Growing up, one of my heroes was my Aunt Pat. She was the Mother of three daughters, had a PhD in Literature, and was a professor at the University of Missouri. She was an inspiration to me and left this world way too soon.
One fond memory of Aunt Pat was her perspective on aging. Instead of saying someone was in their 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, etc., she would say they were in their “5th row, 6th row, or 7th row,” etc. The more I have thought about her view point over the years, and the older I become, I have to say her insight was genius.
So, two things you should know about me:
…I am in my 6th row of life…
…and I love fashion just as much now as I did in all of my former rows!
But, like a lot of things with aging, I’ve had to adjust my style…a little. So with Aunt Pat as my inspiration, this article is about how ladies (at any age) can wear the latest looks and trends. My hope is that it will inspire women to stay stylish, current, and row appropriate! Check out our Pinterest board for inspiration.
So, let’s start with a maxi or midi skirt or dress. Here’s the deal…these skirts and dresses are age defying! I’m not kidding. Every year women spend hundreds to thousands of dollars on products and procedures trying to look younger, when all they really need to do is wear a maxi or midi. Why? Because they hide so many signs of aging and give you a youthful vibe. Plus, both looks will elongate you, and who doesn’t want to look a little younger and a little taller?
Another row-defying and trendy style is wide-leg pants. I recently purchased a pair of wide-leg floral pants at Zara and wore them to a wedding shower with a green button-down blouse tied at the waist. This fall, I plan to do a little print mixing and pair them with a red and white striped shirt from H&M and top it off with a denim jacket. A pair of culottes is another way to stay in-style and not look frumpy. I love a pair of vertical stripped culottes I purchase this summer at Dillard’s. For a casual look, I like to wear them with a white button down and jean jacket, and for a dressier look, I pair them with a flowy blouse with an attached sash, and add pop of color with orange suede block heels….so “row appropriate”!
Another way to add an age defying edge to my style is with a blazer. A great place to find a current and updated blazer is at Zara (and there’s a Zara at Northpark Mall in Dallas). My uniform is a black blazer, and white shirt worn with jeans. The key is to wear your shirt half or front tucked, with or without a belt. Skinny jeans are another “row defying” look. My favorite pair of skinnies are from H&M. They are long, which works great for me, and there is a lot of give, but they do not stretch out. Unlike capris that cut you off, full length jeans will make you look taller, and slimmer. So, on the count of three….everyone say bye-bye capris!
The absolute best way to give yourself an updated look is with accessories. The way I see it, sunshades can either say, “I’m frumpy,” or “Grandma’s hip”! If you want to throw caution to the wind….go for a pair of Dior shades. Or if you are like me and tend to lose or break shades, then check out the selections at Urban Outfitters and Free People…trendy and inexpensive. Your handbag can also erase years/rows. Think about investing in a designer bag like Chloe or Gucci, but if you are frugal, just know Target and Dillard’s have great options.
Updating your jewelry is always age-defying, and you do not have to spend a lot of money. Here’s a little secret…a few of my favorite places to purchase fashion jewelry are TJ Maxx and Old Navy. And both J Crew and Anthropology have a wonderful selection of large statement pieces.
For more age-defying looks, be sure to check out my Pinterest board, Ageless Style!
Isn’t it exciting to know that no matter what “row” of life you are in, there are so many style options to choose from? The way I see it, Aunt Pat really was ahead of her time and row appropriate…of course!
Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation. Contact Holley at [email protected].
hi lolley! your article is awesome. you are a great author! i’ll keep this all in mind when i’m in my 6th row. you are an awesome fashionista!
Hi Sophie! Thanks for leaving such a nice comment on our blog. We will be sure to let your Lolley know you think she is doing a super job! And we agree she is an awesome fashionista, but it looks like you are becoming one, too!
Oh my goodness….the best compliment I’ve ever had! Thank you Sophie!!!
Hollye, this article was beautiful about Aunt Pat. She was the epitome of grace and beauty. Also, thanks for the fashion tips. Gail Wallace Greene
Gail, thank you for your kind reply. We loved featuring your Aunt Pat. What a treasure she must have been.