Tie Between Athena and Hecate!

by Elizabeth
(Ottawa Canada)

I'm 68, and the combination of practical and polished with bohemian suit my lifestyle as an artist and consultant. I love comfortable but chic clothes, with an added flair of a great scarf (I've been collecting scarves since my 20s) or interesting jewelery.

Hi Elizabeth -- What a unique combination! Thanks for the feedback on the quiz. It's great to know that it fit your profile.

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Sophia Wonders Why Her Results Did Not Include Sporty Artemis

by Gretchen
(Southwick MA)

I am a youthful 75 year old white woman with a keen interest in fashion and a desire to look my best in an appropriate way. My natural white hair is somewhat of a dilemma for color choices as I stopped coloring it the soft golden blonde shade a year ago.

I enjoy family, my grandchildren and friends. I have a small dog and love to walk him. I also like outdoor painting and am an accomplished watercolor artist. I am surprised Artemis did not have a showing in my profile. Sophia also suits my style as well as Athena. This has been fun, but otherwise no surprises.

My husband thinks I always look nice. I am slender and am blessed to have a well proportioned figure for my age.

Hi Gretchen -- I'm glad there were no surprises in your profile; it is just for fun for women who already know how they want to look like you.

I'll bet your silver hair is smart and elegant. And it's wonderful that your darling husband still casts admiring looks your way. You are indeed blessed. Thank you for sharing.

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Quiet and Elegant sSimplicity

I like comfortable, flattering colors and texture.

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Metis Shares Her Fashion Flare

by Tania
(Hobart, Australia)

I was not all that surprised with the result of this quiz.(Urban Sophisticate - 8 Bohemian -6)

I am just over 50 and a lot more relaxed about the way I show myself in any situation than I was 20 years ago, but I don't think my dress sense has ever changed since I was quite young. I have probably only become more comfortable with my choices.

My grandmother was quite conservative with her style of dressing, but very stylish, with a touch of fun, e.g. Princess Margaret, and my mother quite the opposite, more Anne Margaret!

I think I have borrowed a little of both, plus adding my own touch of Bohemian.

For example: I can buy a second hand dress, firstly for the silhouette and length. I am quite slim,with long legs,so just above the knee is preferable; and then colour and pattern.

I will then (if budget allows) add some designer shoes (or copies of), some appropriate bling, a jacket/coat or very fine cardigan, as the climate here is never predictable.

I love to wear jeans, but thought because of my age should be wearing either slightly flared or loose fit. On shopping one day, my daughter and the sales person pointed out that this style did not suit my shape and that a slim skinny fit would suit me better! (I would rarely trust the advise of a 25-year-old sales person, but my daughter backed her up.

I love the jeans, and now wear them in winter with a chunky jumper to hip length with boots, or in summer with a loose 'T' or a brilliant white or playful shirt and funky sandals. But remember a good pedicure, our feet and toenails do not age well.

Oh dear, could go on and on about our so-called aging gracefully, but who cares? . . . But us, and me.

P. S. Fave Fashion Stories - 1920' Flapper Style - for the freedom of movement, accessories, hats and can suit any figure. The 40/50s movies, just beautiful - the lounge suits, day dresses, gowns, and even swimsuits (I believe they are back in. and the 60s - the shift dress, even now I have a few, I wear in winter (just above the knee) with boots and tights, or in summer with sandals (and just a little fake tan and a good pedicure).

I believe you can still have fun with fashion in your 50s, and even influence our younger sisters on how do it with style.

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Kali Wonders If Wadrobe Needs a Revamping

by bell65
(Queensland , Australia)

what my daughter has agreed i can wear to her wedding

what my daughter has agreed i can wear to her wedding

what my daughter has agreed i can wear to her wedding love the casual relaxed feel what my daughter wants me to wear to her wedding how id like to go grocery shopping

According to this survey, my Archetype is KALI. I didn't know I was a "Trend setter and rule breaker"?

