I miss being inspired by fashion magazines, which makes me ask:
Are fashion magazines dying out for women over 40?
I remember as a teenager, being so excited when my mother’s monthly issues of Harpers Bazaar and Vogue arrived in the mail.
Oh, those gorgeous women, perfect makeup, hair, and clothes. Classy, stylish, and oh so inspiring.
When it was time for me to grow and dress up, I couldn’t afford those clothes, yet I was inspired to create outfits using clothes that were in my budget.
Fast forward to today and being easily inspired is not so easy, and it’s no wonder woman, especially those who follow and/or hire me, are searching for flattering and wearable fashion for women over 40.
So listen, I’m not trying to further depress you, and maybe I’m pointing out the obvious, but unless you’re totally into expensive labels and outfits that will turn heads 360 degrees, you can no longer strictly rely on fashion magazines to get your wardrobe styling creative juices flowing.
Note: Often high fashion outfits are now styled to be artistic but that does nothing for those of us who have to figure out what to wear to have dinner with friends, meet a client or give a presentation.
Oh, and don’t get me started on how some store windows. The one above can make you want to run in the other direction.
All of this doesn’t mean it’s time to throw in the towel, and keep wearing the same things or stop trying to step up your wardrobe and self-confidence. It just means you need to look elsewhere for ideas.
One suggestion is to take a look at the store and online clothing catalogs for more wearable and practical outfit ideas.
It’s always a good idea to try different labels and sizes to see how they fit your current shape and size.
Listen, the labels I wore in my 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, etc. don’t fit me as well as they used to. One of us has changed, and I think it was me. Experience has taught me that I’m not the only one.
Below are a few of my favorite catalogs for you to look at for relatable and realistic styling inspiration and real-life outfit ideas and you can buy similar looks on any budget at different stores,
Pssst…Overheard In The Dressing Room
“I just don’t want to look like a school teacher”.
That’s what a new client told me during our first phone call.
That funny line told me so much about what she wanted and needed from her styling consultation with me.
How would you tell me what you needed and wanted to stop your stressing about dressing?
Let me know your answer via email.