I’m no style expert, but I know what I like and what I don’t like. I see a lot of very attractive fifty-something women of all shapes and sizes wearing one of three things that makes them look seventy-something. I wish I could take them by the shoulders, give them a good shake, and scream ‘STOP THE MADNESS!’
Eighties High-Waisted Tapered Jeans: News flash — it’s 2012. Time to update your wardrobe. And don’t tell me you can’t afford to. I picked up a pair of nice-fitting Alfred Sung jeans for $10 at Value Village a few weeks ago. Nothing ages a woman more than old, ugly baggy jeans.
Ugly Sweatshirts: Please don’t wear sweatshirts with any kind of plant, bird or animal motif. Don’t get me wrong, I love plants, birds and animals, but they don’t belong on your sweatshirt. Seeing a woman wearing these makes me grit my teeth. Just because you’re a grandmother doesn’t mean you have to look like one.
Long Gray Hair: I have nothing against gray hair. I have a head full of it, which I currently color. Someday I might decide to take the gray plunge, but it needs to be done right. In my opinion, no matter how pretty you are (like the lady on the left) if your hair resembles Mrs. Bates from Psycho, you’re doing it wrong.
I’d much rather look like Judi Dench or Jamie Lee Curtis. Their haircuts are chic, and Jamie Lee rocks her highlights. Or lowlights, or whatever the hell they are.
Since gray hair is the universal symbol of old age, why would you want more of it?
What’s your opinion about aging gracefully with style?