Best blog words for women over 60
Happy Thursday, ladies! Let’s keep our conversation going and discuss the best blog words for women over 60!
Your participation on Tuesday’s REAL WOMAN POST was incredible and so helpful.
I would like to know more as I plan going forward. Today, Friday and Sunday will be all about blog goals for 2022 and I need to know what you think.
First of all, why am I specifying “women over 60” today when this blog is called over 50 feeling 40?
2022 will include my anniversary to begin year #12 of this blog….I am known as Over 50 Feeling 40 and honestly, I will always be over 50 (right?) and hopefully the phrase feeling 40 will always represent my desire to be healthy physically and mentally.
PERSONAL BLOG WORDS FOR WOMEN OVER 60
Many of you have moved up in years along with me since we began meeting here together.
GOAL #1 FOR 2022: I plan to focus on the over 60 audience a little more directly this year! While I believe I do this anyway, I want to bring purposeful blog content for over 60 women.
So, let’s talk about the best blog words to use for women over 60!
If you are like me, there are words which resonate deeply with me at this stage of my life….and, there are words that completely turn me off!
For example, I do not like to be called “dear.” When someone says “dear” to me instead of my name, it makes me bristle and feel old.
Now, I understand some people use the word as a sign of respect and endearment…it just doesn’t sit well with me.
Here are some words typically used on blogs for women over 60. Please tell me the ones which resonate with you and the ones which completely turn you off:
Also, if there are words you like or hate as description words for over 60 women or the over 60 life and you do not see them here, then please share what they are.
FASHION BLOG WORDS FOR WOMEN OVER 60
According to my blog statistics, the majority of you love to talk clothing and fashion for women over 60…and you come here for those discussions.
I want to acknowledge that in the USA inflation is running rampant (thank you federal government) and affecting all of us…particularly the over 60 crowd on fixed incomes.
GOAL #2: To bring you fun wardrobe ideas which are budget friendly.
Again, here are blog words or descriptions commonly seen. Please share which ones resonate with you, or turn you completely off!
If you would like to describe the type of ideas and advice you are seeking in your wardrobe, please share. There will be more about this tomorrow.
I realize I have given you a boatload of homework here as we look at best blog words for women over 60…
But, this is a great time of year to climb inside your head and see what you think! It is so helpful as a communicator to do this.
And, if you want to comment on the goals thus far, then please do. More to come tomorrow and Sunday!
As a lifestyle blogger, I am here for you! My mission is to educate, encourage and inspire you in this over 50 time of life!
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on these words! Now, make sure as you end December that you always……
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The descriptor “senior” just makes me cringe, it’s my absolute least favorite, but the positive words first: Positive: healthy, experienced, ageless. Negative to me: senior, elderly, dear, matronly, vintage, seasoned. In the clothing category, the positive: cost-per-wear, versatile, casual-chic. Those resonate with me. The negative, to me: practical, sustainable. I really like your approach to the upcoming blog year. I know there will be so much to look forward to, and chances to think “beyond” and learn new ideas. You keep your blog fresh and inspiring, and that’s appreciated! My goal is to live my best life for the time I’m given, and I’m always open to new ideas and experiences!
Thank you for starting this off, Karen! It is so helpful to know what you think!
NO woman wants to be described as matronly! I also dislike anti-aging or youth-restoring. Age is something to celebrate! With regard to clothing, cost per wear is important to me. My CPW for jeans, Eileen Fisher pants, etc. is usually less than $1.00! “Casual chic” resonates with me. After two years of pandemic life, my wardrobe could use some perking up!
Thank you, Tricia!
The word that bothered me the most was “matronly”. I do not want to be described as such since to me it represents how my grandmothers dressed and looked. I am a grandmother, and have a grandchild old enough to make me a great grandmother, but I do not think of myself as I think of my grandmothers. I do not think I am sedate, unadventurous, unfashionable, have a heavy build, all characteristics of my thinking of someone who is matronly. Yes, I am past middle-age ( 75), but still much more active, fashion-conscious, adventurous than I think my grandmothers were at this age. I’m good with all of the descriptions related to clothing in your Goal #2. My problem is that I have so many clothes because I can still wear many I have had for years, yet I struggle to not buy more. I need to look for different ways to wear what I have. Looking forward to future shared ideas.
I find “anti-aging” so cringeworthy. I am aging, so is everyone else. I’m happy to be healthy and moving along. I’m trying to look “my best” for ME.
Thanks for joining in!
