You’re not alone, most of us don’t know how to get dressed anymore. Pre-pandemic and Meta, style inspiration was easy to find. A simple Google search, or a stop by my favorite blogs or Instagram accounts – some of us remember fashion magazines – would leave me inspired for weeks. Not only have the fashion trendsetters abandoned us in a sea of cut-outs, baggy silhouettes, fast fashion, inconsistent quality, and unflattering styles – but the bombardment of ads, sponsored posts, and reels on Instagram, has made it nearly impossible to find “real women over 40”, wearing “real outfits”.
So how do we navigate style in this post-pandemic fashion world crisis?
- Find bloggers that share your style aesthetic – or what you strive to achieve – and give them a follow. If you don’t want more in your inbox, follow them on your choice of social media, so you know when they post fresh content.
- Create your own Style Boards on Pinterest. I find it very helpful to Pin images or products that speak to me. This is a great way to learn more about your own personal style.
- Unless you trust and understand the style and aesthetic of the influencer, beware of sponsored content and purchasing items from social media ads.
- Put each newly purchased article of clothing, accessories or shoes to the test. Before your remove the tags, see if you can make 5 outfits with your new purchase. If you are struggling to work your new find into your closet, it may not be meant to be.
- When shopping online, be specific in your search. I find most websites offer great search engines, and the more details you can think to include in the search box, the better your chance of finding what you are actually looking for. Ie:”tie front top” | “wide leg linen pant” | “swimsuit with control panel” | “halter neck jumpsuit” | “v-neck sleeveless midi dress”.
- I know many of us hate shopping IRL these days, and I get it, nothing beats the convenience of shopping from home. But, if you can carve out a few hours in your schedule, I DO recommend a visit to your favorite store(s); I have found sizing specs to be inconsistent and all across the board, and knowing how your go-to brand or store fits TODAY, can save you time in returning items to the post office or drop off location in the future.
Look for bloggers who share your style aesthetic – or what you are striving to achieve – and give them a follow
I would guess there are over 50 Blog/Social Platforms that I tap into when looking for fresh ideas and inspiration, way to many to list here. This shortened list includes the bloggers I allow into my inbox, which means I really value what they are offering.
10+ Blogs I Follow
- Stylish Monday Monthly Collaboration The Stylish Monday Crew has been collaborating and offering a monthly link-up for bloggers around the globe; a place to share their style and blog posts in our monthly style link-up party, since January 2019. Each month, individual participants, interpret the monthly theme in their own way. We are women over 40, 50, 60, looking to be stylish and confident and share our love of style with the world. We publish on the 2nd Monday of each month. This month’s theme is “Coastal Grandmother” – which has very little to do with being a grandmother – an interesting collaboration for sure, coming June 13.
- Girls of a Certain Age
- Not Dressed as Lamb
- Sarah London Style
- Northern California Style
- Cindy Hattersley Design
- Letters From Tuscany (cooking and lifestyle)
- Laura Tremaine | 10 Things to Tell You
- 40 Plus Style
- Diary of a Bored Housewife
Where do you go for style inspiration these days? What strategies have you implemented or tried, in attempts to get your style grove back? What elements inspire you in a blog? Drop us a line down below, I’d love to hear from you!