You’re Too Old to Wear That! Fashion Rules for Women?

You have to watch the video at the end of this post. I want to be these women when I grow up! They make me smile. Life is to be lived fully at all phases!

There has been a couple of blogs lately that have laid down rules about what women of a certain age should not wear. This infuriates me. I will not post them because that will just give them more traffic, which is what they want.

What right does one person have to tell another what is right for them? They write, once you’re thirty you can no longer wear hooped earrings or graphic tees. What??? Once you’re forty you can’t wear sleeveless tanks or wedged flip flops. (Some people believe no one should own wedged flip flops, but I say who cares) They go on to say the women of certain age should not wear colored eye shadow and have to keep it neutral. Really???

Age should not dictate  what a women wears.

Actually I think if you like it you should wear it. Once, many years ago a group of fit women that 80% had fake boobs (not that I’m judging heheh) were talking about how some women should never wear sleeveless shirts in public. Since I was the go-to-fat girl in the group. They all turned to me as I was leaving and asked. “Jolene, you don’t wear sleeveless shirts do you?” They wanted me to confirm that they were right. I realized I always wore jackets or long sleeved shirts. So I agreed with them, but felt a little uneasy in my gut. Was I allowing other peoples opinions of me to keep me from doing things I enjoyed because I didn’t want people to laugh or mock the “fat” girl?

I want to thank them for forcing me to take a hard look at why I did or didn’t do somethings. From that day on I decided to wear and do what I want based on my pleasure gained from it. The same goes for someone that others think is too thin. Or too old or too tall or too short. I do agree you can be too young, but that is another post. We all have a story and if we knew that story we might not be so fast to judge and laugh at people. So go forth and enjoy life – dress in any color you like, any type of shoe and if you love red lipstick layer it on and tell anyone that says otherwise to kiss your beautiful red lips!

Every women has a bathing suite body – all you have to do is put a bathing suite on and head to the beach or lake or pool. Only rule? Enjoy your life, it’s yours to live.

Have you ever been told not to wear something that you love?

Watch the The Fabulous Fashionistas. Their average age is 85.

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  1. L. E. Carmichael

    That is the kind of old lady I aspire to be – the one who kicks butt and takes names (and is super bendy!).

    I agree, the only fashion criterion we should use is “Does it make you feel good when you wear it?” Because style should be about feeling confident, not conforming to other people’s ideas of what’s appropriate. Screw appropriate.

    Check out these great blog posts by Jenny Trout: Fat Woman Wears Bikini in Public, Earth’s Orbit Unaffected. So inspiring! http://jennytrout.com/?p=7773
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jenny-trout/i-wore-a-bikini-and-nothing-happened_b_5546206.html

  2. Joni Hahn

    What a great post!! Bravo! I’ve always been a proponent of wearing whatever you want. And, they will bury me with my hoop earrings on!!

  3. lynnkelleyauthor

    Bravo, Jolene. We should all wear what we feel comfortable in. Sometimes I even wear white in the winter! I don’t know if that’s still a fashion rule. I live in California, so pretty much anything goes here. Pretty nervy for those women to tell others what they shouldn’t wear.

    Great video. I love how flexible some of them are!

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