Some Exciting News From BC Footwear!

BC Footwear is Peta Approved!Do you ever feel like you are bursting at the seams with information that you just can’t wait to share?  Well pass me that megaphone, because I’ve got some exciting news for all you vegan fashionistas out there!

Yep, you heard me correctly!  This cool, laid-back, LA based footwear company has taken the plunge into compassion-land and is now making all of their shoes with 100% animal free components and they are Peta approved.

According to the kind folks at BC Footwear, the reason why they made this awesome change is because “(w)e want to do our part to minimize the suffering of animals.”  How awesome is that!?  I told you it was some exciting news!

I was fortunate enough to receive two pairs of BC Footwear booties to test out and let me tell you…I was impressed.  When I pulled each pair out of their respective boxes, the first thing that I was struck by was the quality of these shoes.  There was no strange chemical smell that can sometimes accompany man-made leather.  Not only were both of these pairs of shoes super cute, they were both beautifully made from high-end, quality materials.

Ok, enough chit chat, let’s get to the shoes…shall we?!

This ankle boot is made gorgeous vegan leather with a cool angular flap detail, subtle topstitching, a peep toe and a 3.25″ stacked heel.  I got the grey which is more of a vegan suede that is so incredibly soft.  I styled these booties with a pair of cropped, distressed girlfriend jeans and they were just perfect.  The best part about them is that they are really comfortable!  All of BC Footwear’s shoes are made with high performance Ortholite insoles so they are cute and comfortable!  I wore this pair for a night out with friends and found that not only were they easy to walk in, the material was also very breathable, which is awesome because who wants sweaty feat…am I right?

Available in three colors; grey, black and tan, these are the perfect booties as we start to transition into the cooler months.

BC Footwear Scale Ankle Boot in Grey
BC Footwear Scale Ankle Boot in Black
BC Footwear Scale Ankle Boot in Tan

This sleek ankle boot is made with a vegan fabric that is super soft with a bit of stretch that snugs your ankle in all the right places.  With at 3″ stacked heel, these booties can be worn with jeans or dressed up with a dress or skirt.  I got these in dark taupe which is such a great neutral and I paired them with a casual denim skirt and t-shirt for the perfect weekend, running around town outfit.  These booties were really comfortable to walk around in and the stretch fabric made the fit around my ankle just right, no sagging or bagging!  The Ringmaster Ankle Boot comes in three colors; taupe, black and black exotic.

BC Footwear Ringmaster Ankle Boot in Taupe
BC Footwear Ringmaster Ankle Boot in Black Exotic
BC Footwear Ringmaster Ankle Boot in Black

BC Footwear doesn’t just make booties, they have a lot of other styles of shoes from sandals to heels to flats.  Lots of fashionable choices for every season.

So go on tell your family and your friends…heck, even tell strangers the great news… BC Footwear has high quality, fashionable footwear that is now 100% vegan!!  Go check them out!

 


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Art for the Environment – Transformative Encounters

 – Kirksey, Eben. 2015. ‘Multispecies Intra-Actions'. Antennae, Issue 32:5.

In 2022 I was invited as Guest Curator at LABVERDE Speculative Ecologies residency in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. The experience has been one of transformation and re-attunement.  

With a full embodiment in the weather as a total experience, to quote feminist cultural theorist Astrida Neimanis, the whole sensorial functions become attuned to the environment. We become immersed. “To breathe means to be immersed in a medium that penetrates us with the same intensity as we penetrate it”, writes philosopher Emanuele Coccia. Thus, it is by being immersed that we learn to look otherwise, to hear otherwise and to feel affect(ed) otherwise. 

What does it mean to be and practice as part of an environment which is in constant flux, where changes and transformation are activated by living forms that are inside us and outside us? Being immersed requires a new relational perspective, where humans, animals, insects, plants, water, weather become a multiplicity of possibilities, agents for change and transformation of the environment we share, we care for, and we are response-able to.  

