Monday, November 17, 2014

When Should You Stop Wearing Youthful Clothes?

A recent survey in Mail Online asked 2,000 women to indicate which age when they should stop wearing some of the more youthful, sexier fashion choices.  Here are the average cut-off ages that some inhibited, self-conscious Brits proposed . . . .

Crop tops that show off your midriffage 34
Really short shortsage 35
Belly-button rings and piercingsage 35
Leggingsage 37
Miniskirtsage 37
Bikinisage 40
Stiletto heelsage 41
Long hairage 42

However, 16% of the women surveyed disagreed with any age limits.  Good for them!  In my opinion, as long as you feel comfortable wearing it, you should do so.  Don't let anyone rob you of your zest for life.  Often, other people might, for whatever reasons, try to influence you.

In an unscientific survey of "what you shouldn't be wearing after 30 or so article , I found the following fashion statements labeled by the Ms. Grinches* who wrote them specified such items as:

a)  Mini- and microskirts (Can Deep South and California residents have an exemption?)
b)  Daisy Dukes (Ditto.)
c)  Furry boots
d)  Boots that glitter (I am considering getting a pair.)
e)  T-shirts with cartoon animals or strident messages on them (They will get my Hello Kitty t-shirt when they pry it out.....never mind.)
f)  Leopard print clothing or accessories
g)  Scrunchies  (Why, for Heaven's sake!)
h)  Tiaras (You mean I can't be a Cajun princess?)
i)   Crop tops
j)   Neon-colored clothing (Never wore any' I don't hunt.)
k)  Knee socks (Have they no heart?)
l)   Hoop earrings (So I can't channel my inner Gypsy?)
m)  Sparkly pants
n)  Sneakers (I'll pretend that I didn't see that.)
o)  Clunky platform shoes (I don't have any)
p)  Tube tops (Wearing one would make me insecure.)
q)  Mismatched socks

Apparently, you are not supposed to have fun with clothing after a certain age.  At least the following weren't mentioned:

a)  Parasols trimmed with lace
b)  Kimonos
c)  Elegant Gothic Lolita fashions
d)  LSU t-shirts
e)  Big hair, like from Nashville or Jersey
f)  Retro rah-rah skirts
g)  Hiking boots
h)  Edward Gorey jewelry
i)   Cowboy hats
j)   Kitty cat or puppy purses
k)  Sundresses
l)   Two piece exercise clothes
m)  Yoga pants
n)  1950's-style conical bras (just kidding!)
o)  Mardi Gras beads

Of course, some people are more likely to be critics:


*Think the b word.


The Mistress of the Dark said...

Youth is in the mind sometimes. I think everyone should try to retain something youthful as long as they can, but I also wish everyone could see themselves in the mirror sometimes, because sometimes youthful clothing looks ridiculous even when you are 20 something.

Linda Kay said...

Maybe it's all in the eye of the beholder, right? Well, here in Texas one can always see bling on jeans (I even wear them) bling on jackets, and bling on boots. Cowboy hats are the norm, especially if you are going to hear a Texas band. We saw just about everything at a dance on Saturday, and these were not youngsters. But they were having a good time. One who was 90 danced all night in leathers and white cowboy boots!

TexWisGirl said...

sneakers? seriously!?

Big Sky Heidi said...

What's wrong with sneakers? What else can you wear with an exercise outfit or a swimsuit?

Is it okay to wear EGL if you're not Japanese?

Mike said...

I'm with you and the 16%.

Grand Crapaud said...

I don't think there needs to be age=specific rules about what people shouldn't wear.

Elvis Wearing a Bra on His Head said...

Never stop dressing the way you want to!

Leroy said...

Hooray for crop tops with Australian cleavage!

Anonymous said...

why should you not have long hair after 42 ??

i am thinking of Ms Grinches in terms of the b word - she doesn't sound very nice.

Cloudia said...

I refuse to wear a black shawl - but try not to go too too

ALOHA from Honolulu
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Cloudia said...


Anonymous said...

Those two piece exercise outfits make it look like you're going around in your bra exposed.

Bilbo said...

Andrea said it all.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Mistress: Good point!

TexWisGirl, Heidi: I agree.

Linda Kay: If bling makes them happy, why not?

Cloudia: A black shawl in Hawaii?