Shopping in a cool boutique last summer, as I tried on clothes I lamented to the younger shop stylist about the lines on my face. It turns out she was more than the shop stylist but styles clients independently. And she had a bit of advice that made a lot of sense.
When you introduce texture and pattern and color into your outfit, particularly when wearing it above the waist, there are places for the eye to rest other than the lines and wrinkles. It’s a way you can dress to look younger – not a turn-back-the-clock solution, but a trick to incorporate into your outfit planning.
Since receiving that useful tip, I’ve been looking for tops and accessories that would draw the eye with features that create interest rather than my usual solid color tops. I have realized that as I age, what I wear needs to adapt to my new reality.
This fun shirt was a find while shopping at Wasteland on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles (doesn’t the sound of that just sound cool?!) during a recent weekend in LA to spend time with my sons (all three of them are now living near each other, which made for an easy visit). Wasteland is a well-known resale shop, popular with millennials (by the look of the shoppers) and packed with fashionable and designer clothing. Among the packed clothing racks, I found this Elizabeth and James patterned shirt. The shirt’s abstract print checks the box for a top that adds interest and one that could do the job of helping me dress to look younger.
Springy Features of a Black Shirt
It’s hard to see in the photos, but this shirt is very lightweight and a little sheer, which makes it a nice option in warm weather. And even though the print and color don’t scream “spring,” it’s versatile enough to wear year-round.
A little surprise the shirt offered was the option to roll up the sleeves to 3/4 length and secure them with the button tab. This feature lends itself to spring interpretations. I can see pairing it with white or pink jeans for a springy profile. I’m wearing soft jeans with a very washed out blue color, which also a looks nice in spring (I’m on the hunt for light wash jeans as we move into spring).
Tip: Accessorize Close to Your Face
Another way to add interest close to your face is to add accessories that have pattern, texture, color, design elements. Here I’ve accomplished that with this gorgeous necklace (Liquid Metal Jewelry). The movement of the short metal “string” attracts the eye so focus isn’t on the facial lines I don’t want to highlight.
A fun, colorful scarf can also fill the role of adding interest. I know not everyone is a fan of wearing scarves like I am, but if it’s not a regular accessory in your wardrobe, I suggest giving the look a try by starting with a lightweight scarf in a color or pattern that you love. It will compliment your outfit and really brighten your face if it’s the right color for you.
Photo location: One of Petaluma’s historic hatchery buildings. I was drawn to the old spiral stairs at this historic location – Petaluma is packed with historic buildings. The vintage mailboxes, brick building, and painted wood provided a fun location for these photos. The wind, however, made for challenging shots and many of the photos I ended up with captured my hair flying around. I was actually surprised to end up with any that were usable!