Fifty Not Frumpy style blogger Susan Street says: “A wise woman knows how to draw attention to what she considers her best feature and away from what she isn’t fond of.” This is such an obvious statement, but is so often forgotten.
Susan has set out to invigorate 50+ women, especially those who seem to have lost their style sense as they have matured. (Although any girl at any age can benefit from her principles.) After losing 40 pounds at age 54, Susan struggled with her own style. She says, “I had to evaluate my social situation and begin buying clothes that fit my lifestyle. I think this has to be your priority. Buy things you can wear today, tonight, this weekend. And if those pieces can work together and be interchanged, that’s a big plus!”
Susan admits, “I don’t buy anything unless it goes with four other items in my closet. If it is a one-hit wonder, I pass.” Susan illustrates how to put outfits together at Polyvore/Fifty not Frumpy:
“I no longer buy anything unless it takes my breath away.” — Susan Street
Susan says, “Even if you are on a journey to lose weight, it is so important that you dress the body you have today. That doesn’t mean giving up on your goal for a great body in the future; it just means you are going to look fabulous every step the of the way. Your style should reflect your personality and the woman you are now.”
Here are a few of Susan’s style tips:
“Shoes and earrings are related. All the components of your outfit make a small statement that add up to the total look and tell your story for the day.”
Susan recommends carrying a handbag that matches your hair color. (Ditto, says Janna.)
If you dress all in black, Susan recommends adding textured fabrics and interesting statement accessories. (Notice her long, liquid-silver necklace, textured clutch, and animal print heels.)
Susan says her secret to youthfulness is laughter and confidence. “Mr. Mickey and I laugh until we have tears in our eyes.” (Find more inspiration from Susan at Fiftynotfrumpy.com.)
Susan concludes every blog post with this quote: “Thank you for joining us on this journey through midlife and beyond. The second fifty years are truly the best!”
We think so too, Susan. Thanks for reminding us.