In advance of "World News Tonight's" special series called "Boomer Breakthroughs," we asked baby boomers: "Are you over 50 and a little tired of cosmetics that try to make you look younger or different? Do you just want to look fabulous for your age and wish there were makeup products suited to you? What about clothes -- do you wish you could find something that wasn't for teenagers or for retirees?"
What follows is a sample of the responses we received:
Susan Jasso from Los Angeles, Calif.: Are you kidding? I don't have as much trouble with cosmetics as I do with clothes -- although the whole glitter thing doesn't work for me, and I'm not so sure dewy is the look I want. As for clothes, however, that is another story - is there a middle ground between "mom" jeans and my 7 jeans that expose my entire butt (which, by the way, is larger than it used to be but still a size 8)? A middle ground between shirts that expose my breasts and midriff and something my mother would have worn at my age? I'm an old mom of a tween child who still has some oomph left in her -- and I try to show that but I'm never sure it comes off right. Doesn't our generation have sufficient buying power to demand some fabulous clothes and makeup that works for our age?? If you can find it, lead me to it!!
Mary Rivera from Reston, Va.: I'm 52 years old. I work as an executive assistant weigh about 152 pounds. I love clothes and makeup, but it seems everything out there is either for the young girls or for the elderly. I would like makeup for my age group and clothes that fit me for an office environment. Please help!!!
Lynda Douglas from San Francisco, Calif.: I'm very disappointed that it seems like everyone my age (56) must look at 20-year-old models to figure out what I need. My skin is different. Clothes! Ha! I'm heavy and it's a joke. I'd like to look nice and find minimizing styles that look professional. I have to search for something appropriate. Everything is geared to the 15-29 year olds. It's depressing! Please help. Airing a story on this is wonderful.
Janice from Austin, Texas: I'm a 56 year old assistant dean at a major university. I have found that in addition to the items mentioned in your article that our age group has unique cosmetic issues, namely, eyebrows that are disappearing, hair that is thinning and eyes that now look too harsh if we apply what used to be our makeup regime when we were 30. And, yes, clothes, especially jackets are fitted too tight. So what I see are women who attend meetings in suits from the '80s because nothing now available looks appropriate.
Debbie Devlin from Raleigh, N.C.: I am just turning 48 years old this year , however, this is a growing problem. My friends and myself are grandmothers, however none of us look or act like the traditional grandmother. We came up with the idea of clothes designed for the modern grandmother. Women who still feel young and are concerned about their appearance, but juniors' clothes are a bit too tight and older women's clothes are something we would not be caught dead in. We are looking for products and clothing that will flatter us, not make us look like old ladies trying to dress like kids or younger women dressing like old ladies. It would be wonderful if some product lines were introduced.