What type of Hanfu would old women wear? All models seem young
Hi, thanks for the question!
Old women would wear the same type of hanfu as any other adult women. As far as I know, adult women did not have to change their hanfu style once they reached a certain age. Plus, there’s also the fact that average life expectancy was shorter back then.
All the current hanfu models seem young because the hanfu customer base is young. As I mentioned in this post, the average age of hanfu devotees is 21 years old (as of 2019), so hanfu brands use younger models to appeal to their main clientele. This is the same reasoning behind why there’s more women’s hanfu available compared to men’s hanfu.
However, things seem to be improving as we are seeing more older women participate in hanfu photoshoots and fashion shows. For example, there’s an article here about a 76-year-old grandmother (and former Beijing opera actress) who loves wearing hanfu and has walked in several hanfu fashion shows. Here are some photos/gifs of her:
As you can see from the photos, Ming dynasty-style hanfu is the hanfu style most commonly associated with elderly folks nowadays because of its relatively more conservative design. I personally would love to see them rocking other styles of hanfu as well!
For more photos, please see my senior hanfu tag. And if any followers have additional information/resources, do share!