I saw an article in the Sunday Times that featured a blog devoted to describing and celebrating the style and fashion sense of older adults. The photographer and blogger, Ari Seth Cohen, 29, is joined by a small group of contributors including his father, Jack, 61 and others. Inspired by his grandmother, who always treated him with respect, Ari now ”treat[s] older people as legitimate sources of sartorial inspiration.” He understands that clothing still remains for the 60 something, a source of self-definition. We retain, for better, or worse the sense that the right outfit can lift us up, fight depression, engage the viewer and more. Choosing the right outfit for the first day of high school, the interview, the professional lunch, the son-in-law’s tenure reception or the donor dinner will continue to be a matter of serious consideration. http://www.advancedstyle.blogspot.com/.
The catalogues come thick and fast
As Kudzu, crowding out the mail
Like dessert they’re saved for last
After bills and pleas, they never fail
To offer promise of a different me.
If I just buy that shirt, those shoes, a studded belt
It isn’t just a shopping spree
I can portray my self as cool and svelte
Leave my old self far behind
In last year’s hat and passe dress
That anxious face, so drawn and lined
When I buy new clothes, I buy success!
The thrill of wearing something new
Lasts until the bills come due.