Welcoming la rentrée, and a new mindset

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The beginning of September has always felt like a fresh start. It may be a holdover from school days, or maybe anticipation of the coming change of season. But I always find it’s a great time to establish new routines, and try out new things.

In France, September is often referred to as la rentrée, a return to school, to work, to routines, as something to be celebrated. After giving myself a bit of a break in August, I’m feeling re-energized and ready to get back into the swing of things.

Here, I’ve remixed some favorite wardrobe pieces. The light peach jacket was purchased during our visit to Paris in April, previously shown here. I found that it works well as a neutral when paired with a colorful top. Tee previously shown with a different look here. I’ve had those boyfriend jeans for a couple of years now, and they are still favorites. I’m wearing size 27. I really like the contrast between the ruggedness of the jeans and the sleekness of the shoes.

A new style mindset: getting out of my own way

We all can fall into worrying too much about what others think, and waste energy trying to live up to others’ expectations. That’s as true for style as any other aspect of life. Over the last few weeks I’ve been doing a deep dive into my own style mindset. I’ve been teasing out why some things that are “good on paper” just don’t feel right, and why sometimes the “wrong” things do.

Physical appearance (including what we wear) is one of the ways that our culture polices women to keep us in line. But the older I get, the more liberated I feel from those diktats that the primary function of style should be to “enhance” the figure, or make one look prettier, younger, more conventionally attractive.

I want my outside appearance to project my best, most authentic self. And that doesn’t always align with what we’re so often told is most important: looking slimmer, taller, younger. Sometimes, those trousers that make my legs look stumpy or a top that doesn’t accentuate my waist are exactly what make me feel sassy and confident. Sometimes rather than accentuating my shape, I want to accentuate my personality, sense of humor, or confidence.

Susan B is seated, wearing a light peach jacket, green tee, green bracelets and blue jeans.

That said, I still find style guidelines helpful; they just may shift over time. In the coming weeks, I’m going to be sharing some ideas about guidelines that reflect your authentic style, and are a helpful tool rather than a constraint.

Has your style mindset shifted over the last months or years?

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