The first time I heard this phrase, I did not have a clue as to what it meant. It was used in reference to a teacher at my high school and it was only later that I understood the negative connotations attached to the phrase. It is used to describe any woman who is deemed to be inappropriately dressed for her age, and who is trying unsuccessfully to appear younger than she is. It is not a very nice thing to say about somebody but some women do seem to invite derision with the way that they portray themselves.
There are some people who will disagree with me and say that a woman should be able to wear whatever she wishes to without being ridiculed. They will say that dress and make up are a matter of personal choice and that it is nobody's business how a woman chooses to appear.
On the other hand, there are those people who will say that once a woman reaches or passes a certain age, she should alter her dress and make up style to fit in with her age. That she should wear clothing which is suitable for a woman of her age group and that her make up should be more subtle and discreet than that of a younger woman.
The same arguments are also applied when we are talking about behaviour and deportment, that a woman, and to some extent, a man too, should act according to their age and position in life. There was a book I saw a few years ago called something along the lines of “When I Am An Old Woman, I Shall Wear Purple”, and in it was a list of all the fun and interesting things which this lady was looking forward to doing in her old age.
These days there are a lot of pressures on men and women to try and look as young as possible, for as long as possible. We are not only talking about people in the public eye or in jobs such as modelling, but the average person on the street and holding down a normal job. Everybody likes to be told that they look good for their age, and we all like it when we tell someone our age and they say that we look younger than we are. In fact, thanks to modern cosmetic surgery procedures, people can look so much younger than their actual years.
Cosmetic surgery alone is not sufficient to be able to mask your age; you need to be aware of other factors such as genes and lifestyle. However, there are a few procedures which can be counted as a reliable anti aging treatment and these include things such as skin tightening and special skincare treatment. All of these can help to make you look younger for a while but you need to be careful that you do not go overboard and have all the treatments done at once.