Respectable clothing at 60?

Recently on Amazon, I saw a silk skirt that was described as long length, 20’s style, in silver. Fine, for me, that ticks all boxes, lets face it. And on receipt, I have to agree with everything but one tiny matter, the length! Maybe knee length (barely) was long for those daring young Flapper Girls in the 1920’s, but for me, at 60, when I see long length, I’m expecting at least calf, if not ankle, but anyway… Yes, as you’ve gathered, this long length skirt just about covers my knees when I’m standing up, and struggles to do so when sat down!

No, I’m not sending it back, as I say, its gorgeous, and a young cheerleader, or even a young Flapper would love it. But me, at 60, where it out, doing the flapper look, absolutely no chance! My legs may well be better than I believe they are (several have told me they are), but my knees arent a pretty sight due to surgical issues, so something this short, in public, no chance!

But what I was wondering, is what length do people regard as respectable for a woman of my age? Is flashing my knees, as a Flapper would, fine, or just the biggest no-no of all time? But what is OK? Just below the knee? Calf length? Ankle length? Is it just me being too modest, or am I wise not to wish like mutton dressed as lamb?

Before you ask, yes, I do wear dresses out that show some leg, from time to time. But I do make sure they’re safely below the knee, but now I’m wondering, is that just because I’m aware of the state of my knees, or is it just because I dont think its suitable for a 60 year old to wear? If anyone wants to advise before I pack for Seattle, feel free! Funnily enough, last year, I bought a dress on line that claimed to be calf length, but again, barely covered my knees, so never worn since. Yes, its pink, yes its gorgeously flapper, but for a woman of my age, wearing it out, my view is no!

But should it be that way?

Mind, thats not the only style of dress I love that i’m not brave enough to wear now. Lets ignore my crazy ‘leather’ skirt purchases, they are too short to wear out, but fine, I picked them up for virtually nothing, and they were fun to wear indoors once, but probably never again. But my leather trousers, should I really be avoiding them, just because of my age…?

And no, much though the idea of wearing latex clothing, especially a catsuit, might appeal to me, in my eyes, there is no way that a 60 year old should ever wear anything like that, so now I guess I never will. But is that the right attitude?

To be fair, there is one dear friend (Yes, Adriana, I mean you), who would happily convince me to dress up showgirl style, a la Clara Johnson without any thought whatsoever. And fine, maybe she’s right? Oh, and agreed, if I was talked into it, and no one else beyond close friends saw, I agree, it would be fun. But I can see her wanting me to go out, in showgirl mode, and have fun for an evening, but…is it the done thing?

So tell me, should I lighten up, and flash my knees (and maybe some body?), come what may, and just enjoy it, or am I wise keeping it at least relatively modest in look? What do you see as apt for a 60 year old? And no, as much as I would love to wear a Burqua just once, for the experience (and Muslim support), I hope you dont want me to go quite that far in cover up lol!

Right, video time. Being honest, these outfits are about as revealing as many that Clara had to wear, but these were seen on TV when children would have been watching! Oh those wild 70’s lol! But me, like Clara Johnson, dressed as a dancing queen, hmm?

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Putting On The Ritz? Maybe Not!

On an average day to work, I wear what is probably now the standard wear for most women in an office. A decent/nice blouse, or top, and a pair of trousers, or slacks. And sorry, for those who dream of such things, my shoes have barely got a heel, or are flats. In truth, even if I could walk in high heels (which I cant, because of my knees issue), I wouldnt wear them anyway! I still wear low(ish) heels for formal occasions, or if I’m walking about 20 yards maximum, but thats about it!

No, sorry, Civil Servants do not wear a formal suit to work every day, well, not in our office at least. What strange things they may do down in London, no idea! I think everything is probably more modern, for most, though all pictures of staff there seem to show men wearing ties at least, ah well…

But on rare occasions (and this is why you’re getting this blog tonight), I dress up nicely for work. No, not for work as such, but because I’m going on somewhere after work, without the chance to go home. And yes, this Saturday is going to be one of them, as I’m going out for a meal directly after work, to celebrate someone’s birthday. So yes, apart from looking immaculately dressed for work, for one day, I’m going to look totally out of place on the train to work, and the bus home again afterwards! But yes, you guessed it, no heels on shoes! Am I going to worry about that, not a chance! In fact, I’ve got a short journey by coach as well, as Huddersfield station has no trains running through it this weekend, as they are attempting to upgrade the line, and service. Yes, I’ll believe all that when I see it, assuming I last that long lol!

