Why there are no rules on what to wear over-50

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A former editor of Vogue recently accused Helena Christensen of dressing inappropriately because, aged 50, she was wearing a corset top to a celebrity party. There was a general outcry from people who said that the Danish supermodel could wear what she jolly well liked. And anyway, she looked fabulous.

Whose side are you on?

And would you ever wear a bustier to a birthday bash?

Maybe Helena Christensen loves that look and is happy wearing the outfit? Maybe she doesn’t want to be a sexual object as Alex Shulman suggests, or maybe she does. It’s her choice, what’s the problem?! I wouldn’t be seen dead in a bustier but I wouldn’t criticise another woman for wearing one – or wearing anything else for that matter.

Maybe Helena Christensen is menopausal and was having a hot flush, maybe we should all be wearing underwear as outerwear.

I wouldn’t want to be the one to tell Grace Jones she can’t wear a bustier…

Why do you think society feels it’s OK to judge women on the basis of what they choose to wear?

Historically this is what has always happened – it wasn’t so long ago that women were treated as property. And some people still think that women’s bodies are available for discussion. This doesn’t happen to men, well not to the same extent. I love what Michelle Obama said when she was First Lady and people obsessed over every detail of her outfits, ‘the shoes, the bracelets, the necklace—they didn’t comment that for eight years, Barack wore that same tux and the same shoes.’

Why do you think society feels it’s OK to judge women on the basis of what they choose to wear?

Historically this is what has always happened – it wasn’t so long ago that women were treated as property. And some people still think that women’s bodies are available for discussion. This doesn’t happen to men, well not to the same extent. I love what Michelle Obama said when she was First Lady and people obsessed over every detail of her outfits, ‘the shoes, the bracelets, the necklace—they didn’t comment that for eight years, Barack wore that same tux and the same shoes.’

Do you think people’s attitudes to stylish older women are changing?

Yes, but very slowly. We have undoubtedly made progress but there’s a way to go and I shall continue to promote the cause! Both the fashion and beauty industries have recognised that this powerful demographic cannot be ignored. I’d say this change has been led by women – social media has had a massive impact on the fashion industry and on diversity and representation of older women. That’s one of the most positive things about Instagram – seeing women of all ages, like Lyn Slater the university professor in her 60s with nearly 700k followers, French author and journalist Sophie Fontanel who went from dyed black hair to grey on the ‘gram. We are seeing lots more older models in ad campaigns, Daphne Selfe and Jan de Villeneuve are gaining more exposure than ever, and on the catwalk (there were loads of grey-haired older women and men at the latest Deveaux show in New York)

We’re also witnessing a change in terminology – anti-ageing was banned by Allure magazine a couple of years ago because of it’s negative connotations. Age is not a condition, something we’re battling against so we are seeing the names of beauty products changing from negative to positive.

British Vogue recently had an ‘Age is a non-issue’ supplement full of women over-50. Current editor Edward Enninful said, ‘We need to challenge stereotypes and positively shape our perception of age – the words that you read, the images that you see.’

As I always say, ‘it’s not about age, it’s about style.’

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