Lately I’ve noticed that a lot of ladies my age have chosen to spark up their look by coloring some or all of their gray hair purple. I have to say—it looks fabulous! Not only is it attractive, but it gives them that edgy look that makes you think twice about older women…..I say that the older we get, the better we get.
And why should it stop with purple hair? I read somewhere that a woman took her 80-year old mother shoe shopping. She expected to find her mother in the standard old no-fun “sensible” shoe section. Instead she found her being fitted with a pair of bright turquoise platform shoes with sparkles.
“Mother!” she said. “What in the world are you going to wear those with?”
Her mother, smiling, looked up at her and said, “with defiance!” Great answer!
Why in the world should age keep us from being unpredictable, quirky, fun, outrageous? Of course there is a difference from trying to look young by wearing the clothes and makeup of a teenager, and just looking fresh, vibrant, and at home in our own skin (wrinkled though it may be).
As when we were younger and found “our look,” we can still do the same at any age. I’ve spoken of this magnificent woman before in my posts; Iris Apfel:
This woman has her own unique style, and she doesn’t give a flip about who likes it or doesn’t.
Another older woman I cared for deeply once told me this: “If you create your own style, whatever that may be, OWN IT.”
The same goes for an actress who, upon ascending the steps to the stage to receive an award, tripped on her dress and landed on her butt. Without missing a beat, she gracefully got herself up on her feet, walked up to the microphone with a smile on her face and gracefully accepted her award.
She acted as though nothing had happened, and because she did, no one mentioned it or laughed about it. After a few minutes, I had forgotten all about it, and probably so did everyone else.
I’ve said this before—it’s all in the attitude. Walk out as if you own the world. If someone suggests that you be ‘not so flamboyant’ or says something like ‘are you sure you should be wearing <insert whatever fashion statement you like>?’ Just smile and carry on. You are who you are, and the hell with anyone’s opinion. Just as long as YOU are comfortable in your choices, who cares what anyone else thinks?
So dye your hair purple (I may just do that myself), wear gobs of jewelry (I already do that), put on those flashy turquoise shoes and give the world a treat.
It’s better to be an inspiration than a bad example.