Timeless fashion tips: What never goes out of style

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I recently helped clean out my grandmother’s house. It was one of those things you do that you don’t really want to do…but it had to be done. It turned out to be enriching, in several ways. My mother and I spent one day just in her bedroom.

Boy, did it bring back some memories of her unbelievable style. It reminded me of some of her timeless fashion tips as well.

Timeless Fashion Tips

Timeless Fashion Tips, courtesy of Elfie

1. As you get older, try to wear glasses with a tint. My grandmother rarely appears in a photograph where you can see her eyes. Even her regular prescription glasses sported a light brown tint. Why? My grandmother said that your eyes are a dead giveaway to your age and you will look years — seriously, many years — younger if your eyes are cleverly hidden behind a flattering pair of tinted glasses. Trust me, as the years go on, this might become one of your favorite timeless fashion tips!

2. Try to wear shoes with slight elevation, if possible. No, she didn’t mean wearing five-inch platforms. Don’t hurt yourself! But if you can wear shoes with a slight to moderate heel, you look slimmer and it makes your legs look better. Again, one of those great (and flattering!) timeless fashion tips…because we all know how the whole heels vs. flats thing goes.

3. Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. Pay attention to every detail. Scarves, hair accessories, belts, pins, gloves, jewelry, bags, you name it — they each played an integral part of every outfit.

Timeless Fashion Tips

my grandmother, on left (in Germany), circa 1960s

4. A big aspect of your style is how you present yourself. Stand up straight, head up, shoulders back, walk gracefully, and so on. Basically, carry yourself with class and dignity. It goes without saying (or, it should, anyway) that this qualifies as one of the most important of the timeless fashion tips. It doesn’t matter what you’re wearing if you carry yourself like a bum. Your clothes and accessories don’t make YOU — you make THEM. You can’t dress like Audrey Hepburn and then talk like a sailor and walk like a dude and think you’re pulling it off. Cause you’re not.

5. Never, ever buy retail — but always shop smart and savvy. My grandmother regularly shopped at discount stores and consignment stores to add to her closet, or to her jewelry box. She didn’t believe in “excess” (having lived through the Depression in post-World War I Germany and all that) but she did have a moderate amount of shoes and bags and clothes and accessories — because she took excellent care of everything she owned throughout her lifetime, so everything lasted a long, long time. And, in keeping with smart and savvy shopping, one of the most sensible timeless fashion tips is to buy items that will stand the test of time. Classic pieces that you can use and coordinate for years to come were definitely her rule of thumb!

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  1. Elizabeth Young says

    the best advice my mother ever gave me is to not ever depend on a man for my happiness and that my happiness depended on me. here i am 49 yrs old and the husbands are gone and you know, im happier without em! lol!

  2. ellen beck says

    My Mother always told me to learn to garden because I coud always feed myself and get to know my neighbors. ( its very true)

  3. says

    My mom always told me to carry clean underwear in a change purse in my purse. She wound up in Mexico once with no clean underwear. It was sort of a wild story.

  4. says

    My mother-in-law has never given me any verbal advise, but her example is to be admired. Like your Elfie, she is the accessory queen, and at every “age” she has looked elegant and fashionable.

  5. says

    My mom was a single mom who really pushed us to college and wanted my sisters and I to be able to support ourselves no matter what.

  6. amy rouse says

    drink lots of water get lots of sleep and never date boys. Ok so she was right two out of three times.

  7. Carmen Q. says

    The best advice I have learned from my mom is to stand up for what you believe in, for good and just causes, to defend animals, children, the elderly, the most vulnerable – and even if you get ridiculed or are called crazy, keep doing what you know is right in your heart and be brave about it.

  8. says

    My mom taught me that style never goes out of fashion. Be true to your personal style and what looks good on you, not what the latest trends are, and you’ll always be in fashion. :)

  9. Suzanne K says

    My mother told me to gently scrub my face and neck with the washcloth every time I wash… it’s like a natural exfoliation = new and young looking skin

  10. kim says

    The best advice my mother ever gave me but I didn’t know it at the time is not to quit college to stay at home with my boyfriend because my education is more important

  11. says

    My mom never really did the giving advice thing. She has always prefered to live by example. Work hard, be kind and don’t have unreasonable expectations on those you love.

  12. Anna Memphis says

    Go to the discount racks first — at minimum 60+% off. Only go toward those 25-30% sales when you’ve exhausted all other options! Like the blog post says, never pay retail!

  13. Tari Lawson says

    My mother always told me to make sure the man pays for the chance to date you. He should consider it a privilege to go out with you. I know not everyone would agree with that philosophy but I love it.

  14. Liliane says

    I really don’t remember her actual verbal advice. I do however believe she was often giving me advice just by how she lived. Examples would be, making do with what she had. She was very frugal, having lived through the depression. I now realize this was a blessing to me as I am on SSDS on a fixed income. I am being frugal like my mother & it makes me smile. I think she’s smiling down on me from heaven.

