I recently came upon The Bias Cut an online store based in the UK that features stylish fashion for mature women that’s neither frumpy nor mumsy.
The accessibly-priced clothes are cut to fit a woman’s body and range in sizes from UK 8-16 (US 2-12) in most pieces, although some go to UK 22 (US 16). The site’s founder is on a mission to offer a greater size range and is working with brands to encourage them to be more inclusive.
What I love about the Bias Cut is its mission to ensure that ageism is addressed by designers and shops.
The Bias Cut sells these buttons as part of a movement against ageism
From tokenism in campaigns, to patronising and offensive language, to frumpy and dreary styles, the Fashion Industry refuses to fully acknowledge the damaging and insulting message it perpetuates.
So it’s time to come together and take a stance. Once and for all.
–The Bias Cut website
So what about the fashion?
I ordered a lovely bronze knit top to see the quality and fit, and was not disappointed. The fabric and finishing is high quality and the price-points are accessible. And, yes, they do ship internationally. All clothing on the site is modelled by “real women” (not professional models).
Narelle dress £158
Martina Tunic dress on sale for £42
One-third of women fear loneliness more than a cancer diagnosis, says a recent Forbes article. This doesn’t surprise me.
Allow me to divert from my usual blog about style… because I think this is an important topic, not only for women, but also for society as a whole.
Is our dependence on electronic communication creating a relationship void? When you only communicate remotely (i.e. not in person) you lose some level of intimacy with your friends. Typing is not emotional, it’s not expressive, it doesn’t allow for vulnerability. Certainly not in the way you can be face-to-face with a close friend.
Who even has close friends anymore? Does our keyboard shield us from the ability to truly know someone?
I’d argue, yes.
What’s missing here is the ability to really connect with people on an everyday basis. We hardly even want to speak on the phone anymore; preferring text or email so that you don’t have to engage in any small talk. God forbid you ask someone about their day and get the truth.
I feel that these close connections will have long-term ramifications for society as a whole. For example, many mental health issues can be helped through the support of truly close friends. As humans, we need social interaction just as we need food and shelter to survive. We’re social animals.
How long before we never leave our houses, having food and groceries delivered through online orders, and working from home.
Make a point this year to reconnect with people, in person. Get to know someone beyond a superficial level. Be vulnerable.