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Sitting in Starbuck’s waiting for my next appointment, I began to scroll through my Twitter feed. Spring Break gives this teacher reading time…whether its books, tweets, posts or articles…I can fulfill my thirst for information when not distracted by uniform-clad teens. The headline WHAT NOT TO WEAR WHEN YOU ARE A WOMAN OVER 50 caught my attention, but as I read, my blood began to steam much like the coffee machine cranking out mass lattes.
Let me say first, I am sure columnist, Susan Reimer for the Baltimore Sun is a lovely lady. I just believe she is discouraged as many over 50 are. Whenever an article begins “Another year, another body part to camouflage,” the writer is telling us she is struggling with aging and all the challenges it brings. The lead line was followed by this:
“The Internet is currently alive with clothing, hair and makeup advice for women of a certain age. Apparently, the outsized Baby Boomer generation is making its usual noisy entrance at another party which it hasn’t been invited. The one where everyone is young, thin, and hot looking! The news is we aren’t; can’t possibly be, and never will be again.”
How sad and depressing is that news. I am a fashion and style blogger for women over 50, and the party we have been invited to is simply called “life.” The young, thin, and hot looking don’t reside there alone, but are joined by the vibrant, strong, empowered women who have decided to look and feel their best at any age. Many Baby Boomers came to the party out of a realization life is short and it’s time to enjoy every moment. Some have been through complete transformations and reinventions. Some have just polished the party attire.
But, there is a movement of women, ages 40-100, who do not want to settle for camouflage. They want to look fabulous. They want to be visible. They care about clothing and feel stronger because of the messages their wardrobe communicates to the world. Their smiles and posture upon entering a room (owning a room) tell us so. Of course, aging is inevitable. However, when a woman gives attention to her appearance and health, then shouts out confidence on a daily basis, joy and purpose inevitably follow. Let’s face it confidence is attractive. Confidence accomplishes big tasks and does not settle for simply a tennis court in retirement.
Rules of what not to wear exist for all ages. It is up to each age group to decide what they want to say with their personal style and to also process, guideline by guideline what will be followed or ignored. (Anyone else wearing white before Easter?) We are at the party by invitation only. Our news headline reads, We Look Amazing; We Feel Healthy; and We Have Much to Live For. I hope you will put down the camo, buy a garment out of your comfort zone, and join us there, Susan Reimer. The party is in full swing….not over yet!
Ladies of midlife, here is your opportunity to comment…do you agree with me or Susan? Let’s discuss!
Thank you for stopping by The Joy Boutique…have a week full of spring flowers!