Don’t Dress Your Age: Six Women Say No to Drab

A new TV documentary on Britain’s BBC4 has been tickling people’s fancies across the pond and stateside. “Fabulous Fashionistas” features six women of advanced years who share a love for style and a “screw that” attitude to the standard dictates of age.

Audiences in the U.K. have embraced the documentary’s message that when it comes to aging with attitude, style – whether it’s costly designer, handicraft or thrift shop find –  is a crucial part of the package; you can’t be walking around in baggy beige, which is what one of the Fashionistas calls “the color of death.” Sorry!

The documentary doesn’t just tell us about six seniors’ style choices. By the end of its 45 minutes, these women are much more than clotheshorses – just as they’re much more than “old.”

“It’s not about money or looking younger,” one of the six says. So, what is it about? “Having an identity beyond old lady.”

The documentary makes a strong case for age being what you make of it. But one lone critic, blogging in the Guardian, has taken issue with it. “Fabulous Fashionistas,” Michele Hanson writes, has simply picked something that these women have done all their lives – being stylish – and called it remarkable because they’re old. We wouldn’t have made a big deal of it if they were their younger selves, and so isn’t that ageist? Why can’t we get used to the idea that someone can be an “old woman” and also a person who is interested in style? And is an older woman who’s not interested in style – never was, never will be – any less of a remarkable person? 

The fact is, these six women break with the stereotype in many ways. We learn that when Jean Woods’ husband of 56 years died, she applied for a job at Gap to make ends meet and ward off loneliness, and then switched from that job to a new one in a fashionable boutique. “Just because you’re 71 doesn’t mean you’ve stopped being able to converse with people and hold down a job,” she says.

Gillian Lynne, the 87 year old choreographer responsible for “Cats” and “Phantom of the Opera,” has been working nonstop since the ’40s. She says she loves her life because she loves her job – and loving life keeps her living. “You mustn’t allow it in,” Lynne says about age. “The minute you give an inch, it will take a mile.” She had just recovered from a serious bout of pneumonia.

And let’s face it, when you’re feeling invisible, the message that you don’t have to agree to fade into the background is inspirational. Just read the comments under Hanson’s blog post. Then take a look at the documentary trailer taster, below, and judge for yourself. (A DVD of “Fabulous Fashionistas” is available by clicking here.)

What’s your view? Share it in the comments below.

Read our Q&A with “Fabulous Fashionistas” director Sue Bourne (and see another taster) here.

253 comments
  • alma..
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    Love this …shows age is not important

    gives you a lot to think about style clothes

    colors and creating your look can be a blast.

    ENJOY!

    • Jenny
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      I have always said to my dear mom – hey! would Goldie Hawn wear it?? Do it!

      And now I find myself at 58, repeating to myself…Goldie Hawn…Goldie Hawn…do it… and I am in great shape, running, practicing yoga, but I want a certain dignity that means I look stylish and classy, with no holdbacks. So – rompers probably not, even in GH mode. Heels – yes! Miniskirts – well, I have great legs, even Tina Turner worthy, but still…OK yes! A bikini? Well, in the backyard, at the far end of the beach, and in Mexico on vacation…because here its not accepted, at least in my mind… I think we get our own codes worked out over time. But one caveat – DO NOT worry about what your daughter says! : ) (Mom!! What are you wearing?!?)

  • irene
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    I am age 74, in good health and I consider myself a pretty well educated person (BS in nursing) Yet I feel as though I do not fit in anyplace. Yes, I am active, I sing in two chiors, work out at least twice a week, and I am trying to market a soft-sculpture sock monkey doll (it is patented) I do not dress in “senior” type clothing. But why do I feel so lonely and isolated. Yes, I live alone. I am single and I really do not like it, but there are worse things. I feel like a red-headed step child!!! what is my problem..depression

    • IRENE FELTHAM
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      Hello – I love You, I feel connected! Which area do you live, hopefully in Western Australia….I love colour in fact Colour as used by Luscher can tell you so much about another human being,

      I write, people call ‘automatic writing’ , when I have a loud thought, find a piece of paper and write. The subjects are wide and from emotions through my life experiences, from love to abuse. I am now 79 and feel I have not yet fulfilled my reason for being here.

      I dress in colour, as far as I can support it, and find others seem able to talk to me easily.

      I would love to hear from you. Your soft sculpture sock monkey doll sounds ‘just up my street’, I love craft

      I wrote a Programme Interaction Education Inc. – I could find nothing about this, so wrote it…we had so much fun and trained my Shih Tzu A.Ch. Leng Eleanor Rigby to take part. We travelled to schools Shopping Centres, Homes for the Aged, with Elle being prepared to do anything for ‘love’ – even be put to bed – that was the children’s favour part. Their gentleness and intelligence was a wonder to behold.

      Am too old now? Am I depressed? would love to share with other women in my age group, just how imaginative and useful WE still are!!! Irene

    • Lori
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      Dear Irene,
      Can so relate to what you’ve written here. It’s difficult to find connections at this age. So many friends/family have passed on and one feels vulnerable. Don’t give up! Love the concept of your creation. Perhaps the sock monkey doll could have ‘relatives’ of different nationalities, with native costumes?

    • Dava
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      Could be depression. Not an uncommon diagnosis for women of our age. You must help yourself feel better and for lots of us anti depressants and talking to someone professional is the answer.
      I’m 72 and usually feeling good, with the help I’ve mentioned. Don’t cheat yourself. Age is just a number and sometimes we just need a little help to accept this.
      Please get help. What you’re feeling is not fun.

  • Elizabeth Smiley
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    I adore these ladies ! I’m 54 years young ! I shop in the juniors section of all the major department stores ! Full of color & flair ! I love black tights and printed skirts ! These woman are the new COLOR to fashion ! I will be one always ….

  • meera paukner
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    you can wipe them out. dignity and edge are Not mutually exclusive! those who can get that can make the young “hotties” look very stupid indeed.intelligence expertise and taste.

  • DJKwan
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    It doesn’t matter what style you choose. Businesses want to make millions in sales, and better to target than a bunch of old women who no matter what they wear they are still just a bunch old women that do not look any younger, they are just old!
    It would make more sense if they were in a word graphic, “HOT!”

    • annie7
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      “……they are still just a bunch old women that do not look any younger, they are just old!”

      You’re rude! You don’t know these women and you have no real idea as to who they are. And for your comment,”they are still just a bunch of old women”….It’s mean, and cynical. Hopefully someday you’ll understand karma.

      • chris
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        These big $$ clothing businesses mainly want to target young to middle age women. If older women (or any aged women) want to have FUN, fun being the operative word, why is that a problem for anyone? It’s also a wonderful way to express one’s fashion and creative side. When you are dismissive of older women wanting to live the way they want to, you are dismissing everyone’s sense of individuality.

    • CoCo
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      This may shock you, but everyone ages, even you are aging. From your post I am guessing you are still a teenager. Do you see your mother, your grandmother, anyone over the age of 39 as “just old”? That is a very immature and ignorant way of thinking.
      I pray you don’t start hating yourself as you age, I hope you wake up and wise up. We are all human, from conception to death. You are no better than these women, because you are younger, you are just not as wise.

  • Deila
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    Sounds like a wonderful opportunity to see how other women of a certain age respond to people saying”you’re wearing THAT?” Can’t wait to see it!

  • maurangrose
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    Age is a matter of mind, if you don’t mind.
    it doesn’t matter.

    I wish you all
    **** A Merry Christmas****
    **** and Happy New Year.****

    – PEACE IN THIS WORLD-

  • Still Alive
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    I will be 70 in 3 months and I get a lot of noise from one of my kids about the way I dress. I just keep saying that just because I am a SR Citizen, doesn’t mean I am dead. Age is a number and that is all.

    • Sandra
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      My kids say your granddaughters wear that. I say they have good taste. I have a good figure so I wear leggings short skirts etc. I feel like I am still in my 20yrs and as long as I can I will dress make-up color my hair blonde wear heals have a live in boyfriend .I am 83yrs young.and still going strong had 2 hip replacements colon cancer and I feel great.at this age I could care what people say,my grandchildren like playing with me they say u r cool.live life that’s why we are here.

    • Lynett
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      Now that I am getting older I find myself questioning,”What is dressing my age?” I like wearing overalls, sometimes with my boots tucked in and the other day one of my associates told her daughter that I thought that I was young. No, I thought that I like what I decided to put on for her get together. I take care of myself, made good choices when I was younger not to drink, eat very little meat, not to smoke and these choices pay off in your 30s and 40s. Everyone has to grow older, not necessarily reach old age but if you are that bless…there are so many other things to trouble your footsteps along the way. Mind your business and you won’t have time to consume yourself with the lives of others.

