The topic of pretty older women is caught in a cultural and feminist dilemma: on the one hand, youth and beauty are synonymous in the USA. On the other hand, must an older woman desperately hang on to a young slim body and wrinkle-less face to be considered pretty?
We'd like to believe that while feeling and looking your best may take -- and deserves -- some effort, extreme measures should be avoided.
France, for example, is often noted as a Western culture that values the composed glamour of attractive women of a certain age.
Inner wholeness is an important part of midlife, according to Carl Jung, so there are a dozen articles that are my personal exploration of archetypes, especially three articles about the crone archetype that culminated in a conference presentation.
Some actresses claim that cosmetic surgery and Botox injections that hide wrinkles by freezing the face will ruin their craft; for example, Melissa Leo and Meryl Streep.
Other older women go overboard with cosmetic surgery. Energetic Joan Rivers has become simulacra of her younger self.
Fashion After 50 believes these aesthetic choices are up to you.
Working out to hold midriff bulge and underarm flab at bay is simply good health. Take care of yourself to prevent disabling heart attack and stroke.
Health definitely is an element of successful aging. You can find a few websites we like about fitness on the Resources and Linkspage and resources for skin care and menopause in the Self-Care section.
There are no clothes that will make a body that is as round as a basketball look shapely. Long flowing caftans hide that bulk under a tent but they don't fool anyone certainly not you.
You know you need to exercise for successful aging. Before spending money on clothing, spend money to get fit.
Hire a personal trainer if you must or walk with a friend for support to get started.
This site is interested in how to dress, so our pages about pretty older women focus on fashion style and how to dress.
Keep in mind, their bodies are their business for these women. Press agents, personal managers, and movie studios all have a piece of them.
They are photogenic and able to portray a range of human emotions and personalities using their faces and movements.
You may earn a living sitting at a desk.
It is part of their work life to spend time with personal trainers, facials, hair stylists and make-up artists. They have been in the business of showcasing themselves for decades, so we hope they have learned a few things along the way about how to do that well.
While we can look at these pretty older women for ideas about how to dress, we are not living their lives.
Many of us would not describe successful aging as living mobbed by fans, followed by photographers, with the details of our private lives made public by celebrity magazines.
Low cut gowns are part of the Hollywood look. Some Fashion After 50 readers would blush to wear a plunging neckline outside of the bedroom while others of us may be comfortable showing off this asset if it is one of your best.
Dressing for your life is what's important. Our page on basic wardrobe planning guides you through a three-step process and is one of the site's most popular.
Here are some fashion and style notes about pretty older women whose names you may recognize. If there is no link, look for a page about that woman in the future. Alphabetically by first name:
Jamie Lee Curtis
Are you a well-dressed mature women who has a style secret to share with us? Or perhaps you'd just like some applause for your great style sense.
Or perhaps you know a well-dressed older woman who inspires your fashion style and is a model for us to emulate, too.
We'd love to see a photo or two and learn about her approach to fashion.
Don't be shy if you are your own inspiration. That's great, too.
Due to the large number of submissions we are receiving, please write at least 50-75 words and give us enough details so we can understand your very good ideas.
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HI! I am a mother of 8 with 2 still at home. A grandmother of 14 and great gram of 1! I love working on fundraisers for great causes and looking good …
She's Got the Look TV modelling competition featured Dolores de Vega, 72, for six episodes. Read her inspiring story here.