How to live life agelesslyNovember 2018
Here at David Nieper, we know that age is just a number. We spoke to fashion editor, blogger and author Alyson Walsh about living life to the fullest and feeling great.
Ageing is not what is used to be. We are living longer, staying fitter and thoroughly embracing the second-half of our lives. I’m always inspired by stories of adventurous women, such as 91-year-old, record-breaking ‘wing walker’ Norma Howard, who strapped herself to the back of a bi-plane for a challenge. Like you do. I love interviewing inspirational women like Melissa Richardson who at the age of 55 started afresh and launched a new floristry business – nine-years later JamJar Flowers is a big, blooming success. While there’s no need to take part in dare devil pursuits (unless you want to, of course), getting out and about, remaining active, interested and engaged is a surefire way to boost energy and confidence.
A lot of us lead busy lives; we are working longer, retiring later and can often be looking after loved ones. While finding the time for a regular commitment to exercise can be difficult, it’s important to prioritise keeping fit because it will pay dividends in the end. I recommend Pilates – it’s the perfect exercise to improve posture. It’s also excellent for joint health, the respiratory system and is wonderful for relaxation and rejuvenation. Look out for anything by Lynne Robinson, founder of Body Control Pilates, who’s an inspiring and trusted expert. Otherwise, do anything you enjoy like walking, swimming, or dancing. Try to do about 20 minutes a day if you can.
Downtime is important, too. I know from experience that it’s quite easy to spend more time online, or on other people, than on yourself. Having a cut-off point for checking emails and social media in the evening, and a ‘no mobile devices in the bedroom’ rule, helps. Switch to rest and relaxation mode by spending time on skincare, slipping into cool cotton pyjamas and enjoying a cup of herbal tea. It’s all about getting a good night’s sleep.
In general, being too warm at night disrupts sleep (hot flush, anyone?) and so maintaining a cool temperature in the bedroom is beneficial. Draw the curtains earlier in the evening, ensure that bedding and nightwear are made of natural fabrics and give that post-prandial coffee a miss. I know that if I have too much caffeine or one glass of wine too many, I’ll have a restless night and be grouchy in the morning.
There’s only one thing fading away, right now, and that’s age-related style rules. The relaxation of dress codes and the rise of ‘ageless style’, means that women of all generations wear timeless pieces. My sartorial aim is to find easy-to-wear outfits with go-everywhere appeal; effortless clothes in natural fabrics that can be worn for travel, a lunch meeting or an evening event. A beautiful silk tunic top and black stretch trousers look chic and elegant whatever your age. I love this combination of relaxed and formal – mostly because it enables us to feel comfortable (in all senses of the word) and confident. And who doesn’t want to feel comfortable and confident, every day of the week? It’s one of the reasons that David Nieper styles are so popular and wearable.
And another thing… the 50+ market in the UK makes up over 50% of the adult population and owns 80% of its wealth. Our spending power has prompted a shift in the fashion industry – away from a long-standing obsession with youth and towards a position more accepting of the ageing process. Women everywhere are dressing to please themselves, embracing grey hair and wrinkles; we happily accept our age and prioritize looking good, over looking young. As I’ve always said, ‘It’s not about age, it’s about style.’
Alyson Walsh is the author of Know Your Style, she blogs as That’s Not My Age www.thatsnotmyage.com