Grandmother. A vision pops in the mind: some old purple-haired hag wearing a dowdy dress with a lace Peter Pan collar, clunky shoes, stockings ringing down around the ankles. Hair in a meticulous bun and microscope lens glasses that hang from a chain around the neck. Who needs it. These days grandmothers are giving themselves a new name – fun, free, fresh, and even stylish. But how to look cool and not clueless, stylish and not silly?
Keep Up With the Times, Within Reason
Know what’s in and what’s out, but don’t go running off to buy skinny stretch jeans if your rump doesn’t look like a Kardashian’s.
Your best bet is to find a pair of fitted, but not tight, jeans that make you look good. That’s the point, right? Buy your clothes to fit well, and last the long term. That means both in style and quality. Go for modern, not trendy. Spend more on your pieces, but shop less often.
Elegant and Hip
Yes, you can be both. Neutral tones are wonderful for giving a sleek and sophisticated look. Buy clothes that fit and alternate between one another – skirts that work with blouses, blouses that work with slacks, slacks that work with jackets, you get the idea. This look can be plain, however, so adding a little flair can prevent you from looking dowdy and dull. Add a colorful scarf, clipped with a fun pin, or sparkly barrettes, modern jewelry, or funky shoes. Handbags are a great accessory to play with too, and honestly, who doesn’t want to buy a cool purse?
Get Crazy, Who Cares
Always wanted a tattoo but didn’t want to be judged? You only live once, get out there and get some ink. Just watch the skin that’s lost its… youth. Shoulders are a good idea, as are inner arms. You can do it anywhere, just pick wisely, you don’t want your Picasso doesn’t become toddler watercolor.
And your hair. Is it a helmet?
Is it looking a little lavender? Is there more over your ears than under? Beehives went out with the hippies, but you can still get a little groovy. There’s nothing wrong with letting your hair grow longer, it’s pretty, even. Gray isn’t the taboo color it used to be, many women are embracing it these days. But you can still dye it. Experimenting with colors through highlights can keep your look fresh and new – you can even to pink if you’re a wild and crazy granny. Just make sure you go to a great stylist who will professionally finish your look to compliment you and your age. Otherwise, you risk looking like someone dumped you with Kool Aid.
At the end of the day, if you’re comfortable, you feel great, and you love what you’re wearing, it’ll come through in your attitude. If you love a good dirty joke, tell it. If you want to go dancing at a rock concert, go. This is a fun, free time in life, embrace your look, embrace your life, and you’ll be the Grandmother of Cool.