Whilst the women featured in “Fabulous Fashionistas” by Sue Bourne are wonderfully stylish people, it is what they tell us about themselves;
their love of life,
their sense of identity,
their highs and lows
their experience of growing older,
and the intrinsic link with the way they choose to present themselves, that makes this documentary well worth watching.
All six are terribly likeable.
I don’t give a damn what people think of me and the way I dress. I dress for myself because I love style and design and colour.”
Bridget is on a state pension and gets all her clothes from charity shops.
“I can do it really cheaply and I look good and feel good on relatively little money”
“How I look is to do with my identity, and the fun of it. It’s nothing to do with looking younger. Because I don’t think I make myself look younger by the clothes I wear.”
“If I like something, I tend to wear it a lot. It doesn’t bother me if I wore the same dress six days a week and somebody would think… ooo heck, she’s got that dress on again. That wouldn’t enter my head. I put it on for me.”
“I’ve always been interested in style. I like to think I’m street style more than smart. I wouldn’t like somebody to come up and say… ooo you do look smart.”
“I don’t think that I’m eccentric. it’s not a conscious thing. It has happened organically around me. This is the way I am!”
“You know what I really hate? I hate beige! Beige is the colour of death. It just leaches all the life out of you. and my motto is… Don’t wear beige… it might kill you!”
“The way I dress releases me from the tyranny of fashion. It is so easy to get dressed in the morning. I put on a black dress and then I choose one of these things. (holds up a garment from her wardrobe.) I don’t have to worry , is it in style? Is it not in style? Is it too long? Did I get too fat? Too thin? They are all very very easy to wear. I choose a jacket, I choose a piece of jewellery. I put on my faithful clogs and I’m ready to go.”
” I would like not to be… Oh! I’m going to say something really stupid now!… I can’t believe I’m going to say this but… I don’t want to be too… “over the top”
(laughs and claps her hands)
I AM OVER THE TOP! But what I mean is I like to keep a certain amount of elegance. Do I succeed… I don’t know! That’s a matter of opinion. I want to just miss that point where I actually look like a clown.”
And there’s The Baroness Trumpington:
As well as their love of sartorial matters they also share a love of life, a tenacity to live fully and a strong sense of self.
Once you get older people think your on the scrap heap… that your just going to fade into the background. But no!… I’m not going to do that! I’m going to look good and feel good and do amazing things.
It’s all about having a purpose and that’s why I think to retire is dangerous!
So here’s the trailer:
Unfortunately the full documentary was available on youtube but has since been removed. It is still available to certain regions so you can give it ago here (I had thought it was odd), if inspired perhaps buy a copy and get some life and style insights from six seriously great women.