Need a New Swimsuit? (I Do!)

Every summer my postmenopausal body and I play a little game I like to call Find the Swimsuit: I want one that will make me feel as sexy as Madonna looks. My body wants one that will make me look as confident as Madonna feels. We agree to disagree, then battle it out in the fitting room. No selfies are sent to chums for opinion polls. No bossy saleswomen are admitted. No fat- or age-shaming is allowed. Eventually, we find …

And So It Begins — My 11 to 1 Blog

Most nightmares are not a ratio, but mine was last night. The ratio 11 to 1 kept floating across my frontal lobe. Eleven to one. Eleven to one in all different sizes and typefaces — actually hovering in my mind, mocking me. Eleven to one is the ratio I read earlier that night on an online dating website: If you’re in your 50s (the new 40s!), there are 11 single women to every single man. Yikes, say it isn’t so. …

ISO the ‘Perfect Dress’

Dress trends have come and gone over the years. The Roaring Twenties were epitomized by the rise of Coco Chanel and the flapper look — short hair and short, shapeless shift dresses. During the late 1930s and early ’40s, the glamour of Hollywood prevailed — until, of course, World War II broke out, making couture seem inconsequential. More structured dresses — inspired by military uniforms and fitting the mood of the times — then began to be worn with pride. …

Has the Hourglass Figure Run Out of Time?

Ladies, are we going from zaftig to zeppelin? According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the waist size of the average American woman grew almost two inches — from just over 36 to nearly 38 — from 1999 to 2012. Making the trend especially curious, the study authors noted, is the fact that abdominal obesity — which jumped from 46.4 percent of the population in 1999 to 54.2 percent in 2012 — keeps getting …

Is Your Bra Aging You? Here’s How to Tell

Stop trying to fit your 32F chest into your old 34B bras! At 50 your body has moved on, and so have your breasts. Even after an in-store professional bra fitter diagnosis, we’re skeptical. The truth is that mature breasts vary a lot in shape, fullness, proportions, position and spacing, even though thousands of women may wear the same bra size. Here’s how to choose: IF YOUR BRA AND BREASTS SAG: The band or cups may be too big. Lots …

Spare Us the ‘Organ Recital’

Ogden Nash said it best: How are you is a greeting not a question / Don’t tell your friends about your indigestion. Nash, in his wisdom, was trying to forestall an “organ recital,” a narration of bodily ills and woes that might start with an upset stomach and work its way downward, outward and even upward. It’s a phrase that used to be the province of impatient doctors, but now is entering the vernacular. The organ recital is one of …