Decades before folks concerned themselves with ‘political correctness,’ millions lived their lives vigilantly determined to be viewed as ‘stylistically appropriate’.
Amazing, but true! Growing up in the fifties, sixties or even the seventies, style mavens across the country reverentially anticipated Memorial Day, as it heralded the launch of the ‘white season.’ On that long awaited holiday, thousands of fashionista’s coast-to-coast collectively reached for their white handbags, believing they had the official nod of approval to bring their white apparel and accessories out of closet hibernation.
Unfortunately, the highly anticipated emergence of ‘fashion whites’ each summer was doomed to a brief twelve-week run, capped off abruptly by Labor Day.
But, that was then and this is now.
Today, rules of correctness are more often challenged and rebuked, than routinely adopted and revered. Obedience to, and reverence for, any type of social guidelines seeming to inhibit self-expression, tend to be viewed as silly and outdated. As the saying goes: we’ve definitely come a long way, baby, in little more than one generation.
Yet, in spite of all the progress, there are a surprising number of folks who unwittingly cling to outdated standards and points of view pertaining to aging and image.
The time has definitely come to closely examine, debunk and rebut many of these beliefs that we, the original open-minded Aquarius generation, still ascribe to.
As Summer Solstice kicks in, what better time than now to cleanse our minds and free our souls of old, self-deprecating notions that negatively impact our sense of self value, esteem and self-worth?
Are you ready to join the movement and unite in a quest to banish out-dated style and aging ‘taboos, forever? Take a look at the new generation of hip and happening women who dare to defy the old rules, and as a result, have forever raised the bar for the rest of us who have a simple mantra and mission: look better, longer.
Today, I selected a few truly inspirational women who have conquered the old style rules regarding hair length. (Remember when women wearing long hair over the age of 45 were categorized as ‘aging hippies’?) While we have slayed that dragon, there are still many repressive age related style and beauty taboos left to eradicate.
(See Jane Seymour above at age 59.)
Cher @ age 65 and Holly Hunter (below) @ age 51.
Are you inspired yet?
I’d like to lighten and brighten your week with a new Las Vegas Examiner column, which will be posted under the title ‘Ageless Style.’ Each article will address and solve age-related beauty, style and image challenges, as they relate to our Fab@40 and/or 50+ crowd.
If you are over age forty—or even in your fifties or sixties, this style and beauty blog is for you! In the meantime, get to know your sizzling ‘sista’s’ who are blazing new image standards for all of us, creating a real tipping point (in our favor) in the quest for ageless beauty and style. Gorgeous, aren’t they?
I invite you to follow my new column (upon its debut,) as together we will take on the remaining –no longer relevant beauty and style age related myths… and embrace the array of new options available for achieving authentic, gorgeous, self expressive style and beauty, in our 40’s, 50’s and beyond!
(See Bernadette Peters below at age 61 and Renee Russo at age 51 below.