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.
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…
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.
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.