On style that knows no age limits

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “On style that knows no age limits” was written by Katharine Whitehorn, for The Observer on Monday 2nd June 2014 10.00 UTC

The Advanced Style website has discovered that many a woman is still going strong and looking great even when she’s well past what used to be pension age. I was reading about it again (it had been in these pages a few weeks ago) in the Huffington Post, whose founder, Arianna herself, is no spring chicken – though what she prints doesn’t always reflect her own preferences (she made her name writing about women being happiest as traditional homemakers – not a thing she’d fancy herself).

Advanced Style features elegant senior New Yorkers, but a week or two ago in London there was strong corroboration of the view that oldies can perfectly well be golden at the 25th anniversary celebrations of the start of the British branch of the International Women’s Forum.

IWF members are not of any one kind, either by job, age or nationality; so there were all sorts of different styles: a senior lawyer from Texas wore red and distributed stars for us to remember the Lone Star state; the president of the British Forum wore a long skirt during the day and several women wore short skirts or trousers to the black-tie anniversary dinner.

The young may be best at fashion, but style is individual, and one thing you do grow out of is any idea that you have to look like the young – who didn’t necessarily look better than those described on their cards as “Young at heart, slightly older in other places”.

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