skirts and sneakers. Of course it didn’t all happen overnight. I was a long while feeling comfortable in skirts and sneakers. But now I have embraced that look whole-heartedly. Sneakers with skirts seems totally me, now.

Two years ago, total winter wardrobe boredom triggered another change. Albeit a small one. I added colourful socks to my wardrobe, and tried wearing socks with my shoes. Something I had eschewed for years and years. Visible socks had always been a no-no for me. Suddenly I was all about the socks. At least in theory. But it still took me a while to fully feel as if socks with loafers was me. In fact it wasn’t until last autumn, to be specific, that I began reaching for my socks when I wore cropped pants or jeans and loafers. I had somehow evolved into a visible-socks person.

Max Mara vintage jacket, Holt Renfrew leather pants, Equipment blue shirt, black Mec turtleneck.
I’m liking my blue Equipment shirt with this all black outfit.

Like when I retired, I’m in a period of accelerated style change right now. I’m feeling a shift in my priorities and my preferences. Not because my lifestyle has drastically changed, but because I have. It started last summer when I let my hair go white. That’s a huge change, in my books, folks. Almost a metamorphosis, in fact. Thanks to the pandemic and four months without professional attention to my hair, I went from a die-hard “I will never let my hair go grey” girl to a white hair devotee. And that major change triggered an identity crisis, of sorts. I mean, who in the heck was I anyway? Who did I want to be? How did I feel inside, and how should I reflect that change in my style? Perhaps it was no accident that I went whole hog with the socks only after my hair was white.

H&M hoodie, Holt Renfrew faux-leather pants, Stuart Weitzman boots, Uniqlo down jacket. Part of my new white haired signature style..
Hoodie love.

So my style evolution has been ongoing since last summer, but what prompted me to write this post was a YouTube video I recently watched, in which stylist Lizzie Edwards talks about why we need a signature style. She made some really good points, that if women identified their signature style, life would be easier in many ways. Easier to get dressed in the morning because we’d always know what we’d be wearing. You can watch the video for yourself here, if you’re interested. As I listened, I thought of the famous women who have an easily identifiable signature style, like Vogue stylist Tonne Goodman who wears white pants and black tops almost exclusively. There are women out there, like Tonne, who adopted a signature style early on in their lives and have stuck with that.

Now, I don’t know exactly whether Lizzie meant that a signature style should be as restrictive as Tonne Goodman’s or not. Or if she meant that one’s signature style, once identified, should not evolve. But I can’t imagine sticking with one style and never varying. What we wear should reflect who we are and what’s going on in our lives. And I am not the same person I was at 25, or 35, or 45. And my life is not the same either. So I can’t imagine wearing now what I wore then.

I should probably qualify that statement. I can imagine wearing specific pieces from the past, and I do wear them. Just because our style changes, doesn’t mean that some pieces can’t have years and years, decades even, of longevity. I have jackets that are decades old. But now that they have come back into style again, I find I’m wearing them in a very different way. Because styles have changed, of course, but also because I’m different, and my life is different.

And in an odd corollary to that, a couple of summers ago, I bought a new pair of boot-cut jeans and a big straw tote bag, and realized that when I wore them with flat sandals and a safari jacket I was wearing an outfit right out of the summer of 1975. So, new bag, new jeans, but worn in a combination that took me right back to the summer I was 19. That made me laugh. Maybe my style at 64 is more like my style at 19, than at 50.

I’m not sure if I agree with Lizzie about the importance of identifying a signature style. Especially if there’s a danger we might begin to think that signature style is carved in stone. I think it’s good to know what we like, and what works on our bodies, and with our lifestyle. And it’s also good to be flexible enough to throw out the old rules and change things up. Especially when we undergo a style metamorphosis like going from highlighted, lowlighted, dyed blonde hair to totally white.

H&M hoodie, white Everlane pocket tee, Uniqlo down jacket, H&M faux-leather skirt, Stuart Weitzman boots. My new signature style.
More hoodie love.

