What Not To Wear After Age 50apparel
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Yes, yes, I know what you’re probably thinking. Not another article on how a mini skirt is something that you should avoid at all costs, or how you’re way too old to pull off that pair of ripped jeans. Another set of rules and guidelines on how to dress properly and"age gracefully"... Am I right?
Don’t worry, darling – that’s not what Mindful Souls is about.
You’re over 50. You’ve earned your right to wear whatever you want. One of the best things about getting older is realizing that you should not worry or care about what other people think anymore (or at least, not as much as you used to) - now is the time to be the true, unapologetic and uncensored YOU. Finally.
If you still don’t feel comfortable in your skin… well, hate to break it to you, but you’re probably not getting a new one anytime soon, therefore, it’s time to learn how to be! Treat this as a perfect opportunity to experiment with your wardrobe and discover which style choices make you feel like the most authentic self.
We’re not saying that being mindful of certain fashion "fails" is a bad thing, but let’s be honest here - you already know which pieces of clothing look good on you and which ones don’t, so no one should be telling you that. And you probably already know that there’s nothing you can’t wear when you’re 50 or over - it’s all about the preference at this point.
That being said... there ARE several things that you should avoid wearing at all costs (we’ve warned you that it might not be what you expected):
You might be tired. Heck, you probably most certainly are. 50 years is quite a milestone, a lot has happened in your life. If you’re a sensitive soul, you might be carrying the weight of the whole world on your shoulders as well: all of the global problems, the unfairness, things you’d want to change in the world...
For starters, let go and take a deep breath. You still have a long way to go. Try to get inspired and excited about the journey that still awaits! A tired, negative attitude will not work in your favor, and all you’re doing is holding yourself back.
2. The Frown on Your Face
We won’t tell you that frowning causes wrinkles. Who cares about those? You most certainly already have quite a few and, hopefully, have learned how to embrace them.
Frowningdoes make you much less approachable, though. Without even knowing it, you might be missing out on new acquaintances and experiences. Smile and laugh more, not only does it make you more inviting and open to others, a positive mindset is good for your mind and your soul too!
3. The Complaining Attitude
There are plenty of things that are not going your way, but remember – complaining will not change any of that. Honestly, have you ever heard of a problem that has been solved simply by moaning and groaning about it? The more you complain, the more likely it is that you will repeat the same behavior in the future, and over time, it will become easier to be negative than to be positive. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude instead: when you feel like complaining, shift your attention to something that you’re grateful for.
4. Rose-colored Glasses
If you’re too old for anything – it’s naivety. You know who you are, you know how the world works. Yes, reality sometimes blows, but after hitting 50 you need to find a way to deal with it. Leave the rose-colored glasses for youngsters, your wisdom should already be telling you that there’s no reason to stay naïve anymore. Don’t make false promises to yourself either: no more buying jeans that seem a little too small, on the expectation that you will soon lose that extra weight. Chances are it’s not happening if it hasn’t happened in the last 5 years.
5. "Back in my day…" Attitude
If there’s a phrase that can age anyone in just a few seconds - it’s definitely this one. We’re living in a fast-paced world, and you really need to keep up! Learn new things and adapt, it might be overwhelming and difficult at times, but there is no reason to linger in the past. Those days are long gone, the world is constantly changing, and you don’t want to be left behind. Go ahead, read up on some new smartphone technologies or learn how to retouch your holiday pictures on your desktop computer - at least you’ll score some cool point with your kids and grandkids if nothing else ;)
6. 50 shades of… GREEN
If you’re someone who tends to pay attention to others, count their achievements and notice every new addition to their assets - ENVY might be your worst enemy. It’s a completely natural emotion that all of us experience from time to time, however, it’s incredibly important to catch yourself when you’re indulging in it a little bit too much. Austin O’Malley once said:"Envy is a gun with a faulty breech-lock which flares back and burns the gunner", and it couldn’t be more true. After all, the one who takes the biggest hit from this toxic behavior is… you and your self-worth.
Do phrases like “I can’t...”, “I’m not good enough…”, “I’m going to fail…” sound too familiar? You’ve probably been through so much in your life, and on so many occasions proved to be capable of much more than you dared to imagine, so stop putting yourself down! These simple, innocent thoughts can diminish your confidence, lower your potential, and ultimately sabotage your success in a heartbeat. What if you had a friend, constantly putting you down for no reason? You wouldn’t keep him close for too long, would you? Well, don’t do that to yourself either! Don’t become your worst enemy, life can already be quite difficult at times, why make it even harder for yourself?
All of us are guilty of putting too much focus on our appearances, however, the way we dress, the makeup we wear, the accessories we choose have very little to do with"aging gracefully". It’s all about the attitude, baby! As long as you’re ready to invite some positivity in your life and take time to critically assess your behavior and maybe tweak a thing or two - there’s nothing stopping you from being the best version that you can be. Good luck, celebrate your life NOW and don’t save it for later! ;)