“I’m not buying that!”

Photo of me, taken by my mother, Claire

Photo of me, taken by my mother, Claire

Welcome to my first “I’m not buying that!” … a weekly series of thoughts from me, a fashion outsider. My blog and podcast is called Turning Fashion Inside Out. The fact is that I am not a fashion insider. At 53 years old, I am … a wife, mother, substitute teacher at an all-girls school, writer and lover of fashion. I love sharing my fashion stories and others’ stories about how fashion is central to our self expression and ultimately, our self-esteem. But there is more to turning fashion inside out: there is commentary. There is me …

I went shopping with my mother recently and was disheartened to see how few options there are for women over 70, at least in the suburbs. I’m sure it’s different in larger cities where there is more of everything giving people more options. But here, if you are over 70, stores see dressing as an after-thought. You are relegated to the top floors of the department stores and the pickings are slim. Gone are the stylish prints and fabrics, replaced by over-sized tunics and out-of-date patterns: it’s simple – my mom is not finding clothes she likes. My mom has always been so stylish and someone to whom I look for ideas and trends (and frankly, to borrow clothes!). She is the same woman now that she was then and she still wants to feel stylish in her clothes; no less than when she was in her 20s and 30s and 40s.

Should we be paying LESS attention to those over 70 while at the same time ignoring their style? And continuing to omit them from the fashion scene? I’m not buying that!


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6 thoughts on ““I’m not buying that!”

  1. I love the new series…I really, really love the idea “I’m not buying that”
    And I also think you just brought to light a real fashion gap! Hopefully some very smart designer will pick up on that untapped market of women over 70! As we live longer and in a more healthy manner, we want to keep stylish too! Bravo, Lissa!

    • Thank you so much, Kylie, for your support and contribution to making “I’m not buying that!” a continuing conversation. I wish to bring light and a voice to those who are not fully represented in the fashion world. xx Lissa

  2. What a great topic and I know your very stylish mother but you are so right, “I’m not buying that.”
    Thanks Melissa another terrific article from you for women over fifty.
    Maggie Allen

    • Thank you Maggie Allen, for your support. Women and men over 50 must not be overlooked by the fashion world. Look for more weekly thoughts in my new series, “I’m not buying that!” xx Mel

  3. Great addition to your site and podcasts to question, rather than just accept the status quo. As someone who has little skill with fashion, you continue to help me see the connections to the values of self confidence and everyday decisions that can affect people of all ages. Yes, I am a friend, but my comments come from what you are doing so well and not just friendly support.

    • Thank you so much, Sal, for this wonderful feedback. A boost from you is a big deal to me and I appreciate it more than I can say! xx Mel

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