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Dressing your age. What are the rules? How do you know when you’re too old to wear a miniskirt? Or a bikini? How about the some of the latest styles, such as jumpers? Oversized round sunglasses? Or “booty shorts”?
I’m 42. Miniskirts are a no-no as are shorts shorter than a couple inches above my knee (excepting running or yoga shorts). I still wear bikinis because my husband prefers them on me and has threatened divorce if I wear a tankini or a one piece.
I stay away from trendy handbags, loud colors and heavy embellishments. I also don’t wear clothing with big logos, light colored denim past my waist and more than two or three accessories at once. Here’s an example:
Picture her in a solid primary color knee-length sundress with simple flat or low-wedge sandals, a couple of metallic bangles, a quality leather or straw handbag and her hair pulled back in a low pony tail or French twist. And nothing more. She would look fantastic! With half the effort, she would be twice as striking.
Seeing her made me think about the way I dress. Do I always dress my age? I’m quite modest now, so it’s easy for me say “au revoir” revealing clothing. But I have a pair of Joe’s jeans I bought about five years ago that, thanks to my recent weight loss, I’m able to wear again. They have holes on the pockets and the knee; not so chic for a woman my age.
But I still wear them. Why? Because they improve the appearance of my derrière. I’m willing to overlook a couple holes if my butt looks better. I’m shallow like that.
I also know that robin’s egg blue polish on my toes is something meant for younger women. But I happen to like that shade of blue. So what the heck! I don’t think the color of my toe nails will offend anyone (let me know if I’m wrong).
When you’re young, you can get away with almost anything. Take these girls, for example:
Notice that they’re not embarrassed, or giggling or acting goofy. These girls are struttin’ their stuff with animal hats on their heads, giant sunglasses and short shorts – and they can because they’re young!
As I have aged, I have become more discerning about my clothing choices. I don’t want to appear matronly, but I certainly don’t want to look like I’m trying to be someone I’m not….like a 22 year old. It’s not always easy to find that middle ground.
Once in a great while, I wear something I suspect is on the border of not being age appropriate because it makes me feel attractive, my husband likes it or I’m feeling rebellious. But usually, I go with my instincts. If I sense my outfit is inappropriate, I won’t wear it.
Do you have something in your wardrobe that you think might not be age appropriate?