Everybody Isn't 25

When I saw Glenn Close's stunning ensemble at the Golden Globe Banquet last night, I was certain she'd make all the best-dressed lists. I was, therefore, very annoyed when a TV journalist criticized her appearance as being "too covered up." A newspaper from which I got this photo compared her to Cloris Leachman, and not in a good way.

Well, both of these women happen to be over 60 (okay, so Cloris Leachman is over 80). Does it occur to anyone that it's probably a good idea for women of this age not to show a lot of skin? Glenn was clearly dressed for a formal evening, and at least her hair was combed (which is more than I can say for Drew Barrymore, who wore a lovely dress but whose hair looked like she'd just gotten out of bed and forgot her comb). If Glenn had shown up in a body-baring ensemble displaying dimpled cleavage and upper arms, these same people would be the first ones to accuse her of trying to look 30 when she's twice that age. Even the always elegant Helen Mirren was criticized last year for a dress that, despite the "required" low-cut neckline that showed a rather weathered cleavage, attempted to conceal her arms with some kind of fishnet threading.

Does anybody remember the scene in the movie Life when an elderly Eddie Murphy chided another elderly (and obviously dementia-suffering) inmate who had a habit of letting his bathrobe fall open to cover up "because nobody wants to look at that mess"?

Well, we don't. All those fashion critics need to realize that what works at 40 won't always work over 60.


Anonymous said...

Hi Bettye...happy new year!!!

I thought she looked stunning. In fact, some of the young ones should take note and realize that you don't have to show a lot of skin to look beautiful in evening attire. It seems there was a competition going on who could show the most skin.

Have a good day. I have a day of writing ahead of me so let me finish checking email so I can get started.

bettye griffin said...

Sounds like you're kicking of 2009 with a firm dedication, Shelia! Thanks for taking time to stop in and comment. Now, go get busy!

PatriciaW said...

I didn't watch so I may never have seen this outfit if you hadn't ranted about it. :>)

I love it! Very classy. It's perfect for her, and frankly, looks like something I might wear, at 20 years her junior, now that I'm starting to realize I'm not 25 anymore.

bettye griffin said...

You know you can always count on me for a rant, Patricia!

But seriously, doesn't she look just as sexy as the women who wore much barer outfits?

Anonymous said...

Bettye, I thought she looked nice in her evening pant suit, too. I was very surprised to see her on some of the worst dress lists.--Reon

bettye griffin said...

I guess there's no predicting the public's taste, Reon!