Being confident in my 50s: We debunk fashion myths!

Being confident in my 50s: We debunk fashion myths!

Trying something new is a surefire way to get motivated to leading a fulfilling life

“I tell myself I’m free to do whatever the hell I want with my body. Why not? I may be a caricature of my former self; I’m still wearing wide-belted plaid coats, horn-rimmed glasses, and turtlenecks in the summertime. So what? Nobody cares but me. I don’t see anything wrong with face-lifts or Botox or fillers. They just erase the hidden battle scars. I intend to wear mine, sort of.”
– Diane Keaton

They say that playing with fashion is for the youth, that colorful fabric and fancy patterns are only working if you want to attract the eye to a young and perfect silhouette. At a certain age, a woman is therefore more likely to disappear in the sea of blacks and greys and beiges with an occasional silver or gold accessory here and there. And that’s perfectly ok. It’s a safe and proven key to an immaculate style and being confident.
But my gosh, doesn’t that feel too predictable at times? Isn’t there any part of us that still wants to hop like a Tigger and joggle with colors and patterns and simply enjoy the process of dressing up?
Iris is 74, she is a former sports journalist and she loves wearing patchwork cardigans and A-shaped multilayered flowery skirts, and she likes to top up this look by adding a crimson lipstick and burgundy horn-rimmed glasses. Along with her geometrical black fringe it all reflects Iris’s vivid personality.
“The older I get, the more I become aware of my femininity. When I was 40 I thought I was too old to wear miniskirts and would resort to black creased trousers instead. Only after my 55th birthday had I realized fashion is not to be taken too seriously and that my femininity was seething from within just waiting to burst with all the hues and patterns” – says Iris when I ask her if her style had undergone any particular evolution in the course of time."
Linda is 92-years-old, she used to be an office manager in one of the first publishing houses in New York. She appreciates a well-tailored embroidered jacket; which over the years became her signature piece of clothing. You can never see her wearing sweatpants – she feels way more comfortable in her Manolo high-heels and preferably vivid color-block tights as her favorite pieces of accessory. Portos – Linda’s beloved dachshund complements the look with his pearl-incrusted collar.
“If I could change one thing about my style years ago I would start playing with fashion a lot earlier and with a lot more confidence than I used to.” – says Linda over a glass of chianti. “I remember very vividly the moment my mother gave me my first red lipstick. It was the prom night and that lipstick to me was the utmost epitome of emancipation at that time. How silly of me to had been stuck on that one femininity attribute until my mid-fifties! My style is what gives me the freedom to express myself and even at the age of 92 I have a lot to say to the world!” .
Is there anything Linda would like to learn in the fashion department? Is there any room for that even? “Well of course there is!” – she chuckles. “I wish I could finally learn to wash my colorful clothes without making the colors run. You won’t believe the number of fine clothes I had ruined with improper washing!”.

  • If, like Linda, you fear ruining your beloved garments, go for Daz washing capsules. It will take a great care of the colors and the whites, so you can expect brilliant cleaning effects. And your style remains intact.

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