Ah well, the next birthday dinner from here will be mine, when I will officially be ancient, at 60!

But yes, if you see an immaculately dressed woman walking through Huddersfield, Halifax (where I swap back to train, from coach), or Bradford on Saturday, it might just be me! Or, of course, if you work with me that day…?

The video. I suspect this is going to be a love it, or loathe it job. Its not the original 30’s version, its a more modern version from the 1980’s, and it shows. But yes, for some reason, I quite like it!

Going back after 14 years, things have changed a little!

Yes, I know, its actually the second time I’ve been to Newbury in 6 weeks, but last time around, I didnt really get to see anything of the town. This time around, I have, and unsurprisingly, the place has changed somewhat in 14 years.

Though ironically, 14 years ago, there was a really nice Italian restaurant down by the river, and last night, in pretty much the same spot, I found another. No, not the same one, but close enough.

But what I did notice last night, and even more so, in daylight today, is how much the main street has changed. There were 1 or 2 shops in the same place I knew them, but only a handful, at most. Where I used to work, as a betting shop manageress, is now a Tattoo parlour!

Dont get me wrong, I’m glad I stayed the extra day, and had a look around, and managed to complete the circle, as I left here rather hastily in 2001, when my mother fell seriously ill, and didnt get to say goodbye properly. Well now, 14 years later, I have. But equally, now I know that I must never go back to Yeovil, where I lived for 16 years, until ’99, or to the Medway towns, where most of my formative years were lived (last seen 2003), as it just wouldnt work.

I sort of guessed this might be the case, though of course the gap from the previous visit to Jersey was 30 years, but no, still a place changes far too much in half that time. Next time, if I have to come back, and I might for the make up top up sessions, on a yearly basis, I will come in, get it done, and move on, I now know.

But thanks, Newbury, for letting me complete the circle of my life here, all the same.

One last funny thing, I went in a few charity shops today, not looking for anything in particular, just to see if anyone took my eye, or anything vintage, or vintage style. Near the end of my round trip, I found a charity shop with 2 gorgeous dresses, both priced up at £12.

One was a size 14 (my size), but had a zip down the back, and with my joints, zips behind my back are a total no-no! I tried it on, all the same, because it was a most gorgeous 20’s style dress, but no, I couldnt get it on without zip work, so I left it there.

But, there was a 30’s style dress, with a zip, but it was a size 18! I was right, enough wriggle room that I could get it on, without the need to lower the zip! And given the way it hugged the figure, it worked for me. So yes, it came back to the hotel with me. Thing is, it still had the original price tag in it, for £200! Now, whether someone bought it as a size 18, couldnt get into it, and just took it to a charity shop, I have no idea. Equally, I guess it may just have not sold, and got given to the charity shop in a period of time. Either way, I’m a happy lady!

The video, the tale of me, and Newbury, I guess?

What goes colour wise for job interviews?

Just a quick thought, as I get ready for another job interview tomorrow (yes, the internal one I’d like to get), is something more trivial than actually getting the job.

What colours are permitted as ‘proper’ for a dress, during a job interview? So far, my record in all my recent ones have been my one black dress. Which is fine, I like the dress, but…is it really the only colour a woman can be expected to wear on occasions like this?

I’m not suggesting a flouncy, Jean Harlow ‘special’ in white, or anything over the top like that, just wondering if its done to wear anything other than black? High heels, fine, even if you are 5ft 11, or the like, I can understand, though I wont be wearing them long on either side of my interview, but thats as much a joints, and balance thing, as anything else.

I know one thing, the taxi driver (I’m on a late tomorrow night) is going to get a surprise when I turn up in a dress, instead of top and trousers!

So what colour, if anything other than black, goes for a job interview? Answers would be appreciated, before 11.30 GMT tomorrow would be even better.

OK, the video tonight is very old, a touch of Cole Porter, in fact. The very original version of ‘Anything Goes’, which seems to not be the thing for ladies to wear to job interviews.

Oh, and lurkers, wishes of good luck are permitted.