Being immersed is the shared experience of all the artists from the Art for the Environment (AER) exhibition. Supported by the AER international residency programme at the UAL, they had the opportunity to research and practice while been immersed in the Amazon rainforest, in the Norfolk cost, in the desert Almeria region in Spain, in the Pre-Alps valleys in Italy and in the French countryside. They have been part of balanced ecosystems (although dangerously reaching the tipping point), incredibly diverse, multi-species, complex, and yet affective systems of cohabitation, co-operation, and intra-action, always in movement, always in process. 

The term ‘intra-actions’ was first coined in 1996 by American feminist theorist Karen Barad and has been widely used since, for it offers a way to escape a subject/object dualism and hierarchical perspective on human interaction with all other forms of life.  

The art projects developed during the AER residencies are generated in a process of multispecies collaboration, negotiation, and appreciation. Collaborations are never enforced, while all beings act as agents of change in an artistic process, opening up new possibilities, transforming relations and conditions (in) which we all live.  

 

Visit the Art for the Environment exhibition at GroundWork Gallery, Norfolk, from 16 March – 8 June 2024. All the works are realised with support from UAL's Art for the Environment Residency Programme.


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Cozy Neutral Tones for Dressember

Sustainable, Wool Heart Handwarmers | Mulxiply (c/o Bonjoy Box)

Made in Nepal by an artisan group, you just heat these babies up in the microwave and they warm up your fingers in the winter or belly when you have cramps! This is a perfect way to decrease waste while supporting artisans.

Long Haired Alpaca Pullover | A Different Fur (out of business)

Artisan-made in Peru

Artisan-made in Peru. Dyed using sustainable coloring

Convertible Maxi Dress | Seamly (c/o Fashion Revolution)

Made from waste fabric, polyester, made in the USA

Wool Crochet Handwarmers | Anthropologie

Handmade by an artisan group in Nepal. Although, being sold by Anthropologie, I doubt the artisans earned a living wage. I have seen the prices they pay to artisan groups/NGOs working with artisans when they purchase in high volume. But, I suppose this is better than not supporting artisans.)

 Black Suede Ankle Boots | hand-me-down 

Why waste and create more pollution, when you can pass something along?

2 PomPom Beanie | Free People

(not ethical; not sure why they are called “free people”)

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As we are coming to the end of this year and Dressember (which I joined late), I want to thank everyone who participated and made a donation to help bring an end to human trafficking! Click here if you are still interested in making any donation amount.

As the year comes to an end, I also want to thank you all for being alive and for caring about people and the planet through consumption. This sacrifice of managing money, subduing shopping urges, going against the hobby of shopping and taking time to investigate products, the people who make them and the environmental impacts of these processes is something I truly respect. It does take time. It does make a difference not only for the environment but for traditions of hand-made products (being the volunteer director of an eco artisan group, I see this first hand). If we do nothing, nothing changes. We each have our own calling in life, which may be different, however, conscious consumption on any scale is something we can all participate in.

MOREOVER, and not fully related… goodness gracious, I began this blog in 2012… way before “beyoutiful” was a thing. Back then, people would ask me how to pronounce my blog’s name. Now every sister and her mother has “beYou” written on something, lol. Over the years, this blog has gone from an online diary of random fashion and advocacy things I was involved in, to a travel blog, to a way to receive free clothes, to an ethical fashion and faith blog. I also made a sacrifice to keep this blog running, saying no to joining my college rowing team to compete nationally(not fun). In the end, this blog greatly informed my choice to study international trade and how it impacts developing countries in graduate school which I was fully funded to do. Then God used that to bring me where I am in life, reaching out to girls and women to help them see how beautiful and loved they are in Christ. WOWWWW! So much! >.<

Thanks to those who have come along for the long-term blog ride: Jas (who you may have seen loads on my blog as a model and photographer), Erin (her blog is now on IG) and Safra of Tea n’ Honey !

