Bohemian and Free Spirit

by CJ
(South)

I guess Bohemian and free spirit describes my fashion taste. I deliberately buck trends, rarely wear makeup and really don't care what everyone thinks.

A young man once told me that I seemed to be what he thought a hippie would be. While I don't wear flowing dresses, have long hair or subscribe to free love, my attire preferences do go against the flow, and I like it that way.

I have enjoyed every stage of my life and look forward to the fifties as a time to keep learning, growing and giving to the next generation!

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Athena, Metis & Sophia

by Joy
(Tanilba Bay, NSW)

I work three days/week and babysit my grandsons once a week while their mother works. I also babysit my Grandaughters when on holidays. I like to travel with my husband overseas and enjoy comfortable, practical and dressy clothes.

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Metis, Athena & Aphrodite

by Barbara Brand
(Grecia, Costa Rica)

I am 68 yrears. young and, although I have four grown sons and two grandchildren, I am not your grandmotherly type. I like quiet sophistication with a romantic flair. I am know to looked "dressed up" even when wearing jeans. I love to spend time with my family as well as traveling. I spend half the year in Central America.

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Sophia Needs to Start Fresh -- Best Wishes

by Debra
(New Mexico)

I'm 58, married and need to find myself again. My children are grown, married and I have grandchildren (a new one on the way!) but I'm not very grandmotherly--especially how I think of myself. Love them very much, can play and be completely captivated in the moment but I also am focused on recapturing my life.

I'm getting my masters degree after being out of college 32 years. I gained weight over the years and lost my identity. My husband and I are trying to recapture the romantic side of our marriage--we are very good friends and that has sustained us during the ups and downs. Last year we were both out of work for a long time, sold off things to survive and now are starting over.

My wardrobe became a pair of just my size jeans (16W) and tee shirts and an blouse over or turtlenecks and a vest in winter. I have a couple of dressy black pants and dressy tops for the odd special occasion I pull together when needed. Once upon a time I had a real wardrobe, seasonal and classic.

My children use to tease me about how I always had to have my look together. Not anymore! So I'm rediscovering my true inner self and trying to transform my life to go with it. Unfortunately, the budget is focused on basic living and not much more. I'm getting my masters to move in a new direction with my career, focusing on my marriage and my life--I just need to remember how to do it and figure out the funds to do it!

Hi Debra -- Congratulations and brava on earning your master's degree. You built a wardrobe once, and you'll do it again. You're twice as smart as you were before!

Compared to the hoops you are jumping through in the academic arena, wardrobe building will be a cinch.

Having a budget makes it more interesting. I see you are in New Mexico. There are plenty of wealthy folks in Santa Fe; perhaps you can find out where they consign or give away clothes.

It could be a great chance to walk around holding hands with your husband, too, and rekindling that fire. I love that town!

Here are some tips and a page for under $50 finds.


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Athena

by Dawn
(Strathmore, Victoria)

Retired from workforce. Mum and grandma. Enjoy socialising with friends for lunches and dinners

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Athena/Sophia Type Seeks Balance

by Deb
(Hudson Valley, NY)

I work at a fairgrounds, pretty laid back office. I go from managing the business side of things to Board meetings to running around the 142 acres laying out the grounds for the next event. My previous job was the IT director for a bank- tweeds and flannel suits didn't translate well into the fairgrounds atmosphere! I am 53, and (as Kathy Bates said in Fried Green Tomatoes) "too young to be old and too old to be young!" Help! I am trying to re-balance in this new me!

Hi Deb --

I'm betting your can salvage a lot of your IT wardrobe. I worked in thoroughbred racing, spending one summer at a fairgrounds track, and those tweed jackets can be teamed with corduroy, khaki twill, and even jeans for a more casual look.

Disassembling the suits to wear as coordinates will give them a more casual look.

Carefully look over your tops, too, for what can work with new bottoms.

Shoes and accessories may be the secret for creating the balance you now want.

Nice boots and a leather handbag can go a long way to creating a sporty, yet well-put-together look. The boots can be high or low, depending on the weather. Mocassins and lace-up shoes also will complement a casual wardrobe.

Scarves with appropriate motifs, chunky jewelry, and appropriate hats are other accessories to consider. Depending on your environment, a cowgirl hat or a fedora at a jaunty angle may be just the touch to make you enjoy your new look.

