Fashion over 50: Fifty and Fab!

Today I’m sharing a fashion over 50 post as I normally do, but I’m also joining a group of over 50 bloggers for a blog hop, sharing all sorts of ideas for those of us who are over 50 (and yes, fabulous….you know you are!).  I’ve got a top to share from Glamour Farms, but I’m also going to talk about what we can do to feel good about the aging process. And I hope you’ll enjoy clicking around on the link party at the bottom to see what other women this age have to say about being Fabulous over 50!

This is a topic that I love, since I’m smack in the middle of the baby boomer generation and turning a year older in December.  It’s one of those ending in 0.  That’s a pretty big milestone and one that I never thought I’d really embrace back when I was in my 30’s or 40’s. It seemed very far off at that time and it’s amazing how fast it got here.  I do have to say it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.  I still feel like me, just seasoned.  That’s a good word to describe aging, isn’t it?

Sharing a fun top from Glamour Farms and then let’s get back to talking about aging gracefully. I’ve got a few ideas on that topic that I’d like to share with you.

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This is a sort of boho top from Glamour Farms I’m wearing today.  I’m still sporting my white jeans for a bit longer, since summer refuses to leave around here. It’s been blazing hot lately and I’m ready for some cool.

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This top is very comfy and casual but with some spunk and sass to it.  The cold shoulder thing is still popular and it makes you feel a little sexy without being bare.  I do think that clothes have a lot to do with how we feel and look and putting our best selves forward and wearing something YOU feel good in goes a long ways in doing that.

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With lace on the top and sleeves, it’s in a black, brown, and white small pattern, feeling very Fallish. I added some chunky jewelry to it.

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I will enjoy wearing this one out during the Fall months and I can always add a jacket if it gets too chilly.

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Jeans are from Old Navy, that I’ve shared before and I really like them.  I have a couple pairs of white jeans and they are work horses for me during the spring through fall months.

Old Navy Rockstar jeans (affiliate link)

Sam Edelman shoes (affiliate link)

That’s it for today, hope you enjoyed Fashion over 50 today! If you order from Glamour Farms, use code RHODA852 (good thru 10/16 & can only be used once per person), for $10 off any regular priced clothing over $20 (not sale). I have really enjoyed my clothing from them and wear them a lot.

So, back to the topic of aging gracefully.  Aging is not for sissies, I’ve come to realize that.  There is absolutely nothing we can do about it, it happens to all of us, but I do think attitude plays a big part in aging gracefully.

  1.  Attitude is everything!  If we have a good attitude about life, things just go better, don’t they?  We can either have a positive outlook on life or a negative one.  I’ve been through enough junk in my life to truly appreciate the goodness that I have in my life now and I’m grateful for that every single day.  God gives us a certain number of days in our lives and we don’t know how long that is, so as time ticks on by, I’m determined to make the MOST out of each and every day that I have on this earth with my family, friends, and loved ones.  Life is too short to do otherwise!
  2. Dress fun and stylish, but age appropriate!  I really love fashion and looking stylish.  It’s been something that’s always been a part of my life.  If you ask my close girlfriends, they will tell you that even when I was younger in my 20’s and wore jeans, I still looked stylish.  Never left the house without makeup and still adhere to that (most of the time!) today.  I like to be presentable and put my best self forward when I interact with people.  Besides, it just feels good to put on a fun and flirty outfit that makes you feel good about yourself.  We all have different body types and finding out what looks good on us as we continue aging is very important.  I try to take a good look in the mirror when I put anything on and stay stylish, yet age appropriate.  My style may change as I enter the next decade, but I’m determined to keep looking the very best I can no matter the age.
  3. Wear makeup and get a stylish haircut!  I am a firm believer in makeup and that makeup can enhance any woman, no matter her age.  I see naturally beautiful women who look absolutely stunning with makeup on and cute as a button without any makeup.  But, most women can benefit from makeup (again, being age appropriate) and I think putting a little paint on the barn can definitely help all of us.  I know I look better with makeup on.  All I have to do is look in the mirror to determine that!  If you don’t have time for a full face of makeup, at least add some lip color and a little mascara.  If you’re like me and fair skinned, my eyes look dead without mascara and my face disappears without lip color, so those 2 are a must even when I’m in a hurry. Editing to add, take a look at your hairstyle. Is it old fashioned and dated? Have you worn the same style for 25 years? That will age you 10 years right there, as well as the wrong color. I’m a proponent of covering gray, but many women are not, so do what you feel is best in that area, just be aware that hair color can age you too.
  4. Don’t sweat the small stuff!  I’ve come to a place in life that I just don’t worry and fret about things like I used to.  I don’t stress out over clutter at home and I’m probably more of a procrastinator than I’ve ever been before.  It will get done tomorrow is usually my motto.  When you go through a few BIG trials in life, the smaller things don’t seem nearly as important and that’s where I’ve arrived at in life now.  Things can be replaced, it’s the people and relationships that matter most in our lives. So, I don’t sit around dreaming of a bigger house or fancy car, I appreciate what I have and enjoy the small everyday moments in life.
  5. Exercise and keep moving!  I’m been an advocate of exercise for years and made the promise to myself in my 20’s that I wouldn’t get out of shape as I got older.  I’ve kept that promise and still go to the gym and get out and walk often, lifting weights to keep toned.  It’s been one of the best things I could do for myself and I see women my age and older who haven’t exercised or kept their bodies moving and it is so detrimental to the aging process.  So, keep moving and do something to keep the joints healthy and active!
  6. Smile!  That’s such an easy way to age gracefully!  If I look in the mirror and start to see a sagging lined face that I hoped would never come (but, alas it is here), then I just have to smile.  Smiling is the best face lift there is, so keep on smiling.  That will brighten up your face better than anything and smiles are contagious!  Send one to someone else and see what happens.