To all those reading this, may God grant you peace, safety and hope this coming year. May we all become people focused on loving God and one another, instead of criticising and picking fights. May we all become more humble in our words and actions. May the Lord Jesus touch each of our hearts to know Him and be fulfilled, using our talents to bring glory to the lord. That is the purpose of life. 🙂

Amen!

God bless,
 Christine




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Back for good – end of the summer break

Okay, I’m done. The blogging break lasted a little longer than expected and I think it’s been the longest time without blogging for me since I started at least almost five years ago. I don’t have an excuse and I also don’t feel like making one up because I’ve always been blogging because I wanted to not because I had to. As a grown up you can’t often afford to do nothing when you feel like it, so I took the chance 😉

Call me a bad blogger but I haven’t prepared any big projects for you. Actually I haven’t done anything in the meantime (okay, there’s been a couple of things, see below) except what I wanted to. Like following my inner wish to start watercolor painting one afternoon which resulted in a three-hour-session of paining skies on my balcony. The result hangs above my desk now – even if this little practice hasn’t turned me into an artist.

What I’m trying to say – in a little confusing way – is that I’ve taken some time off for me. And it felt pretty good. My everyday life is, I guess just like yours, packed with to-do-lists and „You have as many hours in a day as Beyoncé!“-memes that end with me staring at a blank screen with the feeling that everybody else managed to do more in the same time. It happens pretty quickly that I get stuck in the perfection trap and forget to draw a line between what I feel is right and what everybody else wants.

During my vacation I found the carelessness to recognize that nobody else but me can decide how much sleep I need, how many hours in a day I can work concentrated or how many blog posts I should publish in a week. Not even Beyoncé. So why should I compare myself to others?

That’s all about my personal vacation epiphany. To get you up-to-date, you can find some highlights of my last five weeks below:

 

New Flat

We moved! The chaos is slightly going away and everything is finding its place in the new apartment. We’ve decided to not move into a bigger but a smaller apartment and have sized down from 54m² to 45m². I’m pretty happy with this decision because the smaller apartment includes a balcony (finally!!!). We’ve turned it into our dining room because we still don’t have a proper kitchen table – I don’t mind as I’m eager to take in every ray of sun I can get in this not so nice German summer.

 

Mini vacation on the camping site

“Me camping? Never ever!” – Me a few months ago. Now I can’t wait to go back to the little camping site we spent our vacation at. Thanks to the lack of sight seeing opportunities (if you don’t count a paddle tour and a walk to the village) we just read and hung out all day. On top of that I also recognized that you don’t need a five star hotel to relax, real luxury is to have nothing on your agenda. I resolved to go more on vacation nearby – it isn’t only less expensive (the train ride cost only 10 €) but also lowers one’s personal carbon footprint. This might not be a revolutionary insight but sustainable traveling is one of the areas where I could do better.

 

Channelling my inner craftswoman

Maybe you’ve seen in my Instastory that I’ve been thinking about one topic a lot because of our move: Men build, women cook – to say it the flat way. It’s the same for my boyfriend and me: While I’m responsible for all the female responsibilities, he’s doing the hammering and building. Luckily I didn’t want to wait with our new balcony bench when he was away for a couple of days and so I planned everything on my own, went to the supply store and build the whole thing from scratch. And it worked! (The next project will be to make something to put the bench on ;))

 

My coding journey

Talking of male and female stereotypes: I’ve started coding some months ago and think it’s a super interesting area. I started a ten week coding course in frontend development in May and finished it during my vacation. I’m pretty proud of myself I can tell you!

 

I’ll start posting again within the next few days. Until that: Enjoy the late summer days 🙂




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Top 10 Reasons Why Fast Fashion Is So Cheap

Do you still have fast fashion garments in your closet? I know, it can be very hard to escape the temptation because it’s conviennent, fun and cheap. Yes, the price is one of the most important factors that influences our buying decision. But maybe understanding why fast fashion is so cheap will help you to make better choices. 

