WHEN I AM AN OLD WOMAN I SHALL WEAR PURPLE
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other people’s gardens
And learn to spit
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.
Taken from the book
When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple
Editd by Sandra Martz
Papier Mache Press–Watsonville, California 1987
I am sure many of you will be familiar with this poem, I still find it amusing and it came to mind as I started to write this post on “shall we be wearing purple this Autumn?” Various shades appeared in a number of the runway shows. As it is not a colour that I have worn for many years it does not currently feature in my wardrobe, except maybe the odd scarf. Will I be indulging, not sure yet I will have to try a few pieces on. From memory only the lighter shades suit me as I have fair colouring, the darker shades are best worn by the brunettes amongst us.
|Tilda Swinton looking gorgeous in purple
PS There was a very interesting article in last Saturday’s Financial Times about Luxury brands waking up to the power of older women. Well worth a read here Saturday FT link to article
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