Take a Picture!

by Susan Street of FiftynotFrumpy.com
(Johnson City, TN, USA)

This looked good when I looked in the mirror. The photo shows that I look like an over accessorized old lady trying too hard to look hip.

This looked good when I looked in the mirror. The photo shows that I look like an over accessorized old lady trying too hard to look hip.

This looked good when I looked in the mirror. The photo shows that I look like an over accessorized old lady trying too hard to look hip. This photo shows how more streamlined combinations of muted colors and less accessories work much better for me.

When I started writing a blog targeting fashion for women over 50 I had just lost 40 pounds. I was documenting my self-discovery and attempts at appropriate fashion for this new me.

I found over and over again that my perception of the style I was wearing was different when looking in the mirror as opposed to looking at photos of me wearing the same outfit.

Whenever possible ask someone to take pictures of you wearing what you feel is a great style for you. When you look at the pictures you will see more how the outfit really looks on you. We have a special relationship with mirrors.

I've watched my best friend walk up to a mirror and her face changes on the way over to it. By the time she looks in the mirror she sees a different face than the once she wears normally. It shows us what we think we look like.


Photographs more capture the real us. Just walk around and move in different poses as the photographer is shooting. Don't plan the poses too much.

Hi Susan -- Thank you for sharing your blog with us. I hope you will do Fashion After 50 the favor of a blog roll shout-out, too.

It is hard for me to see in the small photos, but I rather like the top photo with the magenta jacket better.

I also wonder if we don't pose for a camera just as much as we do for the mirror. I have been told many times that I am "more alive" when people meet me than I seem in a photo; I tend to freeze up and the camera eye does not capture my energy and passion for life.

I don't doubt that photos are the best way for you to see the real you; I am not sure that this would effective for me.

Having said that, I encourage women to dress in a way that feels right for you. You seem to have found that photos are the process that works for you.

I hope some Fashion After 50 readers will find a lesson in this.

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