Old Fashioned Clothing for women

The vintage years: fashion for older women? Where do I start... | Fashion
Old fashioned clothes including prairie and pioneer styles

"Write something about yourself", said the brief… Yes, well, not as easy as it sounds, but here is one true thing about me: I reached the age when women are supposed to become invisible about ten years ago. Depending on which piece of research you read, this happens at around 46 and at 46 I'd been living in London for just two months, blissfully unaware of my looming invisibility because I was too busy building a new life.

But it really does happen though. Not overnight, but gently and by degrees, everything changes. This body that I've grown so used to, even taken for granted, has over the last few years been quietly laying traps, morphing into a shape that sort of looks like I remember it but at the same time has been adding a few flourishes of its own. My (slightly thicker) waist is not quite where it used to be- it seems to have moved upwards. Other things, sadly, have gone in the opposite direction. My arms still look great from the front, but what's happening around the back? Is that a hint of flab?

And the thing is, once I got wise to all this I entered the ninth circle of fashion hell. I began to feel conspicuously out of place in Topshop, for example. My ability to throw something on and just know it looked great completely evaporated. I was reduced to the same paralysing indecision about clothes and self-image that I'd had as a teenager. In fact that's what this menopausal nonsense is; a reverse adolescence. Not hormones rushing in but hormones rushing out. And the sting is that we, as mature women, are supposed to have learnt who we are, we're supposed to know how to dress and be aware of our own style. We're supposed to have nailed, if you like, our brand.

We are supposed to know what suits us and what doesn't, but in our middle years the goal posts moved and what was true before just isn't any more. New rules apply and no-one's written the manual. Where are the fashion pages for our demographic? Where are the useful editorials explaining how to interpret trends? And where the hell are our role models?

Over the past few years, I've devoted quite some head space to exploring a new set of rules for myself, an average-sized, 50-something grandmother. I adore fashion and colour and a brilliant cut. I love the catwalk and collections and identifying my own style. Of course I've made mistakes, but I refuse to be elbowed into a boring style-free cul-de-sac labelled 'age appropriate'. And let's do away with 'looks good for her age', just 'looks good' is fine, thank you. There is a freedom that comes with being older and a joy in rediscovery. We might have seen it all before but that doesn't mean we can't do it again: we just do it differently.

I'm sure I'm not alone in having no wish to 'discover my inner goddess', nor am I necessarily interested in wiping ten years off my age: I like the skin I'm in and I'm a tiny bit proud that I've survived life this far. I certainly don't want to be preached to and patronized about what I should and shouldn't wear, but here's what I would like: a place where I can exchange views and advice, discuss how I feel about the way I look or want to look, grumble and complain about the things that wind me up and celebrate the stuff that, for no apparent reason, goes splendidly well, and has me dancing around the kitchen table. And every week I'll kick it off by writing about something that I think is interesting or not; that works or doesn't; or is simply an observation. Now there's an opportunity.

Source: www.theguardian.com


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Aren't they for older women?

2009-02-09 11:33:03 by ---

Isn't there demographic older, larger women? I ordered a couple of articles of clothing/shoes (not swimsuits) from them a few times and the cut and styles were very old-fashioned (the shoes were clunky and the shirts were boxy and not very flattering). Have you had better luck with the suits being a little more contemporary and made for women with figures (as opposed to just large women)?


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