what are you really actually too old for after about the age of 35, even if people say you aren't?

(216 Posts)
Peggotty Sat 09-Feb-13 18:07:26

Converse?
Superga?
biker jackets?

I'm nearly 37 and would probably wear all of these, but am I really basically too old for them?

AlanMoore Sat 09-Feb-13 18:30:53

I think converse suit all ages, black or white ones with jeans always look great. There's a lady works near me who I would guess is about 65, grey bob, blouse, chunky jewellery, wide trousers & various colours of all stars, she looks fantastic, really elegant but not stuffy.

Chandon Sat 09-Feb-13 18:32:19

I saw this beautiful 50 something Portugese woman, slim brown legs, taylored yet baggy-ish grey shorts, white shirt and grey waistcoat, and she looked fantastic.

As long as you do not look like you are wearing your daughter's clothes, anything goes, imo. Even shorts.

Corygal Sat 09-Feb-13 18:33:14

The worst style danger is not wearing things because you think you are too old, at the risk of stating the obvious.

But I cast a weather eye at stuff that isn't that flattering anyway - one-season wonders, novelty trends, over-exposing ho wear - and realise I'm way too old to look an arse.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Sat 09-Feb-13 18:35:03

yy to scruffy-chic, sadly
it used to work for me, in a (fatter) alexa chung sort of way
now i look a bit unhinged if i don't try to look a little groomed.

DontmindifIdo Sat 09-Feb-13 18:35:45

I think it's more that past about 35, you can't do too casual and be a bit more 'smart casual' than casual casual IYSWIM.

Scruffy chic is out - At 19 you look like you threw on what you had closest to hand because you are too cool to bother about that sort of dull thinking about what goes with what and being too 'styled'.

At 35 you look like you threw on whatever you had closest to hand because you are incapable of thinking about what goes with what and have no style.

dawntigga Sat 09-Feb-13 18:36:28

I live and die in converse cos they are comfy and ride a motorbike, if I'm to old for biker jackets wtf am I supposed to keep my skin intact with if I come off?

I really don't care what other people think of what I'm wearing though.

YMMVTiggaxx

DontmindifIdo Sat 09-Feb-13 18:37:25

I also think past a certain age, you can't do really cheap clothing/materials either.

ujjayi Sat 09-Feb-13 18:37:31

This thread has depressed me. I am 42 and wear converse, shorts over tights, short skirts with opaques (mostly with flats rather than heels), biker boots, diamante vintage-esque hair accessories, 50s and 70s vintage clothing <<not all together, obvs wink>>

My style has changed over the years but I think fashion should express who you are; I just don't buy into age-related fashion as dictated by the high street. Of course there are things that I wouldn't wear but that has been true at any age.

I look at Dame Viv at the grand age if 71 and think "why not".

MrsCampbellBlack Sat 09-Feb-13 18:41:11

Short skirts with bare legs not for me any more and actually I don't really wear short skirts at all any more.

I don't want my body/clothes to look too out of kilter with my face.

MrsCampbellBlack Sat 09-Feb-13 18:42:26

And I don't really do cleavage any more either - I hate overly trussed up boobs a la Gok.

scaevola Sat 09-Feb-13 18:43:10

Well, I'm in my late 40s and recently got my DM (in her 80s) Converse; they're fine at any age. Onesies should only ever be worn in the privacy of your own home anyhow.

I think e only things that really shouldn't be worn are short (pelmet) skirts and shiny leggings.

I'm planning to wear purple, btw.

MrsCampbellBlack Sat 09-Feb-13 18:43:57

I think the thing wit Viv is she's clearly eccentric and some people work that look well - I can't and would just look desperate.

All down to your own style though and I think you can wear one or two items that are perhaps deemed 'young' as long as it fits with your overall style.

AlanMoore Sat 09-Feb-13 18:45:46

Vivienne Westwood looks amazing - I met her once and she's beautiful in the flesh and so stylish.

I think the only things one shouldn't wear are awful Gok-type over accessorised over corseted restrictive horny payroll clerk outfits. Shoes you can't walk in will always look shit.

bigbadbarry Sat 09-Feb-13 18:46:10

Cleavage and short skirts - agree (unless the latter with thick tights). Leggings with a short top (though I don't think anybody should wear this, it is particularly true for anybody past 20).

dexter73 Sat 09-Feb-13 18:56:42

I think Vivienne Westwood looks bloody awful!

AlanMoore Sat 09-Feb-13 19:03:47

Her skin is unbelievable. Honestly! I met her randomly in a paper shop in London, she was wearing a dress and a mac, very chic and simple, it was only the orange hair (which is gorgeous) that gave her away!

HerBigChance Sat 09-Feb-13 19:04:18

I agree that it's more about a sense of style than a particular cut-off due to age. I also think it's true that you need to buy better cut clothes in better quality material once you get older.

And my Dr Martens will be prised from my cold dead hands.

HarrietSchulenberg Sat 09-Feb-13 19:11:08

Animal print anything unless you're after the Dorian look. Crop tops.

GreyGardens Sat 09-Feb-13 19:11:22

I am 44 and probably would avoid any kind of slogans, but I don't like them anyway, ditto anything that looks tacky on any age.
Otherwise I still wear short skirts but with tights, not sure about bare legged in summer, but love the shorts/tights look. Definitely agree about being more groomed, even if it's a v careful kind of grooming to not look too done up. Actually I do wear more make up than I used to but it is much better quality and hopefuly I don't look like an old trollop. I do have good legs though wink.
My problem is finding outfits which I think look fabulous on my 6 yr old daughter and wanting an adult version. That is just wrong!

teta Sat 09-Feb-13 19:29:03

I now won't wear anything that looks better on my 13 year old,anything with cute animals on the front and spriggy flowery patterns[aka White Stuff].My 8 year old looks lovely in spriggy things-i just look a bit raddled.I also really dislike middle aged women with hair accessories-it just looks ridiculous.Finally i will never ever wear Joules,its ubiquitous round here sadly.

frostfrond Sat 09-Feb-13 19:29:43

I am 49 , 50 in June and have red converse and recently bought a pair of grey velvet Superga.I would not think twice about being too old for them.I have definately changed my colours over the past few years.I now love grey when I would not have been seen dead in it a few years ago.I don`t really wear bright colours any more.I don`t suit them especially pink

Startail Sat 09-Feb-13 19:30:48

The only thing no one should wear outside the house is leggings that show every detail of their knickers.

lady in town this morning, you were tall, slim and pretty, but DH still thought you were wearing only your tights!

Doshusallie Sat 09-Feb-13 19:34:48

Am 38. What is superga? blush

casabevron Sat 09-Feb-13 19:37:08

I'm 39 this year. I have just orderedthese. I will wear them with biker boots and an oversized black mohair jumper. I will not give a toss about what anyone else thinks.

Tbh, I am now slimmer than I have been in a long time, more confident than I have ever been, and I will not tone it down just because it might not fit with other peoples expectations of me. I have had more compliments on my wardrobe since I ebayed all the Boden/Joules frumptastic stuff I owned and just started to wear what I'd always wanted to but been too afraid. Life's too short, really, isn't it? Just wear what makes you feel happy! <gavel>

lowercase Sat 09-Feb-13 19:37:43

Daps, like converse

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