OCCUPATION: Writer, speaker, and content creator for Dressed for My Day
STYLE: Classic with a modern twist
What role does fashion play in your life?
It’s important to look modern—to look contemporary. What you’re wearing says a lot about you. Not only does it communicate to other people, but it also changes how you feel about yourself and then how those interactions go with other people. I think it’s important to curate a wardrobe that reflects who you are [and] what you do in life.
How did you get into fashion?
When I was growing up, my mom and I would go every Saturday to the mall and go shopping. She instilled in me a love for nice clothing and getting dressed and looking nice. I still enjoy shopping with her. I passed that on to my daughter.
The goal of your blog is for readers 50+ “to care for and dress our bodies in a way that helps us influence our world positively and with grace.” Tell me more about that.
[Women] get to be about 50, and they begin to wrap up their career and their kids are leaving. That’s a huge time of change in a woman’s life. Plus, her body is changing. A lot of women find that they’ve lost their sense of self and their sense of style because they’ve been taking care of kids or because they’ve been so focused on their career. It’s a time to remind women that you still count, you still have a voice, you still have something to say and something to contribute, so you need to get dressed. And you need to get dressed in a way that makes it where people want to relate to you. Also, I really feel like the younger generation wants to hear from women of my generation, but if we can’t connect by looking a little modern and staying relevant with our clothing choices—and our makeup and our hair choices—then we kind of discount ourselves.
How has Dressed for My Day changed over the years?
[I started it] in March of 2018. To begin with, it was just a way to make money. I had raised my kids and I’d always been a homemaker. I have a degree in public relations. I’m a writer. I have some published books, but I hadn’t really worked outside the home. When I was 54, I decided I needed to start contributing more to our income so we could really build up our nest egg, but I didn’t want to work for anybody. I told my husband, “Give me two years for it to become lucrative.” Sure enough, two years in, I’m making a paycheck. But, shortly after starting the blog, I realized this is bigger than just showing my outfit every day. I can make a difference in people’s lives. [I realized] there were women who wanted to connect over this issue. It built community of women who are looking for advice in fashion and beauty but who also just want to make a connection with other women at this stage in their life