How to look fabulous and to have fun when you are 80 yo?


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Even if it’s not a subject that I usually write about in this blog (which is all about French dressing style for those who just arrived here ;-) ), I wanted to share with you this awesome British TV documentary about how to get old.

“Fabulous Fashionistas” features six women of advanced years who share a love for style and a “screw that” attitude to the standard dictates of age.

Here is Channel 4, episode guide : With an average age of 80, Bridget, Daphne, Jean, Gillian, Sue and Lady Trumpington have something inspirational in common: a determination to keep going, to look fabulous and to have fun.

Without botox or plastic surgery, these women are redefining old age, in style. Not one of them feels like an ‘old person’ and, in their own ways, they are defying expectations of the ageing process.


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This Cutting Edge documentary features uplifting, often poignant personal stories and insights into how staying young and dressing with style is about more than following the latest trends; it’s about an attitude to life itself”.

I found a very good comment on, I totally agree with :

As several people have pointed out, this documentary is about WAY more than fashion sense. But dressing “appropriately” is probably the most consistent wall that older women come up against, and these women demonstrate that tossing that out the window doesn’t mean dressing like a teenager.


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My heart broke for the woman who was deemed too “high fashion” for a modeling agency, which claimed it could have used the image of “the granny next door.” THAT is why this documentary needed to be made!”

Gillian Lynn

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An other post in “” summarize very well what I think about this question:

“All are glamorous ladies who turn heads and refuse to fade away into the background, to become ‘little old ladies’ as they say. And here’s where the distinction between fashion and style comes in. Although they are interested in fashion, from sparkling Converse to punk DMs, they aren’t defined by it. In fact, quite the opposite. At one point, Sue comments, ‘the way I dress releases me from the tyranny of fashion.’

Style has always been something far less quantifiable than fashion, which is just about what is currently en vogue, about seasonal trends. The show went a long way towards highlighting the distinction. It’s clear that what unites these six strong characters and keeps them young is not what or who they’re wearing; it’s their individuality, their attitude to life – their style, ultimately.


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In the end, these ladies showed us that style is not just about the clothes you wear.

These ladies dress up because they enjoy it and they do it for themselves. More than once, we heard the phrase: ‘I don’t give a damn what anyone thinks of me’. How liberating and how different from the fashion peacocks who flock to fashion weeks around the world.

Dressing up, for all of them, is also a way of not allowing the ageing process in – far more powerful than Botox. As one of the ladies comments: ‘The moment you start letting everything go is the moment you get old.’ These ladies certainly won’t be found in beige flannel trousers, shut away in an old people’s home. Or, as Sue hilariously puts it, ‘I hate beige. It’s the colour of death. Don’t wear beige; it might kill you’.

In the end, they showed us that style is not just about the clothes you wear – it’s a spirit. And this lot have it by the bucket-load.


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One last quote from a man who knew a thing or two about making women look good and which seems to sum up the sentiment of Fabulous Fashionistas perfectly: ‘Fashions fade, style is eternal’ (Yves Saint Laurent)”.

Unfortunately, the video on You Tube have been supressed by Channel 4, but you can still watch the teaser here

Just tell me what do you think about these ladies.

What do their stories inspire you ?

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