Outfit Post: Do you dress older or younger than you really are?

I'm going to start this post with a confession: I am closer to 40 than I am to 20. A lot closer. However, I wear clothes that most twenty-somethings embrace - such as miniskirts, mixed patterns, trapeze tanks (like I have on today) and platform booties. My favorite stores include Forever 21, Lulu's, and Urban Outfitters, stores that attract twenty-somethings like bees to honey. And I love my tattoos, crazy bright red hair, and willingness to experiment with my ever-changing personal style.

However, as I've gotten older, I've become a bit more concerned about dressing age-appropriately while continuing to wear the things that make me feel the most me. I cannot relate to the desperation to look younger that some women have. I will never inject my face with poison to banish wrinkles. I will never willingly fork over money to get my lips plumped, cellulite treated, or face lifted. To be honest, when I get dressed in the morning, I don't spend much time thinking about the age-appropriateness of my outfit. If I like how I look, that's enough for me, whether I'm garbed in Forever 21 or pulling on an Ann Taylor cardigan and pants.

However, I was intrigued by a January survey from British department store Debenhams, which reveals that a whopping 89% of women "desire to dress younger than their years," and that 55% consider 70 the ideal age to finally start dressing the part of someone born in their birth year. According to CNBC, "Most women felt that their thirties and forties were torn between dressing frumpier when adjusting to demands of babies and small children and a growing concern with looking younger. Over 50% said they started to dress younger in their thirties and 90% admitted they had started to dress younger by their mid-forties."

A spokesperson for the store says, "You only have to look at celebrity examples like Elle Macpherson and Sophia Loren to see that women are looking younger than ever. So it's no surprise that our customers are also dressing for how they feel, rather than what it says on their drivers license - and we want to encourage them." 

Perhaps the most revealing part of the survey was that only 12% of men, by comparison, had ever considered dressing to look younger. 

For most women, adapting your style to your age is no different to dressing for your body type, or your personal style, or your lifestyle. Defining, and dressing age appropriately, is a touchy subject for many women. This study led me to wonder why age-appropriate dressing is a tricky area to navigate:

  • People don’t like to be labeled: Judging people as groups instead of individuals poses problems. We prefer to be seen as unique creatures, and how we chose to dress is definitely an individual choice. For example, saying that “women over 40 should not wear miniskirts” is far too general. How short is the skirt? Are you 41 or 89?
  • The discrepancy between body and mind: The physical signs of aging start to kick in during our late thirties and early forties. Yet it’s exactly at this age where our intellect and experience really come into their own. Many women are more accepting of themselves. So just as we are becoming more confident and sure of who we are, our bodies start to let us down.
  • Dressing to hold onto our youth: We can’t get back the years that have passed, and realizing that they’re gone can be a hard blow to accept. As a result, some women chose to dress younger as a way of retaining their youth.

I think I may start to gravitate towards the women's section a little more when I am, oh, say around 60. I am 36 years old (there, I said it) but can't see myself falling out of love with my skinny jeans, form-fitting tops and mini skirts any time soon. I do wear much less revealing clothing than I did when I was younger - no more low-cut tops or extremely short, tight dresses for me. On the flip side, I know plenty of women younger than me who like to dress "older", exploring their personal style through more modest pieces such as knee-length skirts and blazers.

I love the idea that age is just a number-  check out Helen Mirren in a bikini! - but when do we stop looking like we're flaunting our fabulous figures and start looking a little ridiculous for trying too hard? Do you agree with the survey that says 70 is the perfect time to start dressing your age? Do you think you fairly represent your generation when you get dressed, whatever that may be? Do you dress older or younger than you really are? Leave a comment and discuss!