Of course I’ve written about this whole process before. How my style is evolving since I let my hair go white. How certain clothes in my closet now looked dreadful on me. Beige! Ugh. How my new hair necessitated a different approach to make-up, especially with respect to the use of colour. And how my white hair changed how I felt about myself. Oddly enough, it gave me more confidence. And permission to dress a bit more edgy. Dare I say, even a teensy bit quirky.

Now if you are an edgy person, or someone who has always embraced quirky clothing you are probably laughing at me right now. “Ha. Burpee, you will never be fearless enough to be quirky.” Touché. I’ll admit, I’m too fond of the jeans and boots and classic blazer look, and always will be, evolution be damned, to be a true quirky, utterly individualistic dresser. And even if I did give quirkiness a go, I would look and feel as if I were wearing a costume, or someone else’s clothes. It just wouldn’t be me.

But I would like to sidle a bit into edgy, quirky territory. I feel as if my white hair gives me permission to do so.

H&M hoodie, white Everlane pocket tee, Uniqlo down jacket, H&M faux-leather skirt, Stuart Weitzman boots. My new signature style.
Can you see my black and white polka dot socks in my boots?

Don’t ask me why. But I have felt, since I went white, a certain dissatisfaction with my preference for polished looks. A need to mess things up. A desire for big and baggy. Or at least bigger and baggier than I have worn in the past. I’d like to trade polished for a kind of easy insouciance, if I can bring it off.

Like the unbuttoned blue shirt in the first shot in this post. A look I saw Allison Bornstein try. I played around with a couple of new layering methods a few weeks ago. And even embraced the sweater over a jacket idea. A trend that I had dismissed as too contrived before, and which I now like.

I’ve been wearing my short Stuart Weitzman boots with my faux-leather midi-skirt from H&M. And yesterday I added my Everlane tee shirt, a new black hoodie from H&M, my down jacket…. and… black and white polka dot socks in my boots. Oh my god… could I have evolved as far as to wear socks with skirts?? What a rebel I am.

White hair and my new Ray Ban sunglasses.
Am I the picture of insouciance or what?

Is this because my white hair has placed me into unabashed little old lady territory? Everybody knows that little old ladies can be hell on wheels. At least the little old ladies in my family. Ha. My grandmother was not a fashion icon, but she sure was hell on wheels.

I think I’d like to be considered hell on wheels when I get to be a little old lady. But I’m not there yet. Still, having white hair feels, as my sister Connie told me it would, quite freeing. In so many ways. Not just in the outfit choices I make as my signature style continues to evolve. Or morph. Or something.

Now it’s your turn, my friends. How has your signature style evolved over the years? In what way does your new style better reflect you as you are now?

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59 thoughts on “Signature Style Evolution”

  1. My first thought was that style evolves for all of us but of course it doesn’t . Some people get stuck in an era & can’t take a new look or they just don’t care that much . Which is fine if that’s what you want . I can’t say my ‘ new ‘ hair has caused any transformation but my style has evolved gradually . The casual sporty look in fashion made quite a difference to me . I like my style ‘ looser ‘ now . No more skinny jeans or ladylike shoes . I hesitate to call it a more mannish look but I really don’t want to send out the same message I did in my youth .
    I am enjoying having my hair longer , though that wasn’t a decision by me & it might change on 27 April when I finally reach the salon for a trim 🤞
    As usual you put these things into words so well & get me thinking .

    1. I agree, Wendy. It’s fine if some people find a uniform, let’s say, and like it and choose to stick with that over the years. But it’s not for me. I will still wear my skinny jeans, not as much, but am definitely moving into looser territory as well. As for hair, I guess you’ll know when you sit in the stylist’s chair. I didn’t realize that you were back in lockdown again. Or maybe it’s the same one. I can’t keep track. Our hair salons just opened up again, and I had my hair cut on Friday. I love that freshly shorn feeling. Ha.

