What does authenticity have to do with style and a changing body when you’ve hit 55+?

Are you true to yourself? Being true to yourself is one of the definitions of Authenticity. This was recently one of the topics of the Association of Image Consultants International conference session. One of the speakers gave permission to the attendees to not do something, that they didn’t like doing. When the presenter permitted the attendees to not do what they didn’t like doing, I could feel a sigh of relief among the participants, myself included.

When you’re 55 + you’re not the same person that you were in your 20’s, 30’s, or 40’s. As you mature, your values, your body, and your personal clothing styles may change.  In order to have survived everything that has happened in the last 15 months, you may have had to make massive shifts in your mindset. Perhaps it was nature’s way of doing a refresh or rebranding. Identifying who you are is the key to being authentic. 

Three Ways to Find your Authentic Self

  • Meditate
  • Create a vision board
  • Journal

 What does dressing authentically mean? Simply, dressing authentically means:  “Looking like yourself, the way you want to be seen and feel.” *

Identifying whether your Dressing is Consistent with your Authentic Self

Each day for a week, when you get dressed, ask yourself the following questions:

  • How do I want to be seen by others?
  • Is the way I am dressing expressing who I am and/or want to be?

Is my dressing consistent with…

  • my values and attitudes?
  • my personality traits?
  • my intentions?
  • my goals?

At the end of the week, what have you discovered about yourself or the way you dress? Are you being true to yourself? Comment below or send me an email with your discoveries.

If you are having difficulty determining whether you’re dressing authentically, let a professional image consultant help you. Book your complimentary clarity call today.

Have an authentic week,

Marilyn

*Judith Rasband, Conselle Institute

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