Um, there is just no way to put this kindly other than not to say it at all. Who, me? I'll say it. I always do.
I was issuing forth from the grocery store this morning and I saw a woman of "a certain age" walking toward me on her way in. Looking at her as she approached and passed me I said to myself that women of that "certain age" should never wear painted on tights as their pants attire. Tights and a tunic...shudder. Not a go-together when you are 60+ regardless that you are not over weight.
Your skin is not firm any longer and the painted on tights simply announce that sad fact to everyone within sight of you. It is simply a fact of life.
I for one always like to dress in a manner that is not consistent with 90 year olds. (Not being 90 helps me a lot. :-) I detest those heavy knits, screen printed anythings or color blocking or large flower prints "they" seem to buy and stock in department stores for their older clientel. I told my sons that when I myself go to the Rainbow Bridge, just have me "laid out" and dressed in my skinny jeans and a black turtleneck top with my chunky silver hoop earrings and a sterling pendent. High heeled boots too, in case I want to do some dancing over there on said Bridge. But you will never find me in completely inappropriate attire as painted on tights and a tunic, tube tops, spaghetti strapped tops, high hems, buckles and zippers, ruffles, flounces and tiered dresses. I have seen them all on old ladies within the past 8 months.
Regardless of what I am saying here about my thought of attire, I have to say that older women need not dress like a teen nor like a crone. That is distasteful and sometimes scary. :-) Nor am I advocating the Old lady- Old Man mode of dress...the stuff of cartoons. Just look carefully in the mirror before you leave home , both sexes, and do so with eyes that are open and not averse to seeing oneself as one really appears.
My name'll be mud probbaly for expressing the thoughts aabove. xoxox