Don’t let anyone put you in a psychological box! For some reason when we get to a certain age, it’s expected by a considerable majority of the population that we dress in such a way so as to advertise our chronological age. I was the victim of this insidious expectation.
When I was 48 years old I met a younger man and we have now been together for 21 years. One day not long after we’d been together we were walking through a department store when my partner saw two short black dresses on a rack.
He immediately went over to these two dresses and said, “Try these on they’ll look good on you.” I immediately refused to try them on and told him that these dresses were for younger women and he replied with, “If you don’t go in there this minute and try these two dresses on, our relationship is over.”
Secretly I really wanted to try the dresses on but I was psychologically in the grip of the accepted thinking that short black dresses were not for ladies over 45. However my partner’s strong ultimatum somehow gave me permission to try them on. When I put the dresses on they both looked great because I was the right shape to wear them.
My partner bought both dresses for me and I wore them and wore them. That was the beginning of my assessing clothes by how they looked on me, not by how old I was. If the particular garment looks good on you, wear it. Don’t be put off because of your age.

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  2. Sondra Duffy says:

    Hello Janice! I just turned 60 in November, and I stumbled upon your article today. You are nothing short of inspiring, to say the least! The mindset of aging sort of catches you off guard when people remind you of how old you are. I’ve been a nurse for over four decades and along with the body changing, the aches and pains, society loves to put you in a box! You’re considered not useful anymore! I’m a woman of color, so that usefulness weighs on me even harder. But I am reminded of all the positive advice I’d give to others, which now, is really for me! The affirmations of being “all I can be” or living life to it’s fullest or I can do all things, through Christ, who strengthens me! It all starts in MY mind! How big, how wide MY box is, is all up to me! Thank you for inspiring me! Giving me that “AHH” moment! Thank you so much for helping me see this reality!!

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