As women past fifty, we’ve faced our share of challenges. Not the least of these is determining how to clothe an aging body and do so in a way that makes us feel and look our best. I recently interviewed Kim Johnson Gross about her latest book, What to Wear for the Rest of Your Life: Ageless Secrets of Style and came away with a renewed sense of hope. Although the number of my own body parts requiring some form of camouflage is growing more rapidly than I care to contemplate, there are definite techniques that will help me feel great. And Kim, after all, is the master of ageless style.
A former model and fashion expert for more than thirty years, Kim starts out her book with some personal revelations about coming to terms with her own changing body. She goes on to report that her closet “ditched her for a younger woman” as she came to the startling realization that several items in her wardrobe no longer fit or flattered.
So Kim got down to work. The result is a highly readable and information-packed book full of humor and good-natured advice. Reading it is like sitting across the table from the author over a cup of tea and having her dish her hottest insider fashion tips. A few of Kim’s suggestions include:
• Assess, dejunk, and renew your closet on a regular basis
• Artfully highlight your assets with bold accessories, while downplaying the parts of your body you’d rather not emphasize
• 20 steps for determining age appropriate clothing
• Finding your own style mentors and much, much more.
By following Kim’s guidelines you’ll find yourself dressing with a sense of confidence, flair, and, yes, even a bit of ageless panache. Who knew that a couple of well-placed accessories, the right color to draw the eye, and the flip of a collar could make such a difference?
But even more, this book will lift your spirits in a big, big way. Kim’s all about inspiring and empowering us to make better choices for ourselves, so do yourself a favor and check out our interview and take a look at her website. After all, finding your ageless style is just the thing to help you strut your stuff with confidence and make your own feisty side of fifty fabulous indeed!