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.
The words of Chanel:
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today when human contacts go so fast. Fashion is instant language.”