I believe that chic is in the eye of the beholder and we’ve earned the right to dress anyway that makes us happy, But beware…if you choose a style of dressing, because you admire it on other women, and it feels fake on you…it’s not going to make you feel very confident. Authenticity plays into your confidence in a big way. And like I’ve said, confidence is everything.
In my last post, the topic of Creative dressing came up in relation to visibility for aging women.
This is the first in a series of posts I will be doing on…
WOMEN WITH CONFIDENT STYLE
Meet my friend Elizabeth, aka La Contessa. She’s an amazingly authentic, creative dresser. She lives this style in her personality, home decor as well as her wardrobe. She wears creative mixed with sporty, feminine, elegant and dramatic…depending on her mood. Her style recipe is unique to her and a constant delight. It’s not just how she dresses, it’s her essence, and she’s the real deal.
Jennifer~ Have you always dressed this creatively?
Elizabeth~ No, my style started to gravitate to this in my thirties. As I got older my confidence grew, I cared less what people thought of how I dressed, so I began dressing to please myself.
Jennifer~Do you have a shopping strategy?
Elizabeth~ No, I buy what I like when I see it. I know I’ll find a place to wear it. When I found my full-length red opera coat, I just couldn’t pass it up. Even if I just wore it to Safeway, it needed to be mine!
Elizabeth ended up wearing this spectacular Opera Coat on the photo shoot of a lifetime. She brought her sons to Paris, to be photographed at the Louvre by Carla Coulson. She’s been having photo’s taken with her sons every year and thought this would be a fabulous final one, since they’ve grown and flown the nest.
Jennifer~How do you decide what you will wear each day?
Elizabeth~I just reach my arm into my closet and pull out what feels right for me that day. I believe we radiate confidence from the inside out when we’re well dressed. Americans have become way too casual and don’t bother to dress up anymore. I believe our good things should be used everyday. Why save it? Enjoy it!
Jennifer~ Tell me about the antique garments that you wear.
Elizabeth~ I love the history of the clothes. I collect all sorts of vintage and antique garments and accessories. I even have some Priest Robes and a Bishops Coat. I mix and match whatever feels right at the time.
Jennifer~ If you could give one piece of advice to the woman who would like to dress more creatively, what would it be?
Elizabeth~ If you love it, buy it and wear it. Don’t just save and admire it. Put it on and enjoy it.
Jennifer~ What is the one thing we would never see you wearing!
Elizabeth~ Something too young for me or Electric Blue!
Who is the Creative Dresser?
- The creative dresser is artistic and original.
- They have a “do your own thing” attitude about dressing and don’t follow rules.
- The creative dresser’s entire appearance is a mixture of anything and everything that reflects what she’s feeling.
- Accessories can be unusual, ethnic, antique and worn in unexpected places.
- The clothes are usually loose-fitting, often layered and do not define the waistline.
- They often combine multiple patterns.
The Creative Dresser is Elizabeth who writes the wonderful blog The Vintage Contessa. If you don’t already follow her blog, pop right over and sign up.
Thank you Contessa, for allowing me to share your pictures!
It’s funny but my wardrobe feels awfully boring to me right now. 🙂