Taking my daily visual inventory of fellow tube travellers I cannot help but notice women of every age are style-merging – I spy silver brogues, leopard print, Stan Smiths and skinnies on women of every hair colour, height and age. Is she 30, 45 or 55? Who knows and who cares. The generations that now share the same music, Netflix binge watching and Instagram obsessions also have similar sartorial sense.
Welcome to the ageless woman – one whose style is no longer simply defined by her birth certificate. Take the latest Calvin Klein underwear campaign, photographed by a woman (Sophia Coppola,45) and featuring a cast that spans six decades in their smalls – from Maya Hawke,18 (spawn of Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman)to Kirsten Dunst, 34, Rashida Jones, 41 and the inimitable Lauren Hutton, 73 – still completely fabulous btw.
And there are many other beautiful examples of mature women now not only fronting fashion and beauty campaigns (like the usual suspects Helen Mirren, 71, Julianne Moore, 56 and Andie MacDowell, 59) but women of all ages are creating virtual worlds that truly reflect the lives they lead, among them Instagram stars Maye Musk, 69 and The Accidental Icon, Lyn Slater, 63.
Personally, mature women ‘living the dream’ couldn’t resonate more, I turned 50 a few months ago and launched my own blog – www.thefclub.uk –with dear friend Marie Louise – after decades working as an editor of international fashion, health and beauty magazines I wanted to create something that accurately reflected the true life and concerns my peers and I were living. Fifty something women now are not wearing maroon cardies and retiring to their looms. Far from it, we were born in the 1960’s and are of the revolution generation, were teenage during punk and were encouraged to create the life we wanted to lead: the “have it all” philosophy – career, marriage, kids – no problem. Which is not to say that everyone’s life panned out that way but the desire was innate and still is. Still, life’s peccadilloes still apply – work, money, the menopause – are all valid.
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I neither look ,feel or live the way I had anticipated at this point. I still wear exactly what I like – I recently bought a pink tulle skirt and leather trousers are a winter given; I am still experimental in my make up choices – glittery eyelids, glossy lips still feature and I have never met a metallic nail shade I didn’t like. I still love (maybe more than ever) my go-to girlfriends and I think they look fabulous as they age – Botox is banned but we were the generation that exercised and ate well always. And work will be for life, pensions will not cut it – but that’s ok, I love what I do which is lucky. This is my 50 and I can truly say it’s fabulous.
Love Jane x