TJ Maxx trapeze tank; Target racerback tank (underneath); Gap Outlet Cargos; Gap studded sandals; Urban Outfitters necklace; TIKKR watch






47 comments:

  1. great outfit, elissa.

    interesting post, too. i'm 25 and i'm in a academic community where i have to look presentable to teach, so i try to do so. still, most of the outfits i post on my blog are outfits i've taught in, so i think i like to keep it relatively young and fashionable. but i find myself gravitating a little bit away from things that are SUPER short. i'll still wear minis, but i have a limit, you know? also, i find that i'm getting more and more turned off by what i see as "twee" stuff...little owl print dresses, stuff with tons of bows, things like that. i do love to dress in a feminine way, but i'm a grown woman: i don't need to be wearing a bunny print dress with a huge sash anymore, you know? i'm not necessarily trying to dress like a grown up, but i'm not trying to wear things that will make me look younger than i am. i've also ixnayed band t-shirts, which make me feel kind of immature, even though my boyfriend (3 yrs older) wears them all the time!

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  2. I will be 40 in May and I have no intention of changing the way I dress. I work in a fairly conservative profession (public service) but I don't own any suits and very few jackets. Age is just a number so I'm not going to conform to any crazy ideas about what "older" women "should" wear.

    Wear what you like!

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  3. I'm closer to 40 than you are, and I'm regularly taken for someone in my 20s. Part of that is how I dress, which is really only a reflection of how "old" I feel. I think age is growing less and less relevant, something that makes me happy.

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  4. 1st of all, super-cute casual outfit today, and you definitely look like you're in your mid-to-late 20's, NOT your 30's.

    I'm 27, but I'm often mistaken for being in my early 20's. Part of that is my "babyface", but the other part may have to with how I dress. I love girlier close, and I feel like an ultra-feminine style often translates "youth". I work in a bank (a conservative environment for sure), but I try to "glam up" boring work basics, or sometimes will push the limit with a long tunic or minidress and leggings. My casual outfits tend to be more put together, so I'd say on weekends, I may tend to dress "older" than my face may indicate.

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  5. You know that is such a great question... sometimes when I go to work in a suit I feel much older than I am...then I find myself in love with all of this vintage clothing which is 50 years old and I feel young again...a lot the times it is how you feel! By the way I am 31 and just DISCOVERED skinny jeans! and I love them! Keep rocking it!

    Shana
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  6. I love this post! And I love your outfit -- it's something that I would definitely wear, and I'm 52, soon to be 53. I despise the phrase "young at heart." Snort! People constantly mistake me for being younger than I am, which I have to say is kind of nice. To me, it implies that I am taking care of myself. That being said, I freak out sometimes, when I realize that I have the same clothes as my 23-year-old daughter! I wonder if I'm pushing the envelope just a little bit too much ...

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  7. Hi intersting post. I'm 28 and even I'm still in my twenties I just don't feel right when I use something very girly like used to especially because I have a yong boy and I don't want to look like a teenager to be honest but I don't want to dress very formal beacause it is not me. I guess a soon as the person is happy and comfortable with what they are wearing who cares about the age. The fact of a woman looking beautiful is not from what she is wearing is from how she feels inside. x

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  8. I think it's important to dress in what makes you feel like yourself. Clothes don't have anything to do with age- you wear what makes you smile! When I hear someone say that a person is dressing too young, what they usually mean is that their clothes don't fit properly, and they equate that with someone wearing clothes from their youth. I think you have an amazing, fun, unique style and you always look great! As long as your clothes fit and flatter, there's no reason you should worry about dressing "too young." I worry about dressing too old sometimes- cardigans, shift dresses, neutral flats..... luckily my tattoos give me some flair :)
    Great post girl!

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  9. I just got back from the mall shopping for an outfit for a high society wedding tonight...the battle was between looking too young and looking 70! I am 57 and my goal is for no one to guess that...but to be totally shocked when I tell them. Sometimes looking too young makes you actually look older! It is a fine line I walk that I have thought a lot about lately! Some occasions are just tougher than others and cannot be addressed with...just dress like I yourself. I have just a short amount of time left to answer that question for tonight!!

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  10. Hi there! I just stumbled across your blog the other day and wanted to say that I love your style and that this post really struck a chord with me. I just turned 35 in December and have started to think about how, or if, I should be reflecting my age in the way I dress. It crosses my mind and then I usually just shrug it of,f and go about my day wearing what ever I want, but it does give me pause.