I took the survey because I needed help in revamping my wardrobe.

I only know what I like and am debating myself about what is "age appropriate."

Having never taken any notice of what a person wears, I am gravitated to the person because of what "they are saying.".

Thinking about what other people comment to me on my clothes, I am always being asked where did I get it???

Maybe that's the reason I cut the tags of everything so as to be able to say "I honestly do not know", and maybe so I don't have to share.

I love finding and wearing unusual pieces and have never conformed to what is fashionable.

I never wear the "appropriate" garment to an occasion, I am lead by how i feel at the time.

A wedding , I always wear black, a funeral I always wear colour.

I never have given any thought to the above comments until now...so now must be the time in my life to grow up a little
xx

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Sophia and Athena Sound Just Right

by Bonnie
(Burlingame, CA, USA)

I want to have a polished and classy look and have a practical but sophisticated wardrobe ready to wear on a moment's notice. I don't want to have to think about what I'm going to put on; I want it to already be there, an outfit put together (even accessorized) in my closet waiting for me so I can get dressed in minimal time and look great without any fuss.

Hello Bonnie -- You sound the real-life embodiment of Holly Golightly, the heroine of Truman Captote's Breakfast at Tiffany's.

I am so glad the quiz was accurate for you.

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Metis Proves She Is A City Gal

by Denise
(Burns TN)

Quiz results were pretty accurate for me. Often I show up to functions a little overdressed. I grew up outside of a big city but now live in a very rural setting; my wardrobe tastes haven't made the transition yet.

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Artemis Explains Her Clothing Choices

My work is leading staff in an infant centre at a school for pregnant and parenting teens. So much of the work is floor play, cleaning with bleach for example, but I still want to look professional for when funders etc come to look at the program. I spend a lot of my time outside but do enjoy dressing up and looking good for plays/concerts etc.

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Aphrodite Wonders If She Goes Too Far

by J J
(Jacksonville)

Although I am a 67 year old woman, I never dress "old." I am startled when I realize I'm 67. That sounds old, but I don't feel that way.

In my mind, I'm perhaps 42, and I dress that way. I frequently hear things like "you always wear such cute outfits."

I wear high heels almost all the time. I'm happily married and would never cheat on my husband, but I do enjoy it when I catch a man's eye. It reminds me I'm alive. I admit that I sometimes wonder if I go too far out in my clothes. I wish I could find some way to know for sure.

Hi J.J. -- There certainly is nothing wrong with wearing high heels and enjoying feminine clothing. Many of us with knee, hip, and foot problems wish we could still wear heels.

How do you know if you are doing too far? It's really not that hard to figure out. Avoid the three
toos: too short, too tight, too low cut.

No matter how much your husband enjoys the view, most people do not want to see from here to eternity when you bend over at the supermarket. There is time and place for everything.

Tight clothing that shows love handles and other less well-toned body parts is also for home wear. Instead, choose shaped garments that show off curves.

Last, if we can see your panties (in anything other than a tennis skirt with matching under-shorts or a beach robe hiding your bathing suit), it is too short.

The three-toos are true for women of all ages. However, as our bodies age, people are more likely to notice when we are inappropriate. I hope this helps.

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Athena Says Her Fashion Archetye Is Spot-On

by sandra moyer
(Newport Beach, CA)

I am 69, work in the finance industry and a golfer. The style of Athena fits me well. My work environment is suits and play is sun and athletics.

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Combo of Athena and Metis Plus Job Needs

by Sheila
(San Antonio, TX)

I currently work in the IT industry and find it difficult to find appropriate outfits to wear.

Sometimes I may need to crawl around on the floor to connect cables, etc. So finding the right outfit and be fashionable is key for me. I can say that I agree with the selections that the quiz produced.

Hi Sheila -- I'm surprised you can get your Metis to crawl around on the floor!

