Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Style is ageless

"Better overdressed than underdressed. Let’s raise the bar. When people say, “But that’s not the norm,” and people don’t like it, I’m not coming down to their level. Let me raise the bar so that they’ll come up." - Tziporah Salamon.

I found this article today with Tziporah Salamon. She's 62, not that it matters.

So often we're taught in our culture that we must reach a certain age and "grow up". What does that even mean? That we must forgo everything we've ever liked and held dear, is that maturity? That we're no longer allowed to look nice, to express ourselves, that we must become grey invisible figures.

When I tell people I like Disney and love to visit Disneyland, I see their lips curl as if I've amused them. They'll inevitably work their way up to asking a variation of "Aren't you a little old for that?". Why? Is there some handbook for being an adult somewhere that states as an adult I'm not allowed to like cartoons? I'm a grown ass adult earning my own money and I'll spend it how I damn well like. I can't imagine anything worse than going and getting pissed up for a night out, but I don't put those people down, I just accept that we are different.

Age is very much a social constraint, used to try and shame people into behavior that they find more acceptable.

I love that throughout the article Tziporah talks of her dreams for the future. She's still planning. So often it can feel that when you reach a certain age, dreams must stop. We must never stop dreaming and aspiring.

“It is simply this: do not tire, never lose interest, never grow indifferent - lose your invaluable curiosity and you let yourself die. It's as simple as that.” - Tove Jansson

 * Photos from Tziporah Salamon's website.

1 comment:

  1. Hands down I believe in everything said in this post. There is so much truth here and this woman is an inspiration!


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