      1. Wendy in York

        FYI we started our second lockdown on 27th December & restrictions are lifting very gradually soon . Hairdressers possibly mid April . So you’re luckier than I am . Yes , we’ve had our first vaccinations which seem to give us good protection but that doesn’t give us freedom yet . It could still spread around . So that post vaccination party is on hold ☹️

  2. An unseen development of the covid pandemic, and the consequent restrictions here in the UK, has been prolonged opportunities to really examine what I want from life, and that includes the clothes I wear. Starting up pinterest boards – without any particular aim in mind – resulted in very clear preferences and, as a result, a much more defined and specific collection of clothes. For the first time I am completely happy with what hangs in the wardrobe. It does make life easier even at a very basic level. Fair enough. None of us are going to be making the biggest splash at the moment but I am prepared to take even the smallest of wins. Stay cosy.

  3. Really enjoyed your evolution and post. Your gorgeous white hair reads as very cool. As another grey-haired woman (3 yrs now). I too find the whole family of beiges including ivory awful, pastels iffy, but pure white is good. Also found I needed slightly more saturated lipstick colour, and always to wear it.

  4. Your picture with the sunglasses made me laugh out loud. I thought back all the way to my early teens a few weeks ago when looking at some old photo albums and realized that I have been a dress and skirt person my whole life. There were a few deviations due to various jobs, but all in all I guess there has been a thread through my whole life that I like to dress in a feminine way and skirts are a constant. There is even a shot of me in front of the barn surrounded by puppies and I have on a ( very casual) dress in my teens. The way they are worn, and the styles change, but this and the jewellery that I am know for are my signature style that I am very comfortable in, even when others are in a much different look. Thanks for this enlightening post, that really made me consider that I have not changed style, just fashion tweaks. Now, on the other hand, the hair….. I may have just realized that the curls are not my enemy and am embracing them and not listening to friends who say I should cut them off short which does not work for me. Easy is not always the best look.

    1. I wish I had more photos of myself in the clothes I wore to school or going out when I was a teenager. I have a picture in my mind of what I wore since I remember the clothes, just not what I looked like in them.

  5. Just had a 69th birthday and am retired, petite. Styles I wear less of: tighter fitting pants, jeans, loose blouses, prints, woolens, clothes requiring ironing, short sleeves, black.
    More of: single color jersey buttoned shirts and sweaters, stylish straight legged comfortable pants, boots, sneakers, cashmere, zippered hoodies, winter hats and scarves, pastels and fleece.
    Your pictures show you as tall, and you wear everything well!

  6. TOTALLY get the white hair transition and how it sort of breaks some chains in your head about aging and related appearances. When I was toying with the thought of au natural hair, I started looking on Pinterest for women that rocked grey hair. Once I saw how many their were and that the difference between cool and frumpy was the cut, I dove in. Always worried that age and grey hair would make me invisible, but the opposite happened. Did have to rethink pastels and beige around my face, though!

    1. “Breaking chains in my head” is a wonderful way to put that, Cynthia. I too had a Pinterest board on white hair. And several of the shots gave me inspiration to go ahead with my transition.

  7. Mary Lou Hartman

    Great post. Your style evolution is inspiring. I’m struggling to find my unique style but trying to enjoy the journey.

  8. I h have just retired and am totally weeding through all of my clothes. I am working on defining my style and my life at this juncture. I love your post as it describes in part what I am going through. Hope to figure it out! Love that leather skirt and the shades!

