According to Fashion Stylist Rachel Zoe “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” This means Style is completely within your reach, on your terms. Dictionary.com defines comfort as “to make physically comfortable.” So, Comfort in your clothing is possible. That’s exciting, isn’t it?
Can you achieve your personal Style while still maintaining your Comfort needs? I think you can. You will need to do some homework (including determining your comfort factor), but it will be worth the effort. I promise.
Although this blog is addressing the 50+ age group, Style and Comfort goes beyond age and is ultimately a concern for women of all ages.
I recently ran across a picture of myself around age 6 all dolled up in a lace frock. I immediately remembered the scratch of the stiff fabric against my skin and I swear I could see a wince on my face in the photo. My quest for comfort was born! To this day I don’t wear taut or scratchy fabric.
When I think of clothing comfort, #1 on my list is my feet. They must be comfortable. This means the fit, the height of the heel, the material of the heel (no wooden heels, please), the quality of the fabric (will it stretch out too much), the placement of the straps, buckles or bows, the look of the shoe within my overall Style profile (no Uggs for me) and, of course, the color. That’s a lot for a single shoe to live up to, but I have it down to a science now – with one swift look it’s either a joyous YES or a definite NO. With each yes, I expand my wardrobe on my terms. With each no, I reinforce my core requirements of comfort over fashion (not to be confused with style).
The #1 Comfort Factor for some is temperature – their clothes must provide them with warmth or keep them feeling fresh and cool. Natural fabric will help solve this problem. For others, it’s all about keeping it simple. Rely on a great fitting garment and simple accessories to accomplish a simple, elegant look. Still others feel their best in pants. Find the perfect fit and focus on wide leg or straight leg, depending on your body shape. Experiment with tops, vests and jackets.
The key is to know thyself! What type of clothing allows you to move freely and feel at ease? What fabric feels good? What type of shoe best supports you? Are you more comfortable in long sleeves? Skirts vs. dresses? Casual over Sophisticated? Light and bright colors rather than deep or dark?
Since Rachel has given us permission to create our own Style, I say let’s go with it! Do you know the types of shoes that best support your style profile – flats, boots, pumps, Mary Janes, platform wedges? Are your shoe choices comfortable? Be honest or you will never accomplish the Casual Chic Look, which is built on Style and Comfort. A recent client and I successfully crafted a 3-week traveling wardrobe built exclusively on style and comfort – it CAN be done!
Spend some time contemplating what makes you happy (style) and what feels good (comfort) in your clothing. Put your style, next to your comfort and see what happens. Maybe you need a tweak here and there, but you are on your way to Style and Comfort, no matter your age!
Go ahead, speak YOUR style every time you get dressed.