This is an instance where Athena's practicality may be at war with Metis's preference for luxury and sophistication. I hope you indulge your inner Metis in the evenings and weekends.

As for work clothing, many of us have to adapt to dress codes, be it conservative suits, or sporty but professional for a reader working a unique environment, or IT problem-solving.

It sounds like you need slacks that are washable. Focus on getting a good fit that creates a long lean line, even if that means taking them to a seamstress. If your pants fit right, you will feel great and stand taller.

Nice blouses, instead of tees and knit tops, will help give a bit of the more sophisticated look Metis likes. If you sweat, these probably will benefit from being washable, too.

By the way, in the past year I learned that hydrogen peroxide is a great way to get rid of ring-around-the-collar that has plagued some of my light blouses and suit jackets.

Some pages that may be of interest are how to get a good fit in women's work pants, best khakis, and the gateway page to all of the articles about nice blouses.

I hope this helps. Do let us know what you come with by commenting on your post.

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Sophia Lives Clean, Orderly Life

by madelyn
(Salt Lake City, Utah)

I'm a stay at home mom and grandma. I love to read and sew and garden. I am active in my religion. I have been married 45 years. I like a clean orderly house and don't mind cleaning it myself, but sometimes need a little help.

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Metis-12 Athena-10

by DVC
(East Tennessee)

I am wearing the blue turtle.

I am wearing the blue turtle.

I am a retired professional educator and my personal style is a meld of Talbots and AnnTaylor.

At home I like to wear a gown or soft clothing. I prefer pants or a skirt with a feminine blouse or tailored shirt and a flattering jacket.

I like longer hemlines because my legs are lumpy.
I have recently lost over 100 pounds and have gone from size 22/24 to size 8P pants and 10 top. Although my size has changed, my style of dressing has not. I wore flat shoes all the time, but am now considering wearing heels again. I am 5'4 and 64 years old.

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Sophia Asks: Is It Worth to Even Try to Look Good?

by Mary Ann
(Des Moines, Iowa)

I am a first grade teacher (39 years of teaching) who is on the same level as the kids - I wear out my knees on every pair of pants.

I am a single mom - no extra money.

My boyfriend doesn't notice even when I do dress up.

I'm 60 yrs old, and I don't think anyone looks at me anymore. I'm not sure why I should even care about looking good. I know I don't feel great when I have to keep wearing the "same ol stuff."

Hi Mary Ann --

Our society can be cruel to older women. Germaine Greer, who was quite a babe as a young feminist as you may remember, wrote in
The Change
that there is a certain freedom in becoming invisible.

Whether we wish it or not, heads that once turned when we entered a room may no longer even give us a welcoming nod.

That's not your fault.

Whether it is worth it to dress up or not is a decision only you can make.

I think you deserve to feel good. What would you like to wear? When the knees wear out on old pants, might you consider patching them with a bright print? Wouldn't the kids love that? How about a neck scarf made of the same fabric? If you don't sew, there are iron-on products as well as fabric glue. These work. I've tried them.

Would you feel artsy and free doing this? Or just silly?

You can always slip into some ordinary khakis that you keep in the teachers' lounge for faculty meetings.

There's lots of colorful tees these days. Try a store such as Beall's online if you might like to add a bit of Florida to life in Des Moines.

Willow Ridge also often has inexpensive and colorful cottons. Here are some special offers.


Do you wear earrings? Bangle bracelets? Belts? How about red flats and a red belt? Everyone has to buy shoes and a belt once in a while. Fashion After 50 readers have some suggestions about how to spend less, too. Don't be put off by the headline announcing "designer clothes" because the suggestions are about being frugal in general.

I'm not suggesting a buying spree that breaks the bank, but a few little things can perk up your day. Don't worry if no one notices. It really is all about you.

Best wishes, Mary Ann, whether you decide you want a bit more spark in your wardrobe or you are fine with the way things are.




