This weekend went with my husband to a reunion dinner with four families who had all holidayed together over a period of 15 years while the children were growing up . Interestingly, the older generation (all now in their 80s) commented on how none of the younger generation looked our ages. Lovely to be complimented, but is it true, or is it just that perceptions of how women over live and look today just haven’t caught up with reality?
Is it just that those of us in our 50s today have a more youthful attitude to life in general than the generations before us, and hence look more youthful too? From the clothes we wear to the way we style our hair, we have so many more options open to us. We are far more likely to have developed our own individual styles and dress accordingly. We are not restricted to the choice of twinsets, crimplene dresses and sensible shoes of our mothers and grandmothers – in fact my own mother looks younger in her 70s that she ever looked in her 50s now that she has stopped having her hair ‘set’ every week and added a bit of colour and style to her wardrobe.
There are no rules to say how women over 50 should look
So, back to my opening question, how are women over 50 supposed to look? There are no ‘rules’ to follow in respect to hair length and colour or the clothes we wear. With so many different skincare and cosmetic products available we can work wonders to even out skin tone and highlight our best features. Do I look as though I’m in my fifties? Absolutely – I believe it’s the perception of 50 that hasn’t changed to keep up.
What are your thoughts on this?