Sherrie Mathieson, style consultant

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Should style as you age become theatrical costume?

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Style is a language. If you want attention you might speak louder, or speak to shock. To get attention today (and yesterday), get noticed and reap affirmation of your existence in a crowded world where cell phones are most people's focal point--does it matter if it's positive or negative? Not really. Anything goes, because feeling invisible is a tough reality.The fact that as women get older the less likely they are to be noticed for their looks (certainly less by men, but also less by other women) is true. Too often the exceptions that get double takes and compliments fall into three groups--the ones who dress very sexually--the ones who wear something like a bright color or "cute" ("Oh love that color on you! Oh isn't that darling!?)--and the ladies who indulge in non apologetic eccentricity--wearing all sorts of clothing (especially odd hats, lots of jewelry,  glasses, scarves and tons of layers, textures and volume in clothing ) to a theatrical effect. But style is a language that I believe should be spoken well. I have my strong reservations about these style modes. One inappropriate, the next obvious, and the last (posing as creative) too theatrical ( only sometimes done really well, as I think of the truly talented Tzipora Salamon who is on her bike below). But I assume they (and I'm sure to be contested, and protested for not "celebrating" the freedom involved) are rewarded with the visual attention they crave.

I often tell my clients that I love to see the --all too rare-- real artistry, authentic style and mixing, great color play, understatement (if you can bear to know people rarely appreciate it). They are all are part of a language that may soon become extinct before our very eyes.