Fun with Fashion at 47

January 1, 2014

Once upon a time I was a girly little girl, loving to play dress up! Fashion was super fun!

In a flash, I was a lovely 20 something year old, taking fashion classes, working at Macy’s behind the cosmetic counter, and riding every edgy trend that I could.

This is me at 22 years old, in Florence, rocking harem pants.

And this is me trying out a more goth style, with red hair and even a bindi!

How did I end up here at 47 years old?!  Time does fly!  My sense of self has grown and changed through the years.  My fashion sense has as well, and like all growth sometimes it has been a bit painful and awkward.  There was a stage when I was dressing as a frumpy school marm by day and a hot-young-thing-wanna-be by night. Somewhere in my late 30’s I realized that shopping in juniors really wasn’t working for me anymore.  I know … I was a bit slow with that realization.  I went through an awkward stage, not really knowing how to grow my fashion sense to match my changing sense of self.  Next I started my new plan to dress age appropriately.  I marched myself through Coldwater Creek, J. Jill, Chico’s, and Talbots … and if I found myself staring longingly at Hot Topic or Forever 21, I would  repeat this mantra in my head “I will dress my age. I WILL dress my age!”

Somewhere in this stage, I started looking for guidelines.  I found many rules, but were they really necessary?  No mini skirts past 35?  Well, actually I stopped wearing them before that, but I knew many women who were still looking good in them in their 40’s.  I heard Stacy London (who I actually adore, but don’t always agree with) disapprove of Heather Locklear wearing a tank top past 40.  Really?  If Heather Locklear can’t wear a tank, maybe the rest of us should just give up now and buy muumuus, right? And hey, Jillian Michaels workout DVDs have given me pretty good arm definition.  I still think I look good in a tank, gosh darn it!

I really will miss this show What Not To Wear. I learned so much by watching it, but I didn’t always agree with every choice and rule.

So that’s when I just started concentrating on having fun with fashion again. Why take it all so seriously?  Why not just enjoy it?  To me fashion is about a way of expressing myself, a way of being creative, and a way of feeling good about being me.  Age appropriate?  Yes, it’s still important to me, but I can decide for myself what that means and I don’t need to stick to any rules.  After all, if we were still following all the rules our handbags would always match our shoes and we’d never wear white after Labor Day, right? 

Now, I can let myself go into a trendy junior store and into a more mature women’s store without fear that I’ll forget who I am along the way and where I am in my life.  For me, it’s been wonderful to shop for the life I actually have, the body I actually have, and focus on wearing what makes me feel good and happy.

My latest fashion incarnation has been as “fashionshouldbefun” on Instagram.  Looking for some girly fun and style inspiration, I changed my personal account to focus on my love of fun with fashion. I’ve been thrilled to find so many fabulous fashionistas out there, all different ages, full of creative ideas, and so supportive and sweet!  I’ve been so inspired by you all!

Since I’ve always been a fan of fashion blogs, this post is my baby step in that direction.  My dear friend, Kim, who writes the Northern California Style blog, has been a huge inspiration to me.  We’ve been friends since working at Macy’s together way back in the day, and I could write a whole blog on our fashion-infused friendship!  But here I just want to thank her to encouraging me to speak my fashion truth, blog style. 

@northerncalstyle (AKA Kim) & me
As I busy woman with a demanding career and a full plate of personal responsibilities (just like most of us), I’m not sure how often I’ll post a blog, but I’m looking forward to blogging here and there when I can.
Thank you for reading my first attempt at sharing some of my thoughts on fashion! 
Style on, Insta-fashion dolls!


  • Reply Style Journey November 4, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Welcome to the blogging world! Blogging is time consuming, but you will meet a lot of great ladies. Heather

  • Reply kim at northerncalstyle. November 4, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Dawn, You are so right on with this. I am totally laughing about the Heather Locklear thing. So true, if she can't wear it, then forget it. I have seen her in person in Hawaii and she looks amazing…What Not to Wear is one of my favorites. Sad they are off, but also didn't agree with everything and I think Clinton was getting grumpier as time went by…

    Dawn, you are going to do fab with this blog. I don't know how I could have inspired you. I think my shirt above was probably a don't for me. However, I am inspired by YOUR enthusiasm and love of life! You also have an innate sense of glamour! Always fun to see what you put together. I think you have found your calling!!

    p.s. I hope you'll let your husband guest post. He seems to have some funny takes inn stye…His mall post could be a post of it's own!! Lol.

    • Reply kim at northerncalstyle. November 4, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      on style! Sorry, darn autocorrect. Also I meant his mall report! 🙂

  • Reply dawnlucy November 4, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Kim, you're so sweet and yes, you totally inspire me! My hubby would make a great funny commentator! And that blouse looks adorable on you!

  • Reply A Well Styled Life November 6, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Welcome to blogging. I started out doing style and fashion blogging but it sort of morphed onto a hodgepodge of what's on my plate at the moment. Looking forward to your ideas!!

    • Reply dawnlucy November 11, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      Thank you so much for checking out my new blog! Looking forward to checking out your blog too!

  • Reply Suzanne Carillo Style Files November 18, 2013 at 1:17 am

    Welcome! I love your first post so if that is any indication I'd say you're already well on your way.

    I am with you about the no rules. Who died and made them the fashion Queens?

    Look at your knees and cheeks in that first photo! Just priceless. Plus I might add you already had great taste as such a young age…check out the leopard and fur! : )

    Looking forward to reading your take on fashion.


    • Reply dawnlucy November 20, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      Thanks so much for the comment, Suzanne! I'm loving your blog!

      That first pic … hee hee …. such a lil fashionista in the making! I don't have the chubby cheeks anymore, but I still have those darn chubby knees! (Clue to why I don't do minis!) 😀

  • Reply Monika Faulkner November 19, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Well hello, Dawn!! Somehow you found me and my blog (I'm still new enough at this myself to be amazed at how it works!) and I'm very happy…because now I've found you!! You are sooo right, we should "have fun with fashion!!" That's the whole point!! And here's a little confession for you: I also loved watching What Not To Wear, but didn't always agree with Stacey and Clinton either!!

    • Reply dawnlucy November 20, 2013 at 8:34 pm

      So nice we found each other in the blogsphere! OXOX

  • Reply my fashion fingerprint September 13, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Oh yes, WNTW was one of my faves, but I started to worry with what I was wearing and what they were saying not to!! HAHAHA…i continued to wear what I liked anyway…so far it's been panning out! Love you on IG and love your blog!

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