Thursday, May 2, 2013

Out Of The Closet- My Age (40)

I have thought long and hard about writing this post and I finally decided to do it.  There's no denying it, I am a fashion blogger in my 40's.  I love clothes and blogging and I won't apologize!

It started in the 80's when I first discovered high fashion magazines like "Town and Country" and "Vogue" at the doctors office.

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  No lie, the waiting room always ended up a few publications lighter by the time I left.  The photos, the glamorous stories, the incredible lifestyles!!!!  Of course this convinced me that central Wisconsin had to be the least cultured place in the world as far as fashion went, (not true, but maybe not far off.)

My small town finally received a mall around the time I was in 5th grade and even though we didn't have cable at my house, I was very aware of it when I went to friends homes who did have it.

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  I loved watching MTV for 2 things...the clothing and the dancing! 

I started going through my own little fashion phases, the first around 6th grade, when breakdancing was very popular...I think I owned 3 pairs of parachute pants and in 7th grade, neon colors and neon colors only! (Mom and Dad were not thrilled and did not allow this apparel to be worn to church.)  8th grade brought on an envy of every girl who owned a Limited fisherman's sweater.

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 When high school came along, matchy matchy was VERY in as were dressy shorts with nylons and flats or white Keds.  I rarely wore jeans and loved 2 piece skirt and top sets...anyway, I could go on.

I'm not saying that in these 40 years I've become a fashion know it all, in fact far from it.  But fashion educated me in ways that have helped shaped my life.  You know that neon phase?  Yeah, I was the only one in my school (town?) doing this, and I wore that neon- puffy paint- tropical sunset tee shirt proudly (I even got a sneak into church!)  And in high school wearing my matching houndstooth skirt and top (I wish I still had this,) during exam time?  Well, maybe feeling good just has a little something to do with how well you perform. 

Anyway, this is becoming psychology, and I'm just saying I'm a fashion blogger in my 40's.


Keit said...

You're in your 40s?? Seriously??? You look like a 20 year old for god's sake :D
I know what you mean about growing fashion wise. You start from scratch and slowly make your way through different phases, until you find your match. It's a great journey! ^_^

Style Journey said...

No way! There is no way you are in your 40s. You look damn good girl!

I remember the Keds, The Limited and the tights and shorts too. Oh and don't get me going on the puffy paint, ha ha!


Shybiker said...

Reflections like these are fascinating to me. I love hearing your thoughts about life, clothes and self-image.

And when you talk about age, remember there are others of us who are OLDER so, no matter how old you feel you are, we're even further down the line.

jamie @ [kreyv] said...

You go, girl!! Love the keds...just bought a pair for my three year old. They've come full circle...again! (I think my 60yo mom, me, and now my daughter have at some point in our lives worn keds!)

Cafe Fashionista said...

What?! You're not seriously in your 40s are you? I'm with Keit {above} - you look like you're in your 20s. I never, ever, in a million years thought you were out of your 20s! What on earth are you drinking/eating? I want some of that! :)

michelle_ said...

love the white keds !

Bella Q said...

I'm am so glad you are a fashion blogger in her 40s. It's an age where we still love style, and there's not enough proper representation of women in this age bracket celebrating their lives, their bodies, and their age!

FAIIINT said...

I would never have guessed you were 40! Seriously! I really hope I look as good as you when I get to that age! :D
I agree with you too, fashion has helped shape me as a person so much. I know people that would say that's shallow, but it's true & I'm not ashamed! :)

Kathleen Lisson said...

awesome memories. I love my scrunchies.

Mouthwash said...

Good heavens woman! I think you need to do a post on skin care, and what you eat, and how many hours of sleep you get, because I have always thought that you were my age. You look amazing.

Age is seriously only a number, but your skin *glows* lady! Please do share!!

And...since you mentioned breakdancing, have you seen Breakers, Electric Boogaloo? My favorite 80's movie ever!!

Laura said...

Good for you! Why should fashion have an age limit?

Bhushavali N said...

Wow! That's a touching post!!!
I was telling my mom a couple of days back that she should start a fashion blog on her own... I should show your blog to her!!! :)
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Bhushavali N said...

Wow! That's a touching post!!!
I was telling my mom a couple of days back that she should start a fashion blog on her own... I should show your blog to her!!! :)
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Pop Champagne said...

I used to watch MTV for the clothing and the dancing too. Now it only plays trashy reality shows that I can't relate to lol

melissa said...

No need to apologize gd for you for being open. You look great for your age too

Obscene Rabbit said...

40 and fucking fabulous!

MalibuMara said...

You look way younger than that. But I love this post, different than your normal outfit posts :)
You should blog about your beauty secrets!

rlutz said...

I would have never guessed that you were 40. It is so nice to have other bloggers out there who are "older". I definitely remember certain parts of my life by the fashions I wore!!