  • Emma Ward
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    I think there is nothing more beautiful than seeing a senior or lady of consent beautifully dressed. You know being sexy does not have a number on it. It has a look and we know men never stop looking.

  • Starchild
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    The Golden Girls did it…nothing new. It’s all about positive attitude and getting older is being your better self. A reward of having survived all the trials & tribulations life threw in your path and people being in our faces, now we thrive and that’s important.

  • Loralie
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    I love getting older; daring, colorful, alive, creative and courageous about clothing, and all aspects of this marvelous age of NOW!. I’m 83 and live life loving it and discovering ways to express my inner feelings of youth and creation. I want to become a true fashionista to leave a marvelous outside expression of how I feel inside… of love and way of relating to life… to my children and grandchildren and the world! What a way to go!!!!

  • barbgene
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    These women are terrific! They’re exactly what I aspire to be when I grow up, and I’m 65 now … I’ve never wanted to see myself walking toward me on the sidewalk. How boring! Dressing our bodies should be fun, colorful and make us feel good, and to heck what others think. It’s not about them. We’ve only got one body, so have fun dressing it.

  • Talitha
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    “Fashion” is just another product that is continually sold to us. Think about it. If a particular style looked fabulous ten years ago, why does it look awful now? Because advertising agencies working for corporations tell us that it does. For the most part, people (especially women) have no idea what they like; they know only what someone else tells them they like.

    If someone wants to dress up in bright colors with crazy jewelry and makeup, I say GO FOR IT / ENJOY IT as long as it’s truly her own style. Same goes for someone else who wants to wear blue jeans, tee shirts, and Birkenstocks every day.

    Of course clothes are also used to define social classes, as in the phrase, “dress for success.” How insane is it that a man dressed in the “right” suit and tie is more capable than a man dressed in comfortable slacks and a tee shirt? We are brainwashed into believing we must wear uniforms. Know where neckties originated? From the bandanas working men used to wear around their necks that they used to wipe off sweaty faces and dirty hands as they worked. But now, a man must wear a silly little strip of fabric tied tight around his neck in order to be successful.

    It just makes me sad/furious that people buy into all the fashion crap instead of taking the time and making the effort to learn their OWN tastes and preferences.

    • justmefolks
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      In a sense it does suck; but this is what we are stuck with as social creatures they need to conform and fit into hierarchical structures. What bothers me most about the dress codes is how they apply to women in particular, how they are used to display and limit us when we’re young and marginalize us as we grow older. But I suppose if it wasn’t the clothing it would be something else entirely.

    • Amyeb
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      With all due respect, neck ties have evolved from cravats worn by gentlemen of means. I believe it still carries that connotation, esp for young men or working class men who appear at church, weddings, funerals, etc., to much ribbing/admiration. Clothing, for better or worse, is like grammar. It signals who you are/aspire to be.

  • Jane
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    I just discovered that there is another documentary, called “Advanced Style,” about older American women with a similar stand-out attitude to style!

    • Barbara, Senior Planet editor
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      Jane, thanks for commenting. Do you know Ari Seth Cohen’s Advanced Style blog? It’s a wildly successful blog by a young NY-based photographer who shoots and writes about street style with a senior focus. He’s grown close to several stylish older women who appear regularly on his blog. The movie takes off from the blog. The film debuted in London last month and as far as we know does not have a US release date set yet – but as soon as it does, we’ll be featuring it.

  • MsTeri
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    I dislike that I keep getting emails about further comments in “my thread”, when my comment was never published. Also, please inform us in the US when the full doc is again available.

  • cupcake
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    I THINK THAT THEY ARE GREAT…WHO SAY’ S to dress a certain way because of age? I know women in there sixty’ s that look 85-90 and act that way. I also know women who are in there 80-88 and are stunning dress young and beautiful,make-up are dating yes and enjoying you know what. I say keep going on do not stop that is what keeps you young.only one.life used.it.to.the.fullest.I am

  • renaissancegal
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    I agree with Michelle Hanson about the ageist aspect. These women were probably fabulous at every age, so why focus on them now….. just because they are “old” and stylish? Nevertheless, I think the major take away is to be adventurous in old age, define for yourself who you will be as you age rather than what society would prefer…..fading into the background in our youth oriented cultures so people don’t have to think about their own mortality. We all will die, so let’s have some fun while we’re here!

  • Sunnydew2
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    Hooray for these girls!!

    More women should feel this way!
    Older women got a bad rap with the smart Alec’s “cougar crap”. How come men have been doing it this way for years with perfect approval. I would like to know who started this
    passive, obedient, little woman , submissive to the male, etc., stuff. If it wasn’t for the
    Women behind the men, nothing would ever have gotten off the ground.
    Let’s even it out now, but do it nicely.

  • Mary Lou
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    In my last comment I should have said in the line about (it doesn’t matter what you think) to say it doesn’t matter what we think( society). I was not trying to insult you. Sorry if it seemed like that. I do agree tho, that the pic looked more like it was staged for a model pic. I would not wear it but hay that’s me.

  • Fritzie
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    Small explanation and then goodbye:

    I heartily approve of anyone at any age wearing whatever they want.

    What I was trying to express was that – to me – most of these women look like they’ve “been dressed” or are deliberately wearing things to make a statement, which is FINE … but what they’ve chosen (or what’s been chosen for them for this shoot) is not flattering, with a couple of exceptions, and is not beautiful. It’s jarring and outlandish! WHY?

    Who wants to wear such clothing? I’d rather wear beautiful clothing or at least outfits that are flattering and somewhat subtle. But some days I might not! I might wear something way wild.

    Wasn’t it always obvious that people are free to wear what they like? Does that need to be said over and over again? Duh.

    • msannie7
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      It has not always been that women can wear what we want. It has been subtly frowned upon to dress in ways that others don’t approve of. Have you not heard the “mutton dressed as lamb” line ? As I steer through my 60’s it’s fantastic to know women have paved the way for our self expression. I raise a glass in gratitude to the ladies in this film.

  • Mary Lou
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    Although I don’t care for some of outfits these woman wear or for that matter either in the rest of society. But good taste or bad taste is in the eye of the beholder and it doesn’t matter what you think. Everyone is entitled to be the way they are and dress the way they like, as long as they are not hurting anyone, or breaking the law. Variety is the spice of life and beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  • Fritzie
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    These women are embarrassing themselves by wearing outlandish outfits unflattering to a woman of ANY age. But the photographer goes on shooting …

    • Annew
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      What a load of rubbish! They are expressing themselves and their personality! Why should a woman of over 65 suddenly become a drab? I hope that I continue wearing my reds and pinks and pretty clothes until I am into my 80’s and 90’s. I am now 70 and feel about 40 and enjoying life more than I have ever done.

      • Fritzie
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        Of course! I am too, and I ALWAYS wear colorful fun stuff, but these outfits and haircuts are stupid and unflattering. We’re all free to wear anything – but why wear something ugly at any age?

        • chinagirl99
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          Their clothes, for the most part, are high fashion, which is not for everyone. They are also extremely artististic: again, this is not for everyone.
          Judgment of anyone for anything, of anything for any reason just means we are judging OURSELVES even more harshly.
          Life gets easier as the judgment eases away.

    • tigerlily2
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      sounds as though you are the one embarrased for some reason…….these women should wear whatever they wish…………their choice may not be mine , but more power to them in their “third age”…………..

    • annew
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      For heaven sake Fritzie, get a life! You really should listen to yourself in a few years from now when you reach their age, or, if you are their age then just let them do what they want to do and you get on with your life.

  • La Tanya
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    I live in the U.S. I loved this movie! I watched it twice and then showed it to my husband! Very inspirational! I loved these women! Daring! Energetic!

  • stillhere
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    You should live until you die, period. I just turned 50 a few months ago and already society is giving me the message that I am already old, that I should slow down, that I should temper myself and show constraint in how I dress and become serious, stable, that I should fulfill the role of a stereotypical “older” woman. To hell with all of that. I am still a part of this world and I refuse to be put out to pasture or to conform to someone else’s ideas about who I should be. Personally I rarely consider my age. I didn’t dwell on it when I was 27, why now? I don’t allow it to limit what I want to do or how I dress either. If anything, being older should make you live with even more urgency. It is not the time to temper yourself. I will be living in any way that suits me until my time is up. I admire these women for being true to themselves. How old you are is a tiny part of what makes you who you are. In many ways it’s quite incidental, especially once you are an adult.

    • Jamie J
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      So true. I’ve found that now that I am in my 30s I have good friends from the ages of 25-85. Once you are an adult your an adult. I think everyone should be allowed to be who they are no matter what. Love the idea of this documentary.

  • nona Pandil
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    I am still dancing literally through 85years of life with all the challlanges and joys that come with 4 children and now numerous grand and great grand children. One of the on going sources of fun and joy is dressing a little funky. Usually lots of color, a flower,saucy hat,or unique leotards that show a little skirt above bppts or interesting stockings. Creating an outfit enforces my feeling of part of the young living world. Not driving these days, but still getting out to Starbucks, Tango dances, and engaging in all of life keeps me near the youngsters. I often get comments like I want to be like you when I grow up. Or you remind me of my grandma. Fun, Fun.

  • Carolyn
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    I am loving the discovery of this site thanks to the blog of artist Kelly Rae Roberts…I am 75 years old and refuse to dress the way that is considered appropriate for my age…in other words, dowdy; tho stringently avoiding the teen age look, I often find what I like in the junior section. I hike/w a friend & dog for 2-1/2 hours a week in a park/w great hilly dirt trails; I also have an active sex life/w a wonderful male partner who is 7 years younger than I am, but we both feel like teenagers when together; I’ve even had a hysterectomy but my doctor says I should be able to have sex for the next 20 years. I so love my life…attitude is all. The universe has been very good to me & I say THANKS every day.

  • Paula/the sparkler
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    I live by the saying “we do not stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” At 85, I am not old and I do not plan to become old. I am a sailor and a walker; I own a business and I go to work every day when I am not traveling. My wardrobe consists of jeans and sweaters, workout clothes and swimsuits, as well as glitz and glamor for when an occasion requires it. I am comfortable in my clothes and in my body, so what do I care about age – not a thing!!! Go all you gals who dare to live the good life after 50 because it really is if you want it to be.

  • VICKI
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    Yes to all the ladies that have responded, it gives us a shot in the arm to know there is brightness and fun available in our lives too….never accept the “label”….”Oh you’re too old to wear that, you’re too old to play that part, you can’t do that, you might hurt yourself, are you sure you should eat that, it might upset you.” I say Phooey on stereotypes!

  • alda facio
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    I don´t think it is ageist to find these women remarkable because the truth of the matter is that after a certain age, women in Western societies are expected to dress in a certain way and these women are not conforming to that expectation so they are not ordinary but extraordinary!

  • Gail
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    These women and the people who have put this video together deserve great applause!

    We are in a time of creating a new and exciting world and you all are creating role models for the world. It’s wonderful to see women living fully in their bodies.

    A giant hug and love to each of you! Well done and thank you!

    • barbara
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      Hi Rose, the article is about a documentary that is 47 minutes long. Originally, we were able to show the full video on our site; however we are now only able to show a teaser for the video for copyright reasons. That’s why we say in the article that it is a “teaser.” We hope the full video will become available again in the United States in the future.

      • Jane S.
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        So sad, not to see the video again. I had gone back to my FB page for some inspiration and could not find the link. You-tube, no luck there either. Finally found this spot. Hopefully the full video will be available again soon. Wanted to share with girlfriends. Many of us need their food for the soul. Missing that tonight, when I really need it. Please come back soon. How will we know, when it is back up and running?

  • KT
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    I love my natural curly silver hair.
    Stopped putting color on it 6 years ago.
    It just costs money, takes too much of my time and is usually toxic. Get more compliments now than ever.

  • Wendy
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    Love these ladies, but really we’re only scratching the tip of the iceberg here of how our society treats ANYONE who refuses to conform to stereotypes. And the delightful irony in this piece is that fashion, as a phenomenon, is just another expression of conformity.

    We have such a love-hate relationship with those who don’t conform. We love to put them on pedestals and look up to them (but usually only once consensus or those with ‘authority’ have said it’s OK to do that), and we love to knock them off again and revile them. In psychological terms, the message from this behaviour pattern couldn’t be clearer: we ALL need to be living our lives like these ladies, whatever our age. We are all unique, and the expression of that uniqueness is, in many ways, what life is all about. Sure we need to get along together and agree on how we’ll do stuff as a society, but we seem to be mistaking uniformity for unity.

  • Laura
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    Although I’m 81 (born in 1932), I wear what I want. Sometines it’s jeans and a t-shirt,
    sometimes some glitz with a low cut top.
    I love these women in this video and I pal
    around with like-minded women. Bravo!!

  • Subhadra Murphy
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    You Are Such Amazing Powerful Inspiring Women. I am Soo Glad My Grand Daughter Tagged Me This Wonderful Information. I Am Very Impressed And Happy To Have Found Support in Making My Aging A Beautiful Experience and Pleasurable Journey.

  • Angelique
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    Quite honestly these ladies have it right and are “absolutely fabulous”… Why should we behave and dress a certain way just because society deems it to be so. I plan on leaving this world kicking, screaming and proud that “I did it my way…”!

  • patann
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    My daughter told me about the web site.read it ……loved it. I cut off all my old lady hair and went back to my short and wild. i am back!!!

  • cognitivedan
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    Excellent. I choose to grow old ‘disgracefully’ instead of trapping myself in blue rinses, twin sets, etc… nope: I don’t give a damn if anybody mistakes me for a bag lady when I go off to tutor or lecture wearing outdated and faded jeans, sandals, kaftans, dungarees, old t shirts etc. Provided I’m clean and not smelly, what the heck, huh? Row your own boats, ladies, and let normative social pressure go hang. :-)

  • camren
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    one of the most amazing programs i’ve ever seen. this is a life changer. so amazing. can’t even count how many times i cried. thank you thank you thank you.

  • HatitudeHayes
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    I will soon be 59 and although i don’t wear mini skirts, i do wear skirts & dresses above my knees. I like pencil skirts, knit dresses that cling& pants that fit. I love hats & various accessories. Women should dress for themselves and nobody else! Age ain’t nothing but a number.

  • Rosemary
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    I’m 63 and teach ballet and still do a barre myself each week. I got my motorcycle licence at 57 and have ridden over 80,000 kms since then. (no longer have a car). Am toying with the idea of skydiving……..

  • Hannah
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    A beautiful young friend sent this to me, said it reminded her of me. it is one of the lovliest compliments I’ve ever received. I’m 72 and
    I could hug each of these women for helping me continue on a path full of love, spirit, freedom and wonderful clothes. :) Hannah

  • Donna Anderson
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    I LOVED every minute of this documentary. It inspired me at age 77 to continue to enjoy my life by doing yoga, jogging, walking and swimming. AND . . . I love to dress up and make every effort to look as fantastic as i possibly can — even when I go to the grocery store: ) I am so proud to say that my daughter passed this on to my and said “for you Mom”. Thank you thank you!

  • Mer
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    This is wonderful! I am 65 and have always been interested in fashion. This is truly inspiring and gives me hope for the future.

  • Bitsy
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    How old are you? There are many aspects of aging but one of the hardest is that you can become invisible because of your age. Depression is common. Why not show older women with style and energy and a willingness to do whatever they please? Style is only one of their accomplishments. I think this project is wonderful. Admit it, there is age discrimination and to act like there isn’t is just ridiculous!

  • deborah belaus
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    I cried at the end of this film. I am coming to the end of my 50’s and I feel a shift happening-the aging process is starting and it’s new territory for me. I’m a believer in embracing all of life but this stage stings because our society is not welcoming to this aging stage. It is another coming of age-so my question is how to I enter? This film gives me hope and these women will be my role models to help me develop and grow with spirit, courage, creativity and a strong sense of STYLE.
    I thank them for a peek into their world!

  • chinagirl99
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    Thanks so much for this article and video! I retired from a 30+ year career, remarried 2 years ago after 23 years of singlehood, moved with my new husband to Chile, just had my 66th birthday, look great, dress similarly to these ladies…..

    BUT, as the aftermath of several fairly serious accidents in my life, I have plenty of aches, pains, and stiffness.

    AND, having just lost my 6 year old granddaughter to cancer, I have been living the last year or so with depression, a rather fatalistic attitude, and a lack of involvement in my usual creative outlets.

    This story and video are just what I needed to kick me out of my lethargy and into my next phase….whatever that may be! I intend to watch the film several times! THEN….stay tuned to hear what fabulosity may ensue! (Moving to Luxembourg within the next 6 months is most definitely in the works!)

  • Lev, Moscow, Russia
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    In my view it looks totaly unnatural. It seems like a form of progeria to me. Every age has its features. The burden of our life, our mistakes and success, our memories and losses, disappointments, sins, our struggle, experience, sufferings – that means age. The beauty and elegance has its age too. Dressing like that makes old stately women look like ex-models which suffered for decades of drugs and anarexya. It’s a wrong code to me. Like a woman dressed in mans clothes or a child wearing a makeup.

  • Sylvia Gresle
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    So inspiring! I am a property Broker and need to look good..being in my sixties I am always afraid to look like mutton dressed up.
    However I am fit and have a young spirit and these ladies inspire me.

  • Pinyonhill3
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    What amazing women! At 68 I work full time and love every minute of it! I don’t feel my age and don’t plan to settle into the little old lady lifestyle any time soon. Skydiving at 58, hiking the Everest base camp trail at 65, the Inca trail at 67 and Anghor Wat next year plus skiing and hiking in the Colorado high country keep me young in mind and body. I loved and was inspired by these beautiful women! Carpe diem!

  • Chayil2g
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    I absolutely loved the presentation. I am 63 and love life and plan on living it yo the fullest. I was diagnosed with a life-threatening disease 17 years ago and given 3-5 years to live. Well, so much for that! I receive every day as gift from God. It is He who sustains me and it is me that keeps on going. If you ask those who know me, they would say I dress much younger than I should. If you ask me I say I dress the way I want because I can. I love life and hope to be around for a long time to continue to love it.
    These women are so inspiring and I certainly see myself in them. Thank you for making me smile!

  • rio
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    amazing ,powerful,inspiring,i could go on.it is society that has imposed this narrow thinking,who decides what we are to do look like and be in this life,the soul the heart the mind the spirit ,these are the true parts of ourselves,and these womyn are shining examples of how that radiates to the outer,beautiful,so beautiful!!!!

  • francesca
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    A beautifully constructed film about six inspirational women! I’m 72, and I agree with the philosophy that one cannot be defined by age….

  • Maitri
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    I am 62 and every time I look at younger people who think they know more than me, are more than me or don’t have time for me because I am older than they are want to yell at them, “do you really think I feel any different than I did at your age? NO…I feel exactly the same way only wiser and better at being me and you will too.” All of our bodies age but we don’t. That spark of life lives on until it leaves and goes someplace else; outside of the body. I am ageless. So are we all. Now go out and live until you die forget all the labels. It’s such a waste of time and intelligence.

  • Andrina
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    I think the video is wonderful! I am turning 50 this week and already feel I am 90! There are many things to learn from them. The love of life, the passion for what they are doing, an internal force that keeps them going. It is curious that the video does not talk at all about their belief in God or Eternal Life. Interesting… It is also obvious that they have brilliant minds, and good health. Being able to see and hear well allows you to keep your mind active and in communication with others. I really thank the people that made this inspiring video. Excellent video, wonderful women! I hope I get the inspiration to do wonderful things with my life too.

  • KJ
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    I loved these ladies! I’m 65, weigh more than I should and just let my shoulder length hair get along again (at first by accident and then by intent. (I’m having fun with it!) My husband thinks my underwear has too much lace and pattern and etc. I ‘m still waiting for him to tell me what’s the cut off age on liking “pretty”. Since he’s eight years older than I am I plan to get rid of his bikini briefs and buy him some old man type boxers when I hear the cut off age!

  • valerie
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    Saw this documentary and it should have been called “in praise of older women”. A fantastic insight into how you can look, still have a life and your own identity in later life. Hats off to these ladies, way to go girlfriends.

  • Gitte Merrild
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    Thank you so much for letting these amazing women tell us about their lives. I am so inspired by their attitudes and how they live and love the best in life. What a treat and surprise on a Dark and rainy evening. Regards from Copenhagen.

  • Sue B
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    You have no control over your thoughts but how you will allow it to influence you. Laugh a lot, be thankful, be kind. What other people think about you is their problem. Stay active, play tennis and run on the courts 10 hours a week and enjoy it. If you break a wrist from falling on the court in your 70’s, get up and play again and don’t listen to the doctor who suggested water aerobics. Love your family and friends and love being alive. Stay in the moment.

  • lmstanley35
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    I agree 110%. Why should anyone look like a schlub? Soon to be 79, I wear lots of color, I try to be a knowledgeable, today person in all I do. Keep your mind, body and image happy and fulfilled in all ways

  • Jayne/Najah the belly dancer
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    At 4’11” and age 67, I am “a little old lady.” At age 42, I earned a degree in fashion design (summa cum laude, while working full-time at night and being a single mother) in addition to my original BA in Theatre. At age 53, I took up belly dance and, since the rest of the world likes their belly dancers age 40 and below, after performing professionally in the 1st decade of this century, I turned to designing whimsical one-of-a-kind belly dance costumes. I AM ”Sue” from this film, a personal totally immersed in color and art and whimsy. And I don’t give a damn what anyone thinks of me. I love my colorful house, filled with pattern and bright colors, and even though no one knows of me or my work, I will continue to dance and to produce “art”, because I must. No one thinks I am as old as I am, because I refuse to believe that I am! I only wish the media wouldn’t lump us all together, totally ignoring my age group as their target demographic—I have many of the same interests as the 20-year-old women I work with at my part-time job (and they’re all begging me to teach them how to belly dance)!

  • Blanche
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    Extraordinary and uplifting! These women are certainly stylish, but more importantly, they are strong intelligent women who in their senior years, are still vivacious, interesting and inspiring , through their work, their relationships and their love of life.

    Shame on Vogue and other fashion based businesses, that do not promote these remarkable women, instead of focusing on young girls that have accomplished nothing in their lives except being beautiful or the obsession with young female celebs who are a total embarrassment.
    We constantly refer to timeless fashion icons like Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis, but we don’t embrace the current elderly women who exemplify exactly what these 3 women would be like today, if they were still with us. What a pity…

  • Ronni
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    Wow! I am loving this video and all these six significant women representing to the senior community that age is just a number, an attitude and an illusion.

    I’ll be 71 next March and retired far too soon (I was 58) pursuing an artist/writer career, that went nowhere…so I became depressed and still fight it daily. I just give in to it instead of pulling myself out of it. Now I’ve seen these women who are all a decade older than myself and they have presented me a system to get out of my own way an live, not just exist.

    Thank you!! I have forwarded this link to other seniors.

    Bless these women and bravo to their steadfast lives, determination and no nonsense approach to life.

    Ronni

  • Kathryn
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    As soon as I saw the Doc Martens I was married in, the ones with the flower print, I was hooked. Very inspiring! Ageist? I don’t think so. This documentary, I believe, is necessary as there aren’t many role models for aging with ferocity. At 53 I was a little concerned about my purple lace up Jeffrey Campbell platform boots, and this dispelled all my fears. I’m not even going to ask where shall I wear them. The question is: when shall I wear them? Ans: NOW!

  • marion
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    Love this. I watched it several times, because its so inspiring. Its a positive way of living your life instead of being negative and grumpy. I’m 45 yrs young and I see these women as perfect examples of how it should be. Getting older is a proces that happens when you are conceved. Its not something that suddenly happens when you’re 50 or 60. These women have my respect and love. I want to be like them, not when I’m older, but NOW!

  • Miss P
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    I love this article because I can identify.
    I am 75 and wont be caught dead in old
    ladies styles. Not for others but foe myself.
    We may change physically but our minds
    especially style remain the same.
    Thanks for this article.

  • cabianne williams
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    This is Fabulous! I need to watch it twice a year or so just to remind me of how wonderful we women can be at any age. Such inspiration. I find these women particularly so and praise the makers of this film for bringing aging into a life of light and strength, fun and beauty and great wisdom.

  • Mayuri
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    Forget about their age for a moment and you will just see women who spend way too much time thinking about how they look to others, like most women…

  • Ellis Stewart
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    With grateful appreciation to all involved,especially the women profiled.All my current feelings and attitudes have been acknowledged as I enter my 70’s.Many people would rather have me accept my life on THEIR terms and “time-schedule” beliefs. I don’t, and never intend to.Society in general needs to change IT’S attitudes,and what is so frightfully pitiful ,is that many Senior women are simply “branded” as senile and carted off to a suitable facility, simply for daring to be themselves!

  • Helen
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    I just think tis is terrific
    I hope to wear whatever I want and be myself forever
    It’s all about confidence
    We are all a lot more than our clothes
    Since when did turning sixty mean don’t look good ?

  • Cumbia Dancer
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    Wow! I have struggled, all my life, to find my passion & hit my stride. Currently, I am a 55 year old Canadian. At 43, I found Latin Nightclub dancing. It was wild & exciting & fast & furious…all the things that I like life to be! I have not looked back since. Now, 12 years later, when people see me walk into the club wearing a dance outfit plus my hair styled & a suitable amount of make-up for one who sweats so much, I can see them nudging their friends & pointing me out. When the music starts & the men line up to ask me to dance, I am happy to show anyone what is possible for “older persons”. Currently, my condo is for sale in Canada & I am planning to move to Latin America to volunteer & to dance the night away for as many years as this body will take it. THIS documentary could not have come at a better time. I listed my property for sale today & found this video posted by a friend on Facebook…I am SO inspired by those women. I have the same tenacity that they have. This life has been fraught with pain & suffering but, when I dance, that is all left in a pool of sweat, on the dance floor…

    -Live like there’s no tomorrow (yo no se manana).

    -Love like you’ve never been hurt (still haven’t mastered that one).

    -Dance like no one is watching (oh yeah!)

  • Sarah
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    Loved this , best 45 mins of my morning . Can relate – Totally !!! Thank you Tamara for sharing and reminding me to not give a Toss ! My wardrobe beckons I need to grab my Lime singlet and put it on !

  • Gramma Rose
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    What a wonderful tribute to “senior” women! Where we live, in a retirement community of over 100,000, most of the women are like these six! What a joy to live here and be continually inspired by them!! This video tells the true story of aging for many, many women!

  • joyce
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    I am sorry but the the lady with the very severe hair cut looks horrible. She is not in anyway attractive – just a weird old witch.
    I am in my late 70’s and would shoot myself if I ended up looking like her.
    Why women pose in these ridiculous so-called artistic ways I do not know. They do not looked good – just demented!!

  • Rachel G
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    I’m only 37 and already get told I’m to old to shop at the stores I shop at. I can only hope I’m as awesome as these ladies as I get older!

  • Lanora
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    Delightful! Women in my family tend to live to 90 or more, I still have another 35 years to go. I hope to be as vibrant as these women are when I’m in my 80s or 90s. I’m getting my knee replaced so that I can start dancing again!

  • Amel Tafsout
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    Thank you so much for this movie, it does prove that my way of living and my attitude in right. I share so much with these women, they are beautiful, funny and they don’t give up. They have such an amazing heart and they are very brave! Thank you, thank you!
    Amel

  • Teri McCollum
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    An extraordinary documentary on “fashionistas” in their 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, these 6 women are my new heroines! This is about SO much more than being a fashionista-it’s about living life to the absolute fullest, taking care of one’s body, doing what makes *you* happy, and never giving up one’s sense of personal style, of *self*, regardless of age. These women are beautiful, artistic, filled to the brim with life, and each continues to live in a manner far from what society dictates is acceptable for ‘old’ folks. Sign me up!
    This may be the best 45 minute show on women breaking ageism barriers out there. In fact, it may be the most worthwhile 45 min. show you’ll ever watch, if you care about living long and prospering.
    Thanks to one of my readers for finding this absolute gem, I feel as if my life is just beginning today. That’s quite a feat for a Saturday morning.
    Seriously, give yourself a gift of 45 minutes to watch this story about these amazing women.
    One of these gorgeous creatures is a former ballerina, known for choreographing Cats & Phantom of the Opera, but the others are equally interesting, though Gillian’s story spoke to the former ballerina in me.
    I knew there was a reason to hang onto all my costumes, stretch latex, boas, colorful wigs, miniskirts, and tutus! At 57, I was going to sell them, but after watching this, I think a sparkly tutu over comfy leggings and doc martens might suit me when I’m in my 90’s!
    I may just never take off my tiara again!
    One more thing-I also happen to belong to a very unique Sisterhood, that of NFL Cheerleader Alumni (“Football’s Fabulous Females”, otherwise known as the Oakland Raiderettes) and have shared this with the rest of my “Sisters” who also seemingly never age. We all plan to be shaking our pom poms out on the field at our next 10 yr. reunion half-time show, which will feature 60 years of beautiful women, of all ages, on the field together. And some of them will be in their 80’s by then!

  • Sharlyn sorge
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    Well I’m 63, I love fashion . I think they dress like they are going to Halloween party .. Come on now .. Really I don’t ever want to have them a senior role model . My mother is 90 and has 10 times the elegance that these ” older ladies”. Classy and dressing hideous is completely different. They need a makeover!!

  • Peggy
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    I really did enjoy this video.I am 73 yrs old, I do not look 73. I wish to see more of this, or have a get away location. I lack their excersize . However, they make me think

  • Isabel731
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    I loved it! It’s the attitude at any age. I found all the ladies to be inspirational. The idea of reinventing oneself is extraordinary. Sure retirement is great, as long as you have something to do and to look forward to. Otherwise it could be detrimental to your health.

    Attitude!

  • babygirl
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    Good for them I am 81yrs young and I live it.I love to dress in the Times.people cannot believe it and I love it. I wore a short cocktail dress to a wedding and 4 inch heels and danced away. I could care less what people say.I also have a fabulous boyfriend who is my age and handsome and etc. I also had two hips replacements made me even younger life is for the living and believe me I live it.yes I have children grandchildren and great grandchildren .They all say I want to be like you when I’m your age so I said then do it age is only a number.if this gets read the younger you think the younger you are .LIVE LIVE ENJOY LIFE…ONLY ONE CHANCE.IT IS NOT A DRESS REHERLAL.

  • Sharon Kathleen Johnson
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    Make-up and dying your hair exposes your skin to a lot of toxicity. And vanity is never beautiful. Thessalonians 5:16 suggests that women of all ages adorn themselves with modesty and charitable works.

  • Bobbie
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    Attitude is half of it and like you said, I don’t care what anyone else thinks. If I like it and it is comfortable on me, who cares. I love something if it costs next to nothing. And wrinkles are beauty marks for me. I hate the polished Barbie look. I want to look like ME!

  • Elisabeth Oldaker
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    What an inspiration! I’m 83 & waver between feeling 35 & 90! This wonderful video is a real impetus to do my exercises vigorously. I love the way these women keep laughing & surrounding themselves with positivity. And it’s interesting that the couple with the 27-year-age difference–both lovers now look the same age!

  • Mary Rodgers
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    I love these women..they are an inspiration to all of us…Age is just a number it does not define who we are. So many of us say..OMG I’m 65 now ..I’m old..I only have a few years left..BULL…. LIVE..everyday..experience new things..have an adventure..fall in love..meet people…exercise…take a walk in the sun..make love..and just breathe in every bit of life that you can…SMILE..LAUGH..LIVE…

  • Donna Taheri
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    This is soooo liberating! I’ve kinda always had this personality and now that I’m 56 I’ve wondered what to do to be “appropriate”– HA! That concern just left me! I’ve ordered the DVD and gonna have girl friend parties!

  • Quakerkate
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    Both up in years and pounds. Looking stylish is tougher. The current trend of wrapping our necks in scarves justakese look looks a snowman all clerks and a round ball. I eschew trends and stick to interesting colors and jewelry ( the garage sale type). I want moreanufacturers to produce mandarin collars they disguise turkey neck and and be a accompanied with pins shawls necklaces

  • Lesa :)
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    wow this is what im talking about, im a 43 year old woman who trys to get this age is an attuide type thinking across to all my friends and family. If something feels good on and i like it i wear it. Excercise is the way to go!!! I would lke a chance to sit down and have a chat with these woman. They are all great roll models for older woman. go ladies xx

  • Blythe
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    Love love love this!! My daughter had mentioned this doc and I thought I had missed it ….so, very glad I have now caught it. Stunning women, not only for their style, their class, their energy, their beauty, their courage, their craft, but for their honesty… What a gift this is. Congratulations to them and the team who made the programme. Beautifully filmed, edited…full package …I laughed I cried! Can’t wait for the next 40 years of my life (I’m 51 on Monday!) to practice some of their tips! Bravo x

  • Judy/number1
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    I love these ladies. I feel the same way. I am 63 but my mind is 30ish and I love acting and looking as young as I can. I love fitting in with the younger ladies. I have a dear friend who is 89. She excercises everyday and loves fashion. I hope to always care about my looks and grow older gracefully. I want to have fun and enjoy life an die suddenly(not in a nursing home). Thank you for letting me experess myself.

  • Yvette Muise
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    Soon to turn 55, I feel like I found six soul-sisters. Inspirational__ a must watch.

    Thank you to everyone who had anything to do with the production of this presentation.

  • Sue
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    Just loved your material; I already feel 20 years younger. I am 73 and full of life and spunk. Your article is so inspirational and encouraging for all of us “aging” women.
    Keep up the good work. Age is truly just a number!

  • Gina
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    All I can say is, I needed this! I am 53 and am having a hard time dressing my age. Well this video has opened my eyes to the fact that dressing my age is probably much different for me than another 53 year old. I don’t have to dress older or drabber, or boring just because I am another year older!

  • Zoe Kessler
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    I would love to watch this every day for inspiration. It’s so easy to give in to the little inconveniences and fears of aging. This film reminds me not to give up… to keep on the path I’m on, which I’m happy to say is much like the ones portrayed (without the fame or fashion sense). The women’s positive, encouraging messages are powerful and much-needed as many of us age and consider what that means, especially as women in a youth-centric society. Thank you so much for this lovely and important piece from a soon-to-be 55 year old woman who is still in love with life!

  • Nouran
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    These women are so inspiring. I loved most that they are not trying to change the truth, they are living their age, however, they live it with so much determination to live it… I liked a lot what they say about … its not about looking younger… I liked a lot that they are not putting to much effort to look younger… they use the very affordable, simple ways… no Silicon, No any of the operations to change the bellyful truth that we all getting old but can we live and enjoy this stage of our live??? they give us the answer and the how… lots of love for all of them.

  • Francaphile
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    I could not love these women more. Not only am I sending it to all my friends, I’m putting on the reddest lipstick I can find in their honor. Absolutely inspiring!

  • Carter
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    About ten years ago there was a big broohahah when Yoko Ono DARED to wear hotpants at the age of 71 for a very tastefully done photo shoot. She looked great! It’s great that these gutsy trailblazing seniors are getting people to think outside the box…In fact, what they are really doing is building a better box! Bravo!

  • Lorraine Chamberlain
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    This film was the first thing I saw this morning, and has magically set the tone for today. I’ve been taking care of my husband (a former cartoonist and wild man who had a brain injury 5 years ago), and lately I’ve been guilty of “fixing up” only when I’m going out on errands. I used to pay attention to how I looked no matter what I had planned. After watching these lovely women, I am reminded how much this can affect your attitude. I am inspired to snap out of it and return to the daily practice of putting myself together with more imagination. It really can improve one’s outlook. This movie can’t help but make you feel cheerful! And even though my husband is impaired, he thinks I’m always beautiful, and is still able to notice the difference when I look a little snazzier. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Marilyn
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    I loved this video, what wonderful and interesting women. True to themselves and life.
    Their spirits have that eternal youth that makes life worth living. It appears to them getting older is something we do one day at a time allowing us to move and change with the grace and joy.They are a great inspiration and a wonderful cheering section for all of us who are in our silver years.

  • Connieg
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    This film is wonderful. I’m 78, and, like these fabulous women, I have decided that I’m not going to disappear into a “beige” shell. I don’t work out as they do, but I’m very active. I’m a retired journalist, and these days I do pro bono writing for progressive organizations I believe in strongly. I wear leggings, jeans, tunics, oversize sweaters, makeup and have lightened my gray hair to platinum blond. I’m widowed, have 8 grandchildren and a gentleman friend, to put it delicately. Amazingly, this is a good time of life.

  • VICKI
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    thank you from the bottom of 71 year old heart, you’ve just given me so many wonderful and exciting ideas…….they were buried inside and watching this DVD (which I will order)……released color, beauty, ……hope.

  • Debbie Ruston
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    Wonderful that women are willing to follow their own heart and be themselves, and not give in to society’s definition of what is acceptable. This applies to any age. It is important for people to think for themselves and not follow the herd of what everyone else is doing or finds “acceptable”.

    Aging does not mean you need to go grey, cut off your hair into the curly blue styles of previous generations. It does not mean you need to wear baggy outdated clothes or give in to aches and pains and stop being active.

    Age is just a number, and it’s what we do with that number every day that keeps us vibrant, interesting and enjoying every day.

  • Jean Boggio
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    Brilliant and inspiring. I’m used to feeling good about myself when people react with surprise to learn that I’m 75 and still working. As a psychiatric nurse I can’t dress as stylishly as I would like, but now I’m inspired to revisit my closet and resurrect some of my favorite clothes (and shoes and hats) to wear in my off hours. And I plan to buy some tall, stylish boots — that always makes me feel empowered.

    I agree with these wonderful women that retirement is the start of decline. I’ve found that I have a knack for house design and once I “retire” from nursing, that will be my next career. I have a twenty-year plan! Yes — good health is an ally.

  • jeanne
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    just ’cause some old ladies act and dress old doesn’t mean they are doing it to be a typical granny. it happens that way because they are older and probably care less about the way they look than younger people do. there’s nothing wrong with that either

  • Edrine Keegan
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    These women are amazing. If all women had the same attitude no one would get old . I am 70 in a months time, still teaching dance and dressing just how I like, dance wear etc. I love these women and hope I will be the same when I am 80.

  • Deb Tromb
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    I hate the way our society perceives aging…especially in women. (“You’re old! We don’t want to have to look at you…or listen to you…and we sure don’t want to have to talk to you! Ugh…just get away from us, and let us be YOUNG!”) It didn’t used to be this way…what happened?

  • Nuala Gaughran Kaeding
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    Brilliant, very interesting, and encouraging ! They all, we all are aging.
    I love the remark I simply don’t care ! Yes they are very visible.
    I love their determination. They all are an inspiration. Congratulations ladies !
    I am 69 and love my age. I live on our 46 ft sail boat, and sail the San Juan Islands. My husband is 5 years younger.. when I say get dressed up he loves it. Life is an attitude, and attitude, of look at me, and don’t criticize aging ! Do it and and love it.
    Live Laugh and Love ! Sincerely Nuala

  • Wardie3
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    This film is just as valid for us old farts. I’m nearly 70 and surf every day, never once thinking about my age. Every day is a blessing and I know it. Great film this was, and all aging ment should watch it.

    • ann
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      What a wonderful lesson to be learned from these women, I just turned 78 and have always been interested in fashion and looking good, but lately have the feeling of being invisible, this film gave me a real boost.

    • Diana
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      Unfortunately, I had to grow up and old before my time because of my husband, who is 28 years older than me. I always saw myself as being older than I am because of him. I feel like I’ve lost the best years of my life. Now after seeing these amazing women I feel like there is hope after all. I’m “only” 57, I’m blessed with perfect health and have lots of good years left to look forward to. I’m going to make the best of every day from now on and focus on being optimistic! A big thank you to these amazing women!! xoxox

    • Barbsnot lost now
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      I loved it. Makes me feel good about myself not that I am any where near them in any of their projects but keep busy and up with things the best I can and rarely think how old I am unless something pinches me to remind me that in March I’ll turn 80, glad I am still here for it and don’t think about the future. It’s whatever the new day brings.

    • renae
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      And. . . I turned 83 yesterday. What does 83 feel like? Just the same as I do which is gratifying. Not too young, not too old, just right. Like the 3 bears, I’ve settled into my looks, hair and age, it feels “just right”.

    • Suz
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      It just proves what I always say, and am writing a book entitled, “Life Begins at 70”
      Congratulations to these fashionable fashionistas with their fabulous attitude. It’s amazing what the right attitude can do for us!

  • Ina
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    I lost my wonderful, creative sculptor husband three years ago. I am 70. I am trying to reinvent myself, reluctantly, not doing a very good job of it! Watching this has helped me to rethink life. Thank you! I just may go on for a while!!

    • Zoe Kessler
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      I hope you do Ina! We older women (I am not yet 60 but thinking about how I want my elder years to be) need to stay strong, joyful, and provide great mentorship for younger ones. Today’s girls and young women are struggling with things we didn’t have to grapple with (cyber and other bullying, degrading media images of women, etc.), they need positive role models and healthy alternatives to look toward. I hope I can join you in being a model of a strong, self-sufficient and positive woman in the world.

      Wishing you strength and happiness on your journey!

      Zoe

    • clara sharp
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      Ina, I will be 70 in January, and look forward to a new decade.
      I still work as a hospice nurse, and I rescue pets. Two of my dogs are also geriatric, and work as therapy pets.
      Keep doing things you enjoy, have lunch with friends, cook special meals for yourself, get some attractive clothes, keep your hair nice, be grateful for every moment, find and perfect silliness, if you don’t have pets, get at least one.
      Don’t try to be younger, just enjoy who you are. That is the secret to being youthful.

    • paula/the sparkler
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      Ina, 70 is not old and you probably do not need to reinvent yourself; just learn to live again and enjoy these wonderful “golden years”. I took up sailing at the age of 80, and I can’t get enough of the wonderful ocean life. There are surprises around every corner, if you dare to look; and so many adventures for women our age if we only dare to do as Mark Twain says – “…throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover!!!

  • Sue
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    I’m nearly 72 and I do yoga classes and volunteer at our church Thrift Shop.. My 3rd husband ,who is 88 and I just came back from ballroom dancing tonight. We have both out lived 2 former partners.
    Age is a number . It’s like anything else in life , You have to work at staying involved in what you love doing.
    Being an artist helps. Artists keep each other interested in the process of Art and… Art is Life
    It’s nice to know that there are other women and men that value

    • Jenny Loizides
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      I too am an artist, but unfortunately am not very flexible body wise, from the neck up I think I’m only about 30 but really I am 76 going on 77 but really loved this video, and I think all women should see this.

  • Kathryn
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    What beautiful, courageous and vivacious women! Watching this was like a gift, assuring me I’ll never have to fade into the background as I age, just continue to be myself. And keep on wearing my Doc Martens!

  • thatgirl1269
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    At 44, (and only a few months away from 45), I’ve been sharply forced to face my own mortality over the last few years with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and numerous other health problems (including severe depression) and this documentary has helped put things into a little more perspective for me. Although quite a few years away from the youngest of these inspirational women, it has put life a completely different ‘spin’ on life for me. These women wonderfully embrace their age, their wisdom and their lives… everyone, no matter *what* age, would do well to watch this. As the saying goes, “Everybody dies, but not everybody lives”. Wonderful, wonderful documentary.

  • Suzanne
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    Inspiring, loved these gals. I would like to make a request! Could you please, please, please add captions to the video, I am very deaf and can not hear a word of what is being said. Thanks

  • Dee
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    What an absolutely fabulous 45 minutes. These wonderful women are an inspiration and a joy to behold. I’m looking forward even more now than I was an hour ago to joining the ranks of older women who don’t let their age influence their outlook or their zest for life. We need to be seeing far more of this inspirational and hope giving stuff. If we were all living with this sort of outlook on life, depression would become a thing of the past. Thanks ladies, you are amazing, and an inspiration to all of us who choose the fullness of life, no matter what our circumstances, our pasts, or our financial positions…this is available to everyone who truly wants to live to the absolute capacity we have been given.

  • Fabafterfifty
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    All six women are inspirational in different ways. I watched the documentary when it first aired. I had already met Daphne (featured in the show) when I reviewed a catwalk show calling for more diversity in fashion a couple of years ago. I recently met both Daphne and Sue – they are just as fabulous and just as colourful in real life – thoroughly enjoying life to the full , as are the other fabulous fashionistas. Bridget, Jean, Daphne and Sue all participated in a Q&A at a recent event I attended – they are all still working and flying the flag for ageing fabulously. They all have such a tremendous zest for life – great role models for women of every age!
    I would love to see more programmes portraying the older generation in a positive light.

  • Johnny B
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    My wife of 59 years still looks good in jeans and t-shirts, which she wears 99 percent of the time. Fashion, and especially ‘high fashion’ has not been high on the list of important life styes for
    either of us. Not sophisticated, perhaps? I don’t think so.

  • Heidi from Norway
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    Wow! I really love these women – and their attitude! I will immediately throw away all my beige clothing and starting a new life : ) “Go one girls”! Hugs from Heidi in Norway.

  • Clarita
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    Here in the USA, lack of healthcare before medicare and other financial stresses before and after 65 make it very difficult to have such lives as these women. Still I won’t give in.

  • Annemaria
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    Silence, that’s what it brings me now I’ve seen these wonderful, in a way “magical” women, and then I mean magical by the spirit they have. When Jean lighted the candle in the church, I started crying. Beautiful the way they express themselves, after a good life with their husbands, witch touched me very much, knowing that now relationships became a bit different than in those days. when one got married. Would this be – one of – the secrets? Anyway, it’s how you look at life, and live it. Thank you for this wonderful message!

  • Linda
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    Totally amazing! I love these women! I am so like them, I am 51 now and I refuse to just lie down and age! I love fashion and love to explore with it and plan to do that until I am put in the ground! I have retired from nursing and I have so many hobbies and charities that I can’t fit it all in! My biggest new hobby or I guess is getting in to horses again and I have loved to learn how to ride and I have even bought my own horse! I do think ages is an attitude and I love life and the direction of my life as I head down this road of aging not gracefully but with fim and figgor!

  • Anne W.
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    I wholeheartedly agree with this. Living is the best way to age. Some people just wait for death. Very sad. They believe because they are over 60 they are restricted from a vibrant life. How silly.

  • Marcia
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    I absolutely loved this!!! By far the best documentary I have ever seen on women and aging! I would like to get a copy to send to all my sisters and friends………

    Marcia Evans

  • Annew
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    What an absolutely wonderful programme about wonderful women. And how right they are! We are not old at 70+. We are just in the bloom of life. I have just reached 70, but I feel, look and act much younger. I have no intention of growing old for a very long time, if ever. I have never been able to travel much, but now I can afford it and intend to start now. Thank you for the programme it was an inspiration

  • Mary Lou
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    I think it is wonderful to see people in all stages of life, being able to be them selves and not what others think of them. I struggle with that myself. It makes me realize that I too need to change and gives me support to see woman and men who are like this. Would like to see more of this kind of documentary film. I am 69 and looking forward to being more expressive of who I am.

  • annie7
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    Thank you so much for this documentary. It is very inspiring. Shame on the fashion industry for not even considering changing it up a bit and hiring Bridgette; they are not very creative or imaginative. I hope that someday, someone in the industry will reinvent what “people want”. I know that I want women of “a certain” age as role models. Anyone can do anything when they’re young….but to have role models like these beautiful women…now that’s what inspires all ages.

  • Ka’ohinani
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    STUNNING & INSPIRING FILM!!! Very well made, covers several important topics. THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN MAKING THIS!!!!! I believe a magazine should be published that showcases gutsy older women, perhaps online even, this is needed by all ages as inspiration to consider how one is living. I am 66 (which seems young next to this film & I do find myself questioning: Am I old? Hmmmmm.) & find myself certainly wanting to continue dressing expressively & to continue doing what is important to me. Currently am stewarding a farm property, doing much of the heavy work, dressing in pants that refer to Arab influence, continuing yoga & lifting weights & reaching out to develop warm community with family & friends. THANK YOU FOR THE INSPIRATION TO KEEP ON!

    • Genoveva
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      If there are magazines for everything!!! teen ager, mechanics, weddings(toooo many)food etc….one for 60teen or 70teen and get ideas. Yes we reinvent ourselves with age and need fresh ideas from the experts. We belong to a group that is not happy with letting life go by or fade until death….

  • Jen H
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    My goodness what a delightful surprise this film was for me today. Each of these women shared something that inspired me to fall in love with life once again! Thank you ALL for your lives, your message and your example of what it looks like to keep LIVING no matter what your age. I am inspired to tears. I do think about death, but I am consciously choosing LIFE. Thank you!

  • Carol Neilands
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    These women are inspirational. All women should question ageist dogma, especially when it comes to personal choices about style. I also am getting older and now finally have cash to buy nice clothes and time to study fashion trends to see which styles appeal. After much initial caution, I decided strict dress-your-age codes, and nanna hairstyles were not for me. I’m staying with well-styled long hair – it’s my trademark also – and I still look fine in an above knee skirt, though not for everyday. I find skinny jeans really versatile and I have just purchased a much-coveted sleek designer leather motorcycle jacket, after significant hesitation about it’s aptness for the longer haul. Well stuff that; it’s a classic, supremely adaptable piece, an investment buy and I may even request to be buried in it. I’m happy with my decision; it’s so much fun, joyfully developing my own personal style, so far a carefully edited mix of classic designer worked back with chain store street-style pieces. There’s to be nothing straight-laced about me – ever – and I care not at all what others think about this. As they say, you do only live once, so why spend a chunk of your life fading, however gracefully, into the paintwork if you’d really rather not? And, as if by magic, the transformation has occurred; no longer am I just another invisible middle-aged gal – bonus!

  • Kadja1
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    By God when I’m that age, if I wanna dress up like Dame Edna or Jackie Onasis, I’ll do it without giving a rat’s fanny what others think!

  • Renee Peck
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    I now have a dream! I want to meet all these women. They inspire me, I am half their age, and I want pieces of their styles. I love the dancer and the short haired lipstick lady and oh that colorful lively one ahh I want them all. May I please request a dream come true to meet anyone on of them? Please! I simply love them all. Truly, Renee

    • Sky from QLD
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      I am 60 going on 61 and have no intention of moderating my fashion, still love the luxury of creativity and these delightful women epitomize
      Individuality and freedom and the dare to be who you are. Please don’t ever stop being yourselves. Bravo . I say bravo. Sky Jenkins.

    • Cindy
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      Awesome and inspiring even for an old granny of 66…Saved it in “My Favorites” for a ‘pick-me-up’ each and every day that the bones are hurting or the sun isn’t shining quite bright enough for me….So much beauty to ‘soak in’…..Makes me feel like a kid again watching “KIDS” like themselves really attracted to life ….. Thanks for this uplifting story and for fueling my spirit.

    • SatAvatr Kaur
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      My age is 74, and this is an inspiring and wonderful video. And I was thinking that I was not like them, but then I realized that maybe I am, since I wear all white and a white turban every day. And I am happy and feel great. Mine is simplicity of dressing and Spiritual Practice.

  • Annelies van Dommelen
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    Inspiring is the word. I am lucky enough to get older and be flexible in more ways than just my body, in mind as well. Still feel like a twelve year old unless I start going over to the dark side. Yesterday, I started to slip and then I saw this documentary. I am an artist and for some time was thinking there was no more “great” paintings in me. The kind that take energy and introspection but today I will try something new. Thanks

    • Dawn Marie Forsyth
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      FABU!!!! This is exceptional. A specific view of the ‘new-aging’ process and the wisdom of women today. I have worked in the fashion industry and as an educator of design for many years and these fashionistas define so beautufully the powerful meaning of dress and identity. Understanding the personal empowerment our clothed identity allows us in our society is so important to owning our persona as we grow in years. Thank you for this wonderful film.

  • Alejandra
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    Breathless! Powerful! Beautiful! Inspirational! I just love how free they feel and look, I believe in choosing this lifestyle for all my life and I love the feeling of it. It’s amazing!

  • Ann
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    I LOVED this documentary!! Such wonderful life forces – I am going to pass this on! We should live our entire lives with this spirit.

  • diane
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    i grew up with an aged grandmother who used to drum her fingers on the arms of the armchair whose cushion was indented with the shape of her saggy bottom, and when she had forgotten that i was there, she would sometimes call out to her dead husband: “David, I wish I was in the grave with you!” Throughout my life I have searched for role models of women growing older with zest. You have given them to me. Thank you. the film is an inspiration.

  • Gisou mostoufi pour
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    I learnt more in 47 minutes than all 49 years living my life. it was really eyes opening for me getting to 50 on 29 February can be a second chance to re consider the way I looked and lived my life before. I realized there is still time to start over and enjoy the rest of my life and get the best of it. thanks for awakening me !

  • Artspacehippy
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    I think for once age is not just about a number! It’s who u are that counts , I love some times when I here people say how old does she think she is? Wearing that! And so I applaud a program that gave us older women a say even if I agree with comments about why age should matter? But in this world it does we get judge for it in many ways being old and having a colour sense instead of beige ” I would say I loved the idea of freedom wear want I like I am still the age I like to be , being older does not mean I have to become invisible !

    • Gore
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      I think old people look good in fluorescent colors that brighten the skin, but the tailoring should be appropriate for old bodies, not too tight or revealing.

      Loose clothing looks better and feels more comfortable on old people.

      The model above, wearing the ugly hiking boots, looks ridiculous to me.

      Can’t we all grow old gracefully without desperately calling attention to ourselves by dressing like teenagers?

  • noreen
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    Yeah! I am 71, run 2&1/2 miles a day, lift weights etc and could do a Playboy centerfold. The thing is: Don’t buy into the stereotypes of being old. Strive to push the envelope in every way, creatively, athletically, and especially sexually. If you don’t like the way you look in the bathroom mirror when you step out of the shower, don’t tell people you are no longer interested in sex, just get to the gym. Imagine that you are going to live to 100, this makes you middle age just about the time you start getting Medicare. Remember good health is a function of participation.

  • bajunajewelry
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    I love these ladies! They really enjoy life and are unencumbered by the stereotypical thinking of today. Good for them. I love the fact that they teach that you don’t have to be rich or even well off to be able to express yourself or do what you like.
    They resist ageism way better than ladies a lot, lot younger.
    I hope their dreams come true. Maybe they can have their own fashion magazine with even better articles than those others. They can have the last word!

  • NapalmNess.
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    Absolutely, wonderful to hear such wisdom from such accomplished women. Inspirational, deep and in your face about life, beauty and perception, and letting go. I enjoyed this. I wish them all well. I’ve def got a few things in my life to change thanks to these ladies. Thank you for creating this story. _V.

  • Joyce
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    This is the best documentary I’ve seen about how older women don’t accept what society says about aging. What a great job you have done in communicating that by choosing
    these women. I loved it!
    Joyce, NYC

  • mamaeyecon
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    I rarely dress my age. I dress stylishly while still comfortably. People rarely guess my age. I look rather decent for an “old broad” if you consider 56 to be old. I don’t. You’re as old as you feel and I feel so good I should be twins! The only thing I’ve changed in my dressing is I refuse to be uncomfortable for too long. So I keep that in mind when I shop. So I can look great – for long periods of time. And I must cause that’s what people tell me. I’m not bragging, just repeating what they tell me about me. I like what they say!

    • Ellen
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      I’m 56 as well, and have always dressed how I thought was interesting to me and flattering to my better physical points as well as true to my personality. At one point two years ago I had to wear a wig because of a surgery scar. I wore a very short wig that I cut myself because I have always had short hair. Then when I found myself able to go without the wig (the scar didn’t go away, I just styled my hair a certain way), I was able to go back to my edgy super-short hair. Also a few months ago I stopped wearing glasses. This was kind of a relief, even though glasses have been a part of my “look” for over 30 years. 30 years ago I was wearing men’s frames. Now I don’t have to suffer the indignity of trying to find frames that look like every single young woman wearing glasses. Sure my face and eyes perhaps look older without the glasses, but that’s okay. I just change my look a little bit and it stays interesting to me. I like what people say about me as well, and I think they enjoy seeing what I’m going to come up with next.

  • Susan
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    At 64, I find these women are my heroes and inspiration. Often known as “the crow” by my sisters, I choose colourful apparel and love feeling hip which hopefully will never end with aging. Dare to be different and true to yourself. Aging is a gift and should not be boring, but do something wonderful for someone or for yourself each day. Be selfish and do what makes you feel good.

  • Ashton Applewhite
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    Not everything that highlights age is ageist, and it is their age that makes these fearless fashionistas stand out. They’re not trying to look younger than they are; they just want to look good—and, like the women on the Advanced Style Blog, they do. The sad fact is that over time many women lose the confidence to dress stylishly lest they appear “mutton dressed up as lamb.” A huge reason is that we lack examples over the age of 30 in advertising and the media. These “fabulous fashionistas” are an excellent corrective.

  • ant
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    I feel very inspired watching these great ladies. I was feeling old at 52 because of the the way the media treats women over 50 as indivisible but these women are not hiding!

  • Nancy
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    I loved these women! Just wonderful………all beautiful in their own way……..very encouraging for me at age 76………

  • Jane
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    I’ve just watched this … and it’s the best 45 minutes I’ll spend all day! This is FANTASTIC … and those calling it “ageist” are missing the point.

    Yes, these women are “just being themselves,” which they have always done, regardless of their age. But many people still believe aging requires abandoning certain activities and preoccupations of younger years, which these women have refused to do. Not everyone is so brave or so persistent (or, to be frank, blessed with continuing health) … but for anyone who’s tempted to give up, these women are an inspiration.

    To the person who objected to the reference to “little old ladies”: It’s difficult to buck stereotypes without naming them. As several people have pointed out, this documentary is about WAY more than fashion sense. But dressing “appropriately” is probably the most consistent wall that older women come up against, and these women demonstrate that tossing that out the window doesn’t mean dressing like a teenager.

    My heart broke for the woman who was deemed too “high fashion” for a modeling agency, which claimed it could have used the image of “the granny next door.” THAT is why this documentary needed to be made!

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