Age does not matter 

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 07 Jul, 2017

The Fashion Edit: inspiring women everywhere - style has no age

Hello again lowly readers and welcome to  Day 4 of our interview with Jacynth Bassett, founder of The-Bias-Cut.com .
Today we are talking about age, does age matter?

Q: Jacynth I’ve seen a few posts and articles that start with phrases along the lines of: “Women in their 20s don’t have a patch on women in their 50s.”....“Older women could teach younger ladies a thing or two on style.” ...
“Those in their 20s only know fashion. Those over 40 know style.”.... 
What do you think about this?

A: Now I’m obviously all for celebrating 40+ style and proving that beauty and elegance is not defined by age. But I’m afraid this is not the way to do it. I get it. These phrases are meant to be empowering. They’re putting two fingers up to society’s unfair and insulting obsession with youth and those awful articles that continue to only celebrate younger women and criticise older ones. But as with dealing with any bully – the answer is not to stoop to their level.

Q: Do you think you might be oversensitive on this?

A: You might think I have an issue with these phrases because I myself am in my 20s (and do think I know a thing or two about style!). But my age or style-nous have nothing to do with it. My concern is this: the solution to knocking down the walls of ageism does not lie in pulling down others in the process.
After all, what does ‘ageism’ actually mean?

“Prejudice or discrimination on the grounds of a person’s age.”

It doesn’t just apply to those who are older. You can be confronted by its ugly face at any point through your life. So these phrases, that claim to be supporting older women, are ageist in themselves.

Q: How do you believe we could tackle this then?

A: If we really want to end ageism once and for all, the solution is in mutual acceptance, appreciation and integration. There are some beautifully stylish women in their 20s, as there are in their 60s. Style does develop and evolve over time. But that doesn’t mean you have more of it at one point than another – it’s just different.

Last October I went to the Age of No Retirement’s Age Does Not Matter festival, with the day’s program focusing on the Fashion Industry. Leading the day was Caryn Franklin – British Fashion Commentator and Professor of Diversity in Fashion. An impressive woman both inside and out and she perceptively pointed out that we should be appreciative of all ages because we are all on this ageing journey together.

Q: That is a great message

A: Whatever stage of life we’re at, we can admire those who we’ve been in the past, who mirror us in the present, and as those who reflect our future. Ageing is something none of us can avoid, and we undergo it at the same rate, so let’s experience it together.

And the biological life cycle aside, we actually have a lot more in common in attitude across the age groups than we might realise. According to the Age of No Retirement, 83% of people between 20 – 80+ feel like they are not like everyone else in their age group. In other words, very few of us feel we fit the stereotypes we are encouraged to believe. And equally 83% want to mix with people of different ages and generations. So if we want it, let’s do it!

Q: Do you believe then that everything ( branding, advertising and so one) should be age neutral?

A:  No I’m not saying that everything should be age neutral. Personally I don't think that’s a wise idea. If we move towards age neutral branding, products and advertising, then we still risk marginalising sectors of society. It’s like saying a garment is one size fits all – it may fit a lot of people, but it most certainly won’t fit everyone.

But it’s clear that generations are increasingly similar. We do think in similar ways, as well as having differences that inevitably come with life experiences, body changes, lifestyles and new priorities. So if we want to end ageism and show that we are all equal, surely the answer is in championing and respecting these similarities and differences – not the opposite?

Age-prejudice in the Fashion Industry (and society as a whole) continues to thrive off stereotypes, misunderstandings, and lack of interest. Women over 50 are constantly and wrongly pigeon holed, so don't start doing it to younger women instead! That just shifts the prejudice rather than resolving it.

So please can we stop with these phrases before they become acceptable and the norm. Because, whilst they seem harmless, their undertones are damaging.

Let’s just say “Women in their 50s can look fabulous – as can women at any age ” and leave it at that.

Join us tomorrow for the last instalment of this Fashion Editorial when we discuss: " What does ageless style really mean?"

Have a great day  xxx


The People Alchemist Blog

By The Alchemist About Town 22 Sep, 2017
I am so utterly delighted that my book is now out, available to order both on paperback and on Kindle edition just in time for Business Women's Day - YES!!!!!! :-) 

STOP IT! It's all in your head   is my labour of love and my way to encourage, inspire and empower women to achieve what they want professionally and not be confined by societal, religious, family paradigms of what " women should do/are like" and, most importantly, the restrictions in their head.
If that is being CEO of a Global Company or a stay-at-mum or Director of Paperclip ( whatever grabs your fancy) so be it.

Writing this book was also a personal challenge ( the 30 days thingy) which confirmed to me once and for all that you can really do whatever you set your mind to, if you really want to that is.

Couple of tips for writing a book from me:
  • write about what you are passionate about, you know more than you think.
  • free-write about the parts/chapters in the book you like the most and you are most interested in first - that will give you a great boost at the beginning - you can edit and add the boring bits later - by then most of the book will be almost there
  • keep your own voice - write as you speak so to speak ( people do need to understand you though..)
  • keep an open mind, ideas will flow into you mid-way through the project
  • a deadline and going public is good to beat procrastination ( but if that stresses you out too much don't do it) - the deadline certainly helped me.
You can do it too!!!

If anyone would like to be part of the book launch, the event is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it- I hope to meet you soon, in person or through the pages of my book.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



By The Alchemist About Town 19 Sep, 2017
The time is getting closer and closer to the release of   STOP IT, It's all in your head   my new book ( 22 September for Business Women's Day - US) .

I have now  received the proof copy of the paperback which looks absolutely fabulous: a couple of things to correct but overall I am super happy with the result.
A lot of marketing to do now between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ ( which is PS: looking like more work than the actual writing of the book).

The book event/launch/talk is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



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