Some time ago, people who thought they understood my taste directed me to Advanced Style, a Sartorialisty street fashion blog for Old Folks.
I looked at it a couple of times & was Mildly Horrified.
Is this me, I wondered? And where the hell do I put the question mark in a sentence like that, I also wondered?
It wasn't just the fact that I found Advancing Age creepy, but I actually didn't like The Elderly Outfits. The men looked like they were all out of the Original Broadway Cast of 'Guys & Dolls' & the women looked like Tarot Card Readers or Giant Cabbages or Strawberries. Or Oversized Lavender Bushes.
I know that sounds 'Way Harsh' (I'm teaching the film 'Clueless' at the minute) but that's how
I felt about Advanced Style.
Until about Five Minutes ago. I just took another look & I've Almost, but Not Quite, Completely Changed my Mind, which is one of the great benefits from having a Flexible Outlook.
OK, I still think that some of the women are Dressed as Vegetables (there's this one lady, who only ever wears green in a practical but stylish way, but she really really looks like a Bunch, not a Stick of Celery), but just about everyone looks really interesting & creative & fun.
And maybe having a half-ways decent fun time.
Like the Lady Artist above with the Snowy Hair & the red glasses. Her name is Sue & I'm totally crazy about the wonderful necklace she's wearing. Definitely worth double clicking on & enlarging. Go on & do it.
Next double click on Me & Aileen.
We & her two children, David & MBF Marge were off to see 'Chicago' last sunday for Aileen's 96th birthday.
In the photo Aileen looks like an Elf, I think partly due to her size & the new white beret perched jauntily on her white head.
I've known Aileen since I was about nine or ten. I remember thinking then that she was as Old as the Hills. I was wrong. In fact, she was quite a bit younger then than I am now.
Apart from winning the award for being the Oldest Person I have ever known, Aileen also wins the award for Finding the Most Designer Labels at a Thrift Shop. She has been a dedicated thrifter for as long as I've known her & was famous for unearthing prized gems from the Nastiest Places.
Talking of Thrift, I am Top to Toe in it - Toy LouisLouis bowling bag, Real Bally Pumps, 'Country Road' shirt & nameless Dowager Navy Skirt.
I'm actually not too sure about this outfit. It's supposed to be part of my new 'Slightly Slutty' look, but I think I'm trying too hard with the Camellia & the pearls. After the show, we had a snack in the disgusting adjoining casino. Marge later told me that an elderly man who was sitting glued to a huge tv screen watching football & playing keno looked me up & down a number of times whilst licking his lips.
I'm never wearing that outfit again.