Use These 3 C’s of Fashion to Fight Stigmas of Age and Weight
A version of this post originally appeared on 60 & Me.
“You dress like a Grandma!” Ever heard someone being accused of that? It’s not usually said in a positive light. And if you’re a grandmother, it comes across even worse. Just because you have a few grandkids running around doesn’t mean you’ve suddenly lost your sense of fashion or deserve to be the butt of a joke.
Since when are women in their 60’s just boring old women sitting around in rocking chairs, knitting, and wearing boring clothing?
You’re a beautiful, mature woman. Embrace the endless fashion options that are open to you.
But stigmas about age can be hard to fight. It’s even more difficult if you wear plus size clothing. While some attitudes are changing for the better, too many people think of plus size women over 60 as unfashionable.
Prove them wrong! Follow these 3 C’s of fashion. And fight back against those false, negative stigmas.
As we get older our confidence in what we wear is constantly under fire. How you feel about yourself on the inside will shine through in your clothes.
So, put on that slinky black dress and remember how you rocked it in your heydays. If you feel it … others will too!
Much of our confidence comes from what we are thinking. So, what’s going through your mind as you walk in a restaurant to meet friends for a late lunch in that new tunic?
Think positive! I bet those friends are thinking… ”Where did she get that? It looks great on her!”
Or maybe it’s a bit more formal and you are hoping to dress to impress. Even the best outfit will lose its shine if on the inside you think you can’t pull it off.
Stand up, take a deep breath, and strut your stuff with an air of confidence. Others will see it and you will feel great!
One thing that will give you that extra boost of confidence is feeling good in what you put on. You should always be comfortable in what you’re wearing.
If you just can’t pull off that slinky black dress, it’s ok. Go with a more comfy flowy dress. It will show off your curves and make you feel amazing.
Avoid clothes that make you feel confined or are just a little too clingy. Don’t think you need to hide your body with your clothes. Show off your curves. Remember, confidence!
Look for clothes that bring out the positive in your figure, yet are kind to the areas that are still a work in progress.
Last and certainly not least important is color. We all have our favorite color but don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Remember, older doesn’t mean duller!
Avoid colors that make you look washed out. Go for a color that contrasts with your skin and brings out a confident glow from within.
Let’s talk about color for plus size women. The lackluster stock of many clothing stores would have you think that all you have to choose from is ugly prints, boring greys, or a depressing black.
Prove them wrong and grab something a with some pizzaz! A little sparkle or a splash of color is all you need to shake things up and create an unforgettable look.
Prove the Haters Wrong
Don’t forget the three C’s the next time you’re feeling frustrated by others’ negativity. Confidence, comfort, and color!
Don’t just stick with the norm or what you think others are expecting you to wear. Choose the outfit that exudes confidence, makes you feel great, and has a color that will help you stand out in a crowd. Break the mold of what a mature woman in her 60’s wears or what plus size clothing for women should look like. Just say no to being boxed into someone else’s stereotypes.
Use your good taste to show everyone that no matter how old you are or what size you are, you still got it!
Stephen, Your Designer
“There is an amazing feeling of artistic accomplishment when all the parts come together into one harmonious aesthetic. It's a connection with who you are and the elements you choose to express yourself visually. This is what making clothing is all about for me. It's like when a songwriter hears his first written notes from a voice or a baker who has practiced a recipe and nails it or a figure skater who exceeds her own expectations. I express my sense of art in clothing. I see things in color, shape and texture. I react to the touch of silk on my skin and my eyes are aware of how color combinations make me feel. My goal is to bring all of these intuitive notions to garments that are sized for larger women. If I can accomplish this then I have reached my goal.” – Stephen