Hello! This week's Fashion Over Fifty post comes with a parental warning: if you have small children in the room you may want to put them in another room until your done reading. Just kidding! This will be a G- Rated post, I promise! But I do want to talk about a controversial topic: what clothing items make you feel sexy? Yup, I said it. The big 'S' word. It's kinda an unpopular word in the Christian circles I run around in. We tend to focus so much on modesty, self-control, abstinence before marriage, yada, yada, yada, that feeling sexy seems, well, just kinda wrong; even if your a grown up married woman like myself. To be honest, I don't think I've ever felt sexy a day in my life. I've always been labeled 'cute' or 'pretty' and identified more closely to Mary Ann from Gilligan's Island, not Ginger. Which, was always fine with me. I always thought Mary Ann was prettier than Ginger anyway. A few people in my life told me that I reminded them of Betty Boop: a cute sexy. I had to look her up, because she was a cartoon character before my time. I honestly could not see a resemblance. I've had several people tell me I walk sexy. Well, that was a surprise to me, because I certainly don't try! I have a husband that constantly tells me how beautiful and sexy I am, but who believes their husband? They have to say those things!
So what happens, when someone like myself, who has never felt sexy, ages? When everything starts to droop, sag, wrinkle, expand, and leak. Is it even possible to feel sexy over the age of fifty? Or what if your life, regardless of age, is just not filled with events to make you feel sexy? Like having a household full of kids and constantly smelling like dirty diapers and spit ups? Or a job where you are always wearing a unisex uniform of khaki pants and polo shirts? Or maybe you just work at home and never go out so just switching up to a new pair of yoga pants instead of your PJ's is 'dressing up' for you. I've been through all three of these scenarios in my lifetime, and feeling sexy in the midst of them, is well, near impossible.
But clothes, they can do miracles: they can take a person from feeling like a troll to thinking they are Sophia Vergara! The types of clothes people feel sexy in differ for everyone. Some women feel their sexiest in heels, jewels, and exotic perfumes. Others feel their sexiest in a baseball cap and jersey, and other women just love that perfect 'Little Black Dress'. For me, it was a Little Red Dress. A dress that I do not even own, but borrowed from my daughter just so I could do a Fashion Over Fifty post. You see, my daughter, unlike myself, has a glamorous life. I'm sure she will laugh her head off when she reads this post because she does not see her life as glamorous, but a lot of hard work and stress. But for someone who works a retail job like me, doing the same thing day in and day out, it's glamorous. Ashley is a professional singer and needed a red dress for one of her performances. So she found this beauty, took a 'selfie' and sent it to me so that I could see it. I texted her back stating 'Ashley, that dress is gorgeous! Could you bring it home with you the next time you visit so I could try it on?' Thus the little red dress took a long car drive inside a plastic bag and came all the way from Chicago to Wisconsin just so I could put it on and snap a few pictures.
From the moment I 'squeezed' into this little red dress, I felt sexy. It is made of a thick gabardine knit material that sucks you all in and hugs and clings in all the right places. So even if you have bulges you want to hide, the thick knit pulls them in. And if your shapeless, or 'straight' like myself with no easily identified waistline, the drape and gathering of the material on the side makes you look like you actually have a waist! The cowl neckline is flattering for every body type, and is low enough to be a bit daring, but high enough to, shall we say, not overexpose? And somehow, the dress can make a small busted woman seem bigger, and a large busted woman like myself, seem smaller. Don't me ask me how, it just does. I think it's the sucking thing: it clings to the small busted woman making her appear bigger, but for the larger busted woman, it pulls it back up and in place. That's my theory anyway. Like I said earlier, clothes can do miracles.
So what about you. What do you wear that makes you feel sexy? I'd love to hear from you!
Have a great day! Amy
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