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When do I start dressing like a grown up?

(31 Posts)
Neveradullm0ment Fri 30-Oct-15 16:14:28

I am in my early 40s, I have just bought this
I am a size 10 and my figure is okay. I will wear it with leggings though.
Has anyone bought anything they thought might be too young but actually wore it loads and got lots of compliments?

MmeGuillotine Fri 30-Oct-15 16:42:55

Hah, yes, all the time! I am obsessed with Black Milk Clothing and have loads of their geeky skater dresses. I really hesitated before buying my first one because I thought I was too old for it but I'm forty one now and still get loads of compliments. My overall style is still a bit alternative but I spend a lot more nowadays on dresses and accessories and make up etc than I did back in my teens and twenties so it feels like I am being more grown up, if that makes sense?

Black Milk

Although I think anyone would be hard pressed to make this one look good, haha! grin

(Love your dress btw.)

IHaveBrilloHair Fri 30-Oct-15 16:46:03

I'm currently wearing a killer panda tshirt and I'm 37, I don't care what anyone thinks, I like it.

mewkins Fri 30-Oct-15 17:29:54

I bought a properly 90s style cord punafore the other day. I am 36. I don't care!

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Fri 30-Oct-15 17:40:31

tbh I can only imagine a teenager wearing that dress, but wear what you like!

To add in with the others though, I'm currently wearing an expect petronum t-shirt. It's in the fashionable slinky style with lower back hemline, but it's still a Harry Potter t-shirt and has the deer on it blush grin Not sure why I bought it mind, as it's not something I'd wear out of the house, but couldn't resist! I'll work in it...

Neveradullm0ment Fri 30-Oct-15 19:11:06

Hey! I love Harry Potter TripTrap

supadupapupascupa Fri 30-Oct-15 19:34:02

i think the trick is that as long as the style suits you it doesn't matter the actual age. It's when dressing young doesn't suit that it all looks a bit 'wrong'. I personally think that when people are descibed as 'stylish' they often wear cool, young, fashionable clothes that suit their bodies and personality. Instead of assumng you should wear this or that at a certain age regardless of what you actually look like in it

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Fri 30-Oct-15 19:53:56

Me too Never and Primarni is full of HP stuff, among other things at the moment. I took my 18 year old niece (I'm 33)shopping on Wednesday while my son was at the respite centre. We must've looked a right pair in Primark - we left with matching Expecto Patronum t-shirts, two sets of HP socks (one for her one for ds), she got a Hogwarts dressing gown, Despicable Me fluffy unicorn slippers while I got fluffy Rudolph ones, a Buddy (Elf) t-shirt and Olaf Christmas jumper for ds... grin

toomuchinternets Fri 30-Oct-15 20:07:26

honestly, I think that's an ugly overpriced dress at any age!

Greengardenpixie Fri 30-Oct-15 20:35:32

I regularly wear pinafore dress's and i am in my late 40's. I suppose it depends upon how you style the clothes. That dress linked isn't my taste but would look fine with leggings. I wear a cord pinafore with thick tights or leggings boots and a cardi and think it looks quite quirky!

IHaveBrilloHair Fri 30-Oct-15 20:52:53

I have two pinafores, a grey denim one, and a navy polkadot one, I wear them with long sleeved t's, tights and boots.

mewkins Fri 30-Oct-15 21:11:42

Lots of pinafore love here! I am going to wear mine tomorrow.

IHaveBrilloHair Fri 30-Oct-15 21:14:30

Me too, the polka dot one I think.

ItGoesWithoutSaying Sat 31-Oct-15 08:20:34

Another mid forties woman who is loving her Topshop pinafore dress. Worn yesterday with long sleeve skinny under, tights and boots. DH was complimentary - didn't really see anyone else.

mewkins Sun 01-Nov-15 13:54:10

Which topshop pinafore do you have and how long is it please? Some nice denim ones on the website but I am worried about them being too short as I am 5ft 7.

PetiteBateau Sun 01-Nov-15 14:14:28

I'm 41 & wearing a pinafore dress today grin. Mine is purple cord and I'm wearing a navy cropped sleeve tee underneath & black wooly tights.

PetiteBateau Sun 01-Nov-15 14:21:24

Absolutely nothing wrong with pinafores on grown ups!!

PetiteBateau Sun 01-Nov-15 14:22:13

Oops, posted too soon. Mine's a bit like the one Alexa has

poocatcherchampion Sun 01-Nov-15 14:25:02

Where are we buying our pinafores please?

PetiteBateau Sun 01-Nov-15 14:38:19

Mine was from the Mind charity shop grin

ItGoesWithoutSaying Sun 01-Nov-15 14:46:13

mewkins it's this one from Top Shop. I'm 5'4" and wearing the Petite version. It's quite short on me but I found the regular size one swamped me a bit. It says the model is 5'10" or similar.

wigglybeezer Sun 01-Nov-15 14:53:33

My mum has just bought dungarees from Topshop, she is 75. However she is a size 8, I would look more heiferish if I tried it.

PurpleHairAndPearls Sun 01-Nov-15 14:54:59

A thread involving pinafore dresses! <swoons>

I love them. Especially cord. My current favourite is a vintage Laura Ashley brown cord one which has a nipped in waist and flared skirt with (my favourite) pockets on the front . I buy mine usually from EBay or charity shops but usually have to take them in or hem them as I'm small. My LA one is just to my knees.
I don't think I dress like a child as such, I just have a particular style that I like - pinafore or shift dresses but I tend to wear them with blouses or fitted tops and always have my pearls on grin and usually my hair up/dressed

I have just ordered a long indigo denim pinafore dress from EBay and DH said "you do know it's not the 90s anymore and you're not pregnant?"

PurpleHairAndPearls Sun 01-Nov-15 14:56:46

Oh I like that Topshop one very much

IHaveBrilloHair Sun 01-Nov-15 15:54:29

This is almost mine, but the spots on mine are much smaller

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