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Myron Kuzmin
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Mature Wide Women

Thanks to their flattering silhouette, these pants are great for women of all ages, heights and body shapes. Diane Keaton has rocked the look for years. Wide leg pants have been the signature of both Diane Keaton and Meg Ryan. Jane Fonda often sports a slimmer version and Helen Mirren has often been spotted in more of a palazzo look.

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Our late friend, stylist, and mentor Brenda Kinsel was an ace at styling well anything. We miss her so. Here she is styling wide leg pants to perfection. You can read about how she styled wide leg pants here

Linda V Wright is rarely seen in anything but a wide-cut pant. She just oozes style. Here she has a crisp white shirt (a trademark of her shop Crimson in Paris)tied at the waist with her signature wide leg pant.

You look fabulous in wide legs especially the lantern style. That style is not flattering on me as it makes me look all one size big!! I have learned so much from you. I am so glad we met virtually. Hopefully one day we can meet in person.

I do love the Wendy pant. They also have the Jenn which I also love from a few years back. I see they have resurrected it. Some of you might prefer it. It has more of a classic wide leg. I picked up a couple pairs of those last year and love them as well. They come off much more casual.

Muslims have the widest spousal age gap (6.6 years between men and their wives or partners), followed by Hindus (5.6 years), Christians (3.8), Buddhists (2.9), the religiously unaffiliated (2.3) and Jews (2.1).

While this pattern holds across all six religions evaluated, there are again differences between faith groups. Christians have the widest gap in rates of living alone (30% of Christian women live alone, vs. 14% of Christian men), though Jews also have a wide gap (28% of Jewish women vs. 14% of Jewish men). The differences are smaller but still noticeable among the religiously unaffiliated (19% of women vs. 15% of men) and Muslims (10% of women vs. 3% men). Relatively few Hindus live alone, regardless of gender (6% of women vs. 2% of men).

All 20 countries with the highest percentages of older women living alone are in Europe, such as Lithuania (where 50% of older women live alone), Denmark and Hungary (both 47%). Some of the smallest shares of older women in solo households are in Afghanistan, Mali and Pakistan, all at roughly 1%.

Globally, middle-aged women are four times as likely as men to live with one or more minor children and no other adults (4% of women vs. 1% of men). The gap is biggest among Christians (7% of women vs. 2% of men). Gaps are smaller but still notable among Jews, Muslims, Hindus and the religiously unaffiliated. However, Buddhist men and women do not differ much on this measure.

These patterns partly reflect the large share of Christians in sub-Saharan Africa, where single-parent households are relatively common, and the big shares of Buddhists in Asia, where such households are rare. In sub-Saharan Africa, 9% of middle-aged women and 2% of middle-aged men live in single-parent households, followed closely by North America (8% of women vs. 2% of men) and the Latin America-Caribbean region (7% of women vs. 1% of men). Middle-aged men tend to live in single-parent homes at about the same rate all over the world and regardless of religion; any differences in rates of single parenthood affect women almost exclusively.

The countries with the highest shares of middle-aged women in single-parent households include Rwanda (19%), Sao Tome and Principe (18%), and Kenya (16%). By contrast, nearly all the countries with the lowest shares of middle-aged women in single-parent households are in either Europe or the Asia-Pacific region, including Afghanistan, North Macedonia, and the Czech Republic, all at about 1%.

Boomer women surged into the workforce as young adults, setting the stage for more Gen X and Millennial women to follow suit. In 1966, when Silent Generation women were ages 22 through 37, a majority (58%) were not participating in the labor force while 40% were employed. For Millennial women today, 72% are employed while just a quarter are not in the labor force. Boomer women were the turning point. As early as 1985, more young Boomer women were employed (66%) than were not in the labor force (28%).

On the whole, Millennials are starting families later than their counterparts in prior generations. Just under half (46%) of Millennials ages 25 to 37 are married, a steep drop from the 83% of Silents who were married in 1968. The share of 25- to 37-year-olds who were married steadily dropped for each succeeding generation, from 67% of early Boomers to 57% of Gen Xers. This in part reflects broader societal shifts toward marrying later in life. In 1968, the typical American woman first married at age 21 and the typical American man first wed at 23. Today, those figures have climbed to 28 for women and 30 for men.

