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blush crop top and silky pants
blush crop top and silky pants

Wine isn’t the only thing that gets better with age!

I know I am not “old” yet so this topic sounds a little bit unusual. But recently I came across some articles about women in their golden years in both America and China. I was so surpriesed again to see how big the differences are on this peticular topic that I figured I could gossip about it and I hope you can join in too! 😉

The first time I met my future mother-in-law in America, she was already 85 years old. But what was shocking to me what that she hadn’t given up being a woman. By that I mean she still got made up and took care with her wardrobe and jewelry. Her nails were manicured and polished. Her hair was always trimmed and styled. And she loved bright colors, pink was one of her favorites! What a huge contrast to what I was familiar with back in China. In my experience when a woman turned 50 or so it was pretty much over. They were officially old now and there wasn’t much use in trying to fight it. My mother and other women her age often wear shapeless, drab color clothes. No splash of jewelry or bright nail polish or lipstick to catch your eye. I would often buy some colorful and fashionable clothes and send them back to China for my mom to wear and then find that the only time she might put them on was when I would go to visit. And on those occasions my mom and aunties would often remind me that I am not so young any more either and I probably shouldn’t wear certain clothes or do certain things.

blush crop top and silky pants
blush crop top and silky pants

But since I moved here in America 8 years ago and have also traveled to some other countries, I’ve seen countless examples of fashionable women aging gracefully. Both in real life and also celebrities in a magazine or movie. And I don’t mean women in their 50s or even 60s. How about still fashionable and colorful Iris Apfel who’s a vibrant 93 years young. And she’s not only still looking great but she’s also still working!

Iris Apfel
Iris Apfel

Italian movie star Sophia Loren is a beautiful 80 years old.

Sophia_Loren_in_London
Sophia_Loren_in_London

Carmen Dell’Orefice is an American model and actress. She is known within the fashion industry for being the world’s oldest working model as of the Spring/Summer 2012 season. She is 84 this year.

Carmen Dell'Orefice
Carmen Dell’Orefice

This list goes on and on. I am sure you can find more living examples in your life as well. And the great thing is it gives me hope for my future! I for sure don’t think of myself as old but I’m no longer a young girl and haven’t been for a few years at least! 😉

blush crop top and silky pants
blush crop top and silky pants

So for me I definitely get some mixed messages! My Chinese family tells me that I am kind of old but my American relatives always say I am still very young. It goes to show how different cultures have different ideas on how old is old? How does your culture think about women’s aging?

It sounds funny but I’m even beginning to imagine what I’ll look like later when my hair maybe itsn’t as black as it is now. Every time I go back to China, someone will ask me if I dyed my hair. Because a lot of women my age are already getting grey hair. I am lucky that I don’t have any yet but I think it’ll be alright. Maybe not just when it starts to go grey but after it changes completely I’m thinking it’ll give me some nice contrast to my colorful outfits.

blush crop top and silky pants
blush crop top and silky pants

My goal is to reach 100 after all. Lol! Maybe I’ll be the first blogger in space. Or possibly I’ll collaborate on a new line of clothes for trendy octogenarians. I’ll call it the Edgy Eighties! And why not? It seems that “middle age” keeps being pushed back every few years. Most people now don’t believe it even starts until your mid-forties. And it keeps on going until you’re about ready to retire. At this rate you won’t even be considered old until three years after you die! And that’s OK with me.

blush crop top and silky pants
blush crop top and silky pants

Anyway, I see plenty of proof that it’s possible to keep in style even when the years add up. It seems that old age is often more in your mind than in your body. I just need my mind to be a bit more forceful with my body when I wake up with a sore back! 😉

blush crop top and silky pants
blush crop top and silky pants
blush crop top and silky pants
blush crop top and silky pants
blush crop top and silky pants
blush crop top and silky pants
blush crop top and silky pants
blush crop top and silky pants
blush crop top and silky pants
blush crop top and silky pants
blush crop top and silky pants
blush crop top and silky pants

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Blush crop top @Free People
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26 Comments

  1. I do honestly believe that most people become more stylish as they get older…with years we feel more confident about ourselves, especially us women and that makes us more evolved in matters of personal style.

    every time has its attractions and benefits…the very young have the charm of youth, but there is a lot of charm to be found in mature years as well:)

    To answer your question, I’m not sure what is consider old in my country. My husband is 20 years older than myself, that is I’m 30 and he is 50 and some people criticized him for wearing ripped jeans. I told him they’re just jealous because he looks good in them…you see how nice and supporting I am?:) but really we should all wear that we feel best in.

    I already commented how much I like this look on lookbook so I won’t repeat myself too much…but I do really like how you styled those pants.

    http://modaodaradosti.blogspot.com/

    1. I am so happy that this topic have gotten quite a few deep discussions.
      My husband is a lot of older than me too and I always buy very colorful shirt for him. Lol! I love to see him be part of this new world. 😉

  2. Grace
    I really enjoyed the topic you explored here about the difference in how one feels on aging or getting old in America vs China, it was very interesting. I do think one has to wear what one is comfortable in, regardless of age. You look lovely and this is a beautiufl mix of the soft patterned pants and the top I am in love with, this rose shade of pink with the lace is something I would definately wear!
    thanks for linking up with Th Tuesday!
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

  3. What a wonderful & inspiring post. Thank you so much. I am nearing 50. I don’t look, act or feel like it. I feel more in touch with myself than ever before & am very girlie. It’s great to see other ladies age embracing fashion. Thanks again doll. You look fabulous.

    Debra
    stylewisebydebra.com

  4. Josie Guerra

    Hello Grace,
    Excellent article on aging! My mother is her 60’s and she easily passes for 40’s from day one she taught us to take care of hair and skin…drink lots of water….stay out of the sun was her constant advice and I’m so grateful for it!
    As for style my mom is the first person I look to for styles and trends she has pretty much seen it all. And of course you too Grace you’re awesome…keep the chic coming. 🙂

    1. I didn’t have any fashion roll model until I went to college. My older brother will give me a few suggestions when I was in my middle school. Maybe that was why I looked like a boy before I was 30. 😉 I read somewhere, when you start to take care of your skin, your skin age will be pretty much stay at that level for many years. I started to take care of myself when I was 30, I hope I will be always look like a 30s. 😉

  5. What an interesting article, I had no idea that China was this different from America on this view of women and aging… I am a few years away from turning 40 and sometimes I will buy something and question if I should wear it. I def. want to be stylish every year of my life and I don’t want to let myself ‘go’! That crop top goes so well with those fun pants, great outfit!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

    1. Thank you Carrie! I often have that kind of moment too when I was shopping. But It is good in America I can return if I don’t feel right after a few days. Usually I keep the tag on for several days and then decide. 😉

  6. heheh 🙂 i get weird looks whenever i tell people how old i am. i know i look fairly young for my age and so they usually get shocked when they hear the number. i would have to be honest though that asians have a tendency to look younger sometimes. and i agree that asians have a tendency to forget about themselves when they get older (or married). not a good thing in my books if you ask me. i believe times have changed and age is just a simple number – and living should not stop just because of it. great post luv 🙂
    kisses from dubai ♥
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