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Sophia: How Do I Remake My Wardrobe on a Budget?

by Kelsey
(Maryland)

My archetype fits me but my current wardrobe does not. For the past eight years, I have been the single mom of a special needs child. This has taken much of my time, energy and financial resources so I have little left for myself.

I rarely buy new clothes and when I do, the first consideration is always the budget. Therefore, I rarely feel good in my clothes any longer. Often, I just go for the stand by of a black t-shirt and jeans.

Where do you begin a remake of a (Sophia) wardrobe on a budget?

Hi Kelsey --

You have touched on a problem that impacts every woman living on a budget: How can I spend nothing, or as a close to it as possible, and have a wardrobe I like?

Fortunately, Sophia's tastes are simple. Clean lines, solid colors, and little ornamentation (sometimes too little) are dominant characteristics of this fashion archetype. Cotton and cotton blend knits, including slacks, dresses, and skirt-tee outfits will work. Add a scarf or a pin that doesn't get in the way for a bit of charm.

Your plate is full. That leaves little time for browsing through thrift shops or hunting for bargains.

I am concerned about whether you are getting enough help with your care-taking responsibilities to take some time for yourself? How you look is a low priority for you right now, especially if you are tired. If you have not already, I hope you will look for community services, friends or family who may be able to help.

In addition to thrift shops and sales, one reader has suggested clothing exchanges with friends. A gently used swapped piece can still be fun to wear; it's new to you.

There truly is no easy answer, Kelsey, but I have a feeling you already know that. Kindest regards, Enid

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Sophia Wonders What Is Appropriate

I'm 58, married, and an empty-nester for two years (two kids in college).

I enjoy redecorating the house and yard and making them more efficient. For example, I made mantle for fireplace, created screen for yard from crepe myrtle trimmings, etc.. I do decorations for the church, teach Sunday School, and work with ESL (English as Second Language). I like to get together with friends but treasure just sitting with my husband, watching tv and doing sudoku.

I feel I have many interests and want to convey that in the way I dress. But I am concerned that what I want to project and what is perceived are two different things. I think I can wear the plum-colored sheath that rose to an inch above my knee but I caught "chloe's" eyes take in the entire outfit and linger on my knees (verdict: not appropriate).

I bought the cute black and white print dress even though the self belt ties three inches above my natural waist: is this the style? I have a dress that has a funky scarf skirt but I vacillate between feeling free and breezy and old and ridiculous.

I have items I could easily get rid of based on the not-worn-in-five-years "rule" but am reluctant to do so because I may turn around and buy something just like it.

Hi there -- Offhand, I cannot imagine what is wrong with the sheath dress if you have nice legs and wore hosiery with it. Who is Chloe?

A belt is only above the waist for the empire style. I'm a bit long-waisted, so shirt and wrap dresses with a self-best can be hard to fit. Is that the case for you?

Lastly, the scarf skirt is not seen very often these days; usually it is quite short if seen at all. On the other hand, asymmetric hems are on-trend. You can shorten the skirt, if that is worth it to you, or save it for the happy memories. Thank you for writing.

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Athena Feels She Is Stuck with a Middle

by Penny
(Canada)

I have been retired for nine years. I have two children; my daughter is married with 3 little boys. I love spending time with them whether it is babysitting or just hanging out.

My son lives overseas so I don't see him too often and miss him terribly. He is not married. My husband (also retired) and I love to spend time together; whether it is at home or traveling.

I love clothes but since I am not working anymore cannot justify spending large amounts of money on new clothes every season. But, I do shop and try to buy things I like on sale or at a reasonable price. My daughter is a big help advising me on what looks good (or not) but sometimes, I feel she doesn't understand that I feel self-conscious about my weight and how things look on me. I am not overweight (normal on the BMI scale), I am 5"8" tall and eight about 154 lbs. but do have extra weight around my waist. I like to keep active and I do exercise. In the summer we spend a lot of time outdoors.

