Shopping with my mother, Claire, inspired my new series, “I’m not buying that!”
This week I introduced a new weekly section to the website, called, “I’m not buying that!” Inspired by a frustrating shopping trip with my mom, Claire, who simply is not finding clothes she likes anymore now that she is over 70, “I’m not buying that!” is a chance to question rather than simply accept the status quo. I see it as a weekly conversation of the issues of the day and things that we all may be dealing with when it comes to fashion. It is a chance, too, hopefully, for you to know me better and to tell you that I often feel what you feel. And, that even though I am not a fashion insider, I will always love fashion and feel the need to express the best of me.
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 Gone are the stylish prints and fabrics, replaced by over-sized tunics and out-of-date patterns: it’s simple – my mom is not finding clothes she likes.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!