Any Age Series 3 of 3: 7 Tips for Ageless Fashion & Style

 

By Peggie Walker

Is it fashion or is it style? Fashion is the accessories or clothing that one wears, it can change frequently over time. Style is one’s unique way of presenting the things one wears. It often develops and enhances over time. We can and should all aspire to achieve great fashion with great style. It’s never too late or too early to explore and find what looks best on you to bring out your personal style.  No matter your age, developing a personalized “look” is something everyone should aspire to do.

Age Appropriate vs Body Appropriate

 

No matter what age or shape, you can change your whole perspective on how you look and feel. As part 1 of this series indicated, exercise is key and essential to body appropriate fashion and style.  As age lines become blurred, ‘getting it right’ and ‘looking your best’ in your clothes is not so much a function of your age as it is of your height, weight, and shape.  There are no set rules when it comes to fashion and style that work best for you. You don’t need a walk in closet full of clothes to be fashionable.  All you really need are basic staple pieces that you can mix and match, wear over and over, and dress up or down.

7 Tips for Ageless Fashion & Style

  1. Keep your look chic and classy even when dressing casual
  2. Dress in a timeless way by investing in quality statement pieces of jewelry–remembering to keep accessories minimal
  3. Pay special attention to personal grooming, this will enhance your personal style
  4. Keep makeup natural with neutral colors during the day and use bolder makeup at night
  5. Edit your wardrobe frequently to ensure you are on trend with 10 really fashionable pieces
  6. Shop seasonal sales for bargains to get you through to the next season
  7. Use a critical eye when following the newest trends by getting what looks good on you.  If it doesn’t feel/fit right then its probably not right for you

Define Your Fashion Style & Make It Work


Select fashions that will develop your personal style. Try different styles for different occasions.  Example: fun and flirty for day, sexy and sophisticated for night, or bold and dramatic for those miscellaneous times. If you pay attention to what works for you and be disciplined about it you will be well on your way to being a fabulous, on-trend dresser with incredible style–at any age.

Our friend, Peggie Walker, is the Executive Editor & Lifestyle Consultant for The Quest for It. She recently re-ignited her longtime passions in the areas of inter-generational beauty, fashion, and health/wellness lifestyles. Many of her articles reflect her long-time practice of living and promoting an age defying life. Early on in her career, Peggie worked at a local New York City School of Modeling where she developed and instructed classes in model makeup, exercise, and fashion. During the 90s, she worked as a Certified Personal Trainer while working toward an MBA Degree in Marketing. Peggie considers herself a warrior against the aging effects of gravity, both physically and mentally. Her quest continues to be filled with aspiration, inspiration, and education.

 

 

Any Age Series 2 of 3: Ageless Beauty and Longevity

 

By Peggie Walker

You’re never too young or too old to be beautiful. It’s about setting goals and living your dreams.  Be persistent and you will develop discipline along the way. Healthy good looks can be obtained through your own efforts at home, or with professional help, or the use of both.

On the Road to Natural Beauty

 

What does ageless beauty mean to you?  When I was 29, I decided I wanted to be 29 forever! So I began an adventure of increasing my attractiveness over time.  Anybody can do it!  On my journey, I discovered that there are two types of beauty: “natural” and “enhanced.”  Natural beauty is about optimal health, a shapely body, luminous skin and shining hair.  Enhanced beauty, simply put, is natural beauty with a little help, aka procedures and surgical enhancements.  I’m all for mixing and matching based on individual preference and my little motto, “all things in moderation.”

3 Simple Steps to Lasting Natural Beauty

 

1. Wash Your Face Before Bed: Not thoroughly removing makeup before bed is one of the biggest causes of early signs of aging.  In order to have healthy, radiant skin it is important to remove makeup at the end of every day so that skin can breathe. For efficient clean-up, remember to use a remover that is tailored to your specific type of make-up, e.g: oil-free makeup requires oil-free makeup remover and water-based makeup requires water-based makeup remover for both face and eye area.

2. Don’t Skip Meals: Starving yourself (different from fasting) to lose weight and skipping meals as opposed to grazing (snacking throughout the day on fruits, veggies, and protein/energy bars) results in sagging skin, wrinkles and hair loss and graying.  Always remember to eat and to do so mindfully. Give your undivided attention to your plate when eating 3 moderate meals a day. And when you are multi-task-grazing, be sure to pre-measure your portions so you don’t over-eat while distracted.

 

3. Exfoliate, Exfoliate: Baby-soft skin and a healthy glow are two of the best all-natural ways to retain a youthful look. The best part: You don’t always have to opt for expensive products or treatments to get the anti-aging results you desire. You can use kitchen staples to make your own body scrubs.  My current fave is mixing French Vanilla & Chocolate Cherry flavored ground coffee with salt and olive oil.  It’s an effective scrub that leaves your skin energized and soft to the touch. Use anywhere from one to three times per week, depending on skin sensitivity.

It’s never too early, or too late to start your anti-aging adventure!  Anti-aging strategies not only work toward prevention, but they work toward reversal.  If you’re in your 20s, you should already have a daily skin-care routine that includes cleansing, use of sunscreen and moisturizing before applying makeup.  Your routine should also include exfoliating once a week as well as a face mask once a week depending on your skin type.  As you enter your 30s, you can add anti-aging treatment creams.  Your anti-aging skin care routine should be taken with you through each new decade, increasing the strength and frequency of the products you use. Remember you can start at any age! It’s about dedication coupled with using the right products at the right time. Start now!

