Sleeveless at 76? This Grandma is Breaking the Internet (and Rules)

Grandma Rocks Sleeveless Dress, Sparks Ageism Debate Online

A 76-year-old fashion influencer named Cima recently posted a photo of herself in a sleeveless dress, prompting a mixed response online. While some praised her style, others criticized her outfit and even her age.

“This isn’t the initial occurrence, but this one caught me off guard,” shared Candace Cima with TODAY. “There are persisting antiquated beliefs about what is suitable for fashion at a certain age, and this mindset needs to evolve.”

Cima, a grandmother of 11, proudly showcased the brown knit dress paired with a sweater. However, some Facebook comments were harsh:

  • “Not flattering at all! Too old for that much skin.”
  • “Form-fitting below the waist isn’t your friend. Celebrate other parts of your body.”
  • “The dress is a miss, but the sweater looks nice.”

Cima, unfazed by the negativity, responded: “Wrinkles are normal at 76, and I’m not ashamed. Should I cover my face too?”

This incident highlights the ongoing debate about ageism and fashion. Cima started her blog in 2019 to fill a gap in fashion inspiration for older women. Her story encourages self-expression and challenges outdated notions of “appropriate” attire for different ages.

“I recognized a chance to discuss dressing as you age. Women have been ingrained with the belief that they should cover up, following the examples of their mothers and grandmothers.”

“We must change our perspective on aging. There’s no need to conform to outdated notions in today’s modern world.”

In the face of numerous rude comments, Cima chose to pay them minimal attention and, instead, provided guidance for some of her newer and younger followers.

“Aging is great. Everything you have learned your entire life is now there for you. You are now the wisest that you are ever going to be. Embrace it and be proud.”

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