I have a confession to make; I love Audrey Hepburn. I can quote all of her movies, I used to have a poster of her on my wall. I truly believe she is one of the prettiest and classiest ladies of all time. She exudes elegance and grace and is always appropriately dressed. When I was thinking of topics for this month a certain conversation kept popping up in my circles: how to dress for your age. To be honest, this point of conversation never accrued to me until now, so I am going to try and tackle just a few of the main misconceptions and hang-ups women have when trying to dress for their age.
We all want to have grace, show our personality and reflect our own style in how we dress, but sometimes what we are wearing is telling the world the wrong story. Younger girls are starting to dress too mature and older woman are trying to hang on to their youth. I want both sides to understand the beauty in both stages of life. We were created for seasons and with seasons come change; we as woman are called to embrace that change and live it out full of grace and truth. So, here are so tips on how to dress appropriately.
Let’s start with the Teens:
This will be my first point for both moms and daughters.
It is so important to be modest in a world full of exposure. There is beauty in mystery. You can still be fashionable and chic while remaining modest.
The trends right now hold a 90’s vibe to them, some of the styles are really cute, but there are ways to remain modest while flowing with the comeback styles.
Off the shoulders shirts are everywhere; this can actually be a really cute style if worn correctly. Pick a top that hits almost the top of your collar bone, remember not showing your skin is beautiful. Also, try wearing a thick strapped tank underneath. You can have fun by putting a patterned tank underneath your shirt, the straps will show at the top of your shoulders, giving your outfit a pop of color.
Dressing age appropriate:
Fashion is great, clothes are great, owning a style is awesome, but when you are dressing too grown up for your age, it becomes a problem. Remember, you will have the rest of your life to be an adult, dress in a way that is meant for your age. Cut back on the make-up, choose leggings to wear under those dresses. Try clear mascara with neutral colored eye-shadows. Don’t contoured, you are gorgeous the way God made you.
Dress with Intention:
What that means is asking ourselves, “What am I portraying when I go out?”
“What story am I telling?”
Hey Mama’s of the Polished world! Here are a few tips for you guys too! I love my Mama and she is always on point with her style choices! Remember your daughters are watching you!
Same rules apply here with Mama’s too. Dress modestly, be great examples for your daughters (and sons because they are going to date or are dating a girl). Dress with grace, there are just some things as we get older we have to give up. Even myself, I find that as I am looking closer to thirty than I am twenty that Forever21 is just not my place to shop anymore.
Stop Clothes Swapping
No more clothes swapping with your daughters; even if you are the same size, what she is wearing is not what you should be wearing. There is such a uniqueness in aging gracefully. It is such a lovely thing to see a more mature woman completely confident and comfortable in her age and stage of life. It gives us younger gals reasons to look up to them! Be age-appropriate in how you dress. You don’t have to wear long denim skirts and plaid shirts all the time, just be aware of the prints, styles and lengths you are choosing. You can still be chic, without dressing too young.
Be the Voice
Mama’s be the influencing voice in your daughter’s life. Speak truth and love, be the sound reasoning even if it doesn’t make sense to her at the time. We will always need our Mama’s to be great examples and mentors in our lives, no matter our age. Guide a younger generation to respect themselves and to love others, even in the way they dress. Let your voice be heard.
I hope this is helpful! This is just a small glimpse into what it looks like to dress in grace! I challenge mother’s and daughter’s alike to come together and to share what this looks like on a daily basis Pray for one another, discuss what having class looks like and what it means to be elegant. Talk about how every girl has her own style of grace and how to pursue righteousness and purity.
“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” – Audrey Hepburn-
By: Taylor Mullican