From: Debby (188.8.131.52)
I have read this site and others about the over 40's should dress, afterwards I consolidated the information offered(which is depressingly similar on all these sites) and it appears to read as follows:
1. I should be wearing A-line skirts or pleated fron trousers to cover my "prutruding abdomen" (quote).
2. I should be wearing jackets to either cover or draw attention away from my vouminous hips.
3. Under no circumstances should I consider wearing straight trousers or skirts as they will draw attention to my ample proportions and my huge rear.
I should wear longer skirts in order to cover my legs which will be imminently "sprouting veins".
I should wear "neutral coloured tops" so I don't draw attention to my ageing skin....
This depressing diatribe continues in a vein which would make anyone approaching 40 want to throw themself off the nearest high building. Although I appreciate that everyone should dress to suit their size and build I most certainly do not subscribe to the view that everyone reaching mid-life should dress in a "certain way" regardless of their general appearance. I am 42 years old, I don't have a "protruding abdomen" a huge backside, varicose veins (yet!) and bulbous thighs and refuse to dress in a way which suggests I have !
I'm not advocating a "mutton dressed as lamb" approach and I certainly don't believe a woman over 40 should be wearing mini skirts and leggings but please allow us the dignity of not being typecast as "clones" of our Grandmothers just because we have reached those "middle years".