Hmm, is there anything about being 70 that’s changed me in any way? Nope, still the same old me. However, I thought I’d share two things with you and it’s all about the maxim I truly believe in which is ‘never say never’.
OK, first of, I really detest vintage shops and vintage clothes. I don’t know about where you live, but in Lewes and Brighton (two very trendy towns, actually one is a city, near where I live) there are plenty of vintage shops. And most of them have clothes that I could find in any charity shop. And their prices! Just add a nought or even more (as in a £4 skirt will be a minimum of £40). It’s rare to find a genuine 20s or 30s item, which I would see as vintage.
But it’s all relative isn’t it. A young person would see the 70s and 80s as vintage and that’s where someone my age has to be so careful. I’ve said this before, but if you bought one of those 70s items it could look like it was just something hanging in the back of the wardrobe for decades. Recently, I got rid of a vintage mid-length 50s skirt because, catching sight of myself in a shop mirror I realised that 50s look was really ageing on me.
In fact, imho, vintage usually only works on the young because it’s an iconic statement that they’re wearing something ‘old’. Look at me, they’re saying, I have something that was worn years ago. You just have to be careful if you’re the age that wore that statement item when it first came out.
However, having said all that don’t forget that older women should/can wear anything they like. If vintage suits you, you go for it.
And then again, I was looking at an image from the film Brooklyn recently (for our film society) and I was really struck by the Irish heroine’s clothes – so yummy. The very next day I spotted a skirt in a charity shop and thought it’s just like the one in the poster! I bought it and then on that very same day found a matching top in a sale. The entire outfit came to £5.99 and I’ve worn it several times now I love it so!!
It’s quite 50s don’t you think? That’s definitely a ‘never-say-never’ moment!
Second thing is, my hair and its colour. As you know I’ve often said ‘go away’ to those who exhort us to go grey. Who do they think they are? I put them in the same category as those who tell us we can’t wear certain items of clothing at a certain age. Give me a break I always think, because really all our decisions should be based on our shape (clothes) and skin colour (hair). Age has nothing to do with it. Because really we should do the fcuk we want. But I’m going to have a serious chat with my hairdresser about going white. Not grey, mind (that’s a colour that’s too dull for me and the climate I live in) but white, yes, I might just do it. My face (but no-where else) has got just a tiny bit of a tan, what with the sea breezes in and around Norway and this current good weather, and I quite fancy my hair going a complete Debbie Harry white/blonde colour. I’ll keep you posted on that one.
That’s all for now, but do let me know, if you wear vintage, and if you’ve taken that plunge and gone with your natural greying/white hair.
Penny, the frugalfashionshopper
P.S. Sharing with Catherine Summers and her #iwillwearwhatilike weekly session.