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what are you really actually too old for after about the age of 35, even if people say you aren't?
I don't know her from Adam. I just discovered her blog recently. I've only recently started looking at fashion blogs at all, and was delighted to find a 40plus blog that didn't feature the whole skinny jeans/buttery-soft-taupe-biker-jacket/huge scarf/ash trainers look.
(not that I have a problem with the above look, these ladies look elegant and lovely... but what about those of us who have always had more artistic/experimental/rebellious/non-conformist leanings?)
So if I cannot wear decent leggings (not the cheap tights), hoodies, dm's, biker jackets, shorts, skirts above the knee, superga, converse, knee high boots, (are thigh ones acceptable?) What am I supposed to wear?
Would rather stay indoors in my pj's that go out in a twin set and pearls.
I'm 42 but I'm in better shape now than I've even been, well toned, fit and slim. I don't feel too constrained by my age but I used to feel constrained by my flabby bits. I think people become more conservative as they age, they get stuck in a style rut, they would probably describe their look as classic - others might describe it as dull and safe. My dh always jokes about older ladies in their flowery dresses and ponders when my style rut will set in and what it will be. I don't like heavily branded clothing....younger people seem to wear it quite a lot. Don't wear Superga or Converse, I don't find them comfortable - I wear Spring Court instead - does the brand matter or is it canvas plimsoles that are only for the youth?
What won't I wear now? - uncomfortable shoes that are too tight, that the sales assistant earnestly promised will give with a little wear - I'm too old to fall for that shite any more!
Did anyone say don't wear brights? I think brights look best in classic shapes and more 'fashion' stuff in dark/muted colours, but there are plenty of people who that doesn't apply to. I don't get a lot of the arsiness on this thread, if you think you look good why do you care? Wear what you like! Most advice was aimed at the OP who seemed less confident.
Personally I dislike supergas on anyone under about 45, the shape looks better on older people. Don't know why. And I'm very bored of converse after nearly three years of baby groups.
Chandon, I'm sure you look gorgeous, I bet you do. I'm just jelous... I've always looked a bit dishevelled-verging-on-bonkers even when trying to be elegant and fit in. So I'm desperately seeking ways for my 'style' to grow with me without giving in and entering full-on mad-old-cat lady territory :-)
Yeah, I do see your point but I still love her. Even if I couldn't carry off her look. I couldn't carry off the elegant ubiquitous skinnies/scarves/jackets look either. I'd just get something wrong. And even if I didn't, the packaging just wouldn't match the inner product. Meh. I don't bloody know.
My only answer to the original thread question might be midriff-bearing tops (although I wouldn't be surprised if there's some gorgeous minx out there who could disprove even that). It's just that the other day I visited the Top Shop website, y'know, just looking like and it was the headline on the homepage 'top of the crops!' which made me think 'mmmm, think I might have come to the wrong party here'
My friend then informed me I should be on the Damart website instead. Helpful
(I'm 39, gonna be 40 any minute now, hence all my sudden style-soul-searching)