    I can see one particular shift in the way I shop over the last few years is that now I look more for quality in my garments and accessories. Instead of shelling out money for something that may have a cute sugar skull pattern but will fall apart after a season I buy items that are more timeless and will last.

    I think what we wear is a reflection of where we are in our self journey. Dressing a particular age may or may not be a conscious decision for many but it is passing consideration for me. Dressing for the situation, however, is far more important to me.

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  12. I definitely relate to the survey respondents who said they started to dress "younger" in their 30s and 40s! For me, though, my emerging sense of style as I got older (I just turned 40) was more due to increased confidence and being comfortable enough with myself to wear what I like. I do worry sometimes about looking like I raided my daughter's closet, but I think (hope!) I'm finding a pretty good balance between fabulous and appropriate.

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  13. i love the subject of this post, too. at age 38 i often am mistaken for a decade younger. i wear a faux hawk and lots of bright colors, but am modest at all times especially since i teach at a jr. high with a "conservative" dress code. i tends to keep a skewed sense of humor and and so i just tell my students that the advantage to having a fat face is that it doesn't allow for wrinkles to show!

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  14. Great post! I am 37 and feel like I have found my *style*...I still wear a bikini...shorter than some shorts (not daisy dukes though...gross!)...love to mix the trends into my wardrobe and love me some skinny jeans! As long as I feel good in what I have on, I think it's ok. When something doesn't feel right or I think it's not appropriate I pass. I sure wish I had this much fun with clothing and such in my 20's!

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  15. Such a great post!
    I believe that it's more important to dress for your body type than it is your age. With that said though I HATE it when adults (any age past 20) dress like teenagers...there's a big difference between a 40 year old woman dressing like a teeny bobber and a 40 year old woman dressing like a 20something.

    Natasha ~ Required2BeInspired

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  16. Girl, you are BLOWING IT UP over here on your blog. I am glad everyone else thinks so too.

    I love this post. I am always having to talk to people about who they want to portray themselves as when they get dressed, and I do think there are too many "rules" out there that make people feel inhibited from dressing for themselves. I feel lucky to have the confidence to pull off my cheap-ass wardrobe (which comes mostly from youth-targeted shops), and I think confidence the main key ingredient here, really.

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  17. I really like this post. I don't think you should dress your age ever, I think that you should dress what feels comfortable, what is you, and what makes you look gorgeous.

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  18. Great post, really interesting topic! I think for the most part you should dress how you feel (and for the record you definetely don't look in your 30s!) but there are times when I see ADR and I feel like maybe her skirts are a bit too short. I'm not suggesting she dress older, but I think there is something incredibly beautiful in women who have great style and dress classically, like Helen Mirren (who looks killer in that bikini). This may not be the case for you but I feel as if older women feel ashamed to be "old", society puts so much pressure on looking young with anti-aging creams and what not that one almost has to dress younger.

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  19. ~ * ♥ * ~

    Really interesting post Elissa! I have struggled with the idea of dressing "my age" ~ when do I start wearing Mom clothes; do I ever have to wear Mom clothes??

    For me personally, the problem was solved when I discovered vintage style and now I am in love with 40s and 50s looks. I wear clothes that are older than me, but I do not think that they make me look older as a result.

    I also take a lot of inspiration from the sweet doll like styles you find in Japanese street wear. In the end I might be wearing something that my Grandmother wore, or something that a girl with a princess fascination might wear.

    I think the trick is to decide what style you love and own it. I think you own your style which is why it looks great on you; no matter what. Keep on rocking it Elissa!

    xox,
    bonita of Depict This!
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  20. Another different way to talk about fashion. I'm 34 and all my life I've been confused for 10 years my real age. When I was younger I hated it so much didn't feel I was taken seriously. Now I think it as a compliment but it doesn't define my self worth. I would say I dress as I feel. I've never fit the age appropriated box anyway. Last to get a boyfriend,last to marry, still no kids, a house owner for only a year, I live life as I experience it. trough my own rules. I stopped wearing some styles more because I was 'done' with the look.

