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Patricia Clarkson's Advice on Dressing for Your Age: "Be Less Edited"

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Patricia Clarkson

She's 55 and fabulous.

In case you missed it, Patricia Clarkson has been busy on stage this year, starring alongside Bradley Cooper in The Elephant Man, both in London and on Broadway. Oh, and she appeared topless (while crying) in the well-received production.

That said, it's not entirely surprising to see the veteran actress walk the carpet wearing a plunging black jumpsuit made by her friend Nanette Lepore. That's exactly what she did on Tuesday night at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and InStyle's joint Golden Globes bash at Ysabel in West Hollywood.  

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It's easy to marvel at how good she looks — fit, flawless and confident, by the way — but the real attention should be placed on why she chooses to wear what she does. "I'm 55 and I don't know if I'm really daring," she explains. "We shouldn't be fearful and we shouldn't edit ourselves. The older we get, we start to edit ourselves and it's actually a time when we should be less edited and more open and more free and more 'devil may care.' Now is the time because we've earned it. Oh my God, we've earned it!"

But if you find yourself wondering how she's acquired that body, here's her answer, with a joke at the end: "I work out a little bit but I hate exercise. I don't eat bad food so maybe that's it. I look OK from certain angles, but not all."

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