NOTE: I open for suggestions, guest interviews or collabs on this subject- send me an email if you’re interested!
In last week’s post I talked about the beauty industry and how the media dictates what we should look like- and how that’s totally up to women to decide when it comes to our beauty. And that the only opinion on this subject that is worth a care, is our very own!
Today I want to address Fashion and trends relating to aging.
What is fashion for older women? Do you know? There is some sort of an idea…a conclusion of sorts – where someone, somewhere has dictated this to us and has been forever trying to standardize this for all ‘older women’.
The reality is that ‘fashion for older women’ CANNOT be standardized – unlike, say, garment sizes. For example, let’s look at sizing for toddlers’ and children’s clothing. There’s an actual need for standardization for the sake of the production cycle and labelling, so that one can easily go into a store and purchase a specific size depending on the child to be dressed. This is practical, easy and makes sense.
Besides sizing, garment categories are the main types of classifications there are in the fashion industry: Loungewear, sportswear, evening, cocktail, business, children’s wear…to name a few. This gives us a gauge as to what to wear depending on the occasion, event, or even time of day.
There is no such thing as the category: ‘Older Women’.
Unfortunately, there is however, a general opinion out there about what ‘older women’ should or should not be wearing. By speaking out against this, change is happening. For a very long time women have been fighting for rights. But the 60’s, especially, propelled us to levels we never thought we could get to…and it’s thanks to those very women that our voices are finally being heard. And now, women continue to want and get change.
When it comes to fashion, we don’t need anyone telling us what and how to wear anything. We must be our own standard of how we want to look and portray ourselves. This too is a communication tool. The goal is not to look younger (although sometimes that might be the result)- but the real intention is for us to feel good and to look our own personal best- to ultimately see ourselves as beautiful. # Dopamine Styling
That being said: Break the rules! Wear what you want and what you love. Defy the regimented nonsense that is continually thrown at us by the media, and those who gulp it up! Can you imagine if we were still listening to those same fashion rules that our mothers and grandmothers went by (similar rules still apply btw)? We would never even own a bathing suit, or shorts, or even pants!! So, let’s wear the mini (or the maxi!) and the backless, or cleavage no-no top!
The choice is OURS. And the more we play by our own rules- the more we change the stereotypes and attitudes towards aging. And- ultimately, the more we render aging inclusive in not only fashion, but in everything that wants us to fade away in silence.
I don’t know about you, but until my heart stops beating, I’m here, I’m visible, I’m relevant and, I wanna wear it all! Your thoughts?
This shorts/skirt is the most comfortable and versatile piece for the summer! Feeling fresh, stylish and completely free- I love this look so much. Both lace and florals combine the ultimate in gorgeousness since the beginning of time…Proving that beauty is in essence, timeless!
NOTE: Please send me an email if you would like an interview with me on the top of Ageism (in fashion, beauty, yur career…). I’m open to suggestions or collabs!!!
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