Getting old is a privilege, not a burden
There is this discussion again. “When is a woman too old to go sleeveless?” What’s wrong about jiggling bingo wings? Nothing! Are they just jealous they can’t do the jiggle (yet)! They forget that getting old is a good thing that many people are denied. That’s already reason enough to show the bingo wings off.
The suggested fix, wear sleeves – even at 110F (43.3oC)! A recipe for thermal stress, a heat stroke, and may be death! There they go the bingo wings.
Today it is the upper arm, tomorrow it will be long or gray or yellow teeth. Next week, it will be the ears that get bigger as we age. Since we are supposed to cut our long hair after 40, will we then have to chop our ear off like Vincent van Gogh? Just asking.
What’s next? The witch hunt? What is it, that young is great, old is bad (when you are a woman)?
Is wearing an amour the solution?
Will we have to pin lists like The 10 most effective things to hide your aging body to the inspiration board in our closet? Here an example of how such a list could read, and in italic how I feel we should react about these signs of aging. Have a good laugh. 🙂
- Wear sunglasses to hide crowfeet, sagging eyelids, and dark under-eye circles. No, raccoon are considered cute because of their eye circles.
- Wearing a face mask is one way of dealing with age spots. Dalmatians, leopards and ladybugs are considered beautiful. By the way leopard and polka dot prints are a fashion classic!
- Wear ear cuffs to hide your growing ears. Minnie Mouse never was my style icon and did you forget that we should not wear them after 30?!
- Wear white gloves to hide your bony hands. Dogs love bones, and I have nothing to hide like did Mac the Knife.
- Women over 40 should not have long hair. Rapunzel is my style icon, but I don’t need a Prince to let my hair down.
- Wear only midi skirts to hide your aging knees. Slightly above the knee is most flattering on any woman and who can see that my knees are aging is way too close or wearing binoculars instead of glasses.
- Wear your reading glasses on a chain to not loose them. It’s my brain exercise to remember where I put them and if not, I am helping the economy.
- Wear a bra even on weekends in summer. I will do it the moment, all men who have more than I do wear one.
- Don’t wear a bikini. Why? Is this Sylt, Germany?
- Wear an armor like a knight so nobody sees your (well earned) wrinkles, age spots, gray hair (or not). I am on my way to the airport.
Why are those questions or suggestions popping up again and again and we 40+, 40++, 40+++, … women have to deal with this?
Why is the ageism pointing towards women only?
I never saw suggestions for men to hide their age or aging body parts. Are they just not aging, dressing better as they get older, dressing better than we do, or does nobody care about their getting older? Sorry I’m just asking.
Take aging as a privilege
What the heck! Is it a crime to age!? It happens to everyone every day and hopefully for many decades to come. I wear what makes me feel comfortable, chic and looking great. So should you.Wear what makes you feel great and not what is age appropriate? What does that mean anyhow? #agelessstyle Click To Tweet
Happy aging in fashion and style to a 100 and more, but do it you way! Enjoy your free trips around the Sun.Age is a state of mind. You are so old as you feel/behave. Click To Tweet
What do you think about all those suggestions in the media what to wear and not to wear at a certain age? Which of the above don’ts are dos for you? Let me know by email, I am curious.
Want to read more about examples on ageism and how to cope? What about gray hair is a choice, not a default?
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