Millennial women are also waiting longer to become parents than prior generations did. In 2016, 48% of Millennial women (ages 20 to 35 at the time) were moms. When Generation X women were the same age in 2000, 57% were already mothers, similar to the share of Boomer women (58%) in 1984. Still, Millennial women now account for the vast majority of annual U.S. births, and more than 17 million Millennial women have become mothers.

Generational differences in political attitudes and partisan affiliation are as wide as they have been in decades. Among registered voters, 59% of Millennials affiliate with the Democratic Party or lean Democratic, compared with about half of Boomers and Gen Xers (48% each) and 43% of the Silent Generation. With this divide comes generational differences on specific issue areas, from views of racial discrimination and immigration to foreign policy and the scope of government.

Not only is this bust-holder a cinch to get on and off, thanks to its hook and eye front closure, it boasts plenty of other great features, including unlined, pad-free cups, wide straps, and a cotton and spandex fabric. Breathable and moisture-wicking, the bra has a deep v-cut, and will keep you comfortable, cool, and fully supported as you sleep. This is also a great bra to grab if you have limited mobility or have difficulty with back closures.

Those looking for an affordable option will want to turn their attention to the Just My Size easy-on front-close bra. Not only is it priced low, it offers plenty of lift, thanks to seamed three-section cups and wide straps, which take weight off of shoulders.

The secret to wearing wide-leg pants is all in the proportions you use to create a flattering silhouette. When a pant is wide, your top needs to be closer to the body and no longer than your waist or high hip. In addition, many have a high-rise which makes a shorter top even easier to wear, including the new cropped sweaters.

A ballet flat is a sleek option under a full leg. Sneakers would work but the less detailing the better. I love a slim ankle boot under wide legs in the winter. Loafers are a great look too and a small lug sole gives boost in height.

Older adults are working longer. By 2018, 24 percent of men and about 16 percent of women ages 65 and older were in the labor force. These levels are projected to rise further by 2026, to 26 percent for men and 18 percent for women.3

The gender gap in life expectancy is narrowing. In 1990, a seven-year gap in life expectancy existed between men and women. By 2017, this gap had narrowed to five years (76.1 years versus 81.1 years).6

More older adults are divorced compared with previous generations. The share of divorced women ages 65 and older increased from 3 percent in 1980 to 14 percent in 2018, and for men from 4 percent to 11 percent during the same period.10

Most people don't grow any taller after the age of 20, but a recent study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research found evidence that the pelvis -- the hip bones -- continues to widen in both men and women up to about age 80, long after skeletal growth is supposed to have stopped.

While it's hardly news that people find themselves to be wider at 40 and 60 than they were at 20, the extra inches were assumed to come from an increase in body fat, said Dr. Laurence E. Dahners, a professor of orthopedics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and lead author of the study.

Dahners and his researchers stumbled on the \"widening\" phenomenon while studying the X-rays of patients in an unrelated bursitis study. \"It seemed that the older you got, the wider your pelvis was, which made no sense,\" Dahners said. \"It goes against everything we hear, that young people are bigger and stronger than the older generation.\"

\"We found older people really are wider, almost 8 to 9 percent wider,\" Dahners said. \"An almost 10 percent increase in your circumference if you consider yourself to be a cylinder would be enough to explain a big part of a pound a year gain over the age of 20.\"

Aside from providing a new excuse for a widening girth, what does the finding mean? Even Dahners was hard-pressed to come up with anything important to the practice of treating patients with bone problems. \"Does it make us fix broken bones differently now? Does it make us put in our special joints differently?\" The answer was a resounding no.

\"Basically, I just thought this [widening] was interesting to know, but I really don't know where it's going,\" said Dr. Elton Strauss, an associate professor of orthopedic surgery and geriatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. \"I think this is something that maybe is going to come to light 15 years from now, as they get autopsy specimens or other studies that look inside the bone to give some kind of idea of what the issues are. They really can't come up with a reason as to why the pelvis widens.\"

Dr. Clifford B. Jones, a clinical professor of orthopedics at Michigan State University, said the widening could come from muscle stress. \"You've got muscle attachments to the pelvis, and they all want to pull. That could relatively widen your pelvis due to the fact that your pelvis brim area is going to get wider and wider from these muscles pulling off and stressing.\" Or maybe it's estrogen. \"Men have female hormones, too, to a lesser degree, and that could be causing it,\" said Jones. \"Or it can just be more maturation that you have over the years.\" 041b061a72


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