I really despise matronly, seasoned, vintage, anti-aging. I’m not against aging at all…it means I am still alive. Let’s age with grace. Vital is a word I love. Even though we are over 60 we are still vital to our families and our communities. As far as style, I am looking for casual chic and clothes that are versatile. “Sustainable” is a word I get extremely tired of seeing. Keep up the good work.
Love the word “Vital” Michelle…it really says so much in one word. Thanks for joining in!
Vital is exactly what I was thinking! That’s how I want to be viewed.
I agree with ladies above. I am 76 and still like looking current. I like elegant and chic and think fewer, more expensive clothes get you there. But what is wrong with me—lately I have Been calling people dear! It just slips out. I don’t like it and never did that before!! How can I stop!!!
I think it is easy to slip into using some words associated with women over 60 through the years. We have heard our parents and family members use them. Now, that you are aware some find it cringe-worthy, I bet you use it less. Thanks for sharing Darlene!
I prefer as a descriptor ageless and healthy. In the clothing category I am drawn to cost per wear, casual-chic and comfortable. I am 74 and appreciate your focus on those of us over 60- thank you!
You are welcome, Mary Lou! I believe this will be fun!
For me, the absolute worst name a person can call me is Honey! I think they are talking to my grandmother instead of me. I also think that anti-aging is way over used when talking about skincare of makeup products. What do I like- call it as it is like you do…women over 50/60/70…! Truth matters. Don’t sugarcoat it!
For clothing I like descriptions like casual chic, and on trend.
Thanks for sharing, Sharon! No one has called me honey, but if they did I would probably balk at it like I do to dear. Thank you for mentioning “On-trend.” Good to know that is important to you!
What to call an aging demographic is something that is being struggled with in my work world also. I work with volunteers who are over age 55 and I am also over age 55. There is really not a good answer, some are better than others. I like to focus on healthy, if I have to, I will say healthy aging.
I work in a casual environment and I am always looking for affordable clothing that is work appropriate.
I don’t know if you have heard about the Age Friendly movement. It is for communities, neighborhoods, counties and states to look at everything from an Age Friendly lens to promote aging in place and for people of all ages and abilities. You may glean some ideas from that model.
Thank you so much for providing good material on your blog and website.
Thank you for being here Pat! I will do some research on the Age Friendly movement. Thanks for sharing!
Congratulations for entering your 12th year Anniversary, to blog is not easy. You do a good job.
It’s interesting what turns us on or off. I have a wonderful friend who calls me dear and I love it, I see it as terms of love and endearment. We all respond differently don’t we.
The only word that I am not crazy about is elderly.
I don’t have any major hang ups on these words,
Interesting what you are doing, good for you, connecting in with your readers and getting into our heads is a good thing.
Thank you, Katherine. It is funny how we all look at words differently but that is one of the reasons I wanted to ask! Thanks for joining in!
Oh how I dislike the term anti-ageing, matronly, elderly. I only like vintage when speaking of gorgeous dishes or fabrics etc. When called dear or sweetie by a salesperson it seems condescending in most cases. I like the term experienced, because actually I am, but seasoned, I am not a steak. Older, than what, yes older than my children and grandchildren, but why the comparison. I don’t want to look like my grandmothers did, but still refuse to wear the styles I see on my granddaughters. There is a fine line and I just want to look like the best version of myself.
You made me laugh with the steak comparison! Thanks Diane!
I personally detest the word elderly and it’s connotation of being weak and feeble-minded. I periodically get phone calls from our Medicare-supplement insurance company to schedule a complementary home health care visit. They want to come in and make sure my home is safe and I”m taking my medications correctly and they don’t like taking no for an answer. During their last call, I politely declined and when asked why, I told the caller “well, I’m 69 and just started horseback riding again and am looking at getting a horse. Does it sound to you like I need a home visit?” No comment! Fashion wise I am trending towards a minimalist perspective so practical, versatile and comfortable are all words that appeal to me.
Love it, Jocelyn! Keep riding! Thanks for sharing…
Elderly and Matronly are words that I have always hated, even at 30. Elderly, to me, implies frail, fragile, limited movement/activity. mentally dithery. And who wants to be matronly? Whether well corseted or on the frumpy side, no, thank you. Anti-aging? Why? I am aging; I earned these wrinkles and other age signs. I still want the advantages of anti-aging products; maybe renewing would be a better word.
Thanks for being here, Marin!