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  21. Just discovered your blog via "Work with what ya got" (your friend I think?) anyway, love it! I am totally relating to you. I LOVE fashion and clothes, but am even closer to 40 than you and have 4 kids and I have been wondering the same things: Am I dressing my age? Do I have to "dress" may age? I just want to feel good and happy in my clothes, so I wear what looks flattering on my body and what i think looks cool. Thank you so much for bringing this up!
    melissa

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  22. Great post! I feel the same way. I am 31, am mistaken for early 20's (a chubby round face and oily skin will do that) and dress like a 19 year old, or early 20's at least. I don't feel like a mother of a 6 year old. Or like a married woman. I feel like I graduated High school only a few years ago. I love that I still get carded when I go to R rated movies and when I buy beer. I love my growing collection of tattoos and wild hair colors.
    Age is nothing more than a feeling. Dress how you feel.

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  23. I tend to think I dress my age. I'm in my mid-twenties and towing the line of what's too young and what's classy. I honestly hate the whole age appropriate dressing debate, because if a woman looks great and feels great what should her age matter? Great post!

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  24. I read this post thinking at the end of it, I'd see way inappropriate clothing but the way you are dressing is cute, stylish and great for your age! I don't believe because you get older you have to stop loving fashion or stop being "trendy." Just as long as you're not going over the top and from these photos, you aren't at all.

    I feel like articles like that refer to what I see here a lot in Scottsdale that I make fun of a bit on my blog. They're cougars that are just trying WAY too hard. My mom wears skinny jeans, leggings and tunic tops and looks stylish. But these 45+ botoxed Scottsdale cougars wear miniskirts and dresses tighter than what I'd wear!

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  25. A week late on this, but interesting post! I'm coming up on 41 and in all honestly I'm not sure what 'dressing my age' would mean. I wear clothes that fit my lifestyle and that I am comfortable in. I work in IT, so I can dress fairly casually at work. People do tend to take me for younger than I am. I have no idea if that's to do my my clothes or not. I guess my philosophy is: wear what works for you, what makes you feel good.

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  26. Love this! I agree that you should wear what you're comfortable in and what represents you, not something "age-appropriate" deemed that by a magazine. I'm 27, but I'm way more drawn to knee-length and thick-strapped or sleeved tops. When I read fashion magazines, I always identify more with the fashion they recommend for women in their 50s and 60s. Not because I want to dress older or be older, but I just like the clothes better. As a result, most people think I'm in my early 30s--not a huge difference, but one that definitely works better for me in the workplace. But whatevs--age is just a number and style is personal.

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  27. Hi Elissa,

    first of all, you look gorgeous! I am 23 and this is my confession: Until I was 19, my Mum went shopping for me (and she was everything for me but a style icon). So at college, I dropped into an extreme phase of deep cut-outs and mini skirts. Now I find myself drawn to business fashion, like knee-lenght skirts and blazers. Sometimes my friends make fun of me and tease me for dressing older than I am (or more professional, haha). My idea is, that you do not have to make a absolute decision. Fashion comes to my every day differently and as you said: It is all okay, when you just pick out what you like in the morning.

    Lilly

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  28. This is a great post. I always worried that even 27 I needed to start changing. Which is weird because I don't consider that old at all. I love 40 year olds who dress alive and feel great. I think you look gorgeous as well!

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  29. Enjoyed this post and reading the comments, and I think you have a great look (love the red hair!). I am almost 50, and feel like I have really found my own style only in the last 10 years. I buy a lot of vintage, and am usually pretty covered up, but like short skirts and skinny pants and can wear them because I've taken care of myself. There are times where I try something on in a store and ask "is this too young for me", but more often the question is, "do I feel comfortable and is it flattering"? I'd like to think I will be dressing the same as I do now when I'm 60 and maybe 70, with some adjustments for changes in my body. If you want to see how amazing it's possible to look at 70+, you should look at the super stylish women on Ari Cohen's Blog, Advanced Style!