Clothing labels give us insights on the fabric, the washing instructions and where the garment was made: Turkey, China or Bangladesh. But they don’t tell us exactly where and how the garment was manufactured which would give us more insights as to why the garment is so cheap. 

Since the Rana Plaza Factory in India collapsed in 2013, many realized how bad the conditions in the clothing industry had become. But in 2022, fast fashion is still popular and it is expected to grow from $68.6 million in 2020 to $211.9 million in 2030.

One reason for the popularity of cheaply produced fashion is the lack of awareness of the daily problems of the fast fashion industry. When we take the time to understand the mechanism behind the industry, we can see that it comes at a high cost for the planet, animals and people.

$5 for a shirt and $12 for a dress seems like a dream for many when they look at the price tags of a fast fashion retailer. But how is it possible that clothing equals the prices of for example, a burger? (Well, currently in spring of 2022 the world is facing a crisis of inflation but you know what I try to say here.)

Despite all of its popularity and challenges, here are the top 10 reasons why fast fashion is so cheap.

1. Fashion production is outsourced to cheap workforce


It’s widely known that fast fashion companies outsource their production to emerging and developing countries like Bangladesh, India, China and Indonesia because of its cheap workforce.

Bangladesh, as one of the cheapest places for fashion production, has a legal minimum wage for garment workers of 8,000 taka (about $94) a month. That is more than half under the estimated living wage of $189, which would provide a family with necessities like food, shelter, and education.


2. Fast Fashion companies follow the volume-based business model

Fast fashion brands place orders of high quantities of garments to their manufacturer which reduces the price per item.

This also means that the fabric and accessories (like zippers, buttons) can be ordered in bulk, reducing the cost per garment even more. 

Do you know how many fast fashion garments are made yearly? In 2018, Zara alone, one of the world’s largest fast fashion companies, produced and sold more than 450 million products.

 

3. The fabric is low quality and cheap

Synthetic fibers (e.g. Acrylic, Nylon, Spandex and Acetate) are cheaper than natural fibers (e.g. Cotton, Wool…) because they can be produced efficiently in large quantities from cheap raw materials. In general, Polyester is the cheapest fabric on the market, followed by cotton. 

‘63% of textile fibers are derived from petrochemicals.’ (Journal of Cleaner Production, 2018) The production of these synthetic fabrics comes with a high pollution of the environment, making recycled synthetic fibers the better alternative. Yet, recycled Polyester turns out to be more expensive than cotton. 

 

4. Garment workers get paid per piece not per hour

Fast fashion production and bad labor conditions don’t only exist overseas but also right here in the USA. L.A. is actually the nation’s garment production capital. 

L.A. garment workers get paid a piece rate of between 2-6 cents per piece instead of a minimum wage. ‘Most garment workers work 60-70 hour weeks with a take home pay of about $300 dollars.

This system also puts garment workers at risk of not earning any money if their garments don’t pass the quality control. 

 

5. Garments are kept simple

When I say that garments are kept simple, I refer to the difficulty of its design.

If a garment is more complex and has twists, knots and many details, it takes more time to develop a tech pack and pattern for it. A tech pack is a CAD file that illustrates next to the silhouette all important information for manufacturing like fabric type, color, special trims, closure options or other garment specific information.

Fast fashion garments are mostly not made out of more than one or two different fabrics. Inner lining is only attached when absolutely necessary like for chiffon or mesh embroidery. Special stitching, embroidery or pleating are for example more time consuming techniques and usually you don’t find more than two of these craftsmanships in one garment.

Each additional unique feature or design costs more time and money to develop and manufacture so it’s therefore kept to a minimum. For the same reason, fast fashion retailers like to reuse patterns and remake the same outfits with different prints.

 

6. Fabric for garments is cut in large numbers

Fast fashion is defined as mass-productions made quickly. This means that fabric cutters cut hundreds of yards of fabric for one outfit style at the same time with a cutting machine.

If you try on for example a dress in a medium size and it doesn’t fit well, it’s worth trying on several more medium size versions of this dress.