  9. Love this post and your evolution. Liking your edge and would love to see more quirky. 😊 Being older is freeing and I have felt that. I enjoy checking out “Advanced Style” on Instagram – would love to have the chutzpah to dress like some of those wonderful women. I have purchase a few “different” pieces that I want to wear, but need that courage to take the plunge. 😉

  10. You wore a stylish skirt, polka dot socks, with boots and tights, in winter! That to me is formidable fashion, it is edgy – but practical, and smart enough to be comfortable. Your post made me think of a conversation I had with the young, new math teacher at the copier the other day. She had on a cute pair of D’Orsay flats, which I complemented her on. They were instantly noticeable to me because I have been longing to wear shoes that don’t involve socks. I have two new pairs of shoes in my closet, just waiting for the first warm Spring day. This daring, young dresser made me think – I could be wearing flats too, it would open up so many more work wear options. Then I pictured myself with my new flats, stepping out of my car into a pile of slush, or stopping at the market on my way home, and having to hop around muddy, salty puddles of melting snow. That made me remember the cold discomfort, and utter grossness of wearing wet shoes. Not to mention the disappointment of ruining a pair of leather flats with salt stains! After these visions, and memories, I decided I could hold off to a dry warm day to wear my new flats, or my favorite old flats, and leave the wet feet to the be endured by the younger crowd. Then I thought, perhaps she wore snow boots into the building, and pulled her flats out of her bag? Very practical – until one considers the constant chill in the building, and recalls the discomfort of having cold ankles.
    Perhaps it is a bit of experience with practicality and discomfort that helps us evolve our personal style.

  11. I love your new style. It feel liberated, to me, in silhouette, in choices of items, all of it. One doesn’t have to be a wild-eyed Bohemian to be free;).

    Don’t get me wrong. You always looked great before, very snappy, on point. But now you look creative? If that makes sense? Which, of course, you are.

  12. It is important for natural hair to be healthy and beautiful-lucky you,your hair is gorgeous!

    I agree,white hair (or walking stick or something else like that) could feel very liberating . When you add some elements of edgy style-it is so fresh,modern,brave and,well,stylish.

    While I’ve worked,I’ve wear an uniform,usually white shacket (duh!)and skirt or white skirt,t-shirt and white coat. Nevertheless,my style (and the style of decades-see Working Girl- )was very classic, suits,both with skirt or ,later,trousers,silk shirts….My free time clothes were more casual and  they slowly melted together after retirement

    I love uniforms and feel like they are blank canvas,for my scarves,necklaces….or simply, my personality :). Too much frou-frou or uncomfortable clothes are simply not an option any more.

    I still wear fancy dresses or silk trousers ( it is more past time,in “normal  normal”) for concerts or theatre, but with something edgy, boots,f.e.

    Style and fashion are a play,no?

    So,I support all your new combinations and can’t wait to see them out and about

    Dottoressa

    1. Thanks, my friend. You are so classy and chic all the time even in your jeans. I still remember those black loafers and fishnet socks you wore the day we went shopping and for lunch. I looked and looked for similar socks when I came home.

  13. Brenda in Virginia

    After reading your comment about Tonne Goodman, I found another blog about signature style that I enjoyed.
    passagedesperles.blogspot.com/2019/05/i-want-to-dress-like-tonne-goodman.html

    Once I quit working, I, too, took a really hard look at my wardrobe. From corporate suits to a more casual style wasn’t always easy… And embracing my gray hair added yet another challenge to the mix.

    Always look forward to your blogs. Envy your exercise regime!

    1. Thank you for that link – it led me to read Duchesse’s most recent post, about the financial state of fashion, which was *fascinating.* Long story short – we’re about to see a drop in quality due to financial pressures, so buy your favorites now.

    2. Thanks, Brenda. I think that Tonne Goodman always looks fab. Just too severe for me. I also read that post on Duchesse’s blog. Really interesting with excellent advice, I thought as well.

  14. I am still deciding on the hair color change. I have not have had my hair dyed since Feb 2020 but my difference is not as total as yours. I mostly have gray in the front and my roots are basically an ashy color sprinkled with bits of gray. My colorist was dyeing my base a warmer version of my color. But I can see that clothing colors seem different now and this is hard to navigate. I think if I don’t entirely dye my hair I may do some highlights to brighten me up.