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  30. I probably dress 'older' than I am - I love vintage clothing and I hate mini-skirts, crop tops, and generally don't follow trends. However lately I've started to feel weird about doing so as I read a lot of articles saying that you're only young once, and should wear mini-skirts/have long hair/show off your body while you are still young. I like the way I dress now, but I'm starting to worry I'll regret not doing some of those 'age-appropriate' things when I'm older. Ugh. I don't even know anymore!

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  31. I am almost 30 and I feel like lately I need to change my style. Not to dress older but just a little more classic. It's been rumbling around in my head that I might need a style over haul.

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  32. This is a very interesting topic. I graduate from college and turn 23 in May. I have a very young-looking face. Because I appear much younger than I am, I tend to play it safe and dress 'older' in professional settings. I couldn't get away with looking AND dressing younger than I am while trying to be taken seriously as a young professional.

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  33. You bring up some very interesting points! I really like the "age is just a number" quote, and in my opinion, that's extremely critical to any side of this argument. I would propose that the actual age is less important than where you are in life. Style can change as you age - not because of the number of years, but because of experiences, life perspective, career, motherhood (puking babies vs. teens!), love for style (or not!) as trends change, marital status (let's face it: single-but-wanting-a-hubby ladies have different reasons for presenting their best side than the happily married ladies!), and the list could go on and on. Maturity can change our need for style. In my case, (I'll be 31 in less than a month), I believe that the maturity I've experienced over the last 3 years or so has drastically increased my love for personal style development! However, I just moved to an area that is so Function Over Fashion that even our Old Navy stores have a less Fashion-Focused inventory than the ones two hours away. So I have to strike a balance or shop online. The various priorities in my life, my circumstances, and my own confidence in how I see Me, these matter more than my number of years. Yet they come with, develop through, and are understood after accumulation of more years.

    Sorry for the novel ;)

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  34. Let me just say: You look comfortable. I'd imagine those clothes could be revamped to work for anyone between the ages of 16 and 54. When it comes to looking good, it shouldn't really matter where you buy your clothes.

    I suppose I dress older for my age. Around 19, I felt I had to get out of the "dressing like a teenager" phase, but also, I look really young. I'm a high school teacher and looking young doesn't help that I'm short and could virtually blend in with my students. If anything, my work attire is...kind of a frump costume.

    Now...outside of work is a whole new ball game. I like hip hop dancing, so I'll wear really colorful clothes and Nikes - just because. It really looks like a rainbow threw up on me. I also like looking rather barbie-ish at times, so bright colors and lots of hot pink. I also still haven't outgrown my androgynous dresser phase. None of those are really age related as much as they just reflect things I like.

    I'm all for age appropriateness, though not as a stead fast rule. Sometimes you can see the discomfort in someone who is really either trying to look older or younger and is dressed specifically for that purpose. Sometimes older age is something to embrace and I personally can't wait to wear those Sunday hats with the giant flowers when I'm 60.

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  35. You're only 36 so never say never on the botox. I do agree with you so far, though: I'm 40 and am avoiding any lifts and plumps. I have friends who have done it and they do look younger which to me is not necessarily better. The difference in the percentage of men versus women who want to look younger is a direct result of our strange society that insists women are only beautiful if they are young. Like it or not, when women pay for treatments to look more youthful they are contributing to that societal sickness. They don't like me to say it and I've been told off for it but it is true.

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  36. Looking cute and feeling pretty is part of our identities as women is more to the point. Once you have to repress that part of yourself because you're on the other side of 40 you start to feel a little less like a woman. It's as if culture is forcing you to undergo a female castration. All the markers of feminity are slowly wrenched away. You are commanded by culture to cut your hair, forget about makeup and fashion, get frumpy and fade into the wood work. It's no wonder so many women are now rebelling against this.

    I am older than you. I think about my age when I dress in the sense that I don't want to slide into an old lady uniform of whatever people think 38 year olds should be wearing. I congratulate you for staying true to yourself. There's no reason why anyone should dress "their age" What does that really mean except for a stereotype?