The differences in an outfit with the same size lies in the fabric cutting method. The lower layers of fabric aren’t cut as exact, causing inaccuracies in the silhouette.

 

7. Consumers demand cheap and trendy clothes

With all the inexpensive products around us, not only in fashion but other industries like food, our brain has been trained to think that paying more is a rip off.

94% of online shoppers are willing to spend time in order to find the lowest price before buying as a study by the e-tailing group found out. 

For many, buying fast fashion is an addiction because it gives us a fast satisfaction. Furthermore, because it is so inexpensive, we don’t even have to feel guilty about purchasing it more often.

But we do know today that the true cost isn’t the one on the price tag.

 

8. There are no contracts between fast fashion retailers and manufacturers

Fashion retailers work with manufacturers that offer the cheapest price without having long-term binding contracts. This has a couple benefits to the fashion company that often works with up to 3,000 suppliers. On the one hand, the manufacturer has to offer lower prices to stay competitive. On the other hand, if a scandal from one of the manufacturers arises like child labor, the fashion company can suspend work with that supplier right a way. Without these long-term binding contracts, there is unfortunately, very little control and no improvement of the working conditions. (Book: Fashion Circus #1; Dress me up in green)

 

9. Bad working conditions for garment and textile workers

Garment workers overseas and in sweatshops in America not only don’t get paid a living wage but work in bad conditions. ‘Workers are not paid overtime and toil in unsafe, cramped, dirty, and poorly ventilated factories.’ according to the Garment Worker Center in L.A.

In order to keep the prices low, they can’t afford to renovate buildings and create safe work spaces which often causes fires, diseases and injuries. The most well-known is the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh in 2013 that killed more than 1,000 garment workers.

In addition, textile and garment workers breathe in toxic substances or fiber dust. Polyester textiles for example rely on the use of heavy metals, like antimony which can cause respiratory issues and may even cause cancer. (National Institutes of Health)

 

10. Designs are copied 

It’s no secret that fast fashion retailers copy prints or entire outfits straight from runway shows of luxury brands. Unfortunately, also small fashion brands and Independent Fashion Designers are likely to be copied.

It is obviously cheaper and more lucrative to copy designs than investing the time to come up with innovative ideas. And it’s not even illegal because in the USA clothing designs are not protected under American copyright law


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What I’m Packing For My Girls


Traveling to Italy in the summer with our girls means thoughtful planning to ensure their comfort and fun throughout the trip. I’ve packed plenty of lightweight dresses, tops, and bottoms, along with comfortable footwear perfect for playing and exploring. To keep them entertained, we always have a backpack for each girl filled with books, games, toys, and headphones. I’ve found that a little pre-planning goes a long ways in making our adventures more enjoyable for the whole family!

A charming gingham pattern with a comfortable smocked bodice make this dress a perfect blend of style and ease for your little one’s Italian adventures.

These striped sneakers for littles offer a blend of retro style and modern comfort, providing sturdy and stylish footwear for all-day activities that are versatile enough to pair with dresses, shorts, and skirts.

A classic silhouette, navy striped trim, and lightweight, breathable fabric, making this linen top an ideal choice for stylish yet comfortable outfits, whether worn separate or paired with the matching skirt.




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A NEW YORK CITY MOMENT

Thank you to Saks Fifth Avenue for sponsoring this post

Top: A.L.C // Skirt: A.L.C. // Shoes: Bernardo // Bag: The Attico


Hello from NYC! It feels so great to be back in the city. I first saw this set when it first dropped on Saks.com and I knew I needed it in my closet. It pairs amazingly well back to anything raffia (like these platforms) and a POP of color. This week I decided to mix it up and pair it with these sandals and this bag for an anything-but-boring brown and turquoise combo.

While I always love the Saks Fifth Avenue selection, this month in particular there are so many drool worthy pieces. I am highlighting a few below. So far I have picked this top, these pants, and this shirt that I couldn’t stop thinking about. Also don’t forget you can always view my favorites on Saks.com with this link!


