I later learned that she is a publisher of an online magazine here in Vancouver, and she was impressed by my style. She asked if I was a writer, and I said yes, and a publisher of a magazine based in Saskatchewan.
We talked about the untapped market for ‘women of a certain age’ in terms of style. At that point, I realized the juxtaposition between being 52 and not wearing head to toe beige and elastic waist pants was what drew her to me.
Women of a certain age. What does that mean? I didn’t realize until that moment that I was one of those.
I do notice that women of a certain age are often styled in beige, as if she is about to disappear into the twilight of her life. That is not my aesthetic. Not my way. In fact, I don’t own beige in my closet, and aside from my yoga pants that I wear exclusively to yoga and the gym, there are no elastics in my pants.
I might be somebody’s mother, but I do have a pulse. And so should we all.