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Age-Appropriate Fashion: How Do We Distinguish from What’s Too Old and Too Young

October 14, 2011

I bet you never thought there was ever such a thing as “age-appropriate” fashion.  Sorry to break the news to you, but it is.  It’s a discussion that some of my friends and I have been having and in our circle we are early to late 30’s, mid 40’s and 50, so dressing in a manner that is appropriate for us is important.

But what does it mean?  For me, being in my 40’s, age-appropriate fashion translates into fashion that suitable to women of certain age groups.  I wouldn’t wear a skin tight dress that a 20-year old might wear, and I wouldn’t walk out of my house wearing a house coat that some 70-year old woman might wear.  If you look at some of the retail stores in the malls and sort of just look at their clothing you could tell right away if you fit in that genre of fashion.

Let’s look at Ashley Stewart as an example.  Many of the women who patron that store are mostly in their mid to late 30’s and over.  Because that’s what their clothes cater to not just being in demand for the plus size woman.  Look at some other stores across the board and you can sort of get a feel for what type of clothes they carry and the women who buy them.

In all fairness, too, I tend to think it’s a self-conscious and self-awareness thing, too, that women 35 and over are paying attention to what they wear and how they look, and if whether or not they are dressing too young or too old for their age, that it sends us into a tailspin of a frenzy because we want to make sure that we are not crossing any lines or breaking any fashion rules.

Of course, we have the opportunity to create looks and styles that are our own and we are held responsible for what we wear out the house, it’s a matter of whether or not we are not over dressing or under dressing and if whether or not we’ll get hit with the, “she’s too old to be wearing that,” label.  I’ve seen it done so many times where a woman in her 70’s will walk out the house dressed like she’s in her 20’s.  That would be OK for Halloween, but not as an every day thing.

Fashion consultants are mentally programmed to help women caught in this scenario and help them find the right path to dressing in fashion that’s more suitable to them and sort of help them find a common ground for dressing age-appropriately.

If you’re in your 40’s and your hitting the slopes to being 50, it’s time to put away the hot shorts and the super mini’s away, the skin tight dress and low cut off T-shirts and start dressing like you have half the sense God gave you.  Of course there is going to be some fashions that you can still get away with wearing and some boots and shoes you can still have fun wearing, but at some point you have to know where to draw the line and when to look in the mirror and say, “No, that’s not going to work,” and put it back in the closet.  It’s like I always say, “if you have to second guess an outfit, you probably shouldn’t wear it.”

So with that said, if you’re curious as to whether or not you’re dressing in fashion that is suitable to your age, talk to a professional fashion consultant, someone at a retail fashion store, or a boutique who has the knowledge to be honest and tell you truthful.  Don’t break the fashion rules by dressing in a way that’s not appropriate to you and who you are.  Be real.  Dress right.

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