Oh, how wonderful it is to be older and not worry about the Fashion Police any more! When I was a lot younger, I did my best to be fashionable and go with the latest trends. I lived through the time of mini-skirts, platform shoes, the Madonna look in the ’80s (in my humble opinion; worst decade EVER for fashion), Frye boots, leather jackets, colored panty hose, and so on. Those were the years I tried to please the Fashion Police and never quite felt comfortable.
What I love about this time is that anything goes fashion-wise; and I mean anything. These days I wear what works for me and to hell with what’s ‘fashionable.’ At my age comfort is king, and lah-di-dah to the current fashions.
During these hot and humid days I wear long and comfortable sleeveless dresses and sandals. Yep, I said sleeveless. My upper arms are far from toned, but as my favorite auntie used to say, ‘I’ve seen worse.’ Then there are the kimono tops; don’t I love to swan around wearing those over a tank top and jeans!
I’ve also discovered *bamboo clothing, which is heavenly to wear in hot weather. I have bamboo capris I wear in lieu of shorts (because who needs to see my knee revision scar anyway?), and they are incredibly cool and comfortable.
Even when sweating it out on our gardens, I have an outfit for that as well. It’s hardly fashion-forward, but it works for me. I pull on my oldest jean capris, so worn that they feel like silk. I worm into one of my many sports bras (or what I call “flooby booby bras”), topped with a ratty turquoise t-shirt (it’s one hole close to being a rag, but not just yet) and a bandana to keep the sweat out of my eyes.
These days, for me anyway, fashion is as fashion does. This is a great time to make our own fashion; unless you are a famous celeb with a cast of thousands keeping up your makeup, hair, clothing, shoes and handbags, you can pretty much wear whatever works for you.
If fashion makes you uncomfortable, then it’s not your fashion. As has been said many times before, let your freak flag fly!
*From Wikipedia: “Benefits of Bamboo fabric: Antibacterial – keeps you odor free and feeling and smelling fresh. Highly sweat absorbent (Pulls moisture from skin for evaporation – moisture wicking) – keeps you dry. Powerfully insulating – keeps you cooler in summer and warmer in winter.”