To stop wearing hoodies because I'm 31?

(129 Posts)
LittleWingSoul Wed 02-Nov-16 23:43:54

I'm sure other folk my age are able to rock a hoodie no problems but I went to put on an old favourite this morning - a skate-brand camouflage zip up one - and the words mutton and lamb immediately sprang to mind.

I have a lot of hoodies and think my style is a bit... young (not "on-trend young", just haven't really changed my style that much since I was young myself!)

Went into town after work today to buy 4 naice smarti-sh jumpers to avoid a similar scenario tomorrow morning.

AIBU to ask if you've had similar fallings-out with much trusted and loved staples of your wardrobe?!

kerryob Wed 02-Nov-16 23:45:28

What no! They're comfy pfft to age 😀

SummerSazz Wed 02-Nov-16 23:45:41

I'm 43 and still wear hoodies. But then I dint care too much what other folk think!

Pipistrelle40 Wed 02-Nov-16 23:46:23

56 and still wearing em

PickAChew Wed 02-Nov-16 23:47:19

The mutton and lamb thing is so subjective and, I'm afraid to say, rather vain.

The only reason I don't wear hoodies at 47 is because my neck is knackered and can't tolerate the pressure they put in it when I sit back.

ErrolTheDragon Wed 02-Nov-16 23:47:43

I'm 55 and sometimes wear them. Usually with exercise gear though.

WatchingFromTheWings Wed 02-Nov-16 23:48:17

40 and still wear them!

TaterTots Wed 02-Nov-16 23:48:54

I'm with you OP. Hoodies just seem very teenage to me.

FasterThanASnakeAndAMongoose Wed 02-Nov-16 23:49:28

31 is young!!! I'm 32... blush

Regarding hoodies I'm not sure. I personally don't like them and only use them if I need to look sporty, like if I'm teaching a PE lesson.

I sometimes wonder if I'm too old to wear a Santa hat throughout December.

LottieDoubtie Wed 02-Nov-16 23:49:33

shock no you are wrong, wearing a hoodie at 31 is totally normal. You don't have to be cool.

LittleWingSoul Wed 02-Nov-16 23:49:56

Not just hoodies though... Any ítem of clothing you cherished but suddenly didn't work for you anymore?

I won't chuck the bulk of the hoodies out - the definitely are comfy!

BedknobsandBullhooks Wed 02-Nov-16 23:50:59

Mid thirties and wearing hoodies. I don't really care what people think!

I wouldn't wear one to a posh dinner! But mostly anything else, why not. I'm not famous or going to end up in the daily fail for it am I.

NoncommittalToSparkleMotion Wed 02-Nov-16 23:53:03

I shall never give up my hoodies! They're comfy and make me feel young. Plus, I look about 12, so I can get away with it. wink

LittleWingSoul Wed 02-Nov-16 23:54:17

It isn't necessarily caring what other people think... It was what I thought about how I looked. Maybe it's just because it was a camouflage one and I have had it for 10+ years so seeing the current version of me in it didn't quite work.

Then again... maybe I'm overthinking and trying too hard to look "grown up"!

Blackbird82 Wed 02-Nov-16 23:57:08

Another thirty-something hoodie wearer here.......

I live in them grin

Blackbird82 Wed 02-Nov-16 23:58:14

I meant to add - but never with hood up. That would be taking it too far!

NotAMammy Thu 03-Nov-16 00:00:51

I ditched most of my slogany t-shirts a couple of years ago. During my student days I used to have almost a uniform of snowboots, thick black tights, skirt, and a slogan t-shirt layered over a long sleeved t-shirt. I realised when I was about 27 that I still had a wardrobe of a student and it wasn't going to help me get ahead. I still have a few but it's mostly ones that also happen to be cut well (like my lovely v-neck star wars one)

I do have a couple of hoodies and I feel like I've aged out of them too, but I just don't know what to replace them with that's an equally good layering layer. I've bought a nice navy hollister one for the meantime but, much as I love a good cardie, I just don't know if they do the same job.

On the other extreme I've recently made the decision that fuck high heels, I'm going to find some glam flats and rock being a short-arse with shoes I can walk and dance all night in.

For reference, I'm 30. Not 60 as this post might lead you to believe.

PinkCrystal Thu 03-Nov-16 00:01:16

I wear them and am almost 40. I don't care what people think. I am very casual and practical.

DeleteOrDecay Thu 03-Nov-16 00:02:45

I love hoodies, so comfortable and you can get ones that actually look quite nice too.

If you like them and you feel comfortable wearing them then there's no reason to stop.

Lumpylumperson Thu 03-Nov-16 00:04:54

I very rarely wear heels. I just reached a point where I realised that I couldn't be doing with the sore feet and blisters anymore. I love a flat shoe now.

I have a hoody and wear it when it's cold but it's not my favourite thing by far. It's very much comfort over style for times that I want to feel really toasty.

cariadlet Thu 03-Nov-16 00:06:56

I've got the "work me" - dresses, skirts or smart trousers and smart tops.

Then I've got the real me - jeans, t-shirts with slogans (veggie, political etc) and black hoodies. That's what I've worn for years and years whenever I'm not at work. I'm 49 and can't see that I'll ever change. Most of my friends are my age or older and - both male and female friends - wear the same sort of stuff.

I don't think it's mutton dressed as lamb - that would be if I nicked my teenage daughter's "ripped" (ie neatly cut across the knee) jeans and crop tops.
I think it's just wearing something comfy.

JellyBelli Thu 03-Nov-16 00:14:39

I know what you mean, I cant wear skate brand stuff any more, or camo. I have a plain fur line hoody for winter but I wouldnt wear it out of the house.

LittleWingSoul Thu 03-Nov-16 00:25:04

Yeah p'raps it's skate brands then... although skateboarding is cool again isn't it?!

...And maybe a new job teaching rather than previous job in student support (so blended in a bit more... I'd like to think!)

SpringerS Thu 03-Nov-16 00:26:32

I know people numerous people in their 70s and 80s who wear hoodies. It's been a long, long, long time since hoodies were 'young people' clothing.

AcrossthePond55 Thu 03-Nov-16 00:29:49

I will give up my hoodies when they pry them off my cold, dead back!

I agree there are some items of clothing that I've stopped wearing as I got older, but they usually involved too much thigh or décolletage.

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