Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Style AFTER Sixty - Ask me how I feel about it!

Ask me how I feel about it!

Because there are so few fashion blogs featuring clothing and styles for women over sixty, I find myself looking at a ton of fashion pictorials from younger women who are in their 20’s, 30’s and even 40’s.  The majority of whom can still wear the latest styles and look good.  Although I have NO desire to be that age again, I do feel a certain sadness sometimes because I would really like to be posting myself wearing some of those fabulous clothes, in the body I used to have. 

OK, I know it was a couple of weeks ago that I said I was mourning the loss of my old body, and maybe you think that I should have snapped out of it by now, but, I’m not gonna lie.  It can be very hard!  With this youth obsessed culture, I think that a fair number of women who say they are happy with the way they look, after 50 or 60, are not really telling the truth.  Sorry, but that’s my opinion.  I’m not saying they aren’t happy in their lives.  I’m just saying I don’t think a lot of them are happy/satisfied with their bodies or their faces.  It’s difficult.  This is one of the reasons I get so upset about ageism in the fashion industry. When we are only subjected to fashions for a certain age and the media portrays only air-brushed models and celebrities, it begins to feel like your aging body is not acceptable.

Of course nothing should be further from the truth.

With the number of baby boomers today there is NO reason for the lack of depiction, on TV in magazines and even fashion shows featuring women in our age group. If there were more role models of women in their 50's and 60's, dressed well,  healthy, of course, but without all the tedious prep that make-up and hairstyling bring we could begin to break the cycle. It is unfortunate that the majority of older celebrities who could be role models have chosen to have cosmetic surgery, lied about having had it and then proceeded to tell us that their "look" is due to a healthy diet and exercise regimen. They make getting older a disease to be avoided at all costs – and rather expensive costs if we opt for plastic surgery.

But now that I’m back to my senses, I already know aging is not a disease. It’s a normal process and it should be a time when we can accept who we are, love our bodies and use the time available to us and enriches our lives. We’ll need to begin modeling this acceptance of the aging process for those women now in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s or someday they will face the same challenges.

That's it :)

Movin on

This is actually where today’s post
Style after 60
was supposed to start

To dress this outfit up and go from day to night, here is the same poppy plaid blouse I pattern mixed last Monday worn with a black full skirt from Ann Taylor ( I got it on the sale rack for about $12)

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  1. You are a very wise woman. I was reading this and nodding my head the entire time. So very true. Thank you for this post and for your honesty. And yes, those of us over 60 DO feel just as you described! (At least I do!)

  2. Thank you for your comment,I was hoping I was not alone! :)