Redefine Your Style: 5 Tips for Embracing Fashion after 50

Show Notes:

Summary:

In this episode of “Aging with Grace and Style,” Valerie explores redefining personal style after the age of 50. Valerie provides five essential tips to help listeners refresh and reinvent their fashion choices. She emphasizes the importance of identifying style icons, decluttering and organizing wardrobes, investing in key pieces, experimenting with colors and textures, and accessorizing to elevate looks. Through real-life stories and practical advice, Valerie inspires listeners to embrace change and express their unique style confidently and fabulously.

Timestamps:

0:00:06 Introduction to the series on the power of reinvention after 50

0:00:48 Redefining personal style after 50

0:02:05 Step one: Identify style icons

0:04:06 Step two: Declutter and organize wardrobe

0:07:00 Step three: Invest in key pieces

0:09:04 Step four: Experiment with colors and textures

0:10:58 Step five: Accessorize to elevate your look

0:14:18 Conclusion and giveaway announcement

0:15:44 Closing remarks and call to action

Key Takeaways:

  • Identify your style icons for inspiration on blending classic and contemporary elements into your wardrobe.
  • Declutter and organize your wardrobe to prioritize pieces that truly spark joy and reflect your vibrant personality.
  • Invest in versatile, timeless key pieces that make you feel confident and exude quality over quantity.
  • Experiment with colors, textures, and accessories to add personality and flair to your outfits.
  • Seek inspiration from others who have successfully revamped their style and embrace the journey of redefining your look after 50. 

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Transcript
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Well, hello gorgeous ladies, and welcome to aging with grace and style.

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I'm Valerie and this month we're embarking on a special series entitled the power of

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Reinvention.

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Each week in January, we're offering different

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facets of reinventing ourselves after 50.

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From starting anew to career changes,

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prioritizing wellness, and building supportive networks.

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Each episode builds on the next, offering a comprehensive guide to embracing change and

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making the most of this exciting stage of life.

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So let's dive into today's topic and continue our journey of growth and transformation

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together.

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: Hello gorgeous.

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Welcome back to another episode of aging with

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grace and style.

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As we continue with our January series on the

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power of reinvention.

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Today we're talking about redefining your

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personal style after 50.

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Let's say it's a total wardrobe shakeup, a

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style reflection.

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We're about to redefine your look with five

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tips that'll have you turning heads and feeling fierce.

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Fashion and style aren't just about trends.

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They're about expressing who you are.

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Let's be honest, who we are at 50 can be quite different than who we were at 30.

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So get ready to dust off your closet doors and unlock the next fashion chapter.

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Let's explore our five tips for giving your style a refreshing new edge.

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Now grab your favorite beverage and turn up the volume as we dive in.

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Step one is to identify your style icons.

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We all have those icons, the celebs,

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influencers, or even everyday folk who just rock their unique style.

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They inspire us.

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They make us want to raid our closets.

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Don't worry, we have all been there.

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But they also hold the key to unlocking our

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own fashion vision.

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For instance, I adore how a lot of them blend

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classic and contemporary elements.

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So, for instance, right now my fave is Oprah.

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She slays age appropriate, mean.

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Have you seen her lately as she's been doing

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her promos and kind of out on that circle for the color purple tour?

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The outfits that she's been wearing have been great.

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It's been a mixture of classic, but then there's some contemporary elements that I

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mentioned earlier.

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I'm not the biggest purple fan, but she has

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been rocking that color purple.

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Now, there are several other celebrities and

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even influencers on social who I love their style, but right now Oprah is the one that's

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in the forefront of my mind.

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But you spend some time browsing like

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Pinterest or Instagram or even flipping through magazines.

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Who makes you say dang, with every outfit you see them in, or what elements do you love?

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Is it their bold colors, their effortless layering, or their killer accessory game.

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Take notes.

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Build boards for style that speak to you.

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It's really a fun way to visualize what you love.

