People usually say to me, “You don’t seem like a grandmother!” Which always leaves me a little perplexed. When I had my first grandchild they would say, “Oh, it’s your first one, that’s why.” But now I have 11, and there is no escaping the shocked responses. As a child growing up in South Florida, I had long golden hair, ran around barefoot and free spirited, and in a small way that’s what they see in me now; only I’m a grandma.

But really… what is a grandmother supposed to be and look like? I remember what my grandmother looked like. She was the typical sweet little-old-lady with short wavy grey hair and soft skin. Back then it did seem as if most grandmothers were similar in style, Gammyand even interests. Baking pies, playing cards and doing puzzles were some great memories I have of my grandma. But I have seen a shift in today’s grandmother. She is a little more individualistic and independent. I think today grandmas can reflect their personality. I have seen some pretty savvy grandmas out there. I think she is even seeing this stage of her life as even more of an opportunity to reflect her personality through her own unique grand-parenting style. This is her time. She has matured and can be less trendy if she wants, or more trendy. It’s up to her.

When it comes to style, especially when we are old enough to be a grandmother, my personal opinion is that comfort is important. It’s good to look for styles that can accomplish both comfort and personality. A common mistake some grandmas make, is fit. Even thin grandmas look like they are trying too hard with skin tight choices. Proportional shifts in figures naturally happen with age. We have to think in terms of a new canvas, one that celebrates a mature figure. It’s exciting to graduate into fresh style choices. The less clingy the greater the figure looks. Some time we have the wrong perception that just because we can still fit into it we should wear it. I have taken up a new motto “a tight fit – chuck it, an easy fit – love it” This doesn’t effect style, personality or flair–in fact, it enhances it.

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