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When do you become mutton dressed as lamb?

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puff · 01/11/2005 20:57

I tried on a lovely skirt in Next a couple of days ago - black, just below the knee, with a v full skirt. it was really flattering and would look lovely with some black suede boots I have. But I didn't buy it in case it looks too young for me. I am 40 (I know, not that old!) but just don't want to look a twit.

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puff · 03/11/2005 16:24

Moonshine, you have done spectacularly well!

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puddle · 03/11/2005 16:25

The only shop I avoid now (at 38) is Kookai. buy from all those mentioned as muttony here.

zippitippitoes · 03/11/2005 16:25

I wear jeans and i'm well past my sell by date and it doesn't bother me where i shop, finding anyhting i like is the problem and
the money for some nice clothes

And well done to you magnificent weight losers

Ulysees · 03/11/2005 16:28

Thought 40 was the new 20? I'm 37 and wear most stuff apart from obvious teenage things. My knees could do with some callenetics though as they're starting to sag a wee bit

Haven't read all the thread, did you get it?

puff · 03/11/2005 16:29

Not yet - going at the weekend!

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Ulysees · 03/11/2005 16:30

Hope you do

aloha · 03/11/2005 17:56

I think it's muttony if you stick to the fashions of your own youth regardless of your own age. I think you can always wear contemporary clothes from any shop - see last night's What Not To Wear as evidence. But extremes are not good usually and wholesale fleshbaring becomes increasingly icky as you get nearer 50 than 40. Withered cleavages are not a good look.

bundle · 03/11/2005 17:57

there was a What Not To Do When You're 30, 40, 50 in the Standard the other night. agreed with most of it.

zippitippitoes · 03/11/2005 17:58

withered cleavage at 50

aloha · 03/11/2005 17:59

Believe me, I've seen them. Too much sun, that's the issue. Like two long-forgotten apples left at the bottom of the fruitbowl.

puff · 03/11/2005 18:00

Yes, agree on cleavage flashing after a certain age - it don't look good.

Honor Blackman always looks good and she is getting on now.

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vickiyumyum · 03/11/2005 18:01

something like that would look lovely puff. and not at all muttony, jeans are fine too.

muttony is obvioulsy wearing clothes for a much younger more toned body than the one wearing it (i think regardless of age) e.g 40 year old wearing one of those micro mini denim skirts with bar legs and a tiny top or really see through tops with different colour bras on underneath. as someone else has said beverly callard springs to mind.

puff · 03/11/2005 22:39

I went late night shopping and bought it this evening. It looks great with my boots and underneath a tailored coat I bought recently. Hurrah!

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Ulysees · 04/11/2005 13:33

hurrah! indeed

motheroftwoboys · 04/11/2005 13:40

I am v. nearly 50 and my cleavage is most definitely not withered. However it just sees the sun once a year on holiday. There is another thread on this week's edition of What Not to Wear and they had some great clothes for over 70s so way to go even for me - and for you spring chickens. IMO the older I get the less I buy and the more I spend. I would love to be thought of as elegant. Certainly not tarty. You see some "wonderful" chav grandmas round here who still have hair in pony tails with scrunchies, LOADS of gold jewellry, huge earrings, trackie bottoms, deep, deep sun bed tans. That is most definitely a look not to aspire too! lol My mum still looked fab when she died at 80. Hopefully I have inherited her genes.

puff · 12/11/2005 21:16

I've worn the skirt and boots out 3 or 4 times and twice been asked (second time today) where I got them both .

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