I’ve engaged in a lively discussion on Facebook and on this blog about dressing up. I asked a simple question: Why aren’t women dressing up anymore?
I received many comments, likes, and shares. My favourite answer is from a woman who is not giving up—and encouraged another despondent Facebook group member not to either:
I’m still dressing, too, and so is my partner. We get dressed up to go out to dinner with one another. And we sometimes get dressed up just to stay at home. We dress to go to the doctor, the drug store, the grocery, or to get a haircut. Basically, if we’re leaving home, we are dressing in real clothes, what used to be called “outfits.” I’ve never owned a pair of sweat pants and don’t intend to, either!
~ Sherry Boyle Lee via Facebook:
Bravo I say.
After pondering dressing up, I began to wonder about making up.
Are women still Putting on their face?
WHAT WOMEN ARE SAYING
Tricia Cusden, 70, Look Fabulous Forever
Wearing make-up, for me, is about feeling able to face the day, not about looking younger. I like to wear nice clothes, do my hair, put my face on and feel the very best version of me that I can create. I love the transformation that make-up creates and I’m not ashamed to say it.
Penny, 72, The Frugal Fashion Shopper
Makeup for me is an essential, and like many of you I’d no more walk out of the door unmade up than I would if I was undressed. It just wouldn’t happen. I have a face I expect to see, and that is a made-up face.
Iris Apfel, 97, Icon
Aging gracefully is about no heavy makeup, and not too much powder because it gets into the wrinkles, and you know, to not get turtle eyelids, and to not try to look young. You don’t have to look like an old fuddy-duddy, but I believe it was Chanel who said, ‘Nothing makes a woman look so old as trying desperately hard to look young’. I think you can be attractive at any age. I think trying to look like a spring chicken when you’re not makes you look ridiculous.
~ Into the Gloss, January 2012
Joanne,The Make-Over Guy’s Mum, 78: This is Not Me /This Is Me
Personally, as I get older, I wear less make-up but more artfully applied. I’ve discovered less is definitely more when it comes to cosmetics. However, although I may not wear a full face of makeup every time I go out the door, I never go anywhere without lipstick.
What do you think?
Are you still making up?
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POST ILLUSTRATION: Vogue, February 15, 1935, Carl Erickson