  15. I love your hair and am enjoying your style evolution. I can relate as after having my hair short since a young teen COVID has decreed that I have had to let it grow. It’s now over a year since it was cut. It’s now Bob length and curly. I find the outfit formulas I relied on no longer work. I am a head teacher in my mid 50s . It has been liberating though and I am drawn to edgy ( for me) and more relaxed styles. I am loving playing around with colour, accessories such as scarves and chunky jewellery . It’s amazing how a radical change in hair style can impact on our sense of self . I love your blog and the insight into life in Canada.
    Mary living in the west of Ireland

  16. You perfectly capture my current stage in life. You have put into words a shift I feel myself undergoing. For the record, this slightly looser, less rule bound Sue looks beautiful with a little “sass” thrown in. I ♥️ It!

  17. I can’t say that I have a fashion look. Tho I will be looking for a white easy wearing shirt, half tucked into straight jeans and loafers or sneakers. I have skinny legs with no hips, thick waist and buying jeans is torture.
    Some clothes I wear look better with a straight hair look to my waves. Ha! It’s a mystery every morning.
    I love reading your blog and admire your thought process. I wish I could do the same and have a friend like Liz!!
    The new-to-me downtown where I live has a couple Boutiques where I hope I can walk in and say dress me! 😉

  18. I’m beginning to think that our hair has more impact on our style than I realized. I kept mine short for years and fought to tame it’s natural curl. When I finally decided to let it grow a bit and embrace it’s wild, crazy curl it freed me in other ways. Now, like you, I’ll probably never be a total free spirit when it comes to fashion, but being a bit quirky is definitely on my radar. Perhaps it’s also an age thing. At 68, I don’t care as much about what other people think. Interestingly, that has freed me to be more adventurous with what I wear and now I receive compliments from people who probably didn’t even notice what I wore in the past!

  19. Pretty much the same for a long time–loose natural materials, long tunics and loose pants, sometimes leggings. Layers. A lot of basic black with pops of color. I learned early to sew and alter due to my less than 5 feet height. Never much for jeans, not even in the 60’s and 70’s. My style when younger caused my mother much dismay–she thought I needed more color, but black is my thing and has always been. Where I taught (a private prep school), it was an ok look. Same for the university where I was an adjunct. A bit of a change now retired, but really not much–just some adjustments due to weight gain and hair color. I’ve pretty much kept my hair super-short for years, despite a lot of criticism from family and friends. During the pandemic, I learned to cut a layered pixie myself. My motto with that is, “it’s hair, it grows”. I tried a more tailored look for a few years, but it just wasn’t me. Especially now that I am no longer 95 lbs., ha ha. I do try to incorporate current “trends”, but stick basically to my own signature style, with some help from my husband who is very honest about whether or not something is “me”. I’ve always worn flats except for very dressy occasions, so that didn’t really change, either. I do think the whole “let it grey” is wonderful and for many it is quite flattering. I wish mine were more white like your own, but it greyed more of a taupish color. Which is ok. I think style evolves even within the same general “signature” look as we get older and stop really caring about what other people will think. And retirement allows most people more freedom to just “be”. This post and comments were quite interesting.

    1. Yes, I agree that our style moves about within a certain framework. I have never felt like myself in flowing clothes, or long loose layers. But I’ve found that as I moved into my fifties and sixties I wore more loose styles within a tailored framework. Thanks for your comment, Janice. I find it endlessly interesting how our style changes and why.

  20. Your post really resonated with me at this time. I also recently retired and I look longingly at my suits, dresses and dress pants that I haven’t worn in months. Covid has changed so much of my lifestyle, that I remind myself to at least wear a nice sweater and pants on the weekends, even if no one sees it. I see my style definitely moving to wearing more jeans and, like you, I love wearing flat sneakers with long skirts. I love the variety of styles available in walking sneakers, not to mention the comfort! I think I do have a signature style and will still be wearing my jackets, but now with jeans. I am also focusing more on quality pieces that stand the test of time, like cashmere sweaters and silk blouses, rather than buying the new trendy shirt. We do evolve, but I also wish older women wouldn’t totally give up the fashion wagon and sink into a dowdy old lady aesthetic.

