I saw 70 year old Goldie Hawn on Jamie Oliver the other night and I was shocked. Not by the fact that she has aged, but how unnatural and unpleasant she looked. I remember her from Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In.
Obviously being an actress in the public eye and being classed as one of “the world’s sexiest women”, can be a heavy burden. But apart from the plastic surgery, botox, dental work, etc the main problem here is, I think, that she feels the pressure to freeze her look as well as her smile. Today’s clothes, hair, eye make up etc are almost a parody of what she got away with in the 1960s. Perhaps if she didn’t dress as “Goldie” no one would even recognise her.
My husband often says “It’s not the age, it’s the mileage”, comparing himself to a car. To an extent this is true – some people squeeze three lifetimes out of their life, while others waste their time. Age is such a slippery concept – personally I avoid thinking about it too much but there is certainly a view that clothing, like lifestyles and style, should be “age-appropriate”. I often enjoy the clothes featured in the Guardian’s Fashion for All Ages pages as they show models of different ages wearing a trend – white, long coats, sequins etc.
I once wrote about how to look younger.
Turning specifically to the ” age appropriate wardrobe” I would oppose the concept. If you look at what is offered for women in their 50s and 60s there is often an assumption that will want to avoid fashion. I would say age is completely irrelevant. What matters, at any age, is
- Your clothes are ones you like and feel good in – partly this is about your wardrobe personality
- You have an individual look that suits who you are and what you do
- Your clothes fit you well – neither too tight nor too loose
- They are stylish and fashionable, but they don’t have to be bang-on, cutting-edge fashionable
- You can wear vintage, and items you have had for years but make sure this doesn’t convey a “don’t care” attitude
- Wear clothes that work with your own colouring and when putting outfits together make it interesting (not just dark trousers and a plain jumper for example). An outfit implies some thought, co-ordination, putting elements together such as tights, shoes, jewellry, spectacles, hairstyle, so that the overall look is pleasing
- if you want to wear “young” styles such as mini-skirts, shorts, cropped tops, baggy jumpers, skinny jeans etc, ensure that they are adapted to your shape and style
Specifically there are a few things you might want to consider post 50
- Your colouring may change a little in terms of losing some of its vividness. This is why dyed hair can look so “inauthentic” in older people. However this doesn’t mean you need to wear beige – in fact, don’t wear beige without some colour.
- You may be better off financially and able to afford better quality fabrics and clothes (and quality over quantity may work better)
- You will know from trial and error (or through style and colour analysis) what suits you best – you can avoid some of the mistakes of your youth
- You will probably have more self confidence than a younger person and this should come through in how you dress, and may lead to greater experimentation and daring. Not everyone wants the dramatic and artistic looks (or hat-plus-red-lipstick) promoted by Advanced Style, but some of these ladies in their 80s are inspirational.
- Here are some attractive actresses who are past “retirement” age. They all look great – healthy, happy, fresh and authentic.