Amuse Bouche #12- Is this what a 70 year old would wear?

Amuse Bouche (ˈä-ˌmüz-ˈbüsh): literally translated into “mouth amuser”.  Wikipedia definition: a single, bite-sized hors d’oeuvre.

Jodie’s use of the term: a small hint or clever tip!  (Think Hints from Heloise!!) Or today: Discussion!

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The question, “Is this what a 70 year old would wear?” is what my mother asked me a few months ago while we were trying on clothes for one of my posts.

It really got me thinking: why shouldn’t an older women wear this or that?  The 2 grey haired women featured above is how I imagined fashion used to be for an “old” lady!  Yet the young beauty is wearing the same type of clothes, right?  A dress, knee highs & shoes!

I think society is finally giving some worth to the older generations and I think it’s our responsibility (as the older generation) to show pride and confidence in whatever age we happen to be!  Wearing “age appropriate” clothes is, in my opinion (and many of my peers), a thing of the past.  Nowhere I shop do I see clothing that is labelled “40 year old”, “50 year old”, etc…It’s about having clothes that are body appropriate & event appropriate.  To continue to get the respect we deserve (since we have so much life experience), I think it’s important to look contemporary.  Would you trust someone’s opinion on computers if they still only used a typewriter?

How do you look contemporary?  One easy way is fit!   I think one of my pet peeves is women wearing pants that are too big especially in the rear area.  I realize many of us older women do not want “tight” clothes, but if the pants are rumply in the rear, it looks sloppy.  And sloppy does not portray brains & beauty, which we ALL have!

Even if you’re not there yet, what do you want to wear when you’re 70?  Have I styled my mom (the 70’s model) in any clothing on this blog that seems inappropriate (I’m wondering because I hear the words “I would never wear that together” more that you think)?  Tell me, because maybe you’re right & I’m wrong!

Thanks for reading & especially commenting!  This week the color yellow is the main star!

  • Kathleen McDermott

    Charlotte’s outfits are always appropriate, but also fun, pretty, stylish and flattering.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m glad you said this Kathleen—because you know, I still get the eye roll occasionally!! Ha ha.
      Of course it’s probably only fair since she got her share of them from me when I was a teenager!! 🙂

  • I definitely think women should enjoy fashion at all ages, but I think fit is definitely important and also adding more color to brighten up is great also!

    • You are so right…I think we need to get away with the idea that black is the color of choice! Thanks for sharing Tianna!

  • A trouser or pair of jeans with a saggy bum is never good, no matter your age- totally agree! 🙂


    • 🙂 (of course what does it say about me, that that observance is a pet peeve?–ha ha—maybe I should stop looking)

  • So damn cool

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  • Fashion is timeless. I mean, look at Lilly Pulitzer– she rocked her colorful West Palm designs her ENTIRE life. I think that although our bodies change, our signature style stays consistent. This ad really isn’t indicative of reality… I see plenty of older women who still rock heels, pearls, and a cute LBD! 🙂

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  • I so agree with you on the fact that you should dress according to your body shape and not necessarily your age. I think it’s important for women to step outside of their comfort zones and trying new looks. They’ll realize that there are so many possibilities. ~Cynthia

    • Your point is so true about trying new looks…we get used to one thing, but other styles can even look better!

  • SH

    I love the way that your mother looks – it is classy and contemporary. However, the two grandmas in the picture are NOT contemporary. This “style” was seen a lot in ethnic neighborhoods, and still may be. Other issues are lack of hairstyle, make-up, etc. I do not mean to denigrate anyone’s culture, and if they think this is appropriate for them, that’s fine. I just do not consider it as style.

  • Fashion should be fun and I hope to be dressing any darn way I please at that stage. Artistic expression should not be harnessed. Of course I have to feel good in it, so it won’t be inappropriate or overtly sexy..

  • In my opinion, it is not dressing age appropriately that matters, it is about dressing appropriately for the occasion that matters. Great read!

    • I’d also like to redefine what is appropriate for the occasion at times! Living here in Denver I see way too many Tevas!!

  • I agree totally that age appropriate is really the incorrect terminology. The ad is ridiculous really. I sure hope I’m not dressing like that when I’m 70. Also…Jane Fonda is 70 something and she wears dresses like the 18 year old here.


    • My thought exactly (except I’m hoping not to have any “work” done like Jane).