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What Not to Wear After Age 50: The Final Say
Google 'what not to wear after age 50' and you will have your pick of thousands of articles telling you what looks terrible on your old ass body.
I want to point out to the writer who wrote the 'no-no' article, you need to remember you are writing for over 50 women, not preschoolers. I don't think I've said 'no-no' since my youngest was a toddler.
We could spend hours studying the clothes we shouldn't wear and the slang we shouldn't use and the makeup techniques we need to retire.
Here's me, weighing in on this topic.
You are over 50 for fuck's sake. Wear whatever you want. If you've made it to 50 and still need to consult articles on how to dress appropriately then you are so missing out on one of the best things about being over 50. One of the best things about getting older is realizing that we don't have to spend our energy worrying what other people think and we get to be comfortable in our own skin with our own freak flags.
Still, there are a few things that women over 50 really shouldn't wear:
1. The weight of the world.
When you wear the weight of the world on your shoulders, you age. If you like the feel of the world's weight and don't want to give it up, then try scaling back a bit. Perhaps just wear the weight of a few of the smaller continents. For instance, I am only wearing the weight of Australia and a made up country called 'Michelloponia'. I think it they have a slimming effect.
2. Shame and regret.
So few people can carry this look off. Most of us just end up looking haunted or like we were forced to eat liver and onions. Shame and regret are especially hard to wear after fifty. Wearing shame and regret past fifty is one of those things that make your eyes all red and runny looking. The downward spiral just snowballs from there. Once the eyes get old lady looking, then you have to re-evaluate the wisdom of black eye liner. I say give up wearing shame and regret and fuck giving up on black eye liner.
3. Rose-colored glasses.
Oh, sweetheart, you know who you are. Those glasses do nothing for you. Not only do they make you look like you've been smoking weed for days, they also keep you from examining life and your surroundings realistically. Yes, reality sucks, but by the time we hit fifty, we need to suck it up, take those glasses off and dick punch reality into submission. Or just get some really big dark sunglasses instead. They cover all manner of sins.
4. Stiff upper lip.
There is a time and a place for the stiff upper lip, but damn, it can't be worn all the time. Too much stiff upper lip causes those funky vertical lines between your upper lip and your nose holes. We don't always have to be stoic. I'm not suggesting that you wear your heart on your sleeve, but that is a much softer look than wearing a stiff upper lip.
5. Too many hats.
Personally, I can't pull off wearing one hat, much less many hats. I don't have a hat head. My hair poofs out and my ears look like car doors when I wear a hat. Wearing too many hats just exacerbates these issues. When you wear too many hats, it's easy to forget which hat you're wearing. For instance, are you wearing the "no nonsense corporate" hat when you meant to wear your "quirky and kicked back" hat? We're not getting any younger, you know. Sooner or later you're going to accidentally wear your court jester hat to the gynecologist and then where will you be? I'll tell you where you'll be. You'll be in an undignified position and wearing a stupid hat is where you'll be.
6. Resting bitch face.
Hahahahaha. Just kidding. Wear that one all you want. Although, it wouldn't hurt if every once in a while, you had a welcoming and kind look on your face. At least that's what I hear from other people.
There isn't anything wrong with getting advice about updating your look or what to wear, but we are just inundated with that shit, aren't we?
Who says what is appropriate? From where I sit, it seems 'appropriate' changes based on geography, social status, income and size. After a while, the advice becomes a confusing blur. I think I'll just keep wearing my Keds and jeans and black tee shirts.
Oh, I do have one real tip. Stop wearing holiday theme clothes. Seriously.
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Midlife Crisis: "My Mother Acts Like a teenager"
MANY middle-aged women go through a phase during which they try to prove that the effects of aging have not set in.
They wear clothes that are not age appropriate and do not behave accordingly either. Some wear high heels, colorful abayas and trendy dresses that are more appropriate for teenagers and young women.
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These women are often mothers themselves and it is often the case that their children are embarrassed by their behavior.
Al-Riyadh daily reports on this cultural behavior. Many people believe that a mother who acts like a teen wants to live a life she never had and do the things she could not do 15 or 20 years ago.
According to Dr. Farhan Al-Eneizi, assistant professor of counseling psychology at Hail University, each age phase has certain characteristics that are different to subsequent or previous phases.
"Women who dress, act and talk like teens have had unfulfilled and unsatisfied needs since they were teens.
These needs overwhelm them when they grow older and they are unable to understand the appropriate behavior for their age," said Al-Eneizi.
"Some middle-aged women feel pressured by their current age phase and think they cannot cope with the role this phase entails and they will fail.
As a result, they start to act like young girls and behave in a way not appropriate for their age," he added.
Fahad Al-Otaibi, sociologist and director of Hail Protection Center, said even men go through such a phase but in a different way.
"Some old men download clips that have explicit content. Women who are in their mid-ages might rebel against this phase because they want to believe they're still young and they aren't growing old.
It's no surprise that some women act younger than their age; it's in their feminine nature," Al-Otaibi said.
"If sons or daughters do not know how to deal with their mothers who constantly embarrass them by their behavior, they should try and have their maternal uncles to talk them out of it," Al-Otaibi added.
Khairiya Al-Zabn, sociologist at Hail University, said most mothers who act in this way did not have compassionate and kind parents and were neglected when they were young.
Such women, Al-Zabn claimed, live in a world of dreams where they think they are still young and start doing things that do not reflect their age.
"Advice doesn't work in most cases with mothers who act like their daughters and put on heavy makeup and wear high heels and attractive abayas.
The mother's actions and people's reaction to it, which is always negative, might cause psychological problems and confusion for her sons and daughters who will prefer not to be seen with their mother in public so they do not have to hear comments that will hurt their feelings," said Al-Zabn.
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Letters in response to the MARCH 2015 Issue:
You have inspired and empowered so many women throughout the years with words of truth and life, thank you. And you have spoken specifically of life, death, and resurrection so wonderfully. We have had our own miraculous experience here, as we discover the increasing amount of love and blessings available to all of us, as we truly live as gods and queens!
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Dearest Mama Donna I want to share with you a wonderful book that I just picked up from my library here in Somerset, NJ. It's called Dark Girls by Bill Duke. It is an extraordinary collection of photographs of dark skinned women and their commentaries/essays about what life has/is like for them. Because you are so sensitively attuned to the circumstances of women from such a diversity of ethnicities/spiritual traditions/mindsets/ I thought you might appreciate adding this information to your store of knowledge/wisdom. Your newsletter demonstrates a welcoming of those issues facing women who are dark and those who are not. Thank you for that. Regaliciously,
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