At home, I live in jeans and a T-shirt.

Hi Penny -- Please read at least the beginning of What to Wear for the Rest of Your Life: Ageless Secrets of Style because Kim Johnson Gross is a hoot when she describes how she learned to emotionally accommodate that extra baggage around her middle that so many of us have after a certain age.

Rest assured that you are not alone.

Enjoy spending what you can afford on clothing you like, and relish your husband's loving looks. No one else really matters. Give yourself a break. You deserve it.

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Urban Sophisticate

by Dena
(Atlanta, GA)

With a jacket, this is me.

With a jacket, this is me.

With a jacket, this is me. Love this... had one 20 years ago Basic slingbacks classic alligator sliponESCROW

Retired teacher now working in a small software business that caters to gas and electric utilities. I create and implement energy efficiency and resource education programs for utilities to take into local schools K-12.

I was frumpy and unprofessional after gaining some weight. I knew I needed to make a transition toward a more business casual style, despite not losing weight at this time.

Want to represent my company with passion and intelligence, grace and solid style. I love suits, medium heels, but I am between sizes and want to fit into my clothes well. I feel suits and dresses are a good look for me and I can feel an integral part of the company when I put them together well.

Love sheath dresses with a jacket; navy, white, black, red, charcoal grey my colors. Like nautical style because of the lines. Do not do pastels well or off- colors like oranges, browns, and greens.

Just wish I could walk into a store and buy right off the rack a season at a time. I do not like putting on four outfits before deciding on one for the day. Want everything in my wardrobe to fit and professional looking.

You do indeed seem to embody the urban sophisticate. I agree that shopping can get to be a bore. Thanks for sharing the photos. I hope you own the copyright.

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This Athena Is Trend-Setter In Her Work Life

by Sheila
(Kansas)

I am getting ready to retire and plan to spend my time at the lake and helping in the pits with a race car. After being an airplane mechanic for many years I am totally out of touch with what I should wear but with how my body has changed and what I look good in. I am 68 years old and live like I'm 30.

Hi Sheila -- Wow! What a life you have had. You have broken new ground for women in not one, but two, fields. Congratulations.

As a pace-setter, no one has gone before you to be a fashion inspiration.

I suspect that what you wear on the job must be practical and keep you safe. There are new miracle fibers that wick sweat away from the body that are being used in both sports clothing and shoes.

ExOfficio is a leader in performance clothing. You can sometimes find its products discounted and save on outdoor gear at Sierra Trading Post!

I expect that race car teams know how to party, so you will want some mix-and-match ensembles that travel well. Today's knits with Elastane and other stretch fibers resist wrinkles. Here's a very basic travel wardrobe of coordinated pieces: Knit dress that skims your curves, jacket that can be worn with the dress, a skirt and/or slacks, a cardigan sweater to swap off with the jacket, and several tops. Don't forget a packable rain hat and umbrella.

Here's our page about your travel wardrobe

Best wishes for lots of joy and success in your new life!

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Sophia Struggles with Weight, Menopause

by Tina
(Indiana)

I don't spend much time contemplating my wardrobe anymore. I am 54 years old. I am overweight. I hate what I look like. I suffer from menopause, cluster migraines, high blood pressure, low sugar(hypoglycemia), and high cholesterol.

I hate my age, I am a great grandmother 4x's. I don't feel attractive.

I have a wonderful husband who has spent the last 26 years trying to convince me that I am "beautiful. Not working though. I would love to figure out what works on this body. Good luck, right?

Hello Tina -- What I hear you saying is that you are having a hard time right now. You are right to question whether clothes that "work on this body" are going to change your outlook. May I gently suggest joining a women's support group for menopause or for weight issues? These are beyond the scope of Fashion After 50 to address. Please enjoy your darling husband who has been so supportive, your children, and grandkids. It sounds as if you have a rich, full life. Good luck.

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