Some people have a talent for aging. I think it’s got to do with being very good at finding opportunities for creativity and joy. The infectiously happy movie, Advanced Style, is a close-up portrait of 6 such women. It is based on the photographs and books of a young New http://_wp_link_placeholderYorker, Ari Seth Cohen, who fell in love with the beautiful and eccentric fashion sense of the older women who he kept encountering, seemed like, everywhere he went.
Before I go off trying to explain in words the how amazing this film is, please just take a minute and look at the trailer by pressing here https://youtu.be/-l97lvbFaxo
If you’ve just watched the Advanced Style trailer, chances are, you’re smiling. Me too. Though I was never much for fashion, I’m finding that the longer I live, the more I love fabric and color and crazy jewelry. Maybe it’s just having more time to indulge these things – frivolous little things, and yet they are seriously yummy and nourishing. One of the women in the movie talks about how – “it can take years to perfect an outfit.” An earlier version of myself would have scoffed, thought she should “get a life,” but today i can hear the wise delight in her voice and I totally get it. There’s something enlivening about having a piece of an outfit, maybe a skirt and a scarf. It makes me keep my eyes peeled, the thrill of the hunt! Woman Discovers Shopping at 70! Oh well I always was a late bloomer.
Apparently I’m not the only one. According to Time Magazine, women 55-64 spend more on clothes than any other age group!!! And women 65 – 74 are the next biggest spenders. For my money, I prefer the Thrift Stores, with their beautiful prices, huge variety, and every present opportunity to find a one-of-a-kind, outfit-nailing treasure.
And this kind of thing is not just for women. A few years ago Peter announced that he had decided to “get natty,” for his 70’s. Then he lost a little weight, bought some new clothes and cooler glasses, he even got braces (at 68!) That’s my man! Come to think of it, it was probably my husband who got me thinking about all this in the first place.
Even if fashion’s not your thing, I still recommend this movie because it’s inspiring to see people who are inspired. As serious, responsible adults we’ve spent so much of our lives working on huge, important things on a very grand scale. This movie is like a how-to on how to fall in love with little things on an intimate, personal scale. I want my days to be like Easter egg hunts – glory and resurrection and lots of chocolate. To get there takes some adjustment and this movie was great for that – for me, maybe you, hope so.
Advanced Style came out a few years ago, but you can still rent it (cheap) on Netflix, etc. Your library can get Ari Seth Cohen’s Advanced Style books, and probably the movie also. Or you can buy it all from Amazon. The Time Magazine article mentioned, Senior Chic, was the cover article April 20, 2015.
Originally posted 2016-06-19 12:50:27.