  15. Carrie says

    The best advice my mom gave me was to just be yourself and if someone doesn’t like it they weren’t good for you anyways

  16. Sally says

    My mom always told me to look before you leap, which I’ve taken literally. Saved me from jumping off a dock and onto a water moccasin, and from landing on a log. Very good advice!

  17. candie says

    The best fashion advise my mom gave me was to not worry about what everyone else was wearing, to have my own style and make my own trends.

  18. Rosanne says

    She taught me that no matter how hard life gets it’s still sweet and get up every ay thanking God for another day. Taught me this when I was growing up. Learned it well as I’ve survived cancer three different times

  19. Desiree Dunbar says

    She told me that you can always tell how a man is going to treat you if you look at the way they treat their mother.

  20. Jaclyn Reynolds says

    My grandma and mother taught me how to shop secondhand. My favorite clothing items are from the thrift shop!

  21. Vanessa says

    Well, the most surprising advice was from my husband’s 87 year old aunt. She said, “A little plastic surgery never hurt anyone! I had my eyes done and I never felt better!” momlovesdeals at gmail dot com

  22. says

    The best advice? She’s given me so much good advice in my life it’s hard to pick. I’d have to go with the time she told me that I could do anything as long as I applied myself. People can go places if they let themselves and work hard for it.

  23. Stephanie Larison says

    Don’t be afraid to express your opinions. Even if everyone else is against you, your opinion still matters. Even as a young girl I sure had a opinion on everything, but I was still open to hearing another side of a topic.

  24. Terri S. says

    My Mom taught me to find my inner strength to deal with life’s curve balls and never to wallow in self-pity. She always appreciated the small things and never took anything for granted.

  25. nicole w says

    As far as fashion goes, she always told me to wear what looks and feels good on me, not just what is trendy!

  26. Amy Brewer says

    My mom taught me that I have to be a mother first and then a friend later on in life. She was a mother to me while I was growing up then when i got older she became my best friend

  27. Rachel B. says

    Mom taught me how to look nice but not get too caught up in what other people think. Feel good about how you look!

  28. Allie Knight says

    My mom has taught me to be resilient and taught me that I can make it through any tough situation. She’s the most amazing woman in the whole wide world!!

  29. lauren molina says

    Do what you want it\\\’s your life and how you live life and do not let other\\\’s tell you how too live you life make your own mistakes AND DON\\\’T LET YOUR DAD TELL WHAT TO DO ..LOL

  30. says

    My grandmother, who was my motherly figure because mine was not the best, showed me how a mother should be, and helped me grow into the mother that I am today.

  31. says

    My mother once said that all politics are dirty, I didn’t see it at the time she said it, but now I do. Smart Mom! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  32. desiree says

    my grandma siad she would all way be there no matter what she all way had one of us with her till she died

  33. says

    My mother INSISTED that all of her children graduated from college. She insisted that her daughter (two of us) educated ourselves never, ever, fell dependent on a spouse. She made sure her sons understood that they didn’t own their wives, they were to be cherished, not considered pieces of property.

  34. carla g says

    “Kill ’em with kindness” She has said this my entire life. When someone makes you mad and is rotten to you, be nice to them. It eats them up inside that they aren’t getting a fight with you. I don’t always have enough will power to do this, though. lol

  35. Liz W. says

    My mom told me to never leave the house without lipstick, because it makes you feel confident. And she always told me that I should be happy with my body in my 20s and 30s (despite my perceived flaws), because I’ll look back when I’m in my 60s and think “How sexy was I?” =)

  36. Insun Pang says

    My mom tells me all the time that the details matter. She even cares about the color of my hait tie. She also emphasizes the importance of fabric as she tells me to avoid cheap looking fabrics.

  37. April V. says

    My mom gave me tons of advice growing up but to be honest, one of the most useful things she ever said to me was, ‘take a nice hot shower, have a cup of tea and you’ll feel better’. Obviously this isn’t for when you’re seriously ill or hurt but if you are depressed or have a headache or are just frustrated over something – sitting back and relaxing for a little bit of ‘me’ time always helps just a little bit and you can move on and deal with the rest of everyday life.

  38. Ronda Patrick says

    Best advice was to love with all my heart. Finish what you start and hang on for the ride, whether up or down.

  39. Denise B. says

    Children should learn basics early on–cooking, baking, sewing, needlepoint, crocheting, etc.

  40. susan wiener says

    The best advice my mom gave me was to always be proud of myself. (I thought I had posted already, but didn’t see it). Thx.

  41. Chelle Odell says

    Always look your best. It doesn’t mean wear a ton of makeup. Just look good and you’ll feel good too.

  42. Lori Davis says

    Funny my mother always told me to never leave the house without lipstick. It doesn’t matter if you wear no other makeup. Lol I never wear lipstick.

