Today I’m wrapping up my series on how older women can remain visible. All too often we are overlooked and feel invisible so let’s look at some ways to combat that.
There’s no doubt, some older women feel like they’re wearing a cloak of invisibility. The reasons vary and while some women enjoy the freedom that gives them, many do not. I started discussing this topic here in part 1. Then here in part 2 , I discussed some ways women are ineffectively dressing to regain their visibility.
Ways to Combat Invisibility
- Appearance and polishing your personal style is crucial… because frumpiness is the fast track to invisibility.
- Being informed about current events and able to intelligently join conversations increases your visibility
- Staying physically active and fit as possible will boost confidence which helps us feel and look more vibrant.
Related –Seven Ways To Look Less Frumpy
Small details make a difference. Paying attention to personal grooming is a matter of personal respect but also contributes to your visibility. Visible roots, wrinkled clothes, stained or otherwise messy garments don’t keep us visible.
I’m persnickety about how I look when I leave the house. I always apply a small amount of makeup…lipstick, mascara, and eyebrow pencil (mandatory). My clothes are clean, unwrinkled and presentable. Now if the house is on fire, all bets are off…I grab a hat, sunglasses, purse and my little dog Lucy on the way out 🙂 If it’s only smoldering in a back room, I would also grab a long raincoat, scarf and my jewelry box. Weird, but that’s me.
We all have a unique combination of styles, that make up our personal style. Adding drama to your style recipe makes you stand out and be more visible.
I like a mix of classic, elegant, sporty, creative, and dramatic. Each outfit I put together highlights different aspects of my personality and how I feel that day.
The dramatic dresser projects a sophisticated and confident image. It’s strong and conveys assurance. Bold, often exaggerated in line and/or color it stands out in a crowd. It’s not for the faint of heart… because it makes people notice you. Because of its striking appearance, it empowers women. It can be edgy or severe, but it’s seldom overlooked. I love it!!
Here are some characteristics of dramatic dressing:
- The clothes are geometric, often with sharp angles.
- Black and white are popular neutrals, worn alone or mixed with a bold color.
- Fabrics are usually firm and hold their shape.
- Patterns are seldom worn.
- Jackets and coats are structured with sharp edges and straight lines.
- Clothes have minimal details and are sleek
- The silhouette is semi-fitted with a slightly defined waist.
- Hats are a favorite accessory because they add instant drama.
- There is usually 1 striking accessory and it is over-sized.
- Hair is sleek, sculpted and worn in a precision cut.
You needn’t use all of these to pull off a dramatic look so pick and choose what appeals to you. Mix it with other styles to produce your personal style recipe.
Aging is a privilege, fading away is a choice. I’m choosing to remain visible, are you?