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Moseyin’ Along

In style at long last

May 14, 2015
By Joyce Schenk , Westfield Republican

Through the years, I've come to realize that I'm hopelessly out of step with the latest in fashion.

When I was in my teens and the other girls my age were wearing penny loafers and broomstick skirts, my wardrobe was a random collection of functional pieces and hand-me-downs from my older sister, Lynn.

Although I complained to my mother about being out of step with my classmates, she was unimpressed. "Mark my words, Joyce, someday you'll find yourself right in style with no effort at all."

I had serious doubts.

In my early years of marriage and motherhood, I had neither the interest nor the budget to follow the trends dictated by the fashion gurus. My closet featured items that changed by season and need. The choices ran from work clothes to maternity pieces to house dresses. My focus was function, not fashion.

In recent years, I've had a bit more available in my clothing budget. But I've still ignored items hyped in the fashion magazines as "the latest" or the "must haves" of the current season.

When everyone from teens to movie stars was modeling baggy jeans, I stuck with my polyester slacks.

And when the baggy jeans were enhanced with strategic tears and gashes, I had to fight the urge to get out my sewing kit.

I completely avoided the heated discussions involving maxi, midi and mini skirts. In fact, I gave up skirts long ago since my legs are best kept under cover.

Then there wasand continues to be.the fascination with boots. I've seen ladies of all ages wearing everything from combat-style boots to sleek leather boots with impossibly high heels.

Such footwear is definitely not for me. I have only two requirements for my shoes. They have to be affordable and comfortable. For me, boots don't fill either qualification.

With my long history of being out of step with the world of style, I got an unexpected shock last week. I learned I am currently riding the crest of a major fashion wave.

On a segment of the Today Show, a reporter discussing the top trends said, "Granny hair is in."

Apparently, women are streaming into beauty salons across the country to have their hair bleached out to white. Amazing!

And to think that for years, I was paying good money to have my hair colored to hold back the grey.

Fortunately, several years ago I decided it was time to stop fighting the inevitable. I gave up the coloring sessions and let Mother Nature have her way with my locks.

Since then, my hair has turned an acceptable shade of silver-white. It's a welcome change and far less trouble than those frequent trips to the beauty shop.

Of course, the fashion world had to put a spin on this new interest. So, since "gray" has a negative connotation, the world of beauty is calling the color "silver." Thus, for women who want to be at the top of the style ladder, the rallying cry is "Celebrate Silver."

The reporter covering the segment noted that going silver saves time and money, is empowering and freeing and can look amazing.

So here I am, for the first time in my life, I'm actually fashionable.

Apparently Mom was right. I waited long enough to finally become stylish.

I always suspected that sweet lady had a crystal ball hidden somewhere.



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