We Hear You! Letters from Our March 2013 Issue

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by MORE • Editors

I look forward to every issue of More, but I was very disappointed in the fashion you showed for the "In Your 60s"  Sylebook section of the March issue.  I will be turning 60 this next year and you made me dread reaching that decade.  Although I wear a lot of black, the clothes you showed would make me look huge.  I work out daily trying to keep my body as slim and youthful as possible.  I do need to camouflage some parts of the body  as everyone in any age has their particular body problems, but these clothes would make me feel OLD!  The idea of placing flowers on a small pump looks like something an older woman held in their closest since their 20's and couldn't throw them out because they were their favorites.  Stripes and large prints make me think of the little grey haired women that love dressing as their mother did.  Although, I know I have to change my dress as I age, I don't believe you have to go from the more colorful, sleek fashions shown in the 50's to only black, large, out of date prints when you turn 60.  Please give the women in their 60's more fashionable options! 

I actually really loved the suggestions - but really - where is the COLOR for the women in their 60's???  ALL black & white???  Not even a colorful accessory????  I am in my 70's, love black & white, but also need some color in my life!!!!!  I really like the Ann Taylor "Chanel" sweater jecket!
--Mary VanenBerge


Dear Lesley,

I've been a faithful reader of MORE magazine for about 5 years. In all that time I've never written a letter to the editor--but I had to write regarding your article on Connie Britton in the March issue.

There's no doubt Ms. Britton is beautiful, talented, and successful. Why, then, does MORE feel the need to include four sultry photos of her basically half dressed? The photos you selected look more appropriate for a men's magazine (where the readers are men!)

I'm not opposed to illustrating the beauty of any woman you choose to profile. But I am opposed to your decision to focus your photos exclusively on Ms. Britton's physical attributes in order to help convince me she's important and worth reading about.

What is that popular saying, less is more? In this case I need less of MORE. Please cancel my subscription.

--Barbara R. Call

Dear Editor:

Your magazine is very instructive. Most of us past 50 (I am 68) are happy that your magazine addresses the issues women of our age face. Many of us tend to laugh at the foibles that have younger women at a loss.

I ask you to think about the humor that is often lacking in our day-to-day lives because we are doing our best to bring food on the table and keep a roof over our heads. The economy is not our friend.

Just one cartoon would lift the weight of your magazine’s issue content and our spirits as well.

Thank you for considering this comment.

Sincerely yours,
--Elisabeth Falcone

Hello Ms. Seymour.....As a subscriber to your magazine, I am usually delighted with each and every issue....however after reading your article..."Stylebook---What to Wear in Your 30's., 40's., 50's etc."  I could no longer keep silent.    I was indeed eager to read it as being 53, I have reached a stage were I question everything I wear.  Usually I nag my 23 year old daughter for her opinion...."do I look too old in this? or Do I look inappropriately too young in this?.......Naturally, I immediately turned to your article., only to find that unless I win the lottery, I will  basically be unable to dress for my age.   I am a registered nurse working in a hospital with 2 children still in college and a husband who just lost his job after 30 years........who can afford the outfits you have suggested....Although they are lovely.  , I was so dissappointed that it was not geared more to the average woman on a budget.  If I took the advice stated....I would have no money left over for..say...food., shelter..etc...but I would indeed look fabulous for my age.   Thanks for listening.......
--Monica Stevko

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Lynn Cadogan04.17.2013

I have never written a magazine before but you are always asking for comments and feed back, so I felt compelled to write. I enjoy reading MORE and share it with friends when I finish. The articles are appropriate and very informative but in looking at the ads I find a big discrepancy in the age of women you are "writing" for and the appearance of the models. Except for maybe Diane Keaton, I couldn't find a model that looked "mature" and had any wrinkles. I would like to see more advertising with vibrant, more mature realistic looking women since that is the demographic your magazine is written for. Thanks for letting me share my comment.


I read More cover-to-cover every month and have never written in before, but the article on the pills we can't kick was a major eye-opener. I was prescribed Effexor 3 years ago when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was supposed to stop the hot flashes brought on by suddenly stopping HRT. After reading your article, I began to research Effexor and found that it causes hot flashes(!) and many other pretty nasty side effects. I started to taper off a few weeks ago and stopped taking it completely 6 days ago. The withdrawals are awful--really, truly awful--but I know eventually they will stop and I will no longer be putting my health in jeopardy taking a drug that isn't even meant to do what it was prescribed to do. If I still have hot flashes, I will suffer them naturally. I already take Black Cohash and will add other supplements or vitamins to help. Thank you so much for such an important article.

Carol 03.21.2013

No no no.....no 30 somethings in More! You promised a magazine for women over 40 - please honor that! And while you are at it, it wouldn't hurt to add "This is what 70 looks like". I read More front to back and back to front. I used to shop your ads for products I knew would be for me at my age.....but this is uncomfortably becoming more of my daughters' magazine. We deserve the More original market - I am waiting to spend....


I love More, and I love Connie Britton. And believe me, I am no prude. But I did not love the girlie-mag photos that accompanied an otherwise very good story on this very interesting, strong and intelligent woman. Did I pick up the wrong magazine? Have I turned into my Great-Aunt Lila Lee, who would have been shocked and appalled by the overtly sexy display of Ms. Britton's bits, barely covered with scanty scraps? I believe in celebrating our fabulousness. But I have to wonder -- to what audience were you playing with those photos? Has More decided to be Maxim?

Julie 03.04.2013

I have become very disillusioned with MORE. It seems you are trying to reach a younger demographic (already more than well served) by including the 30s, whilst paying less attention to women in their 60s and 70s. I am 51 and have nothing in common with women in their 30s with regards to skin care, lifestyle, etc. Reading other womens' comments, I see I am not alone in this point of view. I would love to hear from the Editor on why the 30 somethings are now included.

Kate Dockham03.03.2013

I enjoy your magazine, but often think it is geared to women of a different lifestyle than my on-the-go mom and teacher life. I was looking through the Stylebook: Dressing for the Decades, and found a pair of shoes I had to have whether in the teacher budget or not. So I went to the Vince Camuto site to find the studded black sandals shown and nothing! How disappointing that I finally take the plunge and follow a piece of information from your magazine only to be unable to even find a picture of the same sandals. It is only March 3rd, hard to believe the season/trend/moment has eclipsed me already. Just another lesson for this everyday teacher to learn.
Sadly Shoeless,
Kate Dockham

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