  21. Your white hair is beautiful! As a 65+ with white hair, my taste has changed from all black, white and gray to red, bright blue, etc. – all winter colors to help with the white hair. Enjoying this time of life, too.

  22. I am going through the same issues as you regarding how to dress with the new hair color. I was a brunette but decided to stop dying my hair during COVID. I am a winter with a medium skin tone and I loved wearing something white around my face. Well, now with silver hair I realize I need more contrast. If I wear white it has to be paired with black or blue. I used to wear red and royal blue very well and still do. I’m only 5’2” so I have to be careful with wider silhouettes. I never used to wear jeans but now I live in jeggings and ponte pants in winter since I retired 5 years ago. I still love black and now one of my favorite combos is white bottoms with black tops. I find it sets off my hair. Your blogs on changing styles and colors have been very helpful. Please keep them coming.

  23. Sue, I love that first picture of you in the sun with your flirty black skirt and white jacket. I do just love your hair and I’m so glad you decided to enjoy it. The possibilities it is opening up in your clothing choices (including ‘shop your own closet’, must be great fun.)

    It isn’t only your hair, it is the makeup look you are sporting. It looks tasteful and just right for you. (Okay, sometimes, with the white hair, I would like to see you add more lip color. Not outlined lips, not appliqued on color that looks contrived, but just a wee bit more.)

    I see countless posts and comments on blogs about hair, hair, hair –or about an item of clothing a woman is thinking about buying, i.e., “What do you think of this, Readers? Should I or shouldn’t I…?” Many left by women who wear absolute no makeup or so little it makes no impact. Isn’t it about the whole picture, not just the clothes or the hair?

    The question of a signature style: that was fun to think about. Ever since I was young, I have been on the lookout for quality black skirts. Often simple, well-cut slim or bias-cut ones that fit really well.

    You may already know this, but in more recent decades, clothing manufacturers have been cutting fabrics for skirts with the pattern pieces going both directions. Bad idea when light hits the garment and the difference is apparent. (Paper patterns for home sewers give an option of “nap or no nap” to determine the amount of fabric yardage to purchase. It takes more fabric to lay out the pieces going one way “with nap” as opposed to both ways.) Even Eileen Fisher skirts and the like show the problem. It shows up in pants and dresses too.

    And along the decades I have found black-based jackets and outer-wear sweaters with some color flecks so that colored tops worked well underneath. (Good for Seattle weather.)

    I bought a black wool sweater at Nordstrom that I wore for 15 years. It had loops of varied colors of yarn. I called it my “Fruit-Loop” sweater. Over the years, so many strangers commented as they smiled. I loved every minute of wearing it. It received a true Marie Kondo “thank you for your service over so many years” sad farewell to its raggedness when I assigned it to the trash before I moved to Ecuador.

    I have neutral very pale skin, and salt and pepper hair. I can wear clear, bright colors and go over the line along the continuum of cool/warm. It works as long as I don’t travel too far into plum-land or orange-land near my face. Silver and gold jewelry works and I have small-scale pieces. I have dressed every day in casual clothes for the past year (No vaccines here yet so no venturing out since fewer people wear masks) so I alternate each day between warm and cool choices to ‘play’ and that keeps me cheerful.

    Thanks for sharing your travels in your adventures of everyday living.

    1. I do struggle to feel comfortable in deeper shades of lipstick. I save them for the evening mostly, when I wear darker eye shadow and a darker lip. You are so right about the whole look, hair, make up and clothes. I think that’s why I feel odd wearing lipstick or eyeshadow when I’m going for a ski or just out walking. The face doesn’t go with the activity if I’m fully made up… if that makes sense. So I just use sunscreen, a little brow darkener, and a lip balm. No vaccinations for us yet either so we are still being very careful. And I think we will still be careful afterwards until everyone has had theirs.

