Lately I have been pondering the notion of age-appropriate dressing. I wonder: when is it okay to hold on to dressing habits and when is it time to break them and move to something more ‘age-appropriate?’ And who is to say??
Age-appropriate dressing is a mystery. If you are a woman in her 40s and 50s and beyond you start to question if your fashion choices are now too young for you. Or perhaps, you may be forcing yourself to dress older. What about styles you have always loved and choices you have taken for granted? There is no single moment when it hits you. There is only the shifting of life and the subtle changes to your body. Little by little you become aware that you are changing and that your clothes may no longer suit you.
An example: I have always had thin arms. Sleeveless tees and short sleeves have been staples in my wardrobe. I never questioned wearing them … until recently. Now I am not so sure. I compare this to another decision I made recently to wear longer skirts and dresses. In my younger days, I wore mini-skirts and semi mini-skirts, and even short-shorts because I am not very tall and wanted to elongate my legs. It suited me once but not now. But giving up short-sleeved tees would be more difficult for me and I would miss them. Leaving them out of my wardrobe entirely would mean saying good bye to a part of me. Age-appropriate dressing can be complicated and it is hard to know what to do …
What I do know is that fashion is meant to elevate you and make you feel your best. If that is still happening with a particular style of clothing, you are not ready to let it go. If, on the other hand, you are beginning to feel uncomfortable then you may need to break a fashion habit. Who is to say? I think I just answered that … you are.
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