    Does every 36 year old look alike or think alike? Why in the world would they then dress alike? As long as all the naughty bits are appropriately covered, who cares? If anything I find a lot of women 35 and older dress to dumpy. We are women and we should continue our decorative ways. Cheers!

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  37. The post is right up my alley. I worry that I may get busted by those makeover people on TV one day and thier going to tell me to quit dressing like a teenager. Most people tell me I look young for my age and I'm hoping I can still pull it off. Everytime I do try to dress older either I don't find nothing I like or I buy it and after wearing it once or twice realize I don't feel so great in it. I plan to avoid the clothing lines intended for teens and always gravitate right back to them. I love hollister,abercrombie, forever 21 and so on and I'm 37.Lately though I've been steering clear of their t-shirts, my pot belly is starting to show, lol. oh how I took my flat belly for granted when I was younger. :o)

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    1. You can make it work. I shopped from juniors until I was 40 and it just happened at that time that the misses clothes started looking much better.

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  38. I'm very happy to see this article! At 28, I've often thought it might be time to dress a little more "age appropriate." I love my ripped jeans and cute tops. I also love short skirts because, well at barely 5'1 long skirts make me look frumpy. It's nice to know I'm not the only person that worries about these things! I think your outfit looks great and the red hair is totally awesome!

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  39. Love this. Totally agree with you. Also, what if you actually do look ten years younger? Why wouldn't it be ok to dress like 30 at 40, if you look that age? I have always looked ten years younger (just have a baby face and good genes), and when I was in my 20s, I dressed "older" and more classic so I could be taken seriously at work, but when not at work, I was more into mod or indie fashions (ok, I also had a ling goth phase..) so I dressed accordingly. At 40, I certainly don't want to dress older than I look (30), but I wouldn't dress how I actually did in my 20s. I don't follow the fashions of whatever alternative scenes are around now, like I would have 20 yrs ago, but I also don't dress in ann Taylor, unless I had to at an office. (I am a freelancer so I don't have a dress code.) if I cut my hair and dressed in khakis and pearls ( no thanks), I would look terrible. I just wear what I like, and yes, this includes skinnies, dolman sleeved tops, loose crops (with tanks underneath), maxis, short boots etc. I probably won't at 60, but who knows?

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  40. I dress young...classy, sassy, and young. I'm 40, I feel 25, and look pretty darn good, so that's how I dress. :-) And I don't have kids, so nobody to worry about *embarrassing* just because I don't dress matronly enough to suit them...*snort*!! My mother, who is in her 60s and is gorgeous, dresses beautifully, and nobody would ever think of her as an age of any sort...she just knows how to pull everything together. I truly don't think age should dictate our personal style...its outdated, perposterous, and controlling to lock a woman into a stereotype of age, or anything else for that matter, IMO.

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  41. You're still young enough to pull it off. I think that once you get the tell tale signs of the aging woman, i.e., saggy neck, wrinkly hands, etc. it's probably time to retire the more edgy youthful looks. If people can buy that you're still young you can still dress young. I'm much closer to 50 than 40 but I look closer to 30 so I don't raise eyebrows in my skinny jeans, leather jackets and big earrings.

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  42. Hi! I am just a few days from turning the big 40 I like the way I dress but my husband has made comments about it. He says I look great and all but I dress like I am 14 not 40 hes not being mean about it he just wanted to let me know lol. So I am still dressing the way I was I am just trying to find a med to wear I don't look like I am 14 or I raided my daughters closet she just turned 20. I dress the same way you do skinny jeans sandels so I am assumming that I dress like I should he just don't know anything right!!!!! I think you should always dress to make yourself feel good nobody else.

