As we settle into our personal style, we may be less likely to embrace dramatic fashion shifts. We might wear our drapey cardigans in a sea of structured jackets, march resolutely through the army of flared jeans in our straight-legs, and avoid entire genres of shoes altogether.
I’m looking at you, wedge-sneakers. And don’t think you can hide, 4-inch pointy-toes, I know you’re out there.
But color is our friend, for gentle adventure. Even when we’re comfy with our 3 shades of blue, 2 of purple, and 1 of rose, we can add metallics. Plural.
Yes, metallics. This spring, they’re one of the easiest ways to find a modern edge without giving up any hard-won style certainties.
Now, I know, we wore them in the early 80s. I still remember pretty vividly a New York shopping excursion to Bloomingdale’s, me tentative and giddy, buying gold somethings for my feet. OK. So I don’t remember the details. Midlife embraces vivid fuzziness, no?
I felt grown up and brave.
Every time metallics have come around since, I’ve thought, “Pah! The 80s have my heart! Nothing will ever compare to those days of anxiety and glory!” But this year, I think it’s time. I’ve been browsing sandals.
We’ve got a choice of geometry. Delicate, by Vince Camuto.
or chunky, by Munro.
We’ve got a choice of colors. On beyond gold, silver, bronze and copper, to holographic green from Marni. Surely those frogs one must kiss are colored so.
We’ll be generous, and include a wedge, from Tory Burch,
and wind up practical, with rose gold Havianas.
I’m sure 4-inch metallic numbers lurk in the wings, but they didn’t get offered a place on the Privilege-Go-Round. Finding courage in midlife doesn’t have to make us foolhardy.
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