How to reclaim your femininity in your 60s 23



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Nowadays, femininity can happily be part of feminism. Equality and women’s rights mean that women are free to do what they want to do. Remember Coco Chanel? She combined the independence of feminism and her own femininity to create a stellar career way back in the 1920’s. So if you want sugar and spice and all things nice to be part of your life, go for it!

Many of us in the 60 plus age group burned our bras, pursued careers, opened our own bank accounts and actually laid the foundations of feminism for today’s young women. Because there was little support for early feminists (just lots of criticism) we had no time for sugar and spice or anything nice. Hopefully, career girls today with such excellent support can find time to express their femininity.

I often think of the self-indulgent and totally feminine life of my own mother (1914 – 1990). Whilst well educated, my mother lived in a family where a daughter’s and a married woman’s responsibility was the household. She never worked outside the home. Alongside household responsibilities it was a life filled with tennis parties, card evenings, fine needlework, music and books. Garden parties, “afternoons”, visiting and receiving numerous relatives, shopping – and I’m not talking groceries! Appointments at the beauty salon, dressmaker, hairdresser. As a child I assumed that after marriage my life would follow the same path, but tertiary education, the advent of the contraceptive pill and a desire to lead an important and fulfilling life swept me and millions like me in a very different direction.

However, at 60 plus comes time to embrace our femininity and have sugar and spice and some things nice.

  • Indolent moments are very feminine. Take up sunbathing, laze on the couch and read; listen to music. Wake up gradually each morning with a cup of tea. Enjoy a spa and a sauna.
  • Pay attention to grooming – make regular appointments with the hairdresser. Have a manicure and pedicure every few weeks. Become a regular at the beauty salon. Pamper yourself and have a facial now and again. Remember too you can D.I.Y.
  • Wear feminine clothes in pretty, flattering colours. Dump the khaki, donkey brown and grey. Include skirts and dresses and pantihose in your wardrobe.   Buy some sexy shoes.
  • Transform your bedroom with soft lighting, background music, fresh flowers, pretty nightwear plus favourite artwork and ornaments. Is it time for a new dressing gown and slippers in “your”colour.
  • The ultimate feminine pleasure. Have a selection to suit your mood; after all, as Coco Chanel said “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” Make what you will of that famous quote but a waft of delightful perfume scores high on the femininity scale of one to ten. Coco’s own Chanel No. 5 cannot be surpassed.
  • Wearing jewellery is basic to reclaiming your femininity and some should be worn every day. I personally adore pearls, as did Coco – cultured, from the deep, freshwater, simulated, whatever! Pearls are the most flattering gem a woman can wear. Coco once famously remarked that you can do or say anything as long as you are wearing pearls.
  • Luxurious living is feminine – the feel of cashmere, silk, velvet. The taste of dipped asparagus spears and artichoke leaves. Lobster tails and sparkling wine. Five star hotels. Gorgeous lingerie. “Luxury lies not in richness, but in the absence of vulgarity.” Part of another bon mot of – guess who? Coco Chanel.

We mature women do not have the advantage of that little bit of estrogen to enhance our femininity, so we must be creative. Think curls, frills, gathering, lace, lipstick, a decent push-up bra. Keep well known mature women famous for their femininity and style in your mind. Helen Mirren, Jackie Onassis, all the royal ladies, Grace Kelly. Our own Ita Buttrose, Quentin Bryce, Blanche d’Alpuget. All so different but oh so feminine and if you define feminism as being free to do what you want, within the obvious limits, all are or have been masters of the art of perfectly combining feminism and femininity. The standout under this heading is, of course, who else but Coco Chanel?!



For other great Health & Beauty Tips For Women Aged Between 60 & 80, Margaret Woodberry’s book is available for $24.95 here.

Margaret Woodberry

Since publishing her book Health & Beauty Tips for Women Aged Between 60 & 80, Margaret Woodberry has been contributing style and beauty articles to a variety of publications especially for the mature aged. There is little beauty advice to guide woman through their 60’s and 70’s – a time of dramatic changes in appearance. “We may not look young anymore, but we can still look beautiful” is Margaret’s motto. Author of "Health & Beauty Tips for Women Aged between 60 & 80"

  1. I don’t need Lobster tails and sparkling wine and Chanel NO5 to make me feminine, I have always enjoyed being a female. But that will never stop me from having a say where I see injustice

  2. Sorry ladies but thank heavens I am not a female I can’t stand asparagus spears and artichoke leaves, you can have my share 🙂

  3. I think most women are feminine in their 60 + years, even if they wear pants as I do with a beautiful top because there is no way I’m going back to panty hose and skirts to please anyone, I have always prided myself on my appearance however I don’t go out as often as I use to so therefore I don’t feel the need for a wardrobe full of clothes I won’t get a chance to wear, what I have is all mix and match and very smart so I’m happy with what I have thanks.

  4. My wife never lost her femininty or let it slip.Always wears makeup wears perfume and has her hair done regularly. Boy am I glad.😊

  5. Being feminine is more than frills and perfume. The whole thing of Womens Lib was about choice. And I don’t choose to spend my retirement on nails, frills and smells. Yes I like to look good – for me. No I don’t want to spend too much time titivating. Leys all have a choice. Mind you indulgence is good but so are lazy afternoons.

  6. I love Chanel No5 and don’t wear it often enough. I should do a lot of these things but my priorities have always been everyone else first. I have made the decision that 2016 is going to be my year. Am so looking forward to it.

  7. I’ve always done my makeup and hair every day, even on the weekends if staying in. Just makes me feel good. I couldn’t not do it.

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