A CHIC STRIPE SET

I just bought this top and this pant and can’t wait to style them for summer. This set is the perfect example of how something can be unbelievably comfortable and chic all at once. This set would look awesome with these sandals or these fun flats. Also if you love this khaki and white stripe check out this mini dress here.


BACK IN STOCK

These glasses just keep selling out! They are finally back, but likely won’t be around for long. I bought them in the tort, but may go back for the ivory option as well!


A MUST HAVE MINI

Acler is one of my favorite brands, so it is no surprise that I simply adore this mini dress. I think it would look darling with these earrings and these sandals for a summer date night.


CHARMED

I have been on a jewelry stacking kick and thought this necklace could add a bit of whimsy to my current line up!


THE PERFECT SUMMER CLUTCH

Staud has done it again! This clutch rings in at under $400 and is the perfect colorful summer piece. I would wear it with this dress!


SKY HIGH HEELS

I bought my Prada satin platforms last year and they have been one of my most worn shoes in my closet. I am drooling over this new metallic color sku for summer.


SCALLOPS FOR A STEAL

At under $125 this dress looks way more expensive than its price ticket. It is a super easy piece to dress up with these heels or dress down with these sneakers.


EVERYDAY FLATS

My Ferragamo flats are some of the most comfortable shoes that I own. I love this updated version in denim and khaki. Perfect for my upcoming summer travels!


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Rihanna Stepped Out in New York in a Brown Vintage John Galliano Mink coat with a Vintage 2001 Louis Vuitton X Stephen Sprouse Handbag

The vintage queen herself Rihanna stepped out Saturday in New York rocking her natural strands after she announced the launch of ‘Fenty’ hair coming out tomorrow, June 13th.

In an instagram promo video posted to the “Pour it Up’ singer page, she shared the following,

“A new family is moving in! @fentyhair is pullin up and it’s time to finally have the hair experience you’ve been waiting for. You know how much switching my hair up matters to me,” expressed Rihanna. “I’ve had almost every texture, color, length, from weaves to braids to natural- so I am launching a flexible line of products for not only every hair want, but every single product is designed to strengthen and repair all types of hair, which is what we truly need! It’s time to play and get stronger by the style.”

The business mogul, who we usually see with a honey blonde weave or her infamous braided doobie wrap, showcased a curly pixie hair cut in a brown vintage John Galliano mink coat.

As of late, we have been seeing Rihanna opting for loose silhouette garments that may have some of you questioning if she’s hiding something. She paired her mink coat with a muted grey scoop neck cami, and black sweatpants.

Her Louis Vuitton X Stephen Sprouse handbag featured a graffiti print with silver hardware. The bag is actually from the Spring/Summer 2001 collection by Marc Jacobs during his tenure at LV.

Jacobs and Sprouse were the perfect dynamic duo, and their monogram graffiti designs were an instant hit. Following the death of Sprouse in 2004, Marc Jacobs dedicated the 2009 LV ‘Rose Collection’ to Sprouse based on a rose sketch from the American fashion designer and artist which also proved to be a success.

We love that Rihanna is confidently embracing her natural beauty. We can’t wait for ‘Fenty’ hair to come out tomorrow and if the quality is anything like ‘Fenty’ beauty, then we are certainly in for a treat!

What say you? Hot! or Hmm…?

Photo Credit: @Backgrid



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Styling a classic striped button-down shirt! – Sincerely Jules

On days when I’m running late and need a quick and stylish outfit, I rely on two essential pieces: a button-down shirt and a pair of jeans. These timeless items will have you ready to go in no time.

Choose your footwear wisely, depending on the season. During warmer months, go for ballet flats or sandals. Add a touch of elegance with some jewelry, like a bold gold link necklace that effortlessly complements your button-down shirt. Lastly, grab a tote bag to carry all your essentials before you head out.

xx Jules

I’M WEARING:

THE FRANKIE SHOP Shirt

Similar AGOLDE Jeans

Similar CELINE Bag

MIU MIU Flats


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10 style tips for women over 50

Style is a way to visually communicate to the world (and ourselves) who we are on any given day. And as such, style has no age limit. We may each have our own version of what’s “stylish,” but we can continue to develop and evolve our personal style over time. Today I’m sharing my top style tips for women over 50.

