Dressing to impress doesn’t just stop when you hit a certain age…at least according to these inspiring ladies, who were the subect of a documentary called “Fabulous Fashionistas” in the UK. It tells the tales of six extraordinarily stylish older women, whose avarage age is 80 (the group includes a 71-year-old boutique employee and an 87-year-old who choreographed “The Phantom of the Opera), and who refuse to conform to the societal expectations for women in their age bracket. They’ve always dressed with style and panache, so that’s not what’s remarkable. You either have “it” or you don’t, and these women have it, deftly warning others, “don’t wear beige, it’ll kill you”.
The lesson to learn is in having an identity beyond “senior citizen”, and to remind us that getting older is something you can look forward to with enthusiasm, instead of fear. These darling divas are not going to go quietly into the night, not now and not ever.