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Let these icons guide you as you explore your own style.

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Personality one of our listeners, Diane, shared her story with us after turning 50.

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She felt her wardrobe didn't really represent who she was anymore.

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She spent a weekend looking through fashion magazines and Pinterest identifying styles

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that she felt drawn to.

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This exploration helped her redefine her

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style, one that was more aligned with her vibrant personality.

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Tip number two is declutter and organize your wardrobe.

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Let's face it, many of our closets, if not yours, mine certainly are like fashion

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graveyards, outdated trends, ill fitting garments and pieces that we haven't seen the

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light of day in in years.

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It's time for a ruthless purge.

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So embrace the Marie Kondo spirit and ask yourself, does this spark joy?

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Does this sweater spark joy? If not, say goodbye to items that no longer

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serve you.

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Donate them, sell them, or upcycle them.

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You'll be surprised how much clearer and even more inspiring your wardrobe becomes when you

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only keep the pieces that you truly love and feel amazing in.

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Plus, decluttering makes it easier to identify what gaps you have in your wardrobe and to

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prioritize what you need to invest in next.

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So my friend Sarah, she held a wardrobe party

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where she invited friends to help her sort through her clothes.

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They turned it into something fun.

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Now, I couldn't do this with my friends

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because, trust me, we would never get anything done from laughing and talking the whole time.

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But if this whole wardrobe thing and closet purging thing, if it sounds too much for you

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to do on your own, then consider hiring a professional organizer or a stylist or image

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consultant who does closet audits or closet organization.

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They can provide you with an objective eye and also give you tips on outfits.

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Also consider investing in some storage cubes or shelves or hangers to help you neatly

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arrange what you want to keep.

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Now, if you're looking for a good resource,

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then check out the book the life changing Magic of Tidying up by Marie Kondo it's all

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about keeping pieces that spark joy.

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Step three is invest in key pieces.

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Now this is the fun part, building your fashion foundation.

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Every wardrobe needs a few key pieces that are versatile, timeless, and just make you feel

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like a million bucks.

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Quality over quantity is really the mantra

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here.

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Think of like a perfectly tailored blazer, a

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crisp white shirt, a pair of dark washed jeans that flatter your figure, or that little black

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dress that never fails to impress, maybe some chic shoes and that classic handbag.

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Invest in quality pieces that fit well and make you feel confident.

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These versatile staples will be the workhorses of your wardrobe, forming that perfect base

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for endless outfit combinations.

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When you're trying on investment items,

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envision wearing them as long as they still fit.

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Usually, investment pieces remain in style as, for instance, trends they come and go.

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Now, some investment pieces may cost more than trendy items, but think about cost per wear.

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So when you divide the cost over a long period of time that you're going to be wearing the

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items, you'll see that it's really worth it.

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That's why they're called investment items.

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Stores like Nordstrom's, Macy's, Chico's and Taylor, they all offer a range of options

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where you can blend style with comfort.

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Step four is experiment with colors and

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textures.

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Once you have your foundation, it's time to

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play.

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Now, don't be afraid to step outside your

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comfort zone and experiment with colors and textures.

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Mix things up a bit.

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Now I'm the worst with this black.

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I have no idea why, but black is my color.

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But in 2023, I really got better and was

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intentional about adding color.

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Go me.

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A pop of unexpected color can elevate a basic outfit while layering different textures like

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leather, silk and denim adds depth and dimension.

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Try a statement scarf, a bowl necklace, or a pair of colorful shoes to add personality and

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flair.

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They can add so much personality to an outfit.

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Now remember, fashion is all about expressing yourself.

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So have fun and don't be afraid to mix and match.

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So here's what you need to remember.

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Step outside your neutral or your muted color

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comfort zone.

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Try some bolder hues at eye catching prints

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and patterns.

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Now don't go overboard.

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Start small, play with different patterns, and then ask a sales associate or a stylist for

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guidance.

