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Exploring the history and current state of style options for mature women.
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Gown options for mature brides

Last week Nubian Bride recieved a message on Facebook from a very sweet bride-to-be Valerie, who was looking for a wedding gown that would be suitable for brides over 40 and those who getting married for the second ...
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Facing facts and myths about appearance, identity

"Certainly we see genes, either felicitous or unfortunate. But do we also see the soul, a personality, a life, our selves, imperfections to be fixed or accepted, earning potential? Those are the sorts of questions that occupied a multidisciplinary group of experts — surgeons, psychologists, ethicists, lawyers, even an English professor — earlier this month during what was thought to be the first U.S. academic meeting on appearance and identity. The University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Human Appearance, which studies how the way we look affects everything else, hosted the two-day event."

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I rarely post articles about cosmetic surgery, but the analyses of various famous faces by the panel of experts was too interesting to pass up.

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These Women Prove You Don't Have To Feel Invisible After 50 - Huffington Post

These Women Prove You Don't Have To Feel Invisible After 50 - Huffington Post | Aging Well, Looking Good | Scoop.it
A few years back, a survey discovered that eight out of 10 women over the age of 50 believe they are "invisible" to members of the opposite sex.
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Hmmm. But if you are a celebrity, is invisibility really an option? Aging gracefully is more like a job requirement.
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Aging Gracefully? Not On My Watch! - Huffington Post

Aging Gracefully? Not On My Watch! - Huffington Post | Aging Well, Looking Good | Scoop.it
I recently had a birthday. No, it wasn't the big one.
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Resistance is futile.
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Courtney Love says she's 'too old for grunge' and prefers classier fashion - Daily Mail

Courtney Love says she's 'too old for grunge' and prefers classier fashion - Daily Mail | Aging Well, Looking Good | Scoop.it
Courtney Love says she's 'too old for grunge' and prefers classier fashion Daily Mail She has also stopped wearing the 'brilliant' clothes from her own fashion label, Never the Bride, as the flapper and baby-doll style cuts.no longer suit her...
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How to Stay Young & Hot Forever: Advice from a 96-Year-Old Grandma.

How to Stay Young & Hot Forever: Advice from a  96-Year-Old Grandma. | Aging Well, Looking Good | Scoop.it
My grandma was always the hottest commodity in her town, and in any town for that matter.
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It's not about being hot and sexy at 90; it's about always being yourself.
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do you wear magic underwear? - Lady of Style. A Fashion Blog for ...

do you wear magic underwear? - Lady of Style. A Fashion Blog for ... | Aging Well, Looking Good | Scoop.it
You see me wearing formfitted dresses and skirts a lot and although I am not a big size I do not have the same figure any longer that I used to have but added some curves.
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Shapewear: yes or no?
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Boobs Age Faster Than the Rest of Your Body, Because Nature Is a Dick - Jezebel

Boobs Age Faster Than the Rest of Your Body, Because Nature Is a Dick - Jezebel | Aging Well, Looking Good | Scoop.it
But that's how women are socialized to think—my body is my currency, my beauty is my worth, my youth is my only window to find happiness—and that's why this study seems...
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Science says it's so. This made me laugh so hard!
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11 Fashion Essentials Every 50-Something Should Own

11 Fashion Essentials Every 50-Something Should Own | Aging Well, Looking Good | Scoop.it
Your fifties is one of the most exciting decades of your life. You've gone through a lot of trials and tribulations over the years, and now you're more confident in yourself and you've finally mastered what looks good on your body.
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So what's that young chick doing in the main image? Hmf/.

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Fashion brand for mature ladies Bonmarche to float on AIM market - This is Money

Fashion brand for mature ladies Bonmarche to float on AIM market - This is Money | Aging Well, Looking Good | Scoop.it
Bonmarche, which sells fashion for mature ladies, is to float on the junior AIM market less than two years after being bought out of administration.
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When are women at their 'most stylish'? - Daily Life

When are women at their 'most stylish'? - Daily Life | Aging Well, Looking Good | Scoop.it
When are women at their 'most stylish'? Daily Life According to the study, “feeling stylish” equates to “feeling comfortable with your personal style” so it makes sense that 33 year olds – who are, for the most part, educated, moneyed and mature...
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Embracing the Patina glow of age: Norway's Patina to perform Oct. 17 in Fine ... - Plainsman

Embracing the Patina glow of age: Norway's Patina to perform Oct. 17 in Fine ... - Plainsman | Aging Well, Looking Good | Scoop.it
“Patina refers to the extraordinary glow that only comes with age,” explained Fagerholt.
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Aging Gracefully (1 Letter) - New York Times

