From Suits to Sass: Redefining Style Over 50

What’s Your Ageless Style Quiz?

Show Notes:

Summary:

In this episode of “Aging with Grace and Style,” Valerie dives into the topic of expressing yourself through personal style, particularly for women over 50. Valerie shares her expertise as a certified image consultant and offers practical tips and inspiring stories for discovering and embracing one’s unique style. She emphasizes the importance of reflecting on past wardrobe choices, understanding current preferences, gathering inspiration, and experimenting with new looks. Valerie also introduces a fun and quick personal style quiz to help listeners identify their dominant style type and discusses the creation of a versatile capsule wardrobe. Throughout the episode, Valerie encourages listeners to view personal style as a journey of self-expression that evolves over time.

Timestamps:

00:00 Valerie Hatcher’s podcast for stylish women over 50.

05:53 Timeless pieces that define personal style.

08:56 Style is about feeling confident and happy.

13:46 Quantity becoming quality, reassessing my style evolution.

14:42 Diane von Furstenberg and Jane Fonda inspire style.

Key Takeaways:

  • Personal style is your superpower. It’s a way to express your unique personality and boost your confidence.
  • Personal style is not about following trends, but about creating a wardrobe that feels authentically you.
  • Reflect on different phases of your life and what elements from those periods still resonate with you to help discover your personal style.
  • Build a capsule wardrobe with timeless pieces, accessorize to add a personal touch, and ensure your clothes are well-fitted.
  • Take the personal style quiz linked in the show notes, and have fun experimenting with your wardrobe. Remember, personal style is a journey, not a race.

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you're new here, welcome. And if you're a regular listener, you

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know the deal. We're about to dive into something good.

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Last time we talked about body positivity

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and feeling amazing in your own skin.

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It was such a great conversation, and I loved hearing your

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feedback and personal stories. Today, we're

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going to extend that conversation into how

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we can express ourselves through personal style.

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Hey, friend. Ever feel like those old fashioned

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ideas about aging just don't fit you? If you're ready to

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own this incredible chapter with grace, style, and a touch of

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sass, this is your space. Welcome to the aging with

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grace and style podcast. I'm Valerie Hatcher, and I'm here

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with empowering tips, inspiring stories, and a whole lot of

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fun just for us, women over 50. So grab

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your favorite beverage, turn up the volume, and let's get

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started.

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Have I told you that I'm a certified image consultant?

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I was certified years a, and, at that time, I primarily

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focused on business or professional dress and image.

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I studied style, body type, color, etcetera,

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you know, everything that was necessary to become certified.

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At one point, I considered transitioning to becoming a stylist

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to dress people, and I shadowed a well

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renowned stylist in Dallas. And to this day, he is

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still my favorite in the industry. But

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I say all that to say, I've

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reached back into my memory, dusted some stuff off to

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ensure that it's relevant today, and

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pulled it all together for this episode.

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So what exactly is personal style?

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Well, it's more than the clothes that

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you wear. It's not about

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blindly following trends or copying someone else's look.

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It's about discovering what makes you feel confident and

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comfortable and totally authentic. It

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reflects your personality, your values, and the journey that

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you've been on. Think of it as

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your unique fashion fingerprint or your

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signature. It tells the world about who

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you are without you having to say a word.

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And when you nail it, it can boost your

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confidence, make getting dressed a breeze, and even

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spark conversations and connections. On

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social, I've seen some over 50 ladies

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who truly rock and embrace their style, and

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I absolutely love it.

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Now I know you might be thinking, but Valerie,

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I don't have a style. Well, trust me, you do.

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It's just waiting to be unearthed. And the cool thing

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is with doesn't have to be boxed in.

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You might be a mix of a couple Style. That's where

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I really am right now, but the good thing is

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there are no rules. So how do we

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go about finding our personal style, especially

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after 50? Well, it starts

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with a bit of reflection. Think about

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different phases that you've gone through in your life. For instance,

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you might have had a professional career phase where

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your wardrobe was filled with suits and business

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attire. Perhaps you had a phase of raising

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children where comfort and practicality took a.

