Dressing Your Age: What is Appropriate?

I came across this thought-provoking article in last weekend’s Sunday Business Post, written by Jennifer O’Connell, wherein she discusses the parametres of age-appropriate dressing.   She rightly picks apart the ridiculous expectations that society inflicts on women to dress a certain way, have a certain physique etc. – assumptions which are based purely on the woman’s age.  Furthermore, the author rebukes certain media outlets for fueling these ‘rules’.

All of this got me thinking – what is appropriate anyhow?  I’m sure you’ve heard that women shouldn’t wear mini-skirts after 30, or that low-cut tops should be binned at 50?  Buy why?  I strongly feel that style and confidence are intertwined.  If you feel great wearing a mini-skirt at 50 then do!  One 50-year old I know has a pair of legs that most 20-year olds would give their eye-teeth for; should she be reduced to ankle-length skirts just because of her birth date?  Absolutely not – it would be a crying shame to keep those legs hidden away!

I’m not a believer in ‘dressing for your age’ – I am however a believer in dressing appropriately.  As always, my best advise is to figure out your best body features and draw attention to these with clever cuts, colours and accessories.  If there’s an area that you are self-conscious of, then don’t draw attention to it; instead, stick to mute colours and body-skimming fabrics.

When it comes to having great style, there are a myriad of factors more important than hem-length and toned tummies, such as; wearing flattering colours, choosing quality fabrics, ensuring that your clothes are always pressed, wearing flattering make-up, a hairstyle that complements your faceshape and colouring, and always ALWAYS dressing suitably for the occasion.

If you get a chance, read the article and see what you think.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic…

Helen Mirren - applauded by the author for her principled approach to style.  Image from Independent.co.uk.

Helen Mirren – applauded by the author for her principled approach to style. Image from Independent.co.uk.


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