When I visited Milan to interview fashion expert, Melanie Payge, I had the opportunity to spend some time in the amazing showroom and tailor, Atelier Sangalli. What an amazing experience! Tailoring is one of the oldest and most fascinating professions and to experience the process in the heart of Milan was an absolute treat. I came away thinking that, in a world filled with mass-produced clothing and cookie-cutter styles, it’s a shame that more women don’t take advantage of the services of these highly skilled professionals.
Before leaving for Milan to interview fashion expert, Melanie Payge, I asked the women in our community to send me their fashion questions. As I studied their emails, certain patterns emerged. For example, while the women in our community are wonderfully unique, their fashion concerns are strikingly similar.
When I interviewed fashion expert, Melanie Payge, for our style over 60 video series, I was shocked to find out that I was committing several serious fashion faux pas. Not only was I drawing attention away from my best assets, but, I was actually making some of the challenges that us older women face even worse.
I’m not a big fan of the labels that society attaches to women’s bodies and neither was fashion expert, Melanie Payge, when we filmed our fashion over 60 videos. On the other hand, the fact is, when it comes to purchasing clothes, women really do face unique challenges based on their body types.
Do you have a passion for fashion? The more you follow the latest trends, the more mistakes you’ll make with regards to fashion for women over 60. Instead of focusing on timeless fashion principles, your attention is fixed on short-term fads that don’t play to your strengths as a beautiful and confident older woman.
Be honest. How many times have you purchased something just because you “loved the color”? Other than fit, one of the first things that we look at when choosing a new item of clothing is the color. Unfortunately, as we age, our skin changes and many of the colors that looked great on us when we were younger no longer make us sparkle.
Most women over 60 will at some point find themselves dealing with grey hair. While this is a natural part of the aging process, some women still find it hard to let go of their “original” hair color, and resort to dyes, highlights or other methods to avoid going grey. On the other hand, there are also plenty of women who seem to be embracing the change in their hair color and are going grey gracefully!
Over the decades, women over 60 have experimented with different fashion trends and, through process of elimination, we have found a few styles that we love. We adapted our style to the many roles that we were asked to play – student, mother, career woman and grandmother.
Many women over 60 are interested in keeping our skin healthy as we get older, and there is a growing awareness that a lot of store-bought products have unnecessary and sometimes harmful ingredients.
Summer is finally here and, like many women, I am ready to refresh my wardrobe. There’s only one problem. Most clothing for older women is just plain, well… plain.