Oliver Sacks is loving it. Frederick Wiseman forgets that he’s it. Ellen Langer thinks that it’s possibly nothing but a mindset.
In Japan, they know how to style it.
Forget the Erololi, Ero-Kawaii and Gothic Lolitas of Akihabara, and the Cosplay kids of Harajuku; it was the quirky, fun and completely unselfconscious fashion sense of the older generation that stood out for me on the streets of Tokyo.
I love Japanese fashion! You can see how cool they are from the age of 2 to 100 years old!
Absolutely. Thanks for popping in and commenting. 🙂
Too warm for me to wear here in the tropics, but i might try it just to give the farmers a smile 😉
We are having a scorcher down here today – whew!
What age do you reckon, bb …?
I would say the ladies are on the young end of the older generation spectrum, M-R, probably in their 60s, but I saw a lady who I thought was probably in her 80s dressed in a bright purple corduroy pants and jacket suit and a beret – she looked amazing.
An adjective to fill many gaps. Or fit many situations.
Do I see you next Friday, still …?
I heard on Friday that I may be going to Kempsey this Thursday/Friday for work 😦
Just discovered your blog – thanks for following mine. I love Japan, and love when I’m there watching the people and their clothes. Wish I could replicate it. As someone around the age of these younger end of the older generation I love these clothes though unfortunately I don’t have the knees of the woman on the left so would have to add leggings to that one!
Thanks for popping in, Sue. 😀
I love Japan, too and finally got there for the first time last year. Something that really stood out for me was the sense of style of the older women. I could have spent my entire holiday photographing them.
And then you feel creepy! We’ve been three times now, the third time just two months after than terrible tsunami. We were actually planning to go to Sendai area but of course that changed and we focused on the south. We are thinking of going again next year. Just love it.
Japanophiles are we. 🙂
Bold. And cute. And not a care about what other people think. Love it!
The quirkiness & confidence is magic. Thanks, Pixie. 🙂
Inspired to wear what I want here too 🙂
The Oliver Sacks article is excellent as well. I haven’t heard of someone speak of old age with such hope and acceptance. It’s good to be reminded that no matter what age, we can learn, create, work, and still be better versions of ourselves. Thanks for sharing that.
I agree – it’s wonderful to see people reveling in old age. Thanks.
BB–What a wonderful post! I had read 2 of those articles, but hadn’t seen the Oliver Sacks essay. What profound thoughts! And your photo is a perfect addition. –Patti
Thanks, Patti. Glad you enjoyed the post. 🙂
I love it! More adventurous with their wardrobes that I’ll ever be.
Me too – but I was inspired by the older generation’s dress sense, and they certainly show how it can be something other than classic, or just plain frumpy.
If it’s just a number. . . I’d rather be 37, please.
hehe – yes, from the perspective of energy levels, I would agree, Nancy.
Tilly Bud is confused by it 🙂
I’m having 80’s flashbacks 😉 good on them!
hahaha – although no big hair in sight.
Good for them…very cute!
They were lovely, Sue.
Just read the Oliver Saks essay and had to write a second comment: thanks for sharing that…I should read it on my birthday every year. 🙂
That’s a great idea, Sue!
I like this! And as usual, your photo subjects are so relaxed and comfortable.
Thanks, Monica. I asked them if they minded; they conferred for a couple of seconds, then posed, smiling. 🙂 Lovely ladies.
indeed a timeless style!!!
With a sense of fun. 🙂