Does wearing a brooch on our lapel really make us look older? According to Pamela Masin it does. In her article, Fashion Mistakes That Make You Look Older, Pamela points out twelve looks that make us appear older. The article itself was framed in such a way as to remind women that to be “old’ is likened to having an incurable disease. There are so many changes that happen to our body as we enter our 40s—our eyesight begins to blur, and in our 50s we begin to see the lines on our face deepen—but what in the hell does wearing a brooch or not have to do with looking older?! Here is the problem: we have carved a society which does not respect, honor or appreciate a woman who no longer looks as though she can squeeze human life from her loins. What we need is to create a different definition for beauty when it comes to age if we are to change the way the world sees us. But until then, let’s have a closer look at this remarkably noxious article.
The vibe from this commentary is clear; now that we are older we have to be more concerned than ever about being heavy. To appear slimmer Pamela passes on advice by Laura Rothman author of “Style Bible” who suggests looking for something sleek and slim in shoes—Laura’s choice is stilettos while Pamela states that chunky heels and platform shoes add heaviness.
In addition, Pamela believes we should not draw attention to our neck or eyes as those areas are the first to give our age away. The recommendation for eyewear is to stay away from dark thick frames as they will underscore wrinkles and under eye shadows. For wrinkles around the neck, she notes that turtlenecks are useful but says, “. . . a better choice is a v-neckline or scoop neckline which draws the eye to your décolletage (so long as it doesn’t show cleavage).” That’s right showing cleavage after 50 will only make young children cry.
Apparently, it is not enough to hide wrinkles on your neck and around your eyes but it is imperative to hide your shape if you love to wear jersey. Pamela recommends, “Go for draped or ruched options that grazes your curves and strategically hides any bulges.” To summarize we need to hide our necks, eyes and body in order to give the appearance of a more youthful person. But how can anyone see us if we hide?
Here are my recommendations:
If you like a platform shoe, wear them and if you prefer a stiletto than wear the stilettos.
If you think you look gorgeous in those dark frames, then wear the dark frames as long as the frames fit the shape of your face and the size of your wrinkles.
Does a low v-neckline that shows your décolletage make you smile while making children cry? Children will cry for no reason at all. Do what makes you smile.
Jerseys are some of the easiest fabrics to wear and like anything in design it is a matter of proportions.
Regardless of age, dress in clothing that is flattering to your shape and color because your wrinkles will only look more gorgeous.