How things have changed in the fashion world in the last 50 years. What was acceptable clothing for women over 50 of age in those days is so different now.
Did you know that 50 years ago women were not expected to wear trousers? Clothing for women over 50 back then was more likely to feature pencil skirts twinsets and pearls.
On Lifestyle Fifty I feature all kinds of fashions, and the only advice I get from my readers is that they don’t want to see me advocate styles in which they might look like mutton dressed up as lamb.
They want style and comfort.
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Many of you loved this look on Instagram – a black vest T worn with mid-calf length bengaline pants (yes trousers) and a white shirt worn as a casual cover-up, and flat comfy sneakers -definitely not stilettos.
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Clothing for women over 50
Today, we have a veritable tsunami of women’s magazines and newspapers staffed by women, and articles written by women, along with fashion articles featuring both the bizarre and outgrageous.
We are encouraged to wear what suits us, go for styles that suit our body shape, be guided by fashion trends but not dictated to.
50 Plus Fashion
In fact clothing for women over 50 has no boundaries. We can wear what we like, and for over 50s fashion that naturally includes trousers!
What no trousers!
In 1968, articles written by women for women were few and far between, until the Femail section of the Daily Mail took shape.
Headed up by Shirley Conran, the 16 page magazine insert was staffed by women and women journalists who were encouraged to write about what women talked about.
Femail and Shirley Conran
For the first time in newspaper history they began writing about their weaknesses and their fears, and the first picture on the first edition of Femail featured a topless model wearing trousers – clearly with nothing on underneath them.
It caused an uproar.
In those days, trousers were not considered suitable attire for women. In fact women were generally not allowed to wear them at work, and were often turned away from restaurants if they were wearing trousers.
“It’s hard for us to imagine a time when the wearing of trousers was controversial. But, in 1966, only two years before this Femail cover image, socialite Nan Kempner was turned away from a top New York restaurant for wearing an Yves Saint Laurent tuxedo suit. Her brilliant response? To peel off her trousers and declare her jacket a minidress.”
Linda Kelsey: Fifty Years of Femail
Sex and the lack of sexual knowledge available was on the feature agenda, but referred to obliquely rather than openly.
“Back then, many men thought the clitoris was probably a Greek hotel,” said Shirley Conran.
Lifestyle Fifty Manifesto
Much like the Lifestyle Fifty Manifesto (which you can grab as a freebie if you sign up for the newsletter) the Daily Mail’s Femail Manifesto pointed out some pertinent facts about what women in the 1960s were beginning to want and not want.
Read the full article by Shirley Conran, and the full Femail Manifesto here: Femail’s First Editor Shirley Conran Rejoices Women got to wear Trousers!
Best trousers for over fifty
Trousers we love at Lifestyle Fifty.
We love comfort and style.
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We love Ponte Pants.
We love stretch pants
We love skinny jeans.
Clothing for women over 50
In your wardrobe make sure you include some of the following garments …
- Wrap dresses that nip in at the waist to help disguise a thickening midriff
- Skinny jeans that can be worn with long tops which have a nice cut and a little swirl around the hips and bum
- Swing style a-line dresses
- Bengaline or capri pants
- Comfy footwear – with good support and preferably leather.
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