Time was when those communal dressing rooms didn't intimidate me. Not that I ever had a knockout figure; no matter what my age and weight my thighs were chunky and despite all the marathons run and ballet classes taken they could best be described as flabby
However I subscribed to the no body's perfect school of thought and had little trouble disrobing until recently. While makeup, botox and other procedures may rescue our faces, there's no easy fix for an aging body. Skin loses it's firmness; it wrinkles, creases and hangs and broadcasts our real age like nothing else. Exercise may help a bit, as will self tanner or a body stocking if you're really desperate, but none work magic Our darker skinned sisters fare better because their skin tends to be thicker.
So what's the answer ?A bit of camouflage and enhancement is in order. Devote more time and attention to your underwear purchases especially when it comes to color . Chances are few of us would appear on the beach in a white or flesh colored bathing suit. (Again darker skinned women can take a pass on this part of the advice). Nothing makes a pale older body look worse than white or nude. Banish those colors from your underwear drawer. More flattering is black, other deep shades or even a print. Take the same amount of time shopping for underwear that you do for the rest of your wardrobe. I would usually whip my way through the lingerie department guessing at size and hoping for flattery. I made lots of mistakes.
Fit is all important and too big is as bad as too small; no droopy drawers or loose bras. Bypass the cotton or any thing else matte and look for fabric with a bit of shine and some percentage of stretch The garment should hug your contours with out squeezing. A flattering underpant style is the high cut brief. It helps flattens the stomach and lengthens the leg. An under wire bra works best for most sizes and gives good support. If your breasts are small look for a slight push up. I've found that Soma makes well fitting bras for our age group. They have wide side panels that hold in any extra flesh and are sexy too No matter what style you pick don't forget a hint of lace.
It never occurred to me to have a bra fitted but lately more and more of my friends have taken that step and have been happy with the result. And think of using self tanner (Jergens has several] . Any body, no matter what its shape, looks much better with a glow. Who says you can't look sexy after 60?