Showing up for ourselves

When we are dressed in a way that aligns our inner and outer selves, we will feel more positive and confident. Getting dressed then becomes a form of self-respect and self-care. And when we demonstrate confidence and self-respect, it’s reflected back to us.

But I believe a lot women our age struggle with feeling stylish. Our bodies may change as we go through menopause. We may have grown up with a long list of style rules that are hard to shake, and can feel limiting. Or maybe the latest TikTok-er telling us we should or shouldn’t wear throws us into a spasm of self-doubt. I’m not here to give you more rules, just some tips and guidelines to help you find your own best look, at any age.

Top 10 Style Tips for Women Over 50

Style isn’t a function of age, or body shape, or budget. Here are some tips to help you find confidence-boosting style, no matter where you are in your style journey.

How often have we heard, “women over 50 should avoid anything trendy”? I disagree, as long as we approach trends with a discriminating eye.

“Trends” are no longer the dictates they once were, and are at once both more ephemeral and longer-lived than at any time I can remember. And some styles that started out as trends are now considered classic. I look at trends as opportunities. First, they can be an opportunity to find a better selection of colors or styles you’d want to wear anyway. (Hello, low-heeled slingbacks!) And they can be an opportunity to try something new that freshens your wardrobe, and adds a note of currency to your style.

But what they aren’t is mandatory. Personal style > trends any day. If a trend speaks to you, go ahead and give it a whirl. Otherwise, give it a pass.

2. Color matters

Wearing colors that are in harmony with your own coloring will make you look more vibrant, energized, rested, alert, competent, and friendly. Colors that are not in harmony will make you look tired, dull, unwell, faded, and even sometimes a little grouchy.

No, I’m not saying you need to dress like a box of Crayolas, but even the right neutrals can make a big difference. If you’re unsure of your best colors, a Personal Color Analysis is a worthwhile investment. If that’s not do-able, play around with different colors in front of a mirror in natural light. Look at the changes in your skin with different colors, to see which make you glow.

3. Have a few go-to outfit formulas

Susn B. mirror selfies in 3 different outfit formulas: jeans + sweater, column of color, relaxed trousers + cropped blazer.Susn B. mirror selfies in 3 different outfit formulas: jeans + sweater, column of color, relaxed trousers + cropped blazer.

Getting dressed dressed every morning shouldn’t feel like solving a quadratic equation. Having a few easy combos in your back pocket goes a long way toward avoiding those “nothing to wear” days. Whether it’s jeans+top+blazer or dress+accessories, or something else entirely, a formula can be the starting point for effortless outfits.

I’ll drop this here too: don’t feel you have to look completely different every day. It’s OK to repeat outfits. The Fashion Police are not going to issue you a ticket. (And accessories can be key to creating variety, see #7 below.)

4. Quality over quantity

Buy the best quality you can afford. I’m not suggesting you need to buy designer labels, or spend amounts that keep you awake at night. But poorly-made clothing in dishraggy fabrics will wear out faster and look tired and sad, which can drag our whole look down. Better quality clothing will not only last longer, but will often hang better on the body, and incorporate subtle but interesting details that elevate the outfit.

Buy less, choose well, make it last.

Dame Vivienne Westwood

Scrunch the fabric in your hand…does it feel flimsy or more substantial? Look at the fabric composition. How are the seams and buttonholes finished? Are patterns matched at the seams? Take time to acquaint yourself with brands that produce higher quality clothing and accessories.

Yes, I hear you, it CAN be much harder to find quality clothing at your price point these days. If your budget is very tight, you can always search for those quality-delivering brands on resale sites like ThredUp or Poshmark. And Eileen Fisher has their Renew program.

