Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy have been classic style muses for many of us. Their classic fashion choices are as popular today as they were 30 years ago. Now that I’m in my 60’s I’m reevaluating their influence on my style because…
I don’t want to look dated. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the appeal of elegant, timeless fashion that looks sophisticated but it’s beginning to feel stale on me. At 20, I wanted to look sophisticated and grown up. At 60 I’m definitely grown up and hopefully sophisticated and prefer to dress with a little more drama and creativity.
Those classic pieces are still a large part of my wardrobe and I don’t expect that to change anytime soon. What’s changed is how I put them together.
I never tire of wearing black cigarette pants or skinny jeans with a classic white shirt and ballet flats. These days I like to kick that look up a notch with bold jewelry or unique accessories to make them feel more modern. If I pair them with my classic 16″ strand of pearls I feel dowdy.
Interestingly, when I look back at images of Audrey and Jackie in their later years, their fashion looked current for today. They didn’t transition to statement necklaces and bold accessories. They remained classic to the end.
When I see a 25 or 30-year old dressed head to toe à la Audrey Hepburn, she looks fresh, modern, and a little bit sassy. At her age, she can pull off just about any look. I would look like I stepped out of a time machine…not a look I’m comfortable with.
Taking a snippet of one woman’s look and a dash of another’s is a great way to craft our unique style. Our clothes should reflect our inner self and give us the confidence to forget what we’re wearing. Style muses should inspire our creativity, not be a pattern we copy. Let intuition be your guide and dress to express yourself for the life you’re leading now.
My personal style is in transition to catch up to my lifestyle. With no need to dress up for work or business dinners out I’m trying out new looks to find what works for me now.
I’m headed to the presale at Nordstrom today to add a few new pieces to my wardrobe. I’ll be looking at classics for the long haul and unique accessories for spice.
Do you have style muses? How do they inspire you?
Thanks for reading and have a great day!