A British fashion journalist was quoted this month saying that, while previous generations of mature women may have looked to their mothers for fashion advice, today’s older women are more likely to copy their daughters.
The statement was made in an interview with the Daily Mail for the story, The Helen Mirren effect: The mature stars inspiring women to wear EXACTLY the same clothes as girls years younger.
The article had all sorts of pictures of Mirren and Meryl Streep and others wearing identical or similar things their younger counterparts were. Sometimes they looked amazing, and some times, not so much.
I don’t want to be the fashion police in any way, shape or form and I believe 100% that a woman should have the right to wear anything she wants. I know plenty of women who absolutely rock the same outfits worn by younger counterparts or who raid their daughter’s closets just as much as their daughter’s raid theirs.
And why not? Fashion should be fun!
BUT, I do wonder if some of us midlife and older women look to our children for fashion advice, not because we always love our daughter’s look so much but more because we don’t know how to find that “just right” sweet spot between “too young” and “too old”.
Because there are so few midlife models used in clothing ads, we don’t have any relatable role models. So yeah, we do tend to look to our children (or our mothers) and try to modify the things they wear to suit us. It’s hard.
And, while we’re on the topic, why is it so hard to find clothes for midlife women? There is a plethora of twenty and thirty-something clothing stores and brands and maybe a shop or two that cater to a clientele older than us, but where are sophisticated, elegant, chic, fun clothes that are right for the in-between woman?
Maybe that’s why we’re shopping where our daughters shop – it’s because there’s nowhere else to go!