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When I was a young teenager in the late sixties I was obsessed with fashion and clothes. I was part of an experiment at my elementary school. We were the first fifth grade girls to get Home Economics classes and we were the last. It was an experiment that failed that year as I think we were all a bit too rambunctious for the teacher. But I did learn to sew my own fashions!

I was the girl who wore a red floppy hat to my first day of ninth grade. My prissy older business teacher-homeroom teacher told me, "We do not wear fashion hats to school." Well things changed in High School during my four years there. We were allowed to wear jeans eventually. And I even wore my own sewn creation of what were called then hot pants or short shorts. They looked great with fishnet pantyhose and white crinkle patent leather “go go”  boots.

Economizing was necessary in my blue collar household. My Mom and I shopped the sales racks for my fashion statements and I always got creative with the sewing machine. I remember taking an old plaid wool pleated skirt from fourth grade, ironing it out flat and making it into a very cool mini skirt to wear in tenth grade. So trendy!

I had red crinkle patent leather chunk heel shoes to match too. Took me forever to find them in my size!! And I wore so much red clothing that one of my teachers called me "Red".

Once I started working and got on my own, I loved the malls. I even worked in the malls in retail stores for a few years. Talk about your paycheck disappearing at lunchtime. But buying a nice wardrobe and looking great made me feel great and confident.

And dressing for me in my own style at over sixty is still a great mode of self expression and a way to exude my own kind of confidence. No more short shorts for me but I still have a great collection of fashion hats. And I wear one down here in sunny Florida almost every day!!

So on my own fashion blog, Wise Women Stlye, I just want to share some inspiration about how to dress over fifty, how to “be” over fifty and how to enjoy life no matter what comes your way. Because after so many years of living and surviving some of the worst that can be thrown your way, it is good to know that life always gets better no matter what.

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Your Over Fifty Wise Woman Fashionista,

Karen Teeters

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