|Should I put aside "childish things" such as wearing red glitter headbands-er no|
Whilst my knee jerk reaction was to shout "No" as loudly as possible, it did get me thinking about how women who maintain an interest in clothes, make up and contemporary culture are viewed.
Over the age of 30 there is the unspoken sense that you should avoid looking like "Mutton dressed as lamb" a recent feature in a national newspaper claimed that when polled most people thought women over 39 should stop wearing bikinis and you only need to recall the pages and pages devoted to whether Madonna was "too old" to bare her breast onstage and shouldn't she just "grow old gracefully" to see that for many age is more than "just a number" it carries an expectation about how we should dress and behave.
|Too old to flash?|
|Not quite ready for the beige slacks|
We realise that society is still by and large a patriarchy and chip away at this reality every day whilst also knowing that men are gorgeous, vital and the perfect ying to our yang.
|Gwen showing us how to look over the age of (gasp) 40|
|Pearl Lowe-Vintage Queen|
|Jane Fonda-70 and still feeling sexy|
And its not just celebrities lighting the way for how to rock individual style past a certain age tickbox. The Advanced style blog with its tagline "Proof from the wizened and silver haired set that personal style advances with age" crashes into my blogloving feed at regular intervals forcing me to revaulate what constitutes "mature fashion. Subscribe to their Youtube feed-you won't be sorry.During the writing of this post Illamasqua revealed one of the images from there upcoming campaign showing a frankly stunning 75 year old and I was amazed at the outpouring of love for the image when I put it on my facebook page.It seems we do want to see women over 25 in advertising campaigns, the invisibility of woman over a certain age in media is as old fashioned as it is short sighted. Im not naive enough to think a few beauty campaigns here and there signal a huge sea change but its a start.
For me the biggest inspiration I have when it comes to navigating personal style at any age is my mum.
|Mama Bee photographed on the swing in out garden in one of her own creations|
A fashion designer when I was growing up, who turned up at the school run in Vivienne Westwood bondage trousers she still always looks amazing and incredibly youthful.
|Outside her fashion boutique in the 1980's|
|Showing me how it should be done-Mama Bee|
So the next time you think you are too old to wear something, wear it anyway, unless its a nappy-thats just weird.
Bopalena Tee Shirt Giveaway
This week Im offering one of my lucky readers a Bopalena Tee shirt. Designed and hand printed by the fabulous Nick Bee at BB Designs and available to buy at my boutique it will make a rather fabulous Rockabilly addition to your wardrobe. Available in sizes small, medium and large.
The winner will be chosen via random number generator on July the 7th 2012
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