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Or maybe you went through a period of self discovery where

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you tried out various styles and trends.

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Each of these phases leaves an imprint on your

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personal style. Reflect on what

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elements from these phases still resonate with you.

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Did you love the structured blazers from your professional days,

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or did you find joy in the casual, comfortable

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clothing from your time at home?

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Next, take a look into your

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wardrobe. Now here's a practical exercise.

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Go to your closet, pull out the items

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that you absolutely love.

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These are the pieces that you reach for time and time again because

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they make you feel good. Lay them out and look at

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them. What do they have in common? Is

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it the color palette? Maybe lots of

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neutrals or bold a. Or if you're like me, it

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could be a lot of black. Is it the fit,

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tailored, loose, or a mix? For

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me, if it's a dress, then it's

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likely going to be above the knee. And most who know me,

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though, know that I like wearing tastefully short

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dresses. I guess you could say that's really part of my

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personal style. Or when you're there and you've pulled

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out your your your things and you're looking to see what they have in common,

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is it the fabric? Do you prefer

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natural fabrics like cotton and linen, or

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do you like the feel of silk and satin?

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For example, you might pull out a

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well fitted pair of jeans, a

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soft cashmere sweater, and a bright

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patterned scarf. These items can tell a lot

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about your preferences. You like comfort,

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you like a touch of luxury with the cashmere,

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and you like a pop of color. Now

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you can move to gathering some inspiration.

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Dive into Pinterest or fashion blogs,

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magazines, social media, really Hatcher

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gets you excited and gets those creative juices flowing.

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Create a style mood board or a Pinterest

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board and add a collection of images,

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colors, and textures that just make your heart skip a

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beat. Now for the fun part of this exercise

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is try stepping outside of your

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comfort zone. Visit boutiques,

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try on different outfits, and see how they make you

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feel. You'll never know until you try.

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Try on those bold prints or that unexpected

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silhouette. If you're if you usually wear,

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let's say, an a line dress, then maybe try

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on something that's a bit more a. But that's

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only if you feel comfortable and if it's the right cut

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for your body. If you don't feel comfortable and confident, then ditch

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it. For you, it could be instead

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of always wearing solids, adding some

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print, such as a blouse or a sweater or a

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jacket. It could be adding color if you're usually

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somebody who wears neutral colors often.

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You might be surprised by what you discover.

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Remember, personal style, it's a journey. It's

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not a destination, and there are no rules. It's

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about what makes you feel confident and happy. And

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it's totally okay for it to

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evolve just as you do. So

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to make this journey even easier, I got a little secret

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weapon for you. It's a personal style quiz.

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I'll link it in the show notes, but it's a super fun and quick way

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to figure out your dominant style.

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There are so many ways that styles are

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classified out there, but I want it to be quick and

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simple. So my quiz focuses on casual

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and comfortable, trendy and fashionable,

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sporty and functional, and elegant and sophisticated.

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Knowing yours can help you curate a wardrobe that

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feels authentically you. But remember,

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these types, they're not rigid boxes. You

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actually might be a mix of a few. Here

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are brief a few brief descriptions of the ones that I

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mentioned. Now the quiz goes into more detail.

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Casual and comfortable. It's relaxed clothing

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that allows you to move freely and and at ease.

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Think comfortable jeans,

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trendy and fashionable, bold,

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vibrant, and always on point. Think

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bright colors and bold patterns.

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Sporty and functional. Kind of sporty and

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active. So think dress up or dress down, like some

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chic joggers. And then there's elegant and

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sophisticated, which is timeless Sass

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cuts and high quality fabrics. Think

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tailored pieces. Once you

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have a good grasp on your style type,

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we can talk about building a versatile wardrobe.

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The magic lies in a capsule wardrobe, which is a

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collection of essential pieces that can be mixed and matched

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to create a multitude of outfits. Think of

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it as a fashion puzzle where every

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piece fits perfectly together.

