Sunday, February 3, 2013

Aging Gracefully

I started working retail when the kids were little.  The hours were flexible so I could work nights and weekends while Mark was home.  I enjoyed getting out of the house, making some money and getting clothes at a great discount.  It is easy for me to talk to strangers.  I can merchandise the crap out of any store.  I'm accurate on the register and know the inventory.  The big thing........the selling of the goods?  Not so much.

Because I've done this off and on for awhile, I have observed many customers over the years.  It has been my habit to pay attention to women who are about ten years older than me.  What do they wear?  What do they do with their hair?  Jewelry, make-up, shoes?  I made a mental note of things I liked so that in the future I would have a guideline........not for what was age appropriate (is that saying even mentioned when talking about men?), but rather what I might consider wearing as I got older.

This is what works every single time...........................

Confidence.

Older women who know what they like can wear anything.  They can wear a linen sack with a belt and make you believe it's the most fashionable thing you've seen.  They can be overweight and in head-to-toe black, but with red patent-leather ballet flats they make a statement.  They can be wrinkled and a little stooped over, but with a stack of bracelets on their wrist they could be in a Sundance catalog.  They have no intention of trying to look like the daughter they have raised.  They know what works and they don't waver much from the formula as it has served them well - much like the body they inhabit.  

Money can't buy that and likely explains why I often have a hard time with the hand-holding, propping up and counseling part of retail.  I assume that if you're in your forties and beyond you already have a life story of great sorrow and immeasurable joy.  You are the acquirer, for better or worse, of wisdom.

This clothes thing is no more than the candle on your cake.


2 comments:

  1. My husband and I were having a conversation the other day about age. He is 5 years younger than me and its funny but when I was 31 and he was 27 it did not seem like a gap at all. We were a perfect match ( in our eyes) both physically and mentally. Life was never dull and our age difference seemed to be more of an asset than
    others might have thought. Now after 32 years of marriage - 3 Grown children and 8 Grandchildren it is still an asset.
    My better half looks exactly like he did on our Wedding Day and I - well I don't look at all like the Bride in our Photo. My hair is a different color & I know I would never fit into my size 5 Wedding Dress !But I would not change a thing.He keeps me in a young mind set and I know with the laughter passing back and forth and the ability to talk everything out, we both know we are still a perfect match. Age is just a number. Its what you do with it that matters. I too want to always look my best but its funny, at least for me. You don't feel your age.I am mature enough to realize that your body changes with the seasons for many reasons. But the most important cosmetic for me is to always have a smile in your eyes and Love in yor Heart.
    Foundation - Mascara and Lip Gloss go a long way in helping you to look your best.The right clothing always helps but somehow if you don't try too hard somehow it always works out.
    I think the most important thing is to feel Loved and Love back.I still have that going for me so turning 64 is a walk in the Park .

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  2. I'm sharing you again. Hope you don't mind.

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