I have a friend who is currently participating in a longitudinal study on aging
. Conducted by McMaster University, the study looks at various factors in our lives which affect how well we cope with aging. She’s mentioned the study to me a few times, and how it seems, among other things, to focus on the positive effects of social activity. Certainly, the experts seem to agree that social isolation has negative effects
on our health. That maintaining a strong social network seems to be a factor in maintaining good health as we age. So… I guess we all need to get out more.
And not to trivialize the issue of healthy aging. But it seems to me that “getting out more” is the secret to curating my closet too. I’m talking about the “aging” clothing items that need to earn their place in my closet. A couple of skirts, a jacket or two and a few tops that are no longer new… and which need to get out more, if they are to remain on the “keepers” list.
Like this tan Elie Tahari safari jacket. I love this jacket, the huge pockets, the silk panels in the front, the fact that the buttons are snaps… but I don’t wear it enough. Last Friday, I wore it with these black Vince leggings, my black, silk Rag and Bone tank that I bought to take to France last spring, and my Stuart Weitzman loafers. I was checking out the half yearly sale at Nordstrom. I didn’t find anything that inspired me at the sale… but I felt like a million bucks in my old jacket.
This pleated silk and cotton skirt from Holt Renfrew Collection was a staple in my spring work-wear closet for years. But if I’m going to keep it, I need an outfit that changes up its look. Makes it a little less lady-like, a bit more edgy. I like my old skirt with this Theory white cotton shirt and my Stan Smith Adidas.
Back in late February I included this shot from Matches Fashion.com in a post about the images that were inspiring me for spring. Sheesh… I wonder if I ever had a waistline that slim… but nevermind.
That image made me think I might like my yellow, cotton sweater from Brooks Brothers with my old Burberry denim skirt. This denim skirt is one of my “investment pieces” from 2011. The stretch fabric never bags or wrinkles. And I love the details, especially the row of pewter buttons along the slit in the back. I wore this outfit to run errands on my birthday the other day. And I felt fierce.
So these four pieces, a jacket, a sweater and a couple of skirts, that were in danger of falling off the “keeper” list, can now be placed into my regular rotation. They none of them are new… but they’re aging well because I take good care of their physical condition and I’m now making sure that they get out and about more.
And speaking of aging. I had a major birthday the other day. I’m now officially in my sixties. Akkk. How the heck did that happen? Still, it’s just a number isn’t it? Mustn’t get too caught up in the number. Must think positive.
And remember, according to the experts, the secret to healthy aging for us all, besides taking good physical care of ourselves, is maintaining strong social ties. Getting out more. I hear that wine helps as well. Although my friend who participates in the aging study says they’re finding out it’s the social contact that goes along with the wine that is most important.
I’m good with that. Meeting the girls for a glass of wine and lots of laughs always makes me feel great. Younger. Not a day over…say… fifty-five.
If you’re so inclined, have a look at this article
on CBC.ca about the so-called “Blue Zones,” areas in the world where people have much greater longevity than us. Experts are studying why that might be so. It’s pretty interesting.
When I talked to my friend this afternoon about the study she participates in, I told her I was writing a post on the idea of healthy aging. “Really?” she said, sounding impressed. “And I’m linking it to how I should get more wear of out of my ‘investment pieces,'” I continued. And she laughed. Not surprised. And she didn’t say…. shallowness thy name is Sue…. but I know she was thinking it. Albeit fondly.
What can I say? I gotta be me.
Any thoughts on aging, folks? Aging clothes, or aging bloggers, or aging blogger readers… or whatever?