That video above plays a scene from like two-thirds the way through A Bucket of Blood, a campy 1959 film mocking NY beatnik culture. That way movie was way better than I expected it to be!
Anyhow, check out how the woman is dressed: she’s wearing “old lady” clothes, by 2020’s standards. A shawl, capri pants, short hair, that purse with the cane handle, etc.
But she’s gorgeous! She’s beautiful and she knows it. In the movie, she’s a model, and she doesn’t think this new sensational artist is all he’s cracked up to be.
Anyhow, here’s the thing — I feel like this is a great example of how the stuff we really like gets established when we’re young, and then we stay stuck on it. Older women now dress like what they think looks cool, and that was set when they were young, and then frozen.
My favorite music is the stuff I got interested in my youth. I dress myself based on colors and styles I liked 30 years ago.
Also, unrelated, I really want to run a pretentious art bar like the one in this movie, or any other 1950s movie about beatniks.