Welcome to a new feature on this blog!
I’m the Stylish Ole Woman.
You might be one too, and you probably know others—women who, into their fifties, sixties, and seventies plus, cherish fashion as if it were—pardon the pun—going out of style. They want to be stylish, but instead have succumbed to daily doses of the too-bright blouses splashed with enormous flowers (on glaring white backgrounds) and slacks with excess fabric ruched up into elastic waistbands which, half the time, only make their own waists look larger.
I’ve begun this feature because few of those in the fashion industry are talking about us or to us—women who like to feel good and look good, in spite of injuries, infirmities, and insomnia; cortisone shots to and replacement of knees and hips; surgeries and treatments that feel worse than the disease; or feet that seem determined to fall apart. Few outlets carry clothes for us, or take into account our challenges in trying to remain stylish, despite any and all of those conditions.
The Fight Against Frumpdom
But, here we’ll exchange ideas about how to avoid frumpdom; and I hope you’ll be entertained and inspired by other aging issues I raise—the ones with little or nothing to do with fashion.
Caveat: If you prefer super flashy fashion photos, this isn’t the blog for you. For one thing, it’s not my intention to mimic the glamorous blogs that focus exclusively on fashion. (Who am I trying to kid? Given the chance to get my hands—legally—on fabulous photos of older women models, I’d post them here in a snap.)
For another, I haven’t got the budget for glossy, professional photos of for-real models (although I hope you’ll enjoy the amateur photos here—like the ones of my brown and turquoise toe nails above, and of my friend Lesley’s fancy feet, below).
If strong interest in the SOW posts materializes, I’ll migrate them to their own blog. (Maybe I’ll even spring for a professional photo or two . . .) But, until then, they’ll remain here on my writing advice blog, along with . . . writing advice.
Please come back to read my next SOW post: The Magazines Let Me Down.
Got something to say? I’m interested. Please leave a comment. Or send it to me at Relief11@verizon.net.
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