My new dentist called me “dear” one too many times. One of the reasons I find it insulting is that it means they don’t care enough to learn people’s names. I said, “I have a name and I prefer Linda.” He literally reeled and I could see the recalculation in his head. He said, “you’re right, and I’ve been wrong.” He isn’t the kind who is “wrong” in his own head often, and I could see the hygentist struggling not to laugh. Preferred words: mature, aging gracefully, senior (I am, after all), retired, vital, vibrant, ageless, engaged, youthful, modern. Detested words:matronly, frumpy, dear/honey, (anti or any prefix)aging. Preferred fashion words: casual-chic, sporty, versatile, active, budget friendly, cost per wear, classic, quality basic, natural, fun, splurge worthy. Detested: matchy-matchy, frump factor, wear on repeat, or any other “lazy,” cutesy descriptions that seem to get passed from blogger to blogger.
Linda, you have just empowered me to say something the next time this happens! You go girl!
Such great comments today. Chuckling at a few. Will check them again later tonight to read more. I love your blog just as it is. You are a joy and wonder to be greeted with each day. Looking forward to whatever you do going forward. I do take exception to the words elderly, matronly, retired, vintage (which to me pertains to clothing, fabric, jewelry, furniture, etc. NOT PEOPLE!! ) and senior citizen (but not when I get senior citizen discounts). LOL.
Thank you for the encouragement, Deanna!
I’m loving the thought provoking posts, making me think , and use my words ( as they say on greys )
None of those words bother me, although I do find matronly a bit frightening, I hope I never feel like giving up looking sharp.
The word sustainable kinda confuses me, frankly I don’t really understand the concept. I do like the term casual chic, it’s looking like that’s my whole goal from here on out.
This is a great week to do this, Sheryl! It has been fun!
Words and phrases that make me want to read on include: Ageless, cost-per-wear, sustainable, versatile, casual-chic, chic and fair wages.
Hi Peggy, thanks for adding new words!
This exercise reminded me of story I read in the paper of an “elderly” woman being hit by a car. Story was sad, but what jolted me was this ‘elderly’ woman was 72. I’m 73 and would hate to be characterized as elderly! We need to retire some of these terms that I don’t feel reflect today’s lifestyles, occupations, etc.
Hear, hear Carolyn!
I cannot stand the word matronly. It resonates with being an older lady with her nose in everyone’s business and she can do no wrong, Now having said that , I’ve recently been informed that I need to wear compression socks, tights etc., Yikes, it is okay for now , I can. Cover them up with long pants, but whatever will I do when this summer in the Midwest it hits 90 + degrees. I am short and maxi dresses overwhelm me. HELP PLEASE
Thanks for sharing this Linda. Sorry for the news, but I will remember and see what ideas I can come up with for you!
Broad and/or Dame instead of dear! At 60 or over, those seem more powerful and empowering than dear.
I agree that matronly is the worst. Not a fan of antiaging either. I don’t like elderly but don’t mind being called an Elder. I rather like it. I am 74 and resonate to “bohemian, artistic, chic”, the same descriptors I always related to. Yes, do not call me “ dear”!
It seems many of us agree on that one, Penelope. Thank you for being here.
I know I already responded, but have been thinking this over. I’m reminded of when I went to a new doctor and later saw her office notes, I was 58 at the time. It said, “Pleasant, elderly lady…” and went on. We had a great laugh when I told my coworkers and I found a new doctor. Maybe we could be called “women,” or woman, without offensive descriptors. Why does society assume we need to be labeled after a certain age? Do we call younger people “junior citizens”? I’m okay with ma’am too, because I’ve been called that starting in my late 20’s/early 30’s. Actually, my grandson has always answered me with “yes ma’am” because he was raised in the south where this is a sign of good manners and respect. Great comments today! Rather than a label, I’d like to go on being a woman!
Thanks for returning to add this, Karen. Good comment!
Matronly and elderly are probably my least favorite words. I don’t mind when people say “hon” or “dear”, although “sweetie” makes me cringe some. Cost per wear, casual/chic, and comfortable are all important when I look for new clothing. Wishing you a great New Year, Pam!
Words I dislike in Goal #1: anti-aging (I am in fact aging as is everyone else.), matronly & elderly. I like the terms ageless & timeless. For Goal #2, I like the words casual, casual chic, & again, timeless. I don’t care for affordable as it is a relative term; affordable for whom? I also dislike comfortable. In today’s world, some many see comfortable as sloppy looking & ill fitting.
