When I realized they were dog accessories, it seemed like a strange juxtaposition with your article, so I thought there was some other meaning behind it.
BTW, back in the old, old days, in college, I was giving some minor actress a tennis lesson. She was wearing the most bizarre tennis outfit ever, like some frilly slip thing, I don’t even know. At the time, I couldn’t figure out why she was wearing something so impractical for tennis. The last thing in my mind was that this 30 something woman was hoping to give me a lesson rather than receive one. (Not that she didn’t want to be on the receiving end, wink, wink, nudge, nudge.)
I was training 4–5 hours a day and looked like one of those guys in the P 90x workout videos and while she was thin, she seemed out of shape and not as attractive as she would have been wearing heels, nylons and a dress.
I think people are much more aware of fitness and diet these days, so maybe the whole MILF and cougar thing is because older women still look amazing, in addition to the experience and confidence you discussed.