A few pictures from today

Well, I’ll warn you now, if you’re looking for 500 words of wisdom, wait for the next blog. A bit like a Trans Pennine Express train, it will arrive, err, sometime soon! I could jokingly say that today, and tomorrow are the only days in the year that their trains aren’t late, and thats because there arent any! On the other hand, if you want a picture of ‘the dress’ and a couple of other shots from today, you’re in the right place!

So getting started, at long last, here is a picture of that delicious pink, flapper style dress, complete with bared knees.

flapper dress 2

Next, a picture of a wonderful present, a necklace that is absolutely gorgeous, and fits in with the look

necklace close up

Yes, as you might quickly spot, this was taken before I changed, and I’m wearing a ‘most expensive’ grey/silver dress, which is lovely to look at, and equally nice to wear. I’m kidding about the cost, its one of my charity shop specials, and did not cost a fortune! A full length shot of it next

full length grey dress

My thanks to Nicole Woodhouse for taking the photos for me.

So thats it, I hope it was worth the wait?

I’ve had a lovely day, but yes, thats it for me, back to work tomorrow!

The video, probably the one Christmas song I havent heard this year, and I have no idea why?

A day at the races

No, no Marx Brothers here, so if thats what you’re looking for, go elsewhere lol! But given my love of vintage stuff, it just seemed an apt title.

For the next 4 days, its the big August race meeting at York. Thankfully, if things work out right, I should miss most of the fuss and finery involved, as 3 of the days I’m starting at 9, and the other day I’m off. Thankfully thats early enough to avoid the race going crowds, as the trains will be busy enough without them. Tomorrow night, I’ll be through Leeds before they get back there, as I finish work about 5 minutes after the start of the last race, and they are 25 minutes or so earlier down the line than us. Friday and Saturday, should I miss the stopper train, I will see some staggering back mid evening. Probably delay the train (and TPE dont need much excuse for that anyway), and I could do without that in all honesty, especially Friday, as I will have to be up early again for Saturday.

So alright, its fun to see some of the dresses and stuff (and the silly hats) that they wear, and probably would be fun to wear myself, but post racing, many are very drunk, and a sight I’d prefer not to see!

I know going to the races can be expensive over here, but even so, I was amazed to hear the cost of a days racing in the main stand at York each day, £54! ($80 ish?) Wow! And thats not the most expensive option, that was £123 ($180 ish?), and was sold out! Sorry, I thought there was a recession on, or something, or maybe thats just for ordinary folk? The last meeting I went to, a few years back, Philadelphia Park, they welcomed you in for free! Much lower grade racing, but even so…

So, no I wont be going to York races this week, unless someone offers to take me Thursday, and I dont expect that to happen! Me, Thursday, plan is off to Wakefield, afternoon out, collect my dollars for next month, and maybe some shopping? Much cheaper, and for me at least, more fun!

The video, a lovely song, and maybe a moral for those throwing £123 a person at York races this week. If people stayed away due to the ridiculous prices, they might learn sometime, but…

And so, Happy Christmas

Yes, another year is nearly over, but unfortunately, unlike the song lyrics, war is far from over. Afghanistan is the current long running one (it was Vietnam of course at the time of this song), and of course we also have the civil war going on in Syria. These arent the only 2 of course, just the ones making the main headlines at the moment.

But enough of the depressing stuff…

I did promise much earlier this month that if I got hold of a solo picture of me in my dress at the Christmas Dinner, I would post it on here. No, it never happened, it was supposedly sent to work, but I’ve never found it posted anywhere, so… But dont despair, there are ways and means with these things, as you shall see. Christmas Day morning, I normally put on a nice dress for the morning at home, then change into something decent, but more my style for when we go out for our dinner from here. This year, something different happened, I never got changed! So yes, I stayed in the gold dress for dinner today, and alright, it was quite nice being dressed up, even if I was the most dressed up one in the restaurant probably!

And guess what, just for you, I got some pictures taken when we got back, solo ones, so I can use them in places like here, arent I good to you? So, for your delight, or otherwise, here is me dressed up like a real lady

Stevie Lou 1

I think that shows enough to satisfy, even if it is without the cloche hat, which stayed upstairs today. If not, thats all you’re getting lol!

Yes, its back to work tomorrow, I know war isnt over, but my holiday break is!

The video, more than enough hints as to what it is surely, even if WordPress didnt display them nowadays anyway!