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Covering your aging arms
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Date: 9/22/08 5:26 AM

There is a certain time, a certain age, where even the best, the most svelte, the best personal triner toned arm succumbs to gravity and age. It was so disheartening to see what MTM wore as a presenter on the Emmy's tonigh. Did NO ONE want to tell her that her figure looked fine - but her arms and shoulders where just too bony to war that particuolar dress. What a difference a sheer shrug would have made.

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Date: 9/22/08 7:01 AM

I didn't see it, but honestly, it couldn't have looked much worse than those girls on the new Bev Hills 90210 show. I saw a pic of those girls on the cover of one of the grocery store mags and you can see their bony shoulders and knobby knees because they're so ghastly thin.

Personally, I don't think bones look good no matter what the age.

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Date: 9/22/08 7:52 AM

I saw MTM last night, and my thoughts were exactly the same as yours. She still is a lovely lady, the that dress and her skinny arms distracted from her presentation. However, Betty White did know what was appropriate to wear. Betty should have consulted with Mary beforehand.
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Date: 9/22/08 8:03 AM

I agree about MTM's arms. But, she was just skinny altogether. Lots of work too. I don't think her face moved at all. I didn't like what Betty White was wearing though either. It could have been a lot chicer.

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Date: 9/22/08 11:41 AM

Yeah...but...just try to find a dress with sleeves...

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Date: 9/22/08 12:36 PM

I missed the Emmys, but I found this photo of Mary Tyler Moore (click on the second thumbnail on the right) arriving at the event.

Unfortunately the photo is really too small to see the details. Just going by what I can see in the photo, I think she looks pretty good. But obviously people who watched her during the ceremony would have gotten a much closer and clearer view. Anyway it's surprising MTM didn't realize it would be more flattering to wear a fitted dress that covered up the bony parts.

If you want to see an example of a beautifully dressed woman, click on the fifth thumbnail at the bottom of the column. Mariska Hargitay looks stunning in her simple but perfectly elegant yellow gown.

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Date: 9/22/08 1:01 PM

You ought to pick up Vogue magazine. There was an excellent article in there about a woman's quest for a long-sleeved dress and a dissertation on why it's the most elegant choice regardless of age. A section on the proper silhouette (very slender sleeve). And some pretty photos of good examples.

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Date: 9/22/08 1:13 PM

In the small picture, she looked amazing, for 72 or 42! I kind of don't blame her for getting plastic surgery if it's reasonably natural looking. She is married to a younger man, her breast cancer doctor, last I heard. Not to say that women "should" do surgery, but I wouldn't judge her for it, particularly in her field.

Frankly, I wouldn't mind a little collage here, a mini-lift there, and maybe eyelid surgery---if there were not risk of nerve damage and I could be sure it would look natural...and it were free!!! HAHAHA!

And, you know that poem that says, "When I'm old, I'll wear purplle..." Well, she's old enough to wear what she wants in my opinion.

Now, I would not suggest someone that age wear a very skimpy outfit like that one Cher wore years ago or have extreme surgery like Joan Rivers that makes her look like someone else. I'd rather look frumpy and have wrinkles than to do those things. That sort of choice doesn't get you the result you want (people thinking you're beautiful, acceptance despite aging in a superficial world) and actually turns people off.

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Date: 9/22/08 2:50 PM

I didn't watch it, but from the pic of her I thought she looked pretty darn good, however, a pic is a lot different from watching her live on TV. One thing about those skinny arms is that when she raises her arm to wave, there's no underarm flab waving back.

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Date: 9/22/08 3:14 PM

I gotta disagree...if you don't have old-lady flab dangling off your triceps, you can definitely get away with short sleeve or sleeveless looks, especially for a formal dress event like the Emmy awards.

But I really don't like how her cosmetic surgery turned out - way too tight. Kinda scary.

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