I wouldn't say "elder men" or "elder women" in this situation.It seems that this is used exclusively to describe some elder women, and their sartorial tastes. But does anyone know of an equivalent for elder men?
That would be most unbecoming. I suspected that there's no common expression for it... for the reason you mentioned. I guess men behave differently in that respect. They blow their pensions on fancy cars, or get a mistress who's thirty years younger.Now you can all jump on me and call me sexist
Did the good Mr Berry, the Elder, have elderberry stains on his sleeves?Or Elder Berry, the friendly representative of the Church of Latter-Day Saints, who used to come round and visit us, when I was a nipper.
Back to the topic: But does anyone know of an equivalent for elder men?Elder or Elderberry (Sambucus or small ) is a genus of between 5-30 species of fast-growing shrubstrees (two species herbaceous), formerly treated in the honeysuckle family Caprifoliaceae, but now shown by genetic evidence to be correctly classified in the moschatel family Adoxaceae.
No, cuchu. But he did have an associate by the name of Elder Flower.Did the good Mr Berry, the Elder, have elderberry stains on his sleeves?
So you think there's no real equivalent, like Brioche suggested?That's (referring to younger woman or automobile) his mid-life crisis.
I don't know of one. Cosmetics and cosmetic surgery for men is relatively recent, other than for medical reasons. I'm sure the language will catch up soon. Men's clothing doesn't seem to vary very much according to age group.So you think there's no real equivalent, like Brioche suggested?
How on Earth could the expression mutton dressed as lamb not indicate a desire to emulate the young?Mutton dressed as lamb focuses on appearance. I can't account for the message that the image purveys, because I don't believe that the woman in this situation, is particularly bothered about emulating the young - unlike her male counterpart. Interesting thread!
As a small aside, this seems purely BE. I have never heard or read it in AE.mutton dressed (up) as lamb British, informal
an offensive way of saying that a woman is dressed in a style that is more suitable for a much younger woman
Do you think this skirt is too short? I don't want to look like mutton dressed as lamb.
It seems that this is used exclusively to describe some elder women, and their sartorial tastes. But does anyone know of an equivalent for elder men?