(And let’s not forget the human and environmental component of cheap fashion. If a pair of jeans costs $20 new, the person making them was probably paid pennies a day. Tee shirts that wear out after 1 or 2 washes will end up in a landfill.)

5. De-tox your closet

A closet that’s stuffed to the gills will make it harder to get dressed every day. It not only feels overwhelming and anxiety-making, but you won’t be able to SEE what you have. So you may end up re-buying similar items over and over. (And tightly packed clothes can be a haven for moths.) I like to go through my closet at the end of each season, clear out (if needed) and reorganize. If your closet feels overwhelming, I’ve shared some tips to tackle it here: Closet cleanse 101: the ultimate wardrobe detox guide

Keep reading for more style tips for women over 50… 👇

6. Shop for building blocks, not outfits

A cohesive wardrobe, with pieces that can be worn in multiple combinations, will help you create a consistent personal look, and do more with less. Rather than shopping for “outfits,” think about your style formula(s) (see #3 above) and what components will add value to what you already have. (Not monetary value, but expanded styling options.)

Shopping for an “outfit” can often result in one or more pieces that are specific only to that outfit, and don’t work with anything else. So you end up with a bunch of closet orphans.

If you’re refreshing or rebuilding your wardrobe, focus first on basics (whatever those are for you). They’re the foundation of your style and the starting point for your day-to-day outfits.

7. Leverage the power of accessories

Accessories can be the style “secret sauce” that adds personality, and makes even simple outfits look more pulled-together and intentional. A switch of accessories can make an outfit more or less formal, or seasonally appropriate.

8. Pay attention to fit

This is one of the most-overlooked style tips I see on women over 50. I’m not saying that everything has to be tailored to within an inch of its life. But clothing that fits properly goes a long way toward elevating our style.

While including pieces with a relaxed fit can look more current, a head-to-toe look that’s baggy or oversized can look sloppy, and as though we’ve given up. On the other hand, clothing that’s too tight, pulls, or bunches up where it shouldn’t will look cheap.

I like to balance proportions by styling a more relaxed item with a more fitted or structured one. And sometimes a simple tweak such as changing a hem by 1″ or nipping in a waistband, or even just rolling or pushing up sleeves, can make all the difference in how something fits and looks.

9. But don’t sacrifice comfort

It’s hard to feel or look our best when we’re not physically comfortable. While we all have different tolerances, in general it’s best to avoid anything that binds, bunches, itches, rides up, needs constant adjusting, is too warm or too cool.

Look for fabrics that breathe and in cuts that allow you to move about your day without encumbrance. Don’t settle for shoes that hurt your feet. (With so many comfortable styles like sneakers and flats in fashion today, you’ll have lots of options.) Avoid bags that are so heavy they cause neck and shoulder pain. (Hooray for crossbody styles!)

Honor your body by dressing for the size and shape you are now.

10. Make it personal

The “best” style comes from the inside out. We are all complex beings, and trying to fit any narrow definition, whether defined by age, body type, the latest viral trend (e.g. “Mob Wife” or “Cottagecore”) will leave us feeling flat. When we have that feeling of wearing “someone else’s clothes,” it undermines our sense of self.

But when what you wear feels aligned with who you are, it’s like a piece snapping into place. I think when people talk about “effortless style,” this is really the underlying feeling they’re aiming for. But it can take some work to get there. 😉

Whether you start with a 3 word formula, your Style Personality Profile, or a moodboard or other visual tool, it may take some trial and error to find that “click.” As women over 50, we’ve learned to trust our gut in many areas of our lives, and style is no different. Start with an idea, try it, then do a gut-check. And don’t be afraid to switch things up now and then to keep that alignment.

Style can be a way of showing up for ourselves in a world that may often treat us as though we’re invisible. So yes, style still matters over 50, over 60, 70, and beyond.

If you enjoyed these style tips for women over 50, you’ll find more in The Style Hub!

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