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Common threads: A lifetime of fashion can make a difference

There’s something to the saying “dress to impress.” People of any age can bring a little extra joy to their lives by donning clothes that are stylish and comfortable. 

Monarch Landing recently hosted its annual fashion show with apparel provided by Chico’s, an area clothing chain that offers women’s fashions, including dressy separates and accessories. It’s another business that’s helped to make Naperville into the top-notch destination that it is today. Monarch Landing residents enjoyed a walk on the runway while raising money for the community’s Benevolent Care Fund. 

There are many ways to ensure our well-being as we age. From staying physically active to eating the right foods. But clothing and fashion are areas that one might overlook. 

According to nonprofit service provider Keiro, fashion can build confidence, enhance moods, and serve as a form of self-expression. Keiro writes that “The way you dress is an extension of your creativity and how you present yourself.” Wearing some clothes can evoke powerful memories of the past while boosting self-esteem. It’s not all about glamour either as wearing comfortable clothes can be a source of satisfaction, too.  

Colors matter, too. Thrive Global writes about the psychological impact of color in fashion. These can run the gamut from authority and power (dark blue) to optimism and energy (bright yellow) to harmony and balance (green). Color choices can affect one’s mood while influencing the perceptions of others.  

Daily clothing options might seem a small thing, but they can have an outsized impact on wellness. They’re yet another way to maintain a positive outlook and make the most of one’s retirement years. You don’t need to be a fashionista to recognize that.