Since reading How Do 50+ Women Become Visible? at the blog Privilege, I have been ruminating on this quote:
… people are hard-wired to make sense of other people by matching them to a known visual pattern.
(Really. It keeps coming back up.) 😉 Mainly my thoughts have been colored by the question,
what known visual pattern am I representing to be suddenly getting “old” comments?
wasted my afternoon spent a little time researching the psychological principles behind perception, recognition, and grouping. And there is alot that pertains to what to wear.
Browse related books.
The quote referenced above was prefaced by a story in which the over-50 author and her daughter go shopping together and are greeted with much greater friendliness by the sales staff than she, the author, receives alone. Having myself only recently started receiving any recognition at all when shopping, I don’t know that salespeople are friendlier to young people as much as they recognize a mother-daughter pairing as a buying unit.
What follows the quote is a highly entertaining collection of style archetypes among 50-75 year-old women. What scares me most about them is how many of them are associated with doing stuff. Like, “don’t look at me and expect me to do all the work just because my hair is grey!”
Because somehow, even though it is pretty, my hair is perceived as grey; grey hair is the defining visual feature of “old”. Now I just need to figure out what the defining visual feature of “ageless platinum blonde” is 😉
In the meantime, I am seriously considering biffing all my gray, or at least the light gray tops. The principle of similarity states:
when objects look similar, people tend to group them.