Aging Gracefully (1 Letter) - New York Times | Aging Well, Looking Good | Scoop.it
TO THE EDITOR: Re “Youthful Glow Comes From Within” (Personal Health, Oct. 1): What exactly is wrong with looking one's age?
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Gallery | Why Grannies Make the Best Fashion Models - New York Times (blog)

Gallery | Why Grannies Make the Best Fashion Models - New York Times (blog) | Aging Well, Looking Good | Scoop.it
Can the book advance the conversation about how women are represented as they get older?
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Depends on whether older women in all their diversity are included in the conversation.
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Don't Dress Your Age: Six Inspiring Women Say No to Drab | Senior Planet

Don't Dress Your Age: Six Inspiring Women Say No to Drab | Senior Planet | Aging Well, Looking Good | Scoop.it
A new documentary about stylish older women gets rave reviews in Britain - but one critic cries foul.
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How are age and gender connected?
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Why I'm Still Trying To Figure Out What I Want To Be When i Grow Up - Huffington Post

Why I'm Still Trying To Figure Out What I Want To Be When i Grow Up - Huffington Post | Aging Well, Looking Good | Scoop.it
Lately, I've been asking myself, what's the big deal about identity in old age? I've had a good career, left a small but meaningful legacy, and so far am still remembered with respect for my contributions, limited though they were.
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Beautiful article about aging and identity, from one man's perspective.
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7 Reasons I Would Never Want To Be Young Again - Huffington Post

7 Reasons I Would Never Want To Be Young Again - Huffington Post | Aging Well, Looking Good | Scoop.it
We have been meeting once a month since 1989, and over the years we have come to count on each other more and more, until, like almost all the women I interviewed about their...
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Mares nay to fillies in the field - Gold Coast Bulletin News

Mares nay to fillies in the field - Gold Coast Bulletin News | Aging Well, Looking Good | Scoop.it
Anne Galvin, 63, said while she could see the reasoning behind the split competition, she found...
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Race track fashion competition divides entrants unto "fillies" and "mares" (over 40)!!
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Ms Senior America is Ms Tennessee

Ms. Tennessee 2013 Carolyn Corlew, was crowned Ms. Senior America 2013 on Thursday, October 24th, at Resorts Casino Hotel. The 61 year old singer was exciting singing the Etta James classic, “Tell Mama.” Her audience loved it. The reigning Ms Senior America, Elizabeth Howard, Ms California 2012, placed the crown on the new Ms Senior America.
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My question: why no pictures?
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Just 12 Percent of Women Over 50 Are 'Satisfied' With Their Bodies - Philly.com

"Studies have shown that kindergarteners already know that they shouldn't like fat children or want to be friends with them.

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The mature womenswear market: What do retailers need to know? - Retail Week

The mature womenswear market: What do retailers need to know? - Retail Week | Aging Well, Looking Good | Scoop.it
Mature womenswear retailer Bonmarché revealed its intention to float on AIM last week.
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For starters, they need to know I am not a girl, have not been a girl for a very long time, and have no desire to be a girl.
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PHOTOS: Twiggy Proves You Can Rock Leather At 64

PHOTOS: Twiggy Proves You Can Rock Leather At 64 | Aging Well, Looking Good | Scoop.it
For Twiggy, the "swinging '60s" isn't a long-forgotten decade -- it's an entire lifestyle.
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I am struck by the difference in her poses. 

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Mature models show off their greys for fashion shoot inspired by Channel 4 show - Nottingham Post

Mature models show off their greys for fashion shoot inspired by Channel 4 show - Nottingham Post | Aging Well, Looking Good | Scoop.it
Gray is the new blonde?
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Fashion at The Middle Page - StyleBlueprint

Fashion at The Middle Page - StyleBlueprint | Aging Well, Looking Good | Scoop.it
What I have learned about fashion and age is this, wear what makes you comfortable, but use discretion in the choices.
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Duh.
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The Face Bra (And Other Ways To Scare Your Neighbors) - Refinery29

The Face Bra (And Other Ways To Scare Your Neighbors) - Refinery29 | Aging Well, Looking Good | Scoop.it
Yes, this device is insane, but, as The Daily Mail points out, this is hardly the first ridiculous-looking device that has been marketed to women to prevent and treat aging.
Jo Paoletti's insight:
I don't usually post articles about anti-aging products, but the one was too funny not to share.
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