Posted on February 12 2018
Ever since I went to the Fashion Forum at the Arts Centre on the Gold Coast (which by the way has been renamed HOTA or Home of the Arts with the new outdoor precinct opening up), I've been thinking about the HOT topics of the forum and that was ageing, fashion and style and the preconceived ideas we have around this.
The keynote speaker, if you want to call him that as it was very informal, was a man you may have heard of called Ari Seth Cohen. He has been blogging about and photographing the wonderfully flamboyant style dames of New York and now includes women (and some men) from around the world.
His passion to do this was ignited in him as a child whose best friend was his grandmother. Her zest for life inspired him then as it does today. He has now written two books and created a documentary around his work.
Here is but one example of his immense body of work:
Alida NYC- photo courtesy of Ari Seth Cohen
The reason why I find this take on age, fashion and style so interesting is not only because of the fabulous style of his subjects. But more because when these women talk about the 'why' behind their style it all boils down to one thing. And it's;
Not wanting to keep up with fashion trends that are 'happening' at the moment.
Not wanting to look younger and
definitely not about keep up appearances to please others.
The source of their inspiration is their undeniable zest for living life to it's fullest and using each day to express this. No 'tone it down' to suit someone elses' idea of how they should look or behave 'at their age'.
It got me thinking, here I am at 47 and when I take an honest look at how I choose to express myself I realise that I have over time 'toned' myself down. Not just fashion wise (I have always been a rather out there dresser) but in the way I present myself to the world in lots of other more subtle ways. It's also made me realise that I don't feel as invigorated because I've done this. It's also made me think about how this is the very core reason why women over the age of 40 are invisible.
Now I'm not suggesting we should all dress with flair and flamboyance but, I'm just wondering....
"Have you toned yourself down?" If your answer is yes for whatever reason and wherever in your life, I urge you to really dive in deep and ask yourself "Does this make me happy?"
If the answer to this is No, then I urge you to start to find ways to change this and believe me, I'm joining you on this journey, first stop my wardrobe!
However, if you answered Yes your happy with who you are and how you express yourself in to the world, then I just want you to know I admire you for not taking the path more commonly trodden.
Whatever your answer is to the above questions I'm curious to know, do you think there is an age and place for toning down the way you are in the world?
So please leave a comment and if there is a way you've decided you'd like to change to reignite your zest for life in ANY way pop that in too.
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PSS The feature image is of 64 year old Lyn Slater, you can visit her site to find out more about her here >>Accidental Icon