Believe it or not, some still think that being a grandmother is synonymous with looking frumpy. That passing 50 or 60 means turning the style corner to dowdy and getting on the fast train to unstylish. I don’t know about you, but turning 60 wasn’t even a small speed bump for me, my desire to dress stylishly didn’t change and I don’t feel frumpy.
I have pictures of my grandmother at 60, and her style looks very different than mine. She wore her gray hair in a bun every day, with no makeup, housedresses, and clumpy looking shoes. So did all of her friends because that’s what was in style. She didn’t feel frumpy because she took time with her appearance and felt confident the way she looked.
I am a proud Granny myself. It’s important to me that I look current and wear what I feel is appropriate…for me. Does that mean I listen to rules others have made up about what I shouldn’t wear because of my age? Nope! I use my internal radar to guide me.
I’ve had a few readers comment that I’m too old to wear a particular look. My response is always, “according to whom?”. I’ve also been told the outfit I was wearing looked frumpy. I respectfully disagreed each time. I felt confident wearing those outfits, and what’s important is how I feel.
Many women our age are interested in remaining stylish and are finding advice online. Since print magazines have long abandoned our demographic, we use blogs, Pinterest, and Instagram to fill that gap. They provide style ideas, inspiration, instruction, and encouragement to keep us informed,
We need to follow our internal guidance about what feels right on us. What looks frumpy to me, may not look or feel frumpy to you. Frumpy is not always about fashion. It’s often a state of mind and a nasty feeling that robs us of our confidence.
Have you ever felt frumpy…what did you do about it?
Thanks for reading, and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.