Who is that happy sixty year old woman in the photo? It’s me at my retirement party! My husband (who works in the same department) threw a big party for me, and many of my colleagues and friends came. It was a festive event, with great food and a lot of champagne.
Since this is a blog about older women and fashion, let me offer my thoughts on how my work clothes have changed during my twenty-seven years as a university professor. When I first started out, I wore skirts every once in awhile. Now I never do. Even my pants have gotten more casual. I used to wear dress pants with a belt to teach in; these days I wear my shirt out and have on very comfortable pants at work and at home. Although you don’t see me in one here, I always wear a jacket to work. I wonder what will happen to my wardrobe of jackets (many silk, many tailored) come next week.
My biggest change? I make almost all my own clothes now, including this shiny silk shirt with whacky buttons. In fact, sewing, reading fashion history, and blogging are going to fill up my time from now on. My department’s retirement gift was money to attend a couture sewing workshop. Thanks to everyone!