What Not To Wear After 50: Two Simple Rules And Coco Chanel On Aging

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It’s an age-old dilemma: What to wear when gravity has had its way with you and you don’t want to dress old or too young.  There are the usual boring suspect rules  like donating your Hillary power pantsuits to Goodwill and ditching the Mom jeans for something skinnier. But most of  the “wear by expiration date advice” is not news you can use.  Here, the two essential elements of style every woman past her “mid-century” birthday needs to know:

Rule no. 1: If Cher wears it, don’t.

Cher, 2009

Cher, 2009, Age 63

cherRule no., 2: If Carolina Herrera wears it, do.

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The words of Chanel:

“As to telling the truth, every one would be so disillusioned and my life would seem so banal, that I prefer to cling to my legends.”-Coco Chanelcoco-chanel_sleevecoco-chanel_closeup_1920_575

“The problem of aging is the problem of living. There is no simple solution.

[On Christian Dior] I adore you, but you dress women like armchairs.

[On Christian Dior’s ‘New Look’] Look how ridiculous these women are, wearing clothes by a man who doesn’t know women, never had one, and dreams of being one.

[On Yves Saint-Laurent] Saint-Laurent has excellent taste. The more he copies me, the better taste he displays.

Look for the woman in the dress. If there is no woman, there is no dress.

Nature gives you the face you have when you are twenty. Life shapes the face you have at thirty. But is up to you to earn the face you have at fifty.

Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future.

My friends, there are no friends.

Passion always goes, and boredom stays.

There are men for whom complication sums up the very image of love.coco-chanel_overtheshoulder

Art, conceived as dressmaking, is a pretentious cloak I’ll never wear, it wouldn’t suit me.

I think genius in dressmaking principally consists of investing in the summer dresses for winter; and in the winter inventing dresses for summer. That is difficult enough, believe me, without dragging in aesthetics or the sublime.
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If I love my profession, it is perhaps because it takes the place of all the talents I lack.

Not all women have the figure of Venus, yet nothing should be hidden.

Pourquoi pas? (Why not?)

Fashion is always of the time in which you live. It is not something standing alone. But the grand problem, the most important problem, is to rejuvenate women. To make women look young. Then their outlook changes. They feel more joyous.”–Coco Chanel

“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”
Oscar Wilde

“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today when human contacts go so fast. Fashion is instant language.”
Miuccia Prada

 

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