I just finished reading The Thoughtful Dresser, by Linda Grant, and there are some really great points in the book about middle age dressing. As difficult as it is for us to dress at our age, it wasn't so for my mother's generation. Then, there were two fashion genre's: teenage and woman. This picture illustrates this point; I almost feel sorry for the 20 year old models that look more like middle aged women! And after pondering more pictures in this magazine, I also realized, that some clothes would age me--they are more like a 90 year olds' clothes!
The more I thought about it, the more I made it a study. What is it about this styling that makes it so flattering for middle agers?
The first thing that struck me was the impeccable tailoring~even if the clothing didn't fit like a glove, the details and sewing was well done. It didn't look like most of the fashions of today, with stretchy, flowey fabrics and little detail.
The second thing that I noticed was the fabric. As an added bonus in the magazine, on each page is a little swatch of fabric, with the price per yard of the material. These prices weren't cheap, by today's standards! They average cost around $13.00 per yard. Which is my second point~quality fabrics.
I guess what I learned from this whole exercise is something that we all sort of know--that as we age, our friends in styling are great tailoring and quality fabrics. I'm glad I was reminded of this--in a a roundabout type of way. This will give me an opportunity next week, to incorperate tailoring and fine fabrics in my wardrobe, and see if it works. I'm not going all farty on you tho; I'll try and give it a modern twist!
Are these standards we can adapt to our wardrobe, or are they outdated?