There is a blog (Advanced Style) dedicated to showing the fashionistas of mature age; I would guess the cut-off point to be about 60. On the one hand, I salute the women who have lived through whatever they have had to live through and I admire their courage because face it, growing old takes courage and resilience. By courage in this article, though, I mean the absolute guts of steel that it takes to wear some of the outrageous outfits that they have chosen.
I salute those elderly ladies who have hung tough and stuck through the decades and have not allowed themselves to give in to Age. What I sometimes wonder at, though, are the extreme ends to which some of them go. It is one thing to dress with joy and carefree primary color abandon; it is another thing to step over that invisible line called good taste.
Other extreme ends to which they go are hair tinted bright orange, huge, huge outsized sunglasses in shocking fluorescent colors, bright garish lipstick spackled on, 3" false eyelashes, and some outfits that seem at first glance to be clown clothes.
In that blog, I think that they are applauded for their age and pluck rather than for their choice in clothes.
I collected a handful of photos showing women in outlandish items of clothing, wearing them simply because they could, and planned to show them in full regalia waving to the camera, but then decided that the high road would be to show a mature woman who has dressed with originality and who stands out, but not for her outrageousness. Who doesn't step over the line and Go There simply because she can — simply because her age gives her license.
The woman in the photo above, in my eyes, is lovely. Every item of clothing blends with the rest, and she is a standout, but with dignity. I love her soft, soft eyeshadow and lipstick, I love the earrings and the vibrant warm color brightening up the black top. She has personal style that probably a lot of women would love to copy. She makes me proud to be une femme d'un certain âge.
(The next morning.) I just found this other photo of the woman
dressed in a different outfit.