I have been thinking quite a lot lately about women over 50 and how we view ourselves. The Hostess of the Humble Bungalow's Mirror, mirror on the wall post and Pam's post at Over50Feeling40 The line in the sand which side are you on? really made me think.
I think one of the reasons why so many of us feel inadequate is because there are so few women role models who look like us. Yes, magazines like Harper's Bazaar and More do feature women over 50, but most of the women featured are wealthy, thin, beautiful women with access to expensive clothing, plastic surgeons, personal trainers, and makeup & hair stylists who make them look fantastic. I cannot afford $1500 dresses or $400 blouses and furthermore, there aren't any stores where I live that carry clothing like that in my size.
Being retired, I have different needs than someone my age who is still active in the working world. We are not a one size fits all society. The internet has changed us all by making the world a much smaller place. Ten years ago I would not have had the pleasure of communicating with women from other parts of the United States much less Australia, Spain, France, and England.
It is my hope that we bloggers over 50 will change how women of all sizes and economic means are seen by the media and manufacturers. Fashion bloggers are now included in fashion week and some are courted by designers. The over 50 population is growing and I think as bloggers we have an opportunity to influence how others perceive us at this stage of our lives. It is scary to put oneself out for all to see, but it is important so that other women know that getting older is a blessing and it can be done with style.
While I am on my soap box, I would also like to say that I think there are too many "don't rules" for women over 50. Even Stacy and Clinton have rules that I do not always agree with. What was a fashion "don't" last year may be a fashion "do" this year. (Denim on denim now a do?)
I think the best thing we can do is support each other and do our level best not to be so hard on ourselves.
I would like to send out a big Thank You to all the other wonderful bloggers who enrich my life every day by sharing your lives with me.