I think there are lots of people who would agree with me when I say that as a society in general we are totally obsessed with beauty, image and looks. We are bombarded by a constant stream of advertising telling us what clothes we should wear, how our hair should look and how much make-up we should wear. The models on the covers of our magazines are all air-brushed to perfection, leaving many young girls and women feeling totally inadequate about their appearances.
I was one of those women once. I had no confidence in how I looked. I didn’t even realise that I had a good figure until I was in my late 20’s. I’m sure I made a couple of fashion boo-boo’s along the way too.
Now, as I am approaching my 50th birthday I can honestly say that I am not obsessed by any of this anymore. Don’t get me wrong – I still like to look nice but I have learnt as I have gotten older that it is more important to dress in clothes that make me feel good. I like clothes that I can put on and look in the mirror and feel happy in. And if I like something that I purchased at K-Mart I don’t see why I should be perceived differently than if I had shopped at David Jones.
I also try to never buy ‘one off pieces’. Almost everything in my wardrobe is mix and match. I even have a few things that I have found at Op Shops and some stuff like jumpers that I never wear here on the Gold Coast that are over ten years old, but I keep them for when we are visiting family down south so I don’t have to buy new ones.
Aside from anything else I am not in a financial position to constantly spend money on clothes, hair make up and nails. Not that I have ever been a big wearer of makeup and I haven’t paid to have a colour put in my hair for years – I usually get Miss M to do it for me! I am starting to get a sprinkle of grey in my hair now and I am fine with that. The only reason I ever coloured my hair was because I felt like a change and it made me feel happy.
The other thing I don’t get is the current obsession with fad diets, which are often very restrictive with what you can eat or cut a particular food group out altogether. Yes I understand the importance of maintaining a healthy diet and weight but again if you choose to diet or to exercise it should be for the health benefits and the way it makes you feel, not because society dictates that that is how you should look.
So in the interests of keeping it real, I am going to post some photo’s on Instagram every now and again of me just being me. You can follow along by using the hash tags #everydaystyle #keepingitreal #ootd (outfit of the day)
I’d love for you to join me so as together we can show that you can look and feel great no matter what your age, what you wear or where you shop.