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Don't be too shy to ask for help.

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Remember, you're investing in your wardrobe.

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And finally, step five, it's accessorized to

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elevate your look.

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Accessories are like the icing on what we call

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a fashion cake.

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The right belt or earrings or bag can take an

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outfit from good to great.

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Now I have this belt that I love to wear

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because it just amplifies whatever outfit that I wear it with.

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Think of accessories as your punctuation mark.

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They add polish and personality.

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Play with proportions.

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Try layering necklaces or even rocking a

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statement ring.

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Don't underestimate, rather, the power of a

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killer pair of sunglasses or a chic hat to instantly elevate your look.

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Remember, accessories are the perfect way to showcase your unique style and to add a touch

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of your own magic.

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Now, I seldom leave home without earrings and

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most of the time I have on my favorite bracelets.

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For me, bracelets is really a signature or a staple item.

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Okay, so now let's put our list together.

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So we're going to have some scarves, jewelry,

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sunglasses, and hats because they add like instant polish.

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We're going to shop for accessories that are in colors and textures that complement your

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wardrobe basics.

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Look for statement jewelry that reflects your

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personal style.

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Opt for quality pieces that you will wear

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every day, like a cuff bracelet or hoop earrings or a pendant necklace.

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Try hats that make you feel fabulous, like fedoras or maybe in the summer, a cute floppy

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sun hat.

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And get this, collect an assortment of reading

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glasses.

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I love reading glasses because I need to wear

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reading glasses.

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But I have found some of the cutest frames on

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what's it called? Amazon.

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So I will get a set of like three with different patterns.

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I don't know if you've heard of peepers, but Amazon has like some knockoff peepers.

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It's maybe three in a pack for $10 or $15 and they're all super cute.

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So before we end, let me read an email that I received from Celia.

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It's with her perspective on revamping her style.

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She says, I used to dress frumpy, but turning 60 was a wake up call.

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To have more fun with fashion.

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I cleaned out my closet, I found a personal

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shopper, and now I buy clothes that make me feel beautiful and I get so many compliments.

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Thank you, Celia.

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I absolutely love this.

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Now I'm sure Celia isn't alone on feeling that she used to dress frumpy.

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Many women our age have put so much time into taking care of and dressing others that

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they've allowed their style to be put on hold.

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Well, girl, it's time to get your style back.

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But Celia's story, it shows that it's never too late to redefine your look.

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Okay, my friend, so there you have it.

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Five tips to redefine your style and embrace

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your inner fashion icon.

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Redefining your style after 50 is all about

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finding what makes you feel confident and fabulous.

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Don't be afraid to experiment, have fun, and let your personal style shine through.

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And hey, if you need a little extra inspiration, I'm always here to cheer you on.

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So if you have some style tips or stories, you know, I'd love to hear them.

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Share them on my social media or drop me a note at hello@agingwithgraceandstyle.com let's

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inspire each other to look and feel our best.

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Now, before we go, as a thank you for

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listening, I'm giving away one of my favorite items so those who are subscribed to my

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newsletter know that each month they get insight on what my favorite items were for the

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month prior.

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So I want to gift you with one of my favorite

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items from last month.

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Now all you have to do is to rate and review

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this episode and any other episodes that you've listened to or that you're going to

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listen to.

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Then send me a photo showing that you've done

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You can send it to me by DM on Instagram at I

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am Valerie Hatcher.

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Or you can email it to me at

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hello@agingwithgracestyle.com this is how I will know that you have rated and reviewed or

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that that rate and review is actually from you.

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So once you've done that, then you'll be entered into our drawing.

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It's really simple.

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Now, if you're curious to know what's on my

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list of faves, then join my newsletter@valeriehatcher.com I'll put the

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So until next time, girl, keep slaying and remember, fashion is the language you speak

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without saying a word.

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Now rock it loud.

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: Thank you so much for joining me for five to thrive Tuesday.

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