  43. PaulaMichele Hafner says

    Take time to rock and enjoy your babies. They grow up so fast. Also, pick and choose your battles wisely.

  44. Jennifer Jarman says

    To always be there for your family because friends come in and go but family will always be there and in the end that’s all that really matters

  45. Carolsue says

    Her advice was to treat others like you want to be treated.
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  46. Carolyn Jordan says

    The best advice that I ever got from my mom was to be close to God. That has carried me through all of the hard times!

  47. Heather Swarthout says

    If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it at all. My mom gave me all kinds of great advice but that one stuck out the most, despite the fact that its common.

  48. Emily says

    the best advice i ever got was “to thine own self be true” which turned out to be my life motto

  49. Lori Taube says

    “Pay off your credit card every month.”

    I didn’t listen, but it was still great advice! lol.

  50. Brenda Elsner says

    My mom always told me to be the best I can be and not to let others stand in my way of reaching my goals. Depend only on yourself and not others.

  51. sarah cool says

    My mom has always told me to ignore rumors and befriend the one that people are talking badly about because regardless if the rumors are true or not that person needs a reliable friend that they can trust. Its very true, my mother is a very wise woman :)

  52. kathy pease says

    the best advice my mom ever gave me was bills before fun..she taught me to be responsible with credit and to pay my bills on time..that stuck with me and I am very responsible when budgeting our money.

  53. christine h. says

    Anytime I had a problem my mom always told me, “it will get better.” And it always does. Simple, good advice!

  54. Cheryl Reinhardt says

    The best advice I got from my Mom….. was ” Be a strong independent woman, never relying on a Man for anything, be able to hold your head up and take care of yourself”.
    “Have Courage and strength and rely on God to get you where you need to be, He will guide you and never steer you wrong” “Have Faith and Love and Charity in your Heart always”.

  55. Toni says

    My moma says family sticks together no matter what! You help them because you should not because you like them! LoL.

  56. krystal wethington says

    My mom always taught me to be kind to others and treat people the way i want to be treated.

  57. Jill Garcia says

    You will not like the same kind of guy at 30, that you were attracted to at 16 yrs. Wait unitl you are older and wiser to settle down.

  58. Rosemarie says

    If you lie I can’t help you, but if you tell me the truth I can. What a great foundation to be a truth-teller. It’s a good thing!

  59. tracey byram says

    Don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you see. It has served me well over the years.

  60. mary renshaw says

    Some of the best advice i got was Time loves a hero! It will heal all wounds. Your scars make you tougher!

  61. Saver Sara says

    To do you best while parenting. You’ll never be perfect but as long as you try and make the best choices you have in your current situation, you’re doing the right thing.

  62. Kat Emerick says

    My mother always told me the most important person in your life is your children. Husbands or men in general will sometimes leave you but your children will always be there to love you and need you no matter how old they are.

  63. Cindy Loo says

    My mother taught me to be respectful of every person I meet, no matter what. Kindness doesn’t cost anything, and people are so much nicer to you!

  64. Sandy V. says

    My mother would say “whatever will be, will be”. Don’t stress out about the small stuff.

  65. Aprilcot says

    Best advice my mom ever gave me was probably that wooden spoons don’t heat up and burn my hand in the kitchen! Al my mom’s advice is great but that one has never failed me.

  66. Coriander Warren says

    My mother always told me “when you get older you’ll know I’m right.” I now tell my 15 year old that on almost a daily basis….and yeah she was always right…don’t tell her that though!

  67. Julie Hawkins says

    Mine always said treat others how you want to be treated. And I’ve tried to live by that.

  68. Julie Harris says

    my mom told me to learn from your history or your doomed to repeat it, I guess thats the same as dont make the same mistake twice

  69. Bridget V says

    My mom taught me to be independent for myself and never rely on someone else to support me. Because of her, I have an amazing career.

  70. Vicki D. says

    My Mother told me to live my life by the Golden Rule. That is to treat others how you want to be treated. It has served me well.

  71. Jane H says

    My mother always told me to be myself and not worry about what everyone else is doing. I’ve turned into quite the contrarian :-). Thanks so much for the chance to win this.

  72. Allison says

    My mother always said to use correct grammar. She was and still is a teacher. So it stuck and now I have perfect grammar and correct everyone too.

  73. Kelly Britton says

    My Mother never let anyone leave her home hungry. Seems like after I got married we never left my parents without a sack of groceries and leftovers. :)

  74. says

    My mom’s best piece of advice that I still live by is “stay true to yourself”. My mom has given me lots of advice but this really applies and I remind myself to “stay true” daily. :)

  75. cassandra says

    My mom always taught me to be independent. She told me to depend on no one but yourself for your success and where your life goes!

  76. Tim Anderson says

    Don’t take it for granted that someone knows how you feel about. be sure to tell them and show them

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