When I grow up I wanna be fab like this…

 

Inspiring and fabulous, these chic New Yorkers of ‘a certain age’ demonstrate “…as we get older, we get better!”

 

The video, filmed for an upcoming documentary about stylish older ladies living in New York, is chock-full of style tips and advice that will make your decade ;). Some of the dialogue includes:

 

“I think it’s fun to dress up. It’s an exercise in creativity, and it makes you feel better. Sometimes you’re in a funk and you put something on, and you twirl yourself around and, BINGO!” 

 

“I dress up for the theatre of my life everyday. I get such a kick out if it!”

 

“I don’t dress for anyone else, I dress for myself. If someone doesn’t like what I’m wearing, I don’t give a shit.”

About age: “Before 80 you always lie. After 80, you brag.”

 

“Young women, don’t worry about getting older. Every era, it brings character.”

 

For more perspectives on what’s chic and/or appropriate to wear once we get a little older, I love this article from xoJane: “Dispatches from the mom set: we are too old to wear whaaat?“.

And, I got my ranty-pants on about a year ago when a journalist coined the term “muttony mummies” about women who are deemed to “dress like their daughters”.  Give. Me. A. Break.

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Thanks to Amy for sharing this with me! Check out her fab blog, Absolute Amy, here.

 

Do you worry about  dressing for your age as you get older?

Are there things you’ve stopped wearing past a certain age?

Has getting older made you more adventurous with your style? 

 

 

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Comments

  • http://twitter.com/norlinm Norlin Mustapha

    Well…confession time.  I shop at Temt why? Because I can get on-trend pieces at budget prices. I don’t believe in splurging on-trend items because let’s face it, they don’t last very long do they? Maybe they might get a resurgence later on over the years, but never the same. I know Temt is meant more for the younger crowd…and you know what my husband said yesterday after I went into the store? “Don’t they have bouncers or security to prevent women of a certain age from going in?” Yes, daring right?! He’s lucky he came out alive! 
    I don’t believe in “dressing for your age”. If you’ve got it flaunt it – but no matter what age you are, do it tastefully. I think we tend to go “safe” once we become mums, which is sad really. Why not go for bright, bold colours and prints. Why do we keep going for the “safe” option – because it’s easy? Well, I’ve learned to incorporate the on-trend items that might be targeted at the younger demographics to my age group – it can be done. ;) Like the quote you included in  your post: 
    “I don’t dress for anyone else, I dress for myself. If someone doesn’t like what I’m wearing, I don’t give a shit.” Brilliant post Andrea! :) 

    • FoxInFlats

      Right on Norlin! Hear hear! I’ll see you when we’re 80 gadding about in our red lipstick. xxx 

  • http://www.absoluteamy.com/ Amy from Absolute Amy

    Such an amazing video, it goes to show that age does not limit your fabulousness. I think I’ve become more adventurous with fashion since becoming a mummy, and that’s mainly thanks to my style mentor and lovely friend Andrea from http://www.andandrea.com. (Must be something about the name……)

    • FoxInFlats

      Amy, you were a real champion to share this around this morning. It is such an inspiration to all of us to see that just because we’re getting older we don’t have to stop being awesome. In fact, we can be even MORE fabulous as we age. Really loved this . Thanks so much to you and Andrea. xxx

  • http://posiepatchworkblog.blogspot.com.au/ Posie Patchwork

    Oh i think so much depends on your figure – if you can get away with a short skirt as you still have fabulous legs, DO IT.  If you like tank tops teamed with a pretty coloured bra showing a little bit, it’s fun, not offensive.  I do LOVE an older lady in some animal print – is screams “i have lived”.  If you’re frumpy, go a bit looser or longer, but don’t try the trends, they are fun, especially when colourful & not 80’s flash backs.  Love Posie

    • FoxInFlats

      Love your comments and observations Posie. And I reckon everyone should have a touch of animal print in their wardrobes. Just fab. x

  • http://posiepatchworkblog.blogspot.com.au/ Posie Patchwork

    Oh i think so much depends on your figure – if you can get away with a short skirt as you still have fabulous legs, DO IT.  If you like tank tops teamed with a pretty coloured bra showing a little bit, it’s fun, not offensive.  I do LOVE an older lady in some animal print – is screams “i have lived”.  If you’re frumpy, go a bit looser or longer, but don’t try the trends, they are fun, especially when colourful & not 80’s flash backs.  Love Posie

  • Pene Turner

    This article really is wonderful – I wish more women (and men!) would do this in their ‘older’ years!  Literally yesterday I was looking at a woman who must have been in her 70’s looking OH SO stylish, but with her own twist on it.  Golly she looked absolutely fabulous.  I think we just get so lost in being Mothers that we can forget to remember the little parts of us that have character and an independant style – thankfully we have places like Fox in Flats where we can rediscover the things that we love and that make us feel gorgeous and feminine and US!!  I aspire to be like the women in this article…  Fantastic!

    • FoxInFlats

      “Mothers that we can forget to remember the little parts of us that have character and thankfully we have places like Fox in Flats where we can rediscover the things that we love and that make us feel gorgeous and feminine and US!! ” THANKYOU! XXX

  • http://profiles.google.com/sifdal Sif Dal

    Age gives a woman so much more freedom to express her unique sense of style – I think. In recent years I’ve finally discovered what *i* like. I no longer feel a need to keep up with fashion or resign myself to being a frump. I have created my own style which is quite unique. Many people ask me ‘Are you going out?’ or ‘Have you been somewhere today?’ because the style I wear isn’t that of a suburban mum doing a school run, and I always says, ‘No, this is what I like to wear. I like to feel special even when I’m just going to the school gate – at my age, why not!’ When you feel good about yourself you carry yourself with greater confidence and other people see that. It’s win all the way!

    • FoxInFlats

      I love the way you think Sif. So, so true. x Andrea

  • Johanna

    I loved this video, and it’s so spot on. Why should a few wrinkles dampen the trendy spirit? My Mum is 84 and she still puts me up to a few style dares, while I encourage her to be Foxey as … After I’ve checked in with you here of course :)

    • FoxInFlats

      LOL that’s so cool!

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