When growing OLD is CHIC again

dvhatHair, makeup & beauty products, vain lifestyle, gym membership, fashion labels, media & entertainment industry, healthcare to tourism ad gimmick (like the latest  New Zealand’s tourism campaign with the controversial Forever Young theme song) have been endorsing people to STAY YOUNG. It seems that the world around us evolves anything that would keep us YOUNG eternally. People worship everything to obtain that infinite youth; buying beauty miracle potions to keep them wrinkle free, injecting collagen under their skin, to dyeing their hair to hide some gray strands, anything that would hide that aging sign. 

Some people are willing to go to the extreme and do whatever it takes to keep the fountain of youth by having cosmetic surgeries, liposuction, facelift, botox, and all the latest technology procedures, just to maintain their ageless physical appearance. While there’s absolutely nothing WRONG with it, and everyone has their own right to do whatever they please;  by ‘maybe’ finishing their wrinkle-eraser night cream one bottle a day or hitting the gym daily, for straight 2 hours. Let’s take a moment and embrace how people in the past were able to age gracefully without any technology interference. 

(above photo, courtesy of the Sartorialist)

I’m sure many of you have seen the Curious Case of Benjamin Button during the holiday break. I won’t be talking about the moral of the story of that movie, I think Slumdog Millionaire did a better job. But after watching that emotional movie, I started to be drawn into older and matured people, in their early forties and beyond. I was observing their clothings, their hairstyles, the way they style their look, etc. Whether it snows or freezing cold, I notice several old people making efforts in wearing some winter gears in style, with their beret, or bucket hat, doing elaborate hairdo, long gloves, wool tights underneath their knee-lenght skirt, and penny loafers. Especially now in the US, we’re in the middle of a chilly winter season, where young crowd would just bundle up their puffy coats walking down the street and they ALL looked like a walking MICHELIN man/woman.


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, courtesy of fandango.com

Then I’ve started to question myself, when is that looking OLD become a CRIME to the society? And having wrinkles, gray hair and age spots considered UGLY? It seems it’s a terrible SIN to be OLD. I still remember an interview that I read in a magazine with supermodel Christy Turlington. When she was asked whether she’s afraid of turning old? She said, “I do have wrinkles around my eyes and lips, I didn’t regret anything they add character to my face.” That’s a good spirit to embrace maturity.

Lauren Hutton, Carmen dell Orifice, Glen Close, Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton and Helen Mirren are among a few of public figures who have aged beautifully. In Indonesia, Niniek L. Karim and Widyawati (and many more I’m sure) are good examples of Indonesian woman who seem to embrace their mature age with dignity. 


Beautiful mature ladies: Lauren Hutton, Carmen dell’Orifice, Helen Mirren

Whether we like it or not, human are destined to grow old, unless if they die in their young age. On the Curious Case of Benjamin Button movie, I personally love the scenes where Cate Blanchett turning old. She definitely aged effortlessly with wrinkles all over her face. And I adore all the wardrobe she wore in her older days. Well, granny /grandpa chic have been designers’ favorite fashion inspirations these past years, and that should also have encouraged people to age naturally. Having said that, I manage to gather some style inspirations of older people from the eyes of the Sartorialist. These people manage to look great in style, while looking naturally old.

Watch out para tante-tante socialista ibukota, who are striving to look young and doing the best they could to dress up like fashion victim teenagers, instead of cultivating their own individual styles. You never know, maybe looking OLD could be the new IT-trend next season. Who said that you can’t be chic when you’re old? 


photos courtesy of The Sartorialist

Images courtesy of thesartorialist.blogspot.com, imdb.com, laurenhutton.com, urie.wordpress.com, fandango.com, benjaminbutton.com