Fashion trials and tribulations of a woman over 40.
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
Who ever thought that women over 40 ought to look boring and conservative should follow the lead of Judy, snapped on Portobello road. She gracefully accepted my request for a picture. Not only does she look fabulous but she pulls off colours that younger women might shy away from. She successfully pairs up vibrant oranges with a patterned top in greens and browns. The bag worn across her chest and statement sun glasses complete the outfit.
Ignored by fashion designers, invisible in the fashion press, generally mute on her actual age for fear of rejection, the woman over 45 needs to develop a split-personality in her fashion life. She is presented with clothes cut for prepubescent girls, shown on the catwalk by skeletal amazons and on magazines pages by teenagers. Through extraordinary mental gymnastics, she needs to imagine how those clothes and styles would hang and feel on her, a woman over 40 who looks nothing like the women for whom the clothes were designed nor the women who model them. Caught between two equally unattractive fates - fading into greyness or the ridicule of "mutton dressed as lamb", she needs to skillfully navigate the treacherous fashion waters.
Help is at hand! This guide intends to look at the fashion world through the eyes of a 40+ woman to explore the issues of ageing, sift through designers' collections, retailers and magazines, and highlight what works and doesn't work for women over 40 and make fashion ours again!