Stay Forever Young: Maintaining a New You

Are you at that age where, on your birthdays, people ask you, ‘Twenty-nine again?’ and you reply, ‘Yes’ with a knowing grin? Do you feel panic rising in your bones every time someone suggests a change in wardrobe, or a slight change to your hairstyle? Is your face framed by a mount of hair styled in exactly the same way you’ve worn it for the past ten years? Are you still insisting on stepping out in fashion which was trendy at the time when Madonna aired out her shiny, cone-shaped boobs? If you are, then this article is certainly written with you in mind.

My experiences as a former cat-walk model has taught me, that ultra modern trends in wear and hair, are not suited for everyone. However, one of the vital ingredients in the recipe for feeling great about the way you look, is being sure that the style you’ve picked, is the right for you.

Madonna is now fifty, but one of the noticeable things about the path she’s taken to maintain her youth, is the way in which she has undertaken both striking and subtle changes in her look, and never, ever gets stuck in the fashion past. In this article I want to discuss how re-inventing ourselves and our style can rejuvenate us, not only in the eyes of the onlooker, but also by boosting our own self confidence.
Get noticed with something different - something you, without going overboard.

Hair colour

When making the change, do not fall into the trap of opting for the most intense hair colour you can find, as this many times, can have the opposite effect. Tone down. Not only are lighter colours more suited for the more mature woman, they’re great for blending in grey hairs too. An ultra dark or bright colour, will sharply clash with grey hair, thus screaming, ‘Over here! Look at us!’ as soon as they pop their little roots out. Lighter tones, used skilfully, are also suitable for darker women, as it gives a lift to any complexion (though going blonde if you have very dark skin would probably not be a good idea).
Magnetise the attention to yourself once again, by changing your hair colour. Say, I’m still here, I’m still beautiful, and I feel twenty-nine (even though you know I’m not).


If you wear glasses, mix things up, start again, and change the style of the frame about every two years. It’s easy to get used to the frames we wear, especially if we also wear contacts, as this can sometimes mean we forget to check that the shape of the glasses still suits our look. Ancient or unsuitable glasses frames can age us (and I’ve seen a lot of these on our American counterparts). Give your face a lift with a pair of funky, colourful glasses. They do you a service – they help you see! Don’t be afraid to shell out a few quid more, as you can always claim that that particular spending is for health reasons (well, strictly speaking, it is. Isn’t it?) People will stop and take notice of you (and your eyes) all over again.

If your old glasses are no longer comfortable, you’ll find yourself looking over the frame. This is granny-fying you and is not charming in the least. Refuse to age yourself, not by having a face lift, but by becoming more graceful and classy.
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Monique February 18, 2009 at 2:33 PM  

Some good advice here Anne. Luckily I have inherited my mother's complexion and hair. She had very few wrinkles and not one grey hair until the day she died. I noticed that my sister is almost the same but she had to dye her hair.

Anne Lyken-Garner February 18, 2009 at 7:38 PM  

Hi Monique, it's great when we've been blessed with good genes. This makes staying young so much easier - not to mention - cheaper.

Anne Lyken-Garner is a published author, editor and freelance writer. Her specialities include relationships and confidence building. You can find her inspirational memoir here.
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