Style. Fashion. Words. Three loves and I adore it when they collide. I’ll talk (or write) style until the hem lines shift. But one thing bothers me a little. Whether I’m talking to a friend, or having an online chat about style, the word “too” appears.
It goes a bit like this: I’m too old, too wide, too short, too tall, too timid, my lifestyle is too boring, my wardrobe is too sparse and my bank account is too empty.
Style doesn’t require a certain body shape, it doesn’t have an age limit, a glamorous life is not a pre-requisite and it doesn’t even have to cost a great deal of money.
You don’t need to be a certain age.
Last time I bought some clothes, they didn’t come with an age suggestion like Lego does. The kind no-one pays attention to anyways. On a very rare night out I was surrounded by gorgeous young things. Some of them were wearing super tight, super short, super low-cut clothes. And the only ones who weren’t slaying it, were those that looked obviously uncomfortable. They didn’t seem to be dressing for themselves, or their own comfort or their own sense of artistry. But the girls that did were absolutely smoking. That takes some confidence. And confidence (I have found) increases with age. You get to a point and you aren’t very interested in some-one else’s rules. You do things for yourself. Why get to a point in your life when you are brave enough to try new things, go against the flow and then deny yourself fun with fashion because some faceless person has deemed you too old? And on the flip side, I sometimes like adopting the eccentric octogenarian approach to dressing. All scarves and skirts and a devil-may-care attitude. My age doesn’t need come into it.
You don’t need to be a certain size.
I have items in my wardrobe from size 8 to size 16. They all fit. Some I have bought larger deliberately for a slouchier look. I know I’m lucky to fit into the standard sizing range. I know options narrow considerably on either side. But with online shopping and retailers becoming more savvy about their size ranges, I think there’s been no better time to dress. If it makes you smile, wear it. To hell with anyone else.
You don’t need to be living a glamorous life.
You don’t need money or an over-flowing wardrobe.
Style isn’t about money. It cannot be bought. There are women who have few things in their wardrobe and they always look put together. Some people may have no shortage of money and never quite hit the mark. We all know that girl that looks amazing no matter what she puts on. You can be that girl. Just don’t let the “toos” stand in the way.