Fabulous Fashionistas…

Sue Kreitzman 73, Artist

Sue Kreitzman 73, Artist

“Don’t wear beige, it will kill you.”  

“We have freedoms & opportunities that many others can only dream of.  Make the most of them.” Sue Kreitzman

Gillian Lynne 87, choreographer

Gillian Lynne 87, choreographer

Daphne Self 85, model

Daphne Self 85, model

Bridget Sojourner 75, Ageism Activist

Bridget Sojourner 75, Ageism Activist

“People stop me everyday in the street, amazed that I look so stylish at my age.  The insidious ageism in our society says that you become invisible as you get older and that’s what I’m fighting against visually with my clothes.”  Bridget Sojourner

Lady Trumpington 91, Life Peer

Lady Trumpington 91, Life Peer

“The moment you let yourself go is the moment you become old” 

“Simplicity is the key. There is nothing like a single rope of cultured pearls to dress up something drab.”  Lady Trumpington

Jean Woods 75, sales assistant

Jean Woods 75, sales assistant

“There’s no age limit on style. I don’t dress to feel younger. I dress to feel like me.”  Jean Woods

Wow!  Fabulous Fashionistas……..If you watched this Channel 4 documentary last night on older women & style you will know how inspirational it was.  If you didn’t happen to catch it then I urge you to view it on 4OD.

Including an artist, an activist, a choreographer and a life peer, the documentary featured 6 women with an average age of 80 talking about their approach to life and style.  Beautifully shot, the film was not about eccentricity but rather the expression of the importance of truly living and embracing life for every breath you take.  Sharing their stories of love & life was as fascinating as it was emotional.  It was a refreshing and positive take on becoming older in a society where women become all but invisible post-menopause.  Their message to women of all ages was to embrace who you are, to refuse to be dictated to by a society who thinks 17 year old models with a thigh gap are the best “clothes hangers” for couture and high street brands.

This documentary really touched my heart and reinvigorated my belief that style should always co-exist with substance – something these women had in spades .  We should wear what we like & love and which expresses who we are.  So, if I want to channel Raf Simons florals for Dior to do the school run and a hot date with the laundry then I damn well will.

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