If you love fashion but have a conservative clothing budget,
do you feel as if you must forgo new styles and accessories? Does it take a lot
of money to look terrific or can you be frugal and still have fun?
Margaret speaks with Josephine Lawlan, fashion consultant and longtime fashion expert, as well as the owner of chicatanyage.com, a fashion website for older women, about how we can best take advantage of items we already have to create beautiful fashion statements.
Shopping Your Wardrobe
“This really is a passion of mine,” Josephine says, “I don’t
think we need to be buying new things all the time!” Josephine means what she
says; she has done a series regarding this subject on her blog and it is one of
her most popular subjects.
Josephine suggests that wardrobe items that are worth
spending money on for good quality are the basics, coats, jackets, shoes, and
pants or skirts (whichever you usually wear more of).
Pick a neutral color or two for your wardrobe basics, such
as tan and grey or navy and black, then you can have fun with inexpensive,
colorful accent pieces.
After the Basics
Bold necklaces, large earrings, and brightly colored scarves
are all accessories that bring attention up to the face. These don’t have to be
diamond studded or expensive gold items to be beautiful, either. You can find
very inexpensive items that bring fun and excitement to your outfit for just a
Hats are another item that can really pull an outfit
together and make a statement but don’t cost a great deal of money. Some women
don’t like hats and that’s fine, but if you do, you can find inexpensive hats,
especially seasonal hats, at the end of every season. Buy a few and save them
for the following year if you must!
Hats serve a double function, offering sun protection for
your face, scalp, and hair, as well as making a terrific statement about you.
Don’t be afraid to experiment and try a new hat, necklace, or earring style!
Everything Is Related
One lovely idea that Margaret and Josephine talk about is
how you should love every single thing in your wardrobe. “If you bought it and
you brought it into your home because you loved it, then it shares something in
common with everything else in your home” Josephine remarked.
Don’t think about what someone else might think about what
you are choosing to wear. If you love it, who cares what they think?! This is
one of the true pleasures of growing older. We have more freedom to please
ourselves and not worry about what others might be thinking or if we are
upsetting the corporate world.
When You Don’t Want to Spend More Money
When you just don’t have the money or you don’t want to
spend more money on clothing or accessories, turn to items you already have and
use them in new ways.
Sometimes referred to as upcycling, finding new uses for old
items is the hot new trend. Adding a bit of embroidery to the bottom of a pair
of jeans, using a decorative hair tie intended for a ponytail as a bracelet, or
allowing the lace from a camisole to peek out from under a blouse or t-shirt,
are all terrific ways you can upcycle your wardrobe items.
What You Wear Tells Everyone About You
One of the terrific things about clothing and accessory
choices is that you have the opportunity to tell people so much about you, even
if they have never met you, from one look at what you are wearing.
Wear clothing and accessories that tell the world what you
would like them to know about you! Love what you wear and find items that make
you feel good when you wear them. There is no need to purchase things you
already own; you just need to find new ways to use them!
Josephine and Margaret are such a dynamic pair of women, we
hope you watch the entire video so you can catch their vitality and excitement!
What are your favorite
ways to upcycle clothing items? Do you have other inexpensive ideas for dressing
up your wardrobe? What does your current wardrobe say about you? Let’s talk
about having fun with fashion for less! Join in the conversation!