Our friend, Peggie Walker, is the Executive Editor & Lifestyle Consultant for The Quest for It. She recently re-ignited her longtime passions in the areas of inter-generational beauty, fashion, and health/wellness lifestyles. Many of her articles reflect her long-time practice of living and promoting an age defying life. Early on in her career, Peggie worked at a local New York City School of Modeling where she developed and instructed classes in model makeup, exercise, and fashion. During the 90s, she worked as a Certified Personal Trainer while working toward an MBA Degree in Marketing. Peggie considers herself a warrior against the aging effects of gravity, both physically and mentally. Her quest continues to be filled with aspiration, inspiration, and education.

 

 

 

 

Any Age Series 1 of 3: Get Fit in Your 20s. Stay Fit in Your 60s

How many times have you said to yourself in the past week, or the past month, “I wish I had taken better care of myself when I was younger” or “My body is just not what it used to be”? Here at Spa Week Daily, we’ve heard from both our writers and readers alike tales of regret and triumph when it comes to the battle of aging gracefully. With the unavoidable topic of aging at the forefront of conversation in the spa world especially, we have asked some of our expert blogger friends to share their wisdom and insights.

Our friend, Peggie Walker, is the Executive Editor & Lifestyle Consultant for The Quest for It. She recently re-ignited her longtime passions in the areas of inter-generational beauty, fashion, and health/wellness lifestyles. Many of her articles reflect her long-time practice of living and promoting an age defying life. Early on in her career, Peggie worked at a local New York City School of Modeling where she developed and instructed classes in model makeup, exercise, and fashion. During the 90s, she worked as a Certified Personal Trainer while working toward an MBA Degree in Marketing. Peggie considers herself a warrior against the aging effects of gravity, both physically and mentally. Her quest continues to be filled with aspiration, inspiration, and education.

In this three-part series, Peggie will share with us her experiences, tips and tricks to help us all age more gracefully, at any age.

By Peggie Walker

When you’re in your 20s, getting old seems so far away. You’re just active enough and your body is just resilient enough not to notice that you ARE getting older. In your 30s you start to notice, “I am getting older.”  Then in your 40s & 50s you start to feel, “I am older” and in a way that makes you realize you must improve your health, diet and physical lifestyle.

 

Biological Age vs. Calendar Age

 

Recently there has been a societal shift toward a youth-oriented culture that has led to a desire to look as young as we can for as long as we can.  But as we grow older, we realize it’s not enough to look good, we need and must feel good, too.  Because of this, calendar age has become unimportant.  The number of years we have been alive, our chronological age, is not as important as our biological age, which includes changes in the physical structure and shape of our bodies. The good news is we can combat aging with exercise because exercise has age-stopping powers on a cellular level. With exercise, you literally turn bad genes off and good genes on, dipping into your own personal “fountain of youth.”

Exercise is Preventative Medicine

 

So how do you get started and stay motivated?  I tell people of all ages exercise doesn’t have to be boring. You don’t have to hate it. You can find a workout routine and quick fun alternatives that can keep you healthy and in shape.  Start with what works for you by recognizing what works for you.  Would you prefer to go it alone on some days (walking or running), or prefer a social setting on other days (group classes)? Or, how about mixing it up (solo one day, group setting the next–outdoor one day indoors the next)? If you are just starting out or returning to a workout regime after an absence, you may find it necessary to work with a trainer in order to learn proper form and movement thus avoid unnecessary pain and injury.

Find What Works

 

There are two types of exercise: aerobic (jogging & bicycling) and anaerobic (resistance weight training). The best types of exercise combine 3 elements: Stamina, Strength, and Suppleness. Cardio builds stamina, resistance builds strength, and stretching leads to suppleness.

 

At home: I suggest working out with an exercise ball — it’s a fun, total-body workout. It can be done in a group setting or in the privacy of your own home. Try laying your lower back on the ball, with your chest and shoulders up of the ball and your legs bent at a 90 degree angle securely planted, hips-width apart, on the floor. With your hands behind your head, slowly curl into a crunch, hold, and release back down to touch your upper back to the ball. Repeat 12-15 times for one set. In between sets, do 50 jumping jacks or jump rope for 60 seconds. Do 2-3 sets.

On the go: Exercising on the go is an added way of increasing your fitness level and shaping up when there’s little time to spend at the gym.  Training yourself to always be on the lookout for opportunities to incorporate exercise in your daily life will help you maintain the mindset that exercise is a fun, healthy way of life, not just a now-and-again-thing. When you’re out and about, dip into a squat or a lung when reaching for something on the floor (shapes butt and legs), or find a wall to do push-ups against (strengthens upper & lower body), or on the edge of some stairs, push up and down on your toes (shapes calves) or alternate lifting legs high in marching style at your desk (works core and lower back). These little techniques can be carried out all day and incorporated into the mundane activities or chores you do every day.

Get To It

 

With good exercise habits and a healthy diet, you can have beauty and style in your 20s that lasts into your 60s and beyond. If you make the time, and are consistent, you will look and feel amazing at every age.  Start now!