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  43. Great post, I definitely think it is about dressing for your body shape rather than your age. Age is definitely just a number. We are doing a series for UK TV channel on fashion and we are looking for older ladies (40 - 50) to debate this idea, that you should be able to dress how you want, not what your age dictates. If you are interested please do get in touch anna.templeton@storyvault.tv

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  44. I really like your look. It is very cute. I am 56, am mistaken for 30ish. I wear a SZ 4, have no problem with a bikini. Many of you may think, I am too old for a bikini. The thing is I love to shop. I wear occasion appropriate clothing when I attend an Event, ie business meeting, formal dinner.
    When I go into a Dept or Specialty Store, if I like a particular outfit and it looks nice I usually will buy it. I love the colorful legging, long tops and boots.
    Also, the main thing I see wrong with some viewpoints on age appropriate clothing is Dept Stores have sections for Designers, Etc. But I have never seen one that has signs, Age 20-30, Age 30-40, etc. So forgive me if I am confused over this age appropriate dress code.
    Actually, I have been mistaken for my 34 year old sons wife. It is a joke between us. I do not wear revealing clothing, but I feel there would be no reason to continue to Shop for fashionable items to update my wardrobe if Clothing was labeled by age.
    I could just run out and purchase 7, Age 50-60 Outfits and be set for the next 4 years. Then Change to the next Age Group. Would make Shopping quite boring, cut down on my clothing costs, although the Dept Stores would start closing.
    Be yourself, not a statistic. Wear what you like, if someone has the nerve to tell you you are not age appropriate, ask them for the rules. Life is too short to worry about the small things, just Enjoy it. If you feel like wearing green leggings, a blue shirt, fur vest and boots, wear it! It's your life, play by your own rules!

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  45. I really like your look. It is very cute. I am 56, am mistaken for 30ish. I wear a SZ 4, have no problem with a bikini. Many of you may think, I am too old for a bikini. The thing is I love to shop. I wear occasion appropriate clothing when I attend an Event, ie business meeting, formal dinner.
    When I go into a Dept or Specialty Store, if I like a particular outfit and it looks nice I usually will buy it. I love the colorful legging, long tops and boots.
    Also, the main thing I see wrong with some viewpoints on age appropriate clothing is Dept Stores have sections for Designers, Etc. But I have never seen one that has signs, Age 20-30, Age 30-40, etc. So forgive me if I am confused over this age appropriate dress code.
    Actually, I have been mistaken for my 34 year old sons wife. It is a joke between us. I do not wear revealing clothing, but I feel there would be no reason to continue to Shop for fashionable items to update my wardrobe if Clothing was labeled by age.
    I could just run out and purchase 7, Age 50-60 Outfits and be set for the next 4 years. Then Change to the next Age Group. Would make Shopping quite boring, cut down on my clothing costs, although the Dept Stores would start closing.
    Be yourself, not a statistic. Wear what you like, if someone has the nerve to tell you you are not age appropriate, ask them for the rules. Life is too short to worry about the small things, just Enjoy it. If you feel like wearing green leggings, a blue shirt, fur vest and boots, wear it! It's your life, play by your own rules!

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  46. I am 56 and have been mistaken for my 34 year old sons wife. It's a joke in our family.
    On dressing your age? When I shop I shop for clothing that makes me feel good,.that I like and will wear.
    I wear,a sz 4, and purchase from many Dept Stores. I love AE Jeans, as well as Paper Denim and Cloth. I shop Abercrombie, Hollister. Wear a bikini on the beach.
    If I am invited to an event, I dress for the occasion.
    My question is what is age Appropriate and who made the rules.
    In all my shopping trips, I have yet to see signs for Age Groups. I never walked into any Dept Store and saw a sign, Age 20 to 30, Age 30 to 40 and so on. So this rule of age appropriate is new to me.
    Ladies, if you like it and it fits well and looks great but it. Wear it and enjoy. Life is way too short to start labeling clothing by Age Groups. I purchase Small or 4. Not 50 to 60.
    Just learn to love yourself and be yourself. Believe me, the fashion police are not coming to look at your clothing tags.
    Experiment, have fun. There are too many other problems than to ask "Do these pants make my butt look 30 or 50?" Now, in that perspective, what would you say?

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