Good luck in your new job.

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Artemis Wants Something New

by Lessye
(Texas)

Date night

Date night

I'm 53 and have been managing a horse farm for 20 years. In that role, I dressed for outdoor work and weather. Comfort and durability - warm in winter, cool and easy-drying in summer, always loose fitting or stretchy.

Now I am planning a new life as an academic. Half my friends are young enough to be grandchildren as I return to school full time. I need to learn how to dress age appropriately, but don't want to be boring. Fortunately, my work will be in Sociology and Anthropology, so I'm hoping a little extra exoticism and color will not be found amiss.

Artemis? Doesn't look like my style, especially now that I don't have to worry about farm work.

Hello Lessye -- Best wishes for success and fun in your new life.

It's hard for me to imagine your work wardrobe being other than Artemis, even if it's not what you genuinely would have preferred.

I've worked on college campuses with very different dress codes. Right now, I'm at a career college, and it's conservative suits all the way. Elsewhere, the Blockbuster image prevailed for me and women -- khakis, a blue or other business casual suit, ties for the men, suit jackets when needed for the weather.

It does sound as if you will be able to find and express your true style as you create a brand new life for yourself. Bravo!


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Metis Seeks Professional Look

by Linda
(Atlanta, GA)

54 year old mother and grandmother who wants to dress well, but definitely not old and frumpy. I'm a manager in a medium sized office and want to look professional, but not stuffy.

Hi Linda -- You are in luck. There is so much clothing now available for professional wear, often at a reasonable price. I like the look of a skirt-jacket combination for the Atlanta area, rather than a pant suit. When I lived in Georgia in the 1990s, my impression was that Southern women still enjoy looking feminine.

A flowery print in a soft, drapey fabric, with a coordinated top might be perfect. When I want to illustrate women's professional suits, I usually go to Boscov's online to snag photo.

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Athena/Kali

I don't see myself as a trendsetter. Just not quite sure what my style is.

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Sophia/Athena Type Has Full Life

I am 58 years young, a size 8 to 10 Petite, heavy chested & looking for clothes that will fit my age & body type. I want to be youthful but not ridiculous. I like reading, walking, waterfalls, & traveling. I am married, have adult children & grandchildren. I participate in bible study,choir at church, a book club, and birthday club. I am very busy and need clothes that can look OK in the grocery store on my "stay at home days", but also classic items for movies, meetings, etc without breaking the bank, My life is very very full!

Hi there --

It is a really up to you and the weather climate of your area what you will purchase. A woman in Florida or Arizona will need different clothing than a woman in North Dakota or Montana.

It sounds like separates in slacks, carpi lengths, and longer length suits might provide the basis for a wardrobe that offers lots of options for coordinating. You may want to read about basic wardrobe planning to get started. Good luck!

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Aphrodite, Hecate.Metis

by Patricia
(Texas)

65, married, 2 sons, 5 young grandchildren, retired chemistry teacher, take time for myself, exercise(swimming and walking with friends), read, take care of my mother who does not live with me(shop,dr,etc.),TV ,travel,wife of small town mayor,short and plump.

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Aphrodite/Baubo, The Romantic and Bawd

by Baerbel
(Germany)

Well, I always have been a creative person who loved to have a moderate amount of fun in her life. And I always hated the fashion dictate. Now, in my 50s, I feel much more confident to wear my own style without caring about what others may think.

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Metis Isn't Sure This Type Is Her

by Sally
(Elk Grove, CA)

I took this survey a second time just to see if my type would change, but it didn't. Guess this is my type.

Hi Sally -- Thanks for sharing your results. I am very interested in learning that the index got similar results two times for you.

If you are not happy with the results, please consider these few things.

First, there is nothing wrong with liking high-quality clothing, classic styles, and even designer labels.

Second, most people have secondary preferences. Some of the archetypes share common characteristics. For example, Metis, Athena, and Sophia all tend to want plainer, classic, long-lasting clothing. Athena is a bit more businesslike, Sophia very simple in her tastes, and Metis a bit more upscale and trendy.

Last, no index can tell you who you are. It may help you to better understand your personality or your taste, or whatever it purports to assess. But only Sally knows the real Sally.

Thank you again for participating.

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