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The indie R&B artist How To Dress Well performed in Vancouver recently. His latest album made Pitchfork media’s list of the top 100 albums of the decade so far – if you haven’t checked it out yet, click here. Beyond his voice, we were struck by his monicker. Dressing ‘well’ is so subjective. The notion that there is a how-to guide to dressing well seems simplistic and unrealistic. This concept is nothing new, there’s a plethora of how to guides dedicated to simplifying pretty much anything and everything.

This got us to thinking about the aging process. Can aging well be quantified?

There are many powerful, and talented woman who are shifting our standards about aging and beauty of late. The recent Marc Jacobs ad campaign featuring Jessica Lange being just one example. We were recently inspired by Patti Hansen.

Hansen was a successful model in the 70s and 80s and also happens to be Keith Richard’s wife. We couldn’t help but be spell bound by her effortless beauty and how she has grown even more stunning with time. It begs the question – how does one age well? Is there any one way, or are some people just blessed? Do you have to resort to plastic surgery or Botox® and fillers?


Let’s face it, Patti had some very good looks to start with, but there is more to beauty than the ideals impressed upon us by the media. Preventative measures with skincare and regular spa facials, regular exercise and a balanced diet are absolute necessities in order to stay healthy and youthful for longer. But what is that unquantifiable piece that makes some people look better with age beyond these common sense steps?

We’re guessing it has a lot to do with a cultivated inner contentment. It seems to be what sets people apart – that inner radiance from someone who is bursting with vigour versus the person with a dour outlook on life. While we may think that what’s going on inside our minds is private, it is in fact being translated through our body language and appearance.

With this in mind – how do you cultivate your outlook to age well? Our thoughts on this:

  • meditation
  • journaling
  • having fun
  • having gratitude and self-awareness
  • surrounding yourself with positive people who treat you well

Of course the occasional facial or cosmetic acupuncture treatment never hurt anyone. These are just a few ideas we had, but what do you think? What makes someone beautiful at any age?