marypaitsel-august-29-2016Aging Gracefully—The Intervention

A couple of years ago my adult children determined that I was beginning to look older than I needed to look because of the way I dressed—mom jeans, embellishment on my clothing—you know, comfortable, fun stuff. Since I love my children

  • First I purged my closet of clothes they felt were dating me.
  • Then, I went to Williamsburg, had lunch with my son and youngest daughter, and then visited the Prime Outlets.

I visited places I had never shopped before that have since become favorites—Loft, Banana Republic, and White House Black Market. Brooks Brothers Women, and Talbot’s are also personal favorites. I tried on a size smaller and what I thought was my right size. From brand to brand there are variations in sizes. I tried on jeans that I did not think would fit me and was amazed that they were comfortable. I bought statement necklaces. Whenever I reached for something inappropriate, (by their standards) my new found fashion advisers (aka – son and youngest daughter)  made a buzzer- like sound and I got the message.

Seriously shopping sales I bought about $3000 worth of clothes for $800. Quite a splurge but Roy was supportive. All of the clothes are still being worn regularly and I am now permitted to shop by myself.

I buy comfortable clothes that fit and look well on me. I am not trying to look like a teenager but I do feel pretty in the clothes I am wearing. I had been wearing clothes that were of good quality but now recognize that they did make me look older, heavier, and less attractive. I have not lost any weight but I do have people ask if I have lost weight—it’s the clothes.

If you are not happy with the way you dress ask your children (if you are my age)  or a friend with a sense of style who truly loves you to

  • go through your closet with you
  • and then go shopping with you.

Try on clothes—either in the store or at home (if they can be returned) I generally like to try on clothes at home with the right underwear and shoes but sometimes that isn’t possible.

Again, the goal is not to look like a teenager or to be on the edge of the latest trends. The goal is to dress in a way that is flattering, functional, and fits your life as well as your body.

Remember, though, that what you put on your spirit is always more important that what you put on your body.

and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. (Colossians 3:10 NLT)

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. (Colossians 12-14 NLT)

 

Next—Does your bra fit?

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