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Mini Skirts and the Older Woman

The British designer Mary Quant is often given credit for inventing the mini skirt, that iconic clothing item of the 1960s.  Where did her ideas come from?  In her interesting book on women designers, Women of Fashion, historian Valerie Steele … Continue reading

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Stella Reichman–Advocate for Bigger (and Older) Women

“Big is beautiful,” is the motto behind Stella Reichman’s 1977 book, Great Big Beautiful Doll: Everything for the Body and Soul of the Larger Woman. In her late fifties when the book was published, she also advocates for older women.  … Continue reading

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Edna Woolman Chase of Vogue, 1937

Edna Woolman Chase was a powerful woman in the world of fashion.  She began at Vogue in 1914 and continued until 1952, eventually becoming editor in chief of American and foreign editions launched under her tenure. Yet despite this prominence, … Continue reading

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Be Who You Are: The End of Fashion Advice?

Have we entered a new era of authenticity? Where the old don’t try to look young? Where the wide don’t try to look thin? Where the bold don’t try to hide behind staid colors and tasteful accessories? If so, then … Continue reading

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Marjorie Hillis Roulston’s Advice for the Single Woman

Marjorie Hillis Roulston (1889-1971) made a career out of being a single woman.  I learned about this fascinating figure from a new biography by Joanna Scutts, The Extra Woman: How Marjorie Hillis Led a Generation of Women to Live Alone … Continue reading

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The Way You Wear Your Hat, 1947

  Fashion advice for older women is not new, even though it might seem so with the wealth of websites and books on the topic these days.  Laurene Hempstead’s Color and Line in Dress,  already in its third edition in … Continue reading

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Dorothy Thompson Wears a Size 20, 1955

Known for her hard hitting reportage about global and national politics, famous journalist Dorothy Thompson (1893-1961) was also interested in clothes.  In 1955, she wrote a column called “I Wished They’d Remember Me” in which she lamented the lack of … Continue reading

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