If you haven’t put in a request for a Mother’s Day gift, then make sure you read this article.
Are you dressing too young for your age?
And perhaps looking older because of it? It might be time for a gift card to your favorite retailer and a wardrobe do-over. The advice in chapters 12-19 of Charla Krupp’s book, How Not to Look Old (affiliate link), is the very reason to buy the book. I am going to hit highlights, but she has multiple guidelines and lists to assist us in dressing ten years younger and age appropriate all at the same time, and it is a fine line we walk, ladies!
I know several women of a certain age who are proud they can wear mini-skirts, Daisy Duke-denim shorts, and tube tops. While it is awesome they have the body types and the courage, the question still remains – SHOULD they wear these type of clothes?
Clinton Kelly, formerly of What Not to Wear (affiliate link), often remarked if we compete with 25-year-old women, they will always win! I have seen many women 40+ wearing the current trend of ripped jeans. It looks great on the teenagers I teach every day, but not necessarily on my friends.
Krupp warns that it is fine to shop at stores like Forever 21 for jewelry, but not for clothing. “There is a reason the prices are cheaper in the teen department. The fabrics are cheap! And cheap fabrics are never flattering, especially on women over 17,” she writes.
Here are a few of the things we should kiss goodbye:
- Go-go boots
- Newsboy hats
- Tee shirts with funny sayings
- Anything tie-dyed
- Micro-mini dresses and skirts
- Flip Flops with career or special event wardrobes
- Toe Rings
On the flip side of this, we need to be careful about dressing too old! Here are some of the selections which would age us considerably:
- Matchy-matchy outfits
- Three piece suits with vests
- Elastic waist pants
- Holiday sweaters or sweatshirts with appliques
- Baggy sweats
- Shoulder pads (when I thrift items, first thing I do is cut out the shoulder pads!)
- Acid Wash jeans
- Oversized Blazers
- Baggy Pants
Next week, we will discuss what should be in our closets! But, please tell me, when you see a woman over 40 baring her midriff or rocking a mini, do you say YOU GO GIRL? Are we perhaps part of the problem when we encourage other women who may be dressing too young for her age? Let’s talk about it!
Thanks for joining me in the Joy Boutique! Have a fabulous week and Mother’s Day!