Wearing Capris for Older Legs
Older legs are not something we aspire to have per se. Yet as Lesley pointed out in her post about loving our legs, gratitude is everything. I loved the idea that a reader suggested (thanks Mildred) about how we need to love our legs. Of course, that should pertain to all of our body parts, but we tend to only like the parts that “look good”.
Quote of the day: “It’s human nature–we become what we see. We become clones of each other. Break free from that and say, ‘I’m deciding to be my own individual self, and it looks nothing like what anyone else is doing.’ There’s something so powerful about being unique.” Alicia Keys
When a quote speaks to you like this one, it’s good to share. When I was younger, I always wanted to look like the other girls. And maybe you notice that so many younger women all look and dress like each other. Do we grow out of that, or not is the question?
I bring this up because I know from experience that once the changes happen in our bodies (whether that’s spider veins or wrinkly skin), we think and are told we should cover it up. And since we see examples of that all the time, we think it’s the right thing to do.
Is it right? Read my mom’s response below and see if you feel the same way I did.
So this week was a push to have us all wear items that “expose” our legs.
I’m also sharing two wonderful quotes/stories below that hopefully will be inspirational for you.
Older Legs and Capris
Capri Pants: Debra C~~ Top: Mom made it ~~ Shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless-thrifted~~ Scarf: ~~ Earrings: ~~ Purse:
I know many women with older legs prefer capris instead of shorts, and while most articles tell you they aren’t flattering, I think Charlotte proves the point otherwise. In fact, we’ve worn them many times on the blog.
Besides, there really isn’t much difference between capris and the cropped pants we are seeing right now. Don’t get caught up in the names of certain pieces! (In fact, I almost like the wide leg versions better because they almost look like a skirt…see a couple I found in the widget below)
Insider tip: You can point to all of the tips about length where they end for a better look, but don’t forget to take into account the proportion of the outfit. For example, in this look, my mom’s color blocked top looks shorter because the bottom of it blends with the pants. Which gives it a 1/3 to 2/3 proportion. Otherwise it’s half and half. Another good reason to tie up your tops occasionally like I’ve shown in this video.
Made by Mom
This color block top is one made by Charlotte. It’s reversible in the fact that she can turn it around and wear it backwards too. In fact, it’s fun to have the “v” showing off her back.
Insider tip: Like I always say, just as many people see you from the back. So give them something fun to look at. Remember, you can turn a top backwards many times, even if it wasn’t made that way.
Fun with Accessories
Even though my mom opted to leave off the necklace which is wonderful because her decolletage is enviable, she still pulled out accessories. Besides, she threw a scarf around her purse to have in case it was cold in the restaurant.
Insider tip: Scarves can be just as versatile in the summer as the colder months. Tie it on your purse or your hat in case you need it where ever you are going.
This pair of pants started off as longer pants. That is until my mom tripped and skinned the knee of them. Since they still fit so well, she ended up cutting them off where they were ruined, and making them into capri pants.
Insider tip: You can change the length of your pants relatively easily. Even if you don’t sew, the cutting of jeans creates a raw hem look which is very modern right now. Or you can cut them to create fringe, which I’ve done in the past.
Do you need more inspiration to showcase your legs? Here is a fabulous story from Reader’s Digest that we should all take to heart! “Color Me Proud” When my granddaughter, Bethany was 4 years old, she visited my home for a few days. I gave her some crayons and pictures for coloring. When I looked down, I saw she had used a crayon to draw purple marks all over her legs. “Bethany, what are you doing?” I asked. “Why, Grandma, ” she said, “you have such pretty purple lines up and down your legs, and I wanted mine to look just like yours.” Since then, I’ve worn my varicose veins with pride, and they get prettier each year.”
Insider tip: Your beauty and body are seen differently by different eyes. Be open to these differences!
Influence from Younger Days and Legs
I asked my mom about any influence from her growing up. I shared how the Bain de Soleil ads were a huge influence for me in my post. My mom remembers watching the Miss America pageants and realizing she could never measure up.
Reading those words made me extremely sad. Because the thought we can never measure up isn’t the message we want for the younger generation, is it? Yet if we believe it for ourselves, that’s how we live.
So when I asked her if she likes her legs, her answer didn’t surprise me. Charlotte remarked that she felt like all of her limbs are a tad short, which is why she is constantly trying to make them look longer with her outfits. There were other negative observations too which I won’t share.
It reminded me of a post I had recently read in our Forever Fierce FB group.
“Before you speak, T.H.I.N.K. Is it True, is it Helpful, is it Inspiring, is it Necessary, is it Kind? It has been hypothesized that the average person has as many as tens of thousands of thoughts per day, and that 80% of those are negative. So, if we share what is going on in our heads without first doing some editing, we can do serious damage or, at least, add to the useless clutter of information out there.”
Insider tip: Those negative thoughts we say to ourselves are not true, helpful, inspiring, necessary or kind. We need to treat ourselves as good as we treat our best friend. Because we SHOULD be our best friend.
Just like I talked about analyzing the fashion rules we’ve heard over and over, I think it’s important to do the same with our bodies.
Who says that older legs should be covered? Just like in the Reader’s Digest story I shared above.
Remember the youth centric culture needs to be addressed, and it all starts with us. Or as Aston Applewhite says, “Imagine what the world would look like if we didn’t live in a culture that berates us with messages from dawn to dusk about how awful it is to be old?”
Photo credit: Rob Filogomo
Thank you for visiting my space on the internet. I like to showcase how it’s never too late to look great for women of any age, size or working with any budget.
I feel I’m here to help move beyond the fashion rules of yesterday and evolve. Style and clothes are made to give you joy. Not cause us stress because we are worried about what other’s think.
My hope is that you get ideas and inspirations from Charlotte, Lesley and myself. It’s not about copying what we wear, but about using what you already have and updating items along the way.
Most of all it’s getting us to think differently and dare I say, have fun?
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