      1. Not deeper shades of lipstick, just a tad more of what you wear in the daytime. I like your walking-in-winter look. It was so good to see the sun shining on you that day.

        Wouldn’t you suppose the word “Amazon” would mean lots of sun and mischievous monkeys swinging their tails to aim a coconut toward a noggin or two? Instead, here in this part of Ecuador we have months of overcast skies and temperatures that make long sleeves very comfortable. No distinct seasons to speak of but overall pleasant weather. We will get brighter days fairly soon. I do miss budding spring flowers and the show of colors in the autumn.

  24. My style hasn’t really evolved, I still wear my *uniform”. The biggest change happened 27 year ago: I shaved my head. I was a swimmer with fine baby hair which attracted and required too much attention. So one beautiful day, I thought what the hell and got rid of it. Now I’m 61 and still have a buzz cut, sometime greyish, sometime platinum when I’m too tired of that lifeless colour. Your white hair is a thing of beauty!

  25. INTERESTING………as Cindy and I ask that question in AGELESS STYLE!
    I had NEVER thought about it until I had to answer her questions for it!
    I can say now I wear only BRYN WALKER,KAFTANS and JENNAFER GRACE clothing with a few bits and bobs from others.
    I ADORED CLOTHING ALL MY LIFE AND ALWAYS WORE WHAT I THOUGHT LOOKED GOOD ON ME.
    Now at 60 I wear loads of color and long flowing dresses like JOHNNY WAS TOO!I can recall when my BOYS were small I wanted a signature look of a long skirt with a sweatshirt!With flat shoes.As a casual LOOK EVERY DAY………again I donot have snow to deal with and seldom rain!
    THAT WOULD WORK NOW But its hard to find those long skirts or it was I use to find in the consignment shops for nothing!
    I think YOU have INSPIRED ME TO DO A POST WITH THAT LOOK!
    TRA LA!
    THANK YOU!
    YOU GO GIRL WITH YOUR SOCKS!!!
    XXX

    1. Yes, I remember that now. And I had trouble answering it because my style is evolving. Think I may have said something about boots and blazers which I have been wearing since university. I love your caftans. You have to be somebody special to carry off a kaftan, I think. Dressing for winter around here is a challenge. That is if I want to wear anything but jeans and snow boots and my down jacket. 🙂

  26. Chris in Indy

    Thank you for the thought-provoking essay!

    At 62 my hair has yet to turn gray except around the temples – I’m envious of your stunning hair and charming style!

    I am set for cool weather wardrobe – my straight jeans, button front shirts and cardigans will continue to serve well. I completely dread what I see as limited options for hot weather. I’m soooo over shorts and skorts – I need to figure out how to capture your insouciance in that lovely pleated skirt! Covered up but not dowdy – thanks again for a good read!

    1. You are most welcome, Chris. I have trouble with hot weather as well. Fall and spring are my favourite seasons for fashion. Light sweaters and jackets and jeans with sneakers.

  27. Until I semi retired last year I had 3 wardrobes – corporate clothes (mainly suits) casual clothes and some going out clothes. Covid has also made the workplace much more casual here in Australia. My wardrobe has changed dramatically too, and has become more edgy. I am nearly at one interchangeable wardrobe. Yesterday I wore cargo pants, sneakers, a t shirt and an ex corporate jacket with the sleeves rolled over at the wrist, and I got compliments all day about the outfit.

  28. My personal style has changed as I aged. Since I retired from teaching I’ve moved away from “professional” to less structured, but still classic clothes. When I decided to let my hair go gray I weeded through my wardrobe; tan or pastel colours had to go. During COVID I’ve been enjoying the process of deciding what my personal style is to be as a 70-ish woman, playing with colour, scarves, leather jackets, etc.
    I really like the look that you’re adopting, Sue. With your striking white hair, you look great in black and white. the first outfit you wore, with the blue shirt, leather pants and black boots, looked fabulous.

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