The look. OK, my very good friend Catherine of AtypicaI60 is so honest. On her blog she often shows her face and hair how it is. We see her spots, wrinkles and blotches and hear about the travails and trials of her thinning hair. So, I’m going to attempt to be as honest as her. And let’s start with the photos on this blog.
Over the years I’ve learnt to take a very flattering pic of myself. For instance, that pic of me in my magic red hat? Here it is again.
Reader, I do not look like this all the time! This is not reality! And the evidence is here.
And, Oh. My. Word. Here.
Yes, this pic is taken in harsh, everyday light in an opticians where I was choosing some new glasses. Hmm. Some people look great in glasses (look at Catherine of Atypical60) but I don’t think I’ll ever like myself in specs. And not only do I have a 70-year-old neck (which is to be expected) I also have a rather tired, grey, pasty look (not all of the time but some of the time) that is so typical of the over-70s. Which is something I feel I can say with authority as a person in their 70s, and which is all to do with lack of pigment as you age. Also note the hair. It’s a bit bedraggled and the colour is all over the place. Memo to self. Will have to pop back to my hairdresser and have a chat!
What to do? Well, wear makeup for a start. And please don’t say, ‘I’ve never worn makeup and won’t start now’, or ‘I can’t wear makeup because I’m too old’. Oh no. Absolutely, no! When you reach or are approaching 70 it’s even more important to wear makeup to compensate for the loss of pigment and to give definition and colour to your face. And if you feel you don’t know where to start, why not go on Tricia Cusden’s Look Fabulous Forever website and look at her YouTube videos – she has an outstanding, uplifting and empowering attitude to makeup and older women, and she always uses older women in her YouTube tutorials. When you’ve got time, when you’re having a coffee, why not pull up a chair and have a look – click here.
And never say never about anything – including makeup!
And then there’s your ‘look’. Now, what some people think is great to wear, is not going to be good on others. So, treat everything I say from now on with some detachment and objectivity. Nevertheless, there are clothes and clothes, and ways to wear clothes. Take that long grey wool skirt and pink jacket combo I showed you a few weeks back.
Actually, worn together I think they are a real no-no. The combination seems to me to be shapeless and rather dull. I’m not convinced by that pink jacket at all. Contrast that look with the jeans and striped top.
That’s a look that’s not dull.
However, as someone pointed out to me, the jacket worn with skinny jeans or leggings could look much better.
Really not sure.
You know what, a loose jacket suits a lot of people, but not me. I don’t like this look. I think it’s shapeless and boring. So, out it goes into my charity shop bag.
And the jeans worn with a more tailored jacket with a nipped in waist? How much better is that?
Here is the jacket again (which is newly bought from a charity shop for £5) with the wool skirt which I will keep.
Btw, did you notice that this jacket needs another button – I’ve used a safety pin to keep it together!
The point I’m making is that, to me, shapeless clothes are boring clothes. Look at a recent post in That’s Not My Age – everyone is raving about this designer but all I see are oversized coats that would like a large dressing gown on me.
However, you might not feel the same way. You might love that loose coat and blazer shape and that’s fine. I think style is all about your attitude to your body and clothes. And whatever shape you are, you have to love and feel comfortable with the items you wear. Above all, what I want to get across is that no matter how old we are, or what shape we are, in our minds, in our approach, in our attitude, we do not do boring or dull.
And don’t forget, you can do this (dress yourself up) for next-to-nothing as 90% of all the clothes featured here are from charity shops.
Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper