Glamourous Elderly Ladies and the Dying Art of ‘Chic’

Audrey Hepburn: "Breakfast at Tiffany's"


by Boomeryearbook.com

Some elderly ladies, despite having elderly problems, are so beautifully groomed. Many of them, of course, learned their grooming routine in the forties and fifties when, rightly or wrongly, it was unacceptable for women to wear jeans or appear in public without a hat and a pair of gloves (winter or summer!) The idea of appearing with a hair out of place was simply ‘not done’. As time marched on, women changed their outlook and their take on appearances changed with it. The fashion trends that dictated formality in the early boomer years dropped away, but some habits die hard.

Busy mothers of today race through the house in the early morning, getting children off to school and gulping half a cup of cold coffee over a mouthful of burned toast as they stuff junior into a car seat, throw on a skirt and a sweatshirt and pile their entire lives into a seven-seater, en route to school, the mall and eventually the child minder, on their way to work. On a good day, they will have one eye on the mirror while pulling a comb through their hair in the car park, mobile held firmly to one ear.

Grandma, however, in spite of her elderly problems, spends more than an hour crimping her hair and painting her nails before selecting a matched set of accessories suitable for day wear at the social center, where she will while away a few hours before heading home for lunch. Somewhere, the standards set by Grandma became lost in the pressured, modern world of here-today-gone-tomorrow fashion and lifestyle.

One of the most endearing qualities of elderly chic is its ability to bridge time. Grandma looks as pretty today in her pink print dress and pearls and she did in 1958 and many ladies with elderly problems have conquered the ravages of time and kept their figures, enabling them to achieve an elegance that escapes many younger women.

In our modern and scheduled existence, a culture of scruffiness and ‘shabby chic’ has taken hold of young women and rendered them, to an extent, masculine in their appearance. Having messy hair and wearing grubby trainers has become, if not ideal – acceptable; especially for busy mothers. When did we let go of our standards? Was it the baby boomer years that ‘did away’ with glamour and made us ‘slobs in our time?’ It is almost too sad to consider that Grandma’s generation were the architects of the death of elegance.

The younger women in our world are, as yet, free of the elderly problems that trouble Grandma in her twilight years. However, in terms of fashion, grooming and appearance, we could all take a leaf out of her book and pay a little more attention to our hair, nails and the shine on our shoes before we set out each morning. Perhaps the white summer gloves and the straw hat are taking things a little far, though!

The Psychological Article on Glamorous Elderly Ladies and the Dying Art of Chic is part of Boomer Yearbook’s continuing series of baby boomers psychological coaching tips and how to alleviate elderly problems. We believe knowledge is power. We’d love to hear what you think.

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Boomer Yearbook is a Social Network and Psychological Articles for Baby Boomers. Connect with old and new friends, or expand your mind and ward off senior moments and elderly problems with dream analysis and online optical illusions and brain games provided by clinical psychologist Dr. Karen Turner. Join other Baby Boomers to stay informed, receive weekly Newsfeeds, and let your opinions be heard. Baby boomers changed the world. We’re not done yet!

Boomer Yearbook is a Social Network and Psychological Articles for Baby Boomers. Connect with old and new friends, or expand your mind and ward off senior moments and elderly problems with dream analysis and online optical illusions and brain games provided by clinical psychologist Dr. Karen Turner. Join other Baby Boomers to stay informed, receive weekly Newsfeeds, and let your opinions be heard. Baby boomers changed the world. We’re not done yet!

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