I hope you’ll stop by all the links below and take a look at a lot more ideas these over 50 women have about life and aging. It’s sure to give you some inspiration!  We all thought that we have something to share with our peers about being older and aging and it’s a big topic.


- Rhoda

Comments

  1. HI Rhoda–I wasn’t able to connect to any of the pages on the links posted.

  2. Rho,

    Don’t forget the hair. Hair needs attention too! Some ladies would look much better if they take the time to get some color on that mousy gray! Yours looks fabulous!. Hugs to you friend.

    • Yes, you know how I feel about gray hair! I totally think color is the way to go and have talked about that before. I know not everyone agrees with that, but that’s my feeling too. Miss you!

  3. Doreen Bednarski says:

    Rhoda, I agree totally with you about aging and agree with each point given. It serves as a reminder of what is really important in life. Love your honest down-to-earth attitude. I’ve been hanging around the 60 mark for 7 years now and it ain’t so bad! Once you reach the fifth year of the 60 mark you are entitled to lots of discounts, who doesn’t love that? You look fabulous and envy your cute as a button figure. Seriously, do you follow a particular eating plan? I enjoy your blog so much and really like your style!

    • Doreen, I really don’t have a rigid eating plan. I try to eat real food and not a lot of boxed things. I shop around the perimeter of the store for most of my groceries. I probably eat less than I used to, so that helps too. I used to have a huge appetite and could eat most men under the table, but I’ve slowed down on that in my older years. Now I can still eat what I want, but I do it all in moderation. I know I’m very fortunate with that and if you look at my daddy you can see where I get my body type from!

  4. Well said and great advice. I’m 45 and very comfortable in the skin I’m in. Nevertheless, thanks for the reminders!

  5. Rhoda, some of the links aren’t working.

  6. Hi, girls, the links should be working now! I went ahead and posted my regular time and the others weren’t posting until 8 am EST, I think. So they should all be active now.

  7. Totally agree with everything you said, Rhoda! I’m 64 and feel 34, although I do startle myself sometimes when I unexpectedly catch a glimpse in the mirror. I’ve exercised my entire life, hit the gym at least 4 days a week for cardio and weights. I would rather leave the house naked than go out without my makeup and hair done. And I will be blonde til my last breath!!! Life is great, and I am so blessed.

  8. Good advice Rhoda for sure. I don’t wear makeup mostly because my husband prefers his girl (still his girl at age 60!) to be “unpainted”; also, my skin is very sensitive even to the hypoallergenic stuff. Makeup doesn’t do its job if it makes you break out in red patches and gives you red watery eyes. Kinda kills the effect, lol.

  9. Rhoda what a beautiful outfit. You look fabulous! And your advice is absolutely spot on! I think the first piece of advice about attitude resonates the loudest with me. By changing my attitude I was able to turn my life around. And I know that also goes for you because you have had your difficult moments. Let’s all enjoy the time we have on this earth and put our best smile forward with a positive attitude.

  10. Great advice and you know fashion is something I can struggle with in my fifties so thank you for the inspiration.

  11. Good Afternoon Rhodo, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post. I really believe we should enjoy each day as it comes. I live by my mother, Phyllis’ motto, who is 86 years of age. Age is just a number, don’t let it define you. If you want to do something, and you are physically able, then do it. When we have family weddings Phyllis is the first on the dance floor and the last to leave.
    I love fashion and being the mother of two daughters, they are wonderful at introducing new styles, which I might not have thought about myself.
    Life is too short to get upset about the small stuff, as you say, enjoy and appreciate what we have today.
    Best wishes to you.
    Daphne
    ps. I tried to rate this post, I wanted to give it 5 stars but for some reason I couldn’t. I just wanted you to know it deserves a 5 star rating.

  12. You’re spot on with all that. And shamed me, again, that I don’t exercise. I really need to make a habit of that. Here’s some getting older inspiration, though. My dad’s 81 year old girlfriend gets up every morning and gets dolled up. She puts on (gobs of) makeup, her wig, cute clothes, loads of jewelry, and *then* says, “What am I going to do today?” We could all learn from her. I’m so the opposite. I get up and say, “Do I *have* to get dressed?” LOL

  13. Thank you for sharing lots of great inspiration. I never complain about getting older because it goes along with the privilege of collecting years of experiences. You look great!

  14. You are rocking that top! Thanks for those inspiring words as we all face aging. Maybe I will make time to exercise and put makeup on even on the weekend (though, I just want to be comfy and let my skin breathe, lol). Happy early birthday (I’m December baby as well)!

