Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Growing Old Graciously, Advice From 1928

When reading my collection of Fashion Service Magazines from the 1920s and '30s, I get the impression that the women writing the articles were offering advice on how to live life, to "play the game" as they put it, with the best you could bring to it. Not really being stuffy about it, but earnestly encouraging their readers to have fun and enjoy life, to keep learning new things, to dress appropriately, work hard, and present yourself with dignity.

Growing older doesn't have to be drab and dreary, of course. We're lucky to live in a time when we can feel free to express ourselves in whatever style we're comfortable with.

There's an awkward in-between age, though, when you're no longer a girl but not ready to dress like your grandmother, where you no longer have the nice firm outlines of face and figure that you used to and your old style doesn't work well anymore. It's confusing - who are you now?  The older I get, the more I prefer simplicity of clothing and hair, stylish but comfortable. Wonder if that qualifies for Ms. Ellison's criteria for aging "graciously", and gracefully?

Growing Old Graciously, advice from Fashion Service Magazine, August, 1928

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