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Two Body Types for Older Women

Judging by the one young man and the glimpses of cars and architecture in the background, I am guessing that this photo was taken sometime the mid sixties. This flea market find was most likely a press photo for a … Continue reading

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Checkered Past, 1982

Native New Yorker Helen Levitt (1913-2009) made her reputation by capturing candid moments on the streets of her city. Today she is regarded as one of the forerunners of modern street photography. Take a look at the large collection of … Continue reading

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The Menopot—a Record in Pictures

After menopause, women tend to gain weight around their middle. Pamela Peeke, a doctor specializing in diet and health, has given this phenomenon a clever name—the “menopot.” It comes about because sinking estrogen levels relocate fat from the hips and … Continue reading

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Can We Talk About Bodies?

Since several fashion lines have chosen older women as their public face, the most recent being Joan Didion for Céline, some fashion writers have decided that it’s finally hip to be old. That’s why I appreciated yesterday’s New York Times … Continue reading

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It’s Hip to be a Rectangle—Rethinking American Sizing Standards

There are a few songs from my daughter’s childhood that are still locked in my head.  One is the Sesame Street tune “It’s Hip to be a Square,” which my husband informs me is actually an altered version of an … Continue reading

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Clothing Sizes Reconsidered

How often have you railed against clothing designers and manufacturers for their inconsistent sizes?  As every woman knows, a size twelve in one brand is not the same as in another.  Before I read the highly informative collection, Sizing in … Continue reading

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Who Is an “Older Woman”?

As any careful writer knows, it is always important to define the terms that you are using.  Since my blog is now entering its second year, I thought this would be a good time to restate my definition of the … Continue reading

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Sew for Fit

Continuing with my homage to National Sewing Month, let me ask the big question: why do people sew?  Obviously there are many different answers to this question, and the reasons have changed over time.  According to an interesting article by … Continue reading

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