    • Hi, Jas, thank you so much! You know, I do not wear makeup when I’m at home just lounging around, so don’t get me wrong, I don’t put it on every day. If I’m not going out all day, I just wear my comfy workout clothes and no makeup!

  15. Rhoda you are smoking hot! Your style is on point and you where it well. I love those shoes! This is a lot of fun today. XO

  16. Girl you look amazing! I love your style and I agree, wearing makeup does wonders. I know I look much younger with make up than without it. And I don’t sweat the small stuff either. I’m learning not to worry about little things, but embrace each and every single day that God has given me.

  17. Jennifer Kenrick says:

    Thank you for such a positive post about aging1 I’m in my mid-fifties and struggle with staying positive about the aging process (weigh gain, hot flashes). Your outlook helps me to look on the bright side!

  18. Rhoda: Thanks for the great post (and I love all your other posts as well). Can you give us the info on the bracelet you’re wearing on your right hand? Looks like it’s leather with some sort of buckle maybe? Love it!!!

  19. You are one sexy lady and talented lady. You are an inspiration for me! You keep yourself so fit and thats what I am all about in life is to stay active and the best shape that I can, its not easy but I am finding the best time to do things that don’t interfere with what I love.

    Hugs
    Maria

  20. Rhoda,regardless of the number in front of the 0 In December, you’re fab ! Love your look, you blog and your God loving heart..oh, and the soft wave with your hair:)

    • Debbie, thank you so much!! I’m really trying to embrace it, but aging is not fun. We do have to make the best of it and as I mentioned, it’s not as bad as I dreamed it would be when I was 30 something. It seemed eons away then, but boy, did it get here fast!

  21. I consider aging a blessing as I’m a cancer survivor. Your tips are spot on…especially the one on smiling! I love your top and your blog!

  22. Rhoda, I’m a year behind you in the _0 milestone. You look fabulous (love that cute top). All the tips you shared today show that you obviously walk your talk! You are spot on about Attitude being everything. This ole gal refuses to act her age!

  23. Love the outfit! I really like reading all the fashion over 50 posts. Keep it up!

  24. Great tips and advice Rhoda–for any age really!

    gail

  25. In about a week I’ll be the big 7-0! I still pay attention to fashion even though it gets a little tougher to dress your age with some of the fashions! (Like short dresses) I always look forward to your Wednesday posts.

  26. Love the top and shoes. You nailed it when you said those of us over 50 should be stylish but age appropriate. I love how our generation has decided to embrace our age but certainly not dress or act like our grandparents did when we were growing up. I can’t even imagine wearing a housedress and big clunky shoes.

  27. Rhoda, You and I are about a month apart. I agree with you — keep it stylish, but appropriate and have fun! That’s the best anti-aging medicine around.

  28. Great post. Thanks for the uplifting words about aging which can be discouraging sometimes. I agree with all your tips. Side note love your posts about your dad… He reminds me of mine who is also still quite active at 84 but facing the first serious health issues now of his lifetime. And lastly love your curly hair !

  29. Rhoda, I enjoyed your post and feel the same way about makeup and hair. I know I like to wear it even if I don’t go anywhere that day. It makes you feel better about yourself and is a gift your give to yourself. It helps keep your confidence up and is a great way to being your day.

  30. I love all your tidbits of wisdom. I have to admit that I don’t wear a lot of makeup anymore…and I think I am making a mistake. Between you and Debbie Manno I have been inspired to make some changes. Thank you! btw you look fabulous in those white jeans. 🙂

  31. Great inspiration and words of wisdom. I couldn’t agree more with dressing age appropriate. I like some of the clothes worn by much younger women, but I’d embarrass myself and everyone around me if I dared to try some of the styles. Your outfit looks fabulous.
    I keep telling myself that 60 is the new 40!

  32. Hi Rhoda! Finally turned that adblocker off so I could read your post & see your photos. First time here & found your post to be inspirational. You are so right about all your points. I especially agree about exercising. I’m trying to be more regular with that & it does make a huge difference in how you feel & look & how much stamina you have for the future. Your outfit is darling. I’ve gotten so lazy about makeup & I really must make a turn around b/c I look washed out without it. And smiling! Oh my gosh, we can all do that at the very least! Pinning.

  33. Rhoda, I LOVE the tunic tops that Glamour Farms sells and the one you’re wearing is no exception. A lovely written post about all of us who are Fifty and Fabulous. Great wisdom!

  34. Your blog was one of the first blogs I read – probably because you’re a fellow baby boomer! I have loved following you along your journey and I’m especially a fan of your fashion posts! I went to my first Haven three years ago and now you can’t keep me away – I love it!!!! xo

  35. Rhoda, I love your attitude about aging — positive *and* realistic! Great fashion tips. I saw a woman in a department store who looked 16 from the back in her little mini and tights outfit, long blonde hair and beret; and when she turned around you could see she was about 80. Nothing wrong with being 80, and she would have looked like a fit and fabulous, gorgeous 80 in an age appropriate outfit.

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