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What does 50 really look like?

Posted on 29 September 2016

Just got here? Welcome to life after 50

When you think about it, you might as well ask ‘what does 21, 35 or 40 look like?’ Because whatever age we are, we don’t all look the same.

We don’t wake up the morning of our 50th birthdays, look in the mirror and find a grey-haired stranger staring back at us. We look exactly the same as we did the night before – in all our wonderful variety.

Breaking the stereotype

Men and women who are 50 today have seen a lot of changes since they were born, back in the 1960s.

Women have entered the workplace in huge numbers and it no longer causes outrage if they turn up in trousers. And while many still choose to stay at home or work part time when their children are young, husbands and partners are now expected to at least change a nappy or two - and to know one end of the Dyson from the other.

These factors (and many more) have changed expectations of what we can do, who we can be and, of course, what we should look like while we’re doing it. And thank goodness for that.

Getting our 50s groove on

At 50, many of us look back on our younger selves and wonder why we ever worried about how we looked: we were gorgeous – or at least in our prime; if only we had recognised it…

Good things come with this realisation. For example, we appreciate that we have made it this far – and many of us are more comfortable in our own skin now than we were at 21.

Plus there is such a wide variety of role models out there for men and for women, and they rarely involve beige, elasticated waistbands and comfy shoes.

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Fabulous at 50 role models

People famous for looking good into and past their 50s include Helen Mirren, George Clooney, Elizabeth Hurley and Brad Pitt. But there’s more to being a good role model than rocking a good look…

Here are some examples:

Focussed at 50 – JK Rowling

Bravely talked about hitting rock bottom before bouncing back with Harry Potter.

Multi-honoured and multi-talented – an inspiration for us all.

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Frisky at 50 – Chris Evans

An accomplished broadcaster who has kept his boyish enthusiasm as he’s aged.

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Frankly indescribable at 50 – Helena Bonham-Carter CBE

BAFTA-winning actress and charity patron, who certainly carves her own niche in the style stakes.

Unconventional but well on her way to becoming a national treasure.

And let’s not forget Dame Helen Mirren, a sex symbol at 71.

Glad to be grey

Dare we say it, getting older can even be fashionable.

Take grey hair. For men, being ‘silver’ has long been considered distinguished. Now it’s gaining a cooler edge – from cheeky charmer Gary Lineker on prime time TV with his grey goatee to the runways of London, Paris and Milan, grey is everywhere.

For women, grey has become high fashion for some - and low maintenance for others.

Should you choose it, fight it or give in gracefully? It’s entirely up to you.

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The best is yet to come

With people living longer than ever, 50-somethings are realising they still have many good years ahead of them.

We’re no longer prepared to put up with stale or failing marriages once our kids have flown the nest; online dating has opened up a world of opportunity - and many silver surfers are seizing it.

This, and the fact that we may be earning more than we ever have, could explain why the over fifties (and their fivers) are cropping up in unlikely places, such as nightclubs and festivals, as well as jetting off on a multitude of mini breaks.

And whether coupled up or single, we can choose to please ourselves while worrying less about what other people think – a refreshing change from our younger years.

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Enjoy these golden years

In conclusion then, there’s nothing to fear in turning 50.

Women turning 50 don’t have to give up laughing, dancing or yoga for fear of springing a leak - and men don’t have to have a mid-life crisis, an affair with a younger woman or a buy a new Harley; they are stereotypes and we are not.

So don’t worry; it really is just a number. Welcome to life after 50 and the best years of your life.

SunLife offers a range of straightforward and affordable products including over 50s life insurance, funeral plans, equity release, pet insurance, home insurance, car insurance, ISAs and Will writing services.

Here's the information that you need to know about who we are and the other companies that we work with in order to provide our products and services.

Who are SunLife?

Phoenix Life Limited trades as SunLife and is the provider of the Guaranteed Over 50 Plan, SunLife Insurance and the life insurance policy payment option for Funeral Plans. Phoenix Life Limited’s registered office is at 1 Wythall Green Way, Wythall, Birmingham, B47 6WG (registered in England, no. 1016269). Dignity Funerals is not authorised or regulated for this activity by either the Financial Conduct Authority or the Prudential Regulation Authority. Dignity Funerals Ltd is a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors.

SunLife Limited distributes financial products and services and is a company limited by shares, registered office: 1 Wythall Green Way, Wythall, Birmingham, B47 6WG (registered in England, no. 05460862). SunLife Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is entered on the Financial Services Register (registration no. 769427).

You can contact us by post at SunLife, PO Box 1395, Peterborough, PE2 2TR or by phone on 0800 008 6060.

If you choose to add Funeral Benefit Option to your Guaranteed Over 50 Plan the funeral services are arranged and provided by Dignity Funerals Limited. Dignity Funerals Limited is a company registered in England and Wales No. 00041598. VAT registered No. 486 6081 14. 4 King Edwards Court, King Edwards Square, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B73 6AP. Telephone No. 0121 354 1557. Fax No. 0121 355 808. Part of Dignity plc. A British Company. Dignity is not authorised or regulated for this activity by the Financial Conduct Authority or the Prudential Regulation Authority but is a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors.

Who provides the Funeral Plans?

Dignity Funerals Ltd arranges and provides the funeral services. Dignity Funerals is not authorised or regulated for this activity by either the Financial Conduct Authority or the Prudential Regulation Authority. Dignity Funerals Ltd is a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors.

The life insurance policy that pays for your funeral will be provided by Phoenix Life Limited, trading as SunLife.

Who provides My Smarter (ISA)?

My Smarter (ISA) is provided by Scottish Friendly Asset Managers Limited. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Details can be found on the Financial Services register, registration No. 188832. Member of The Investment Association. Registered Office: Scottish Friendly House, 16 Blythswood Square, Glasgow G2 4HJ.

Who provides the Will writing services?

Hugh James is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA Number:303202).

The information contained on this website is based on Hugh James' understanding of the law of intestacy in England and Wales only as at April 2014. The law in Scotland and Northern Ireland is significantly different. This is for information purposes and is not intended to be legal advice.

Who provides Family Life Insurance?

SunLife Family Life Insurance is provided by Scottish Friendly Assurance Society Limited which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Details can be found on the Financial Services register (registration number 110002). Registered Office: Scottish Friendly House, 16 Blythswood Square, Glasgow G2 4HJ. 

Who provides SunLife Pet Insurance

SunLife Pet Insurance is arranged and administered by BDML Connect Limited. BDML Connect Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (No. 309140). Registered in England and Wales Number 02785540. Registered Office: 45 Westerham Road, Bessels Green, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 2QB.

Who provides SunLife Home Insurance

SunLife Home Insurance is arranged and administered by BISL Limited and underwritten by a panel of insurers. BISL Limited are an intermediary authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered in England no. 03231094. Registered office Pegasus House, Bakewell Road, Orton Southgate, Peterborough PE2 6YS.

Who provides SunLife Car Insurance

SunLife Car Insurance is arranged and administered by BISL Limited and underwritten by a panel of insurers. BISL Limited are an intermediary authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered in England no. 03231094. Registered office Pegasus House, Bakewell Road, Orton Southgate, Peterborough PE2 6YS.