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Middle-Aged Dread

IN MY MOTHER’S ERA, middle-aged mothers were content to be middle-aged mothers. They wore comfortable clothing and would not have dreamed of trying to fit into their teenage daughter’s jeans or befriending her friends on Facebook. There were a couple of ‘glamour pusses’ in the small town in which I grew up – perhaps the local boutique or beauty parlour owner – but on the whole, they were all of similar elk. I don’t remember anyone being particularly reed slim unless born that way, and I don’t recall anyone power walking with weights or hiring a personal trainer to work on their ‘abs’. There were no gym junkies because there were no gyms and a weekly game of tennis was the sociable ‘exercise’ of choice. The more adventurous souls took up yoga when the fad hit town and I recall my nicely rounded mum proudly showing us how she could stand on her head. They settled into middle age with an accepting sigh and laughed off a couple of gained kilos or a midriff that …

Trinny and Susannah educating women on how to dress for their body shape

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – I don’t for a moment suggest Australians lack style and dress sense, it’s just that the task ahead of them is, well, overwhelming weather-wise. Their expertise is not in question. I have gaped in wonder as Trinny, with her hot potato accent, merrily rips jeans off perfect strangers in American malls. I have gaped at Susannah’s sheer cheek as, quite without rancour or retribution, she tells middle-aged women they look like a tent looking for a circus. And oh, the transformations. Dowdy, grey women, have become curvaceous, sexy, downright foxy, ladies under their expert eyes. Frumpy 30-somethings stride out with new-found vigour, resplendent in their sweeping trench coats, jaunty silk scarves and pants that skim, dahling, skim. I have gaped as podgy 50-somethings suddenly discover they have curvaceous calves when newly pedicured feet are levered from sensible walking shoes and slipped sensuously into slender, strappy heels. At the style icons’ command, beauty experts have tweezed and transformed. Their team of hair wizards have coloured, foiled and snipped tired locks to silky perfection. …