A friend unexpectedly stopped by my place this weekend (well actually they kind of invited themselves up…that’s how you know it is a very close friend) and remarked that it looked like a clothing tornado had blown through. I explained that I was going through my fall closet cleaning process…and more specifically, getting rid of some items that were too “young” for me. We got into a conversation about how as we’ve gotten older, our style taste has changed. I thought it was a very interesting discussion. Here are some of the biggest changes in my style as I’ve exited my 20’s!
1. No more bandage dresses or anything too tight. I feel so bad for Mr. Feather because whenever I drag him shopping with me, he always goes to Herve Leger and holds up suggestions. His success rate in the last 3+ years? 0%. I know that they’re a favorite with the male persuasion, but anything “bandage” or that requires me to start sucking in (you all you know what I mean) after an appetizer has gone out the door. Everything has to be comfortable, and require little thought throughout the evening. Extra points if you can get away with a regular bra (no strapless!).
2. Kitten heels forever! When I get dressed in the morning for work, so often I think to myself “this would look great with so and so pair of heels in my closet”. When I was younger, I’d trot over and fetch them and be off for the day. Now? 9/10 times I reach for a pair of my Ferragamo Vara shoes (I have three pairs now), or my Repetto kittens. Just so much more comfortable throughout the day. Oh, and if it’s going to be a really long work day…like when you have calls with Europe and Asia? Chanel or AGL flats, all the way!
3. Skincare splurging. Before when I found myself at Sephora, I could spend copious amounts of time trying on various shades of polish, lipsticks, blush, and walk out with at least one or two new colorful items. These days, I still love Sephora…but I’d much rather be spending my money on skincare. I’ve already started noticing changes in my skin..less oily, more dry patches. That, combined with all the time I’ve been spending on planes, means that the right moisturizers and serums are more important for me now than the newest shade of whatever beautiful new lipstick line is being launched.
4. Bigger jewelry. I used to love really delicate, tiny jewelry, and those pieces still have a place in my wardrobe. More and more though, I am drawn to bigger/bolder jewelry items…sometimes the really tiny pieces just seem too “young”. Maybe it’s just the beginning of my transformation into my ultimate goal of a giant ruby ring wearing dragon lady. Yes?
That reminds me…me and Mr. Feather met the most amazing couple while we were on holiday in Australia. Both husband and wife were super successful in their own industries…big careers, kids that adore them…really, our heroes! Anyway, the woman had the most amazing jewelry on – the kind of pieces you saw once in a catalog or on a model’s neck at some store reception. When I complimented her on her gold cuff, she said her husband had purchased it for her. “I have seven words of advice for him, when it comes to buying me jewelry,” she said. “If it’s not big, don’t buy it!”
How has your style changed over the years?