“Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live.” – Gianni Versace
There is a common misconception that fashion and retirement communities don’t go well together. It is part of a larger misconception that we lose interest in our appearance and style as we grow older. However, older adults are a key target market in the fashion industry. And with good reason, as the fun of being fashionable never goes out of style.
Fashion in Retirement Living Communities
Fashion is an excellent way for us to express ourselves. It can tap into our artistry and creativity. Fashion is often used as a way to tell others about who we are. It is how we non-verbally communicate with others.
Moreover, how we dress also affects how we think and feel. “Enclothed cognition” is a term that scientists described as how clothes influence our psychological processes. What we wear affects how we perceive ourselves and how we want others to perceive us.
Because fashion influences our daily lives in Oakville, ON, let’s look at how these can benefit the residents in our retirement communities.
Fashion can build confidence.
Clothes can have a positive effect on your self-esteem. No matter our age, putting on clothes that make us feel comfortable and stylish keeps our confidence up. Whether it’s designer brands or vintage thrift-store finds, our self-confidence will benefit if it looks good and fits well.
Fashion is a mood booster.
There are days we don’t feel our best in retirement living communities. Wearing our favourite shirt or picking out a bright and colourful accessory can make us feel better. It is like our own vibrant and colourful armour that gets us ready for our day ahead.
Fashion evokes nostalgia.
Certain clothes make us remember specific memories in our lives. It could be a sweater knitted by someone you love or a pair of cufflinks you wore on your wedding day. These items can be a source of joy and pleasure. They can inspire you to wear clothes that always make you feel good.
Stay Stylish at Queens Avenue Retirement Residence
Part of our person-centred care approach is allowing our residents to thrive socially and emotionally. This approach includes supporting how our active seniors want to express themselves through fashion.
If you are looking for a retirement community that supports your passion for life, Oakville Retirement Home is the right fit for you. Learn more about our community in Oakville, ON, by booking a tour or contacting us today!