I hate any words that are age related, I prefer to be classic, chic, tailored, contemporary and stylish without being classified as someone’s label. I just turned 70. It’s my age–not my personality, looks or ability! I despise being put in a box by advertisers, medical, financial or legal professionals or stores. Show me something attractive and appealing and I will try it out. I seldom bake but some of your recipes have sent me in the kitchen to try. I don’t frequent used stores but I’ve lusted after some of your finds and now have the local “habitat for humanity” store on my radar, I love new discoveries, and appreciate yours. Often I visit stores after you’ve posted your dressing room finds! Keep up what you are doing Pam–don’t define it for us other than enjoyable!
Thanks Connie! I will keep that in mind…these posts have generated a lot for me to think about!
This is such an interesting and thought-provoking post today, Pam. I actually just finished reading your post about what makes a mature woman ‘real.’ LOTS to think about this week!
I don’t care for the term anti-aging — it implies that we can stop aging (we can’t) and that we should (no we should not).
I am 63 and still working and plan on doing so for several more years. I feel as vital and dynamic as my younger co-workers (30s and 40s). Every day I enjoy getting up, getting dressed, getting involved in the day. Of course, I feel and see the changes in my body as I age, but I try to accept them as best I can.
Thanks for your blog and congrats on 12 years! You are an inspiration, Pam!
Thank you for being here, Beth and for your encouragement. I appreciate hearing from everyone today!
Anti-aging -such an oxymoron- embrace life at every age. Your blog is always positive and encouraging and informative. My words for 2022 are inspiration (to both be inspirational and to be inspired), and perseverance, that I can change what I can and accept the things I cannot. My very wise grandmother believed good manners and kindness were key attributes to living well. I believe, Pam, your blog conveys both those things. Age is a matter of mind – if you don’t mind it doesn’t matter. At 76 it does not! Happy New Year. I look forward to what you have in store for 2022!
Thank you so much, Tracey! Love this!
Of all the words on the two lists the only one that disturbs me to the point of mentioning it is matronly. That word is just awfully offensive. The others just don’t disturb me at all. Being called vintage would probably get a chuckle from me! I don’t love it but vintage might imply “added value”? Right? On the other list I feel each word or phrase has its place. I do like cost per wear! It helps to justify the price I might pay for s good winter coat in our typically cold climate.
I read this post first thing this morning and ruminated upon it throughout the day. I haven’t really thought too much about different terms related to aging. I retired this past June-squeaked it in before my 60th birthday. Aging? Of course I am aging…but I like to think I am vibrate. I recognize I am in the last third of my life. I want to be relevant in my life. Being healthy and active and being the very best that I can be is very important at this stage. I am happy that I now have the time to do things that I want to do. I read someplace that life gets ‘spacious’ when you retire and I love that term because it fits for me. I have taken up kayaking in retirement. I continue to run, cycle and hike and this fall, I joined our local Pickleball club. I live in a small town in Canada and our local senior club just has potlucks and plays cards each day. Not for this “senior “. Pamela, my words would be healthy and active. Hate the bloggers that always try to sell me some new make up, face cream, latest outfit, and “rules” to follow as we reach a certain age, etc. I like that you talk about your life and adventures and what is happening in your world and how it affects you. I would like to know what books you are reading too. Keep up the good work. I only follow 3 bloggers and you are one. Happy New Year.
Thank you for this inspirational comment, Wendy! I love the word spacious! So descriptive for this stage of life. Though I am not completely retired, I certainly have more space working for myself. Thank you for sharing and reading. BTW: The Barnes & Nobel in my neighborhood has all hard backs 50% off. I need to get down there this weekend and pick up some new reads!
I hate all these words because they limit how we are seen. I am 69 but I feel like a young 50 year old. I am curious, energetic, fun-loving and dare I say it, attractive. I am also a proud great-grandmother. I have read many blogs for older women and yours is the only one that spoke to me Pam. You are so real and down to earth. Thanks for making us over 60 women feel less invisible and put out to pasture. You are doing a great thing by showing woman how to still look attractive and you look sexy Pam! I like clothes that are fashionable, comfortable and can go to my new part-time job at a local college looking good in a world of 40 year olds but not like I am trying to hard to be young, which obviously I am not. I want to look well put together but like I did it effortlessly. I will not wear all black as it is too funeral like, and I like when you show bright or deep jewel colors. Happy New Year Pam. You are a blessing!
Great post, and some very thought-provoking comments. I just want to comment on “healthy” which has been mentioned several times in the comments. I am not keen on that being used in a fashion- and style-based blog because people who are not very well can still be interested in fashion and style.
I think it’s impossible to please everyone, and so a variety of words should be used. There will people who object to any particular word, and others who identify with it, and that’s ok when a variety is used. Except ‘matronly:. I don’t think anyone identifies with pleasure as ‘matronly’. 😉