Grandmother Torn Apart in Comments After Wearing Sleeveless Dress on Social Media

Navigating the process of aging as a woman can be challenging, often giving the impression that our value diminishes with each passing year. The scarce representation of older women in mainstream media exacerbates this sentiment.


Fortunately, a positive shift is happening with the emergence of beautiful and stylish older ladies on social media. Platforms like “Life in My 70s” are offering a refreshing counter-narrative, showcasing the grace and elegance that comes with age.

While everyone has their viewpoint, there are occasions when it’s wise to keep it to oneself. A style influencer at the age of 76 recently posted a picture of herself donning a sleeveless midi dress. Despite the multitude of comments the post received, not all of them were favorable.

It’s not the first time this has happened, but this one surprised me,” Candace Cima said. “People have such outdated notions about age-appropriate fashion, and that needs to change.” Cima, a grandmother to 11 grandchildren, proudly displayed her fashion sense in a brown knit sleeveless dress paired with a sweater.

While numerous individuals praised the pro-aging influencer’s style, others voiced criticism in the comments

Candace Cima modeling denim on her Instagram page lifeinmy70's
Image Credit: lifeinmy70s Instagram

“From the side and back this dress does nothing for you. Form-fitting below the waist is not your friend. Celebrate everything else about your body!” one person wrote on Facebook. “The sweater on, not a fan of the dress,” someone else commented. “Not flattering at all. Would never wear alone. Too old to be showing all that skin,” another user dared to write. “Too old to have your arms showing,” another wrote.

“I think you’re a little too mature for that dress,” a third user commented. “You are thin and look nice but you shouldn’t expose your arms and your shoulders.” Even women around Cima’s age joined in giving her a hard time, and leaving comments about her body and skin. Some argued that she shouldn’t be wearing a fitted dress, deeming it more suitable for younger individuals.

“It’s perfectly appropriate to have wrinkled skin at 76, and I’m not ashamed of it,” Cima said. “Sometimes I want to respond, ‘Should I cover my face too, because I have wrinkles there?’”

In 2019, Cima launched her fashion blog after recognizing a gap in the representation of older women within the fashion space

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