The Queen of England has turned ninety. Can you imagine her getting ready for a ball?
The designer comes, flips open the lap-top, while the queen peers with her, the image consultant in tow,
“Summer wear” X—clothes emerged.
“Formal wear” the catalogue now becomes X-a
“Occasion specific” (x-a)-b
And the exact dress emerges, the fashionistas label it Xuberance suddenly you see every size- zero Twiggy Ann modelling it.
What if, the queen were to say, “its summer,” get me Sew-n-Sue from downtown and ask the sew-n-Sue to sew her a chintz spaghetti strapped calf length dress, gets the Jane Marple’s stylish to crop her hair, and walks down to the party with psychedelic floaters, sounds bizarre right? But somewhere, it appears that women over 45 are not reckoned with, if I were a designer that is the precise group I would design for,
But guess what, it is as if the world of Fashion has decided that women over forty need be dressed. Neither the models nor the stores have anything worthwhile. The shop assistants are rude and tend to shame you.
It has been a huge challenge, turning fifty, then I suddenly thrust into what everyone calls menopause earlier than my body planned. A change in career, my kids left home. It is like another woman suddenly emerged from the closet
Walk down to the clothes store, the shop assistant smirks, and then guides you to a shelf where the clothes are frumpy, wear a shabby dress and people will remember the dress, be impeccably dressed and people will remember the woman.
What was really scary I can understand what Rip Van Winkle or Sleeping Beauty felt, you wake into a world, where everything breaks down, that says, oh! At this age this and this age that, I don’t really see why there should be a point where everyone decides you’re too old, I’m not old, and until I decide I’m too old I’ll never be too old!
There was a time when I laughed at the vanity of women of thirty or forty who used night creams, and whitened their skin with lead, but now I know these salves are not disguises for old crones who wish to look young, but they are only a mask we wear so that we can at least for a while recognize ourselves.
It’s not easy to grow up into a woman, we are always taught, almost bombarded with ideals of what we should be at every age in our lives, “this is what you should wear at twenty,” “this is what you should act at the age of twenty-five” “this is what you should be doing when you are seventeen.”
Amidst all these voices that bark all these orders and act of these ideals for girls if you notice there is a lack in the voice of assurance. There is no comfort or assurance; I want to be able to say that there are four things admirable for a woman to be at any age! Whether you are forty or forty-four or nineteen it’s wonderful to be elegant, it’s always fashionable to have grace, it’s always glamorous to be brave and it’s always important to own a delectable perfume!! Wearing a beautiful fragrance is style at any age!!
Style is knowing who you are and what you want to and not give a damn. I don’t see why I should stop wearing what I like, and reminds me of who I am, just because I turn a certain age. I like coco Chanel simply because she understand, the importance of giving woman comfortable clothes that would flow with her body, a woman is closet to being naked when she is well-dressed.
It is summer, the heat is unbearable, and my wardrobe has nothing for the woman who I am today. The woman who I am demands clothing that is comfortable, vibrant, and elegant. Something that will help me handles the heat without looking a defeated lost frump
with the hope that there is someone out there who realize that the market of style and fashion for the +somethings in age and size is larger than the market for the Young Twiggy Ann Let me head to www.shoppersstop.com.
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