Fashion age limits: too limiting

Last night, wandering around the interwebs, I ran across an article called “24 Things Women Should Stop Wearing After Age 30.” As though there are fashion age limits.

This idea that there is a list of clothes/accessories that someone has to completely drop (or start using) at a certain age seems a little silly. That being said, I have seen sixty-year-old women wearing things that clearly came out of the children’s section, (not juniors, children) and it’s not a good look. While I believe that women (and men) should dress in an age-appropriate manner, I’m not convinced it’s so much your numerical age as where you are in life. And there is no sixty-year-old woman who could convince me that she’s spent 50+ years not growing as a person.

As for the list I stumbled upon, there were a few “rules” that really struck me as ridiculous:

18. Don’t wear oversize sunglasses

Sunglasses are an accessory that perform two functions. One, to shade from the sun. Two, as an expression of style. As with any accessory that is meant to express style, sunglasses should fit the wearer. Certain face shapes, facial features, are enhanced and flattered by an oversized frame. If it fits the face, that’s what really matters.

Sunglasses Quote


16. Hoop earrings – only girls in high school can still pull off hoop earrings

Woah – you graduate from high school and hoops are already out? Hmm. A few people you might want to let know…

Celebs out of high school in hoop earrings

12. Short dresses

If you have the legs, wear the short dress. My own personal rule of thumb is that you show off something, not everything. So if you’re wearing a dress that happens to graze just below your bum, you probably want to make sure it has sleeves and/or covers the majority of your chest. It’s a balance. But if you’ve got great legs and you’re 35 – hell, 47? Wear the dress. That’s not an age limit, it’s a leg limit.

Celebs over 30 in short dresses

While the list, in itself, was laughable, I found those three to be the most frustrating of the “rules” given. The most obviously inaccurate, inapplicable and ridiculous.

What you wear should be an accurate reflection of who you are and where you are in life. So if you’re a mother of three, don’t dress like a club girl. If you’re a single, fashion-forward socialite, don’t dress like a gym rat. Be conscious that what you’re expressing in clothing is a truth about you. And that likely has very little to do with your age.


  • Niki
    June 25, 2015

    That’s a weird list! I would hate to be super old and not be able to wear oversized sunglasses! Small sunglasses would make me look older!

  • LIndsay
    June 25, 2015

    I love this. I hate lists like that- why can’t we all do and wear what we want?! And I will totally wear these things as long as I live!

    • Jeans and a Tank Top
      June 26, 2015

      Good for you, Lindsay! And don’t you kind-of feel like that was probably written by someone barely into their twenties, anyway?

  • Stephanie Smallsen
    June 28, 2015

    These people clearly haven’t seen Jane Fonda or Tina Turners legs – since before they were 16 right. Or this article wouldn’t be written.

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