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Here are a few tips to get you started. Number 1,

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invest in key pieces. Think of

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timeless items that you can mix and Hatcher, a

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classic blazer, well fitted jeans,

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a versatile,

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neutral tops that will go with most things.

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These pieces, they can form the foundation of

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your wardrobe, and they can be dressed up or down depending on

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the occasion. Number 2 is to

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accessorize. So accessories can

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elevate an outfit and add a personal touch that's

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unique to you. So when I say unique to you,

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an example would be I'll use me. I'm not

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a person who likes big jewelry. I'm pretty simple in that

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area. And 9 out of 10 times, you're going to see me

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with a v initial necklace

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or a butterfly necklace. Now I might

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layer with another necklace, something longer, but it's still

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pretty much going to be simple. Scarves,

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jewelry, and handbags, they also are great ways to

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experiment with trends without having to overhaul

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your entire wardrobe. And 3 would be

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tailoring. Fit is crucial. A well

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fitted outfit can make a world of difference, so don't

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hesitate to take your clothes to a tailor. It's a small

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investment that can greatly enhance how your clothes look

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and feel on you. Sometimes just buying off the

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Grace doesn't work from a fit perspective.

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Maybe if you buy off the rack, may it could be

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fit right in the waist, but it may not

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fit right elsewhere. Or there are

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times when they may fit in the hips, but then the waist is too big,

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or a jacket may not hug your body the way it should.

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So taking your items to a tailor can make a big

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difference. And remember, quality

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over quantity is key. Invest in pieces

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that you truly love that will stand the test of

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time. Now when I talk about quantity,

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I do need to use my own or take my own advice. I

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have quantity in my

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closet. It is quality, and they are

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most of them pieces that I truly a. But I do

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need to do, an assessment a need to do the same thing.

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And I said, we go through phases, and Because Sass I said, we go through

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phases, and I think I'm in a different phase right now. So my style has

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changed, which will allow me the opportunity to get rid of some things that I

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need to get rid of. So let's talk about some

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inspirational figures who have nailed their personal style.

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Women like the late Iris Apfel, who was

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known for her bold, eclectic a,

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combining vibrant colors and patterns, and always had the

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coolest eyeglass frames. I loved to see

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her style on social. Then here's a blast from the

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past. Diane von Furstenberg, who exemplified,

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chic and sophisticated style with her iconic rap

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dress. And, of course, another blast from the past is

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Jane Fonda, who embraces this classic

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yet modern style that exudes confidence and

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grace. A, no, it's not just

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celebrities who can expire inspire us.

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I get a lot of inspiration from everyday

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people just like you and me. Actually, I would

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love to hear from you. Share your personal style stories with

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me. What pieces make you feel

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fabulous? How has your style evolved over

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the years? You know you can connect with me on social

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media at I am Valerie Hatcher.

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Okay. Before we end, it's time for a

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few key takeaways. Personal

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style is your superpower. It's a way to

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express your unique personality and boost your

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confidence. It's not about following

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trends, but about creating a wardrobe

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that feels authentically you. So

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here's your homework. Take that style quiz

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that I've linked in the show notes. And I can't wait to hear

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what you discover. Also, look at

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your wardrobe this week and find a that

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truly represent your style. And

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remember, personal style is a journey is not a

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race and embrace the process,

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have fun with it. And don't be afraid to experiment.

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Until next time, shine your bright light and

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rock that personal style with confidence. Remember,

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to keep your Aging your best life with grace,

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style, and a touch of Sass. And I say all that to

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say, girl, just stay stylish.

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Thanks for hanging out with me today. I hope you're feeling

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inspired and ready to own your awesomeness. I

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love sharing this space with you. And if you of today's

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episode, do me a favor, share it with a friend who

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could use some extra inspiration. A quick rating

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and review really helps too. Don't forget to

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subscribe so you never miss an episode. Let's

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sass.

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