Wanting to look younger is nothing new in our society. Millions of dollars in anti-wrinkle products and hair dye intended to mask gray certainly proves this. When it comes to clothing, however, there seems to be a debate about what it means to be “age appropriate.” Mature plus size clothing for women varies alongside the attitudes on the subject. What exactly is age appropriate clothing for a woman reaching “middle age,” and what sort of room does that leave for clothing that gives vitality to a wearer’s appearance?
There is a time in every woman’s life where she realizes she’s not a kid anymore. Then follows the point at which she realizes she is not a teenager anymore. Finally, she comes to a point where she really realizes she’s grown up—those trendy clothes that the runway models wear just won’t cut it, and she has to start dressing her age.
Now, many may raise in a fit of outrage at this statement. Why shouldn’t we act or dress younger? What is wrong with wanting to hold on to our younger years? Emotional vitality is a beautiful thing, and I would never suggest that anyone lose it. Classic clothing isn’t meant to be “trendy.” It is meant to be a foundation—one that has been years in the making, one that we should be proud of. So many run away from their years only to realize that “classic” is class, and our experiences have made us who we are.
Does that mean “young” or “trendy” clothes are off-limits? Of course not! Use bright colors, funky accessories, and certainly elements of wardrobes from a younger time to compliment your mature plus size clothing wardrobe—just realize that you are a beautiful, elegant woman however old you are, and that confidence—not hip huggers—is the fountain of youth.
Stephen, Your Designer
“There is an amazing feeling of artistic accomplishment when all the parts come together into one harmonious aesthetic. It's a connection with who you are and the elements you choose to express yourself visually. This is what making clothing is all about for me. It's like when a songwriter hears his first written notes from a voice or a baker who has practiced a recipe and nails it or a figure skater who exceeds her own expectations. I express my sense of art in clothing. I see things in color, shape and texture. I react to the touch of silk on my skin and my eyes are aware of how color combinations make me feel. My goal is to bring all of these intuitive notions to garments that are sized for larger women. If I can accomplish this then I have reached my goal.” – Stephen