By the time most women have reached the age of 40 they know what styles to wear and, more importantly, what not to wear. I’ve never been able to wear a belted dress (Does anyone remember the shirt waist?) or a blazer or large floral prints.– An image of a walking loveseat comes to mind.
I’ve always liked and worn sleeveless tops and turtle necks; however, at this point in my life I’ve found it necessary to avoid both of those fashion features. The turtleneck calls attention to a less than taut neck, and a lack of sleeves exposes my upper arms. What’s going on there? The inner skin of my arms is crepey and creepy! When did that happen?
So what is a girl to do? It seems the only recourse is to shop carefully, choosing styles and colors that are becoming and flattering. It’s obvious that my choices have narrowed. I also prefer solid colors, but it seems like manufacturers are using all sorts of colorful prints.—Ugh! I think the patterns must make it easier to hide construction flaws. At one time I was a pretty good seamstress. I’ve got a great pair of scissors and a sewing machine that still works; so I may try sewing again. Until then I guess I’ll continue to wear a lot of black—with long sleeves and a round neck.