Who is to Say What is Age-Appropriate?

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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. Continue reading

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The verdict is in: School uniforms raise teen self-esteem

Dr. Karen Rezach, Director of

Dr. Karen Rezach, Director of The Middle School and The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School

My two sons go to public schools; one is in 8th grade, the other is a senior in high school. They don’t wear school uniforms and I have been curious about what life would be like for them if they did. Especially for my younger son who is in his early teens and at an impressionable and vulnerable age. I spoke with Dr. Karen Rezach, Director of the Middle School and The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School, an all-girls school from Kindergarten through the 12th Grade. We talked about the role of uniforms and why they are so important for the self-image of the students of Kent Place School. Dr. Rezach also helped me to see why this is not just about clothing and the choices our children make. It goes much deeper. She is a formidable woman and I must confess that I was a bit nervous before our conversation but the minute we started talking, I knew that I had come to the right person.

Here is my conversation with Dr. Rezach:

MKG: Kent Place School has adopted a “uniforms with choice,” platform from Kindergarten through the 8th grade. How does that differ from a basic uniform?

Dr. Rezach: It’s a question of Kent Place School’s mission. Traditional uniforms were not in line with the mission of Kent Place to develop independent leaders. Continue reading

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Age-appropriate to Simon Doonan

Simon Doonan interview with Etsy - Photo credit: Albert Sanchez

Simon Doonan – Photo credit: Albert Sanchez

“I like flowers. I thought we all liked flowers. Flowers come from God. What’s wrong with flowers?” ~ Simon Doonan, “How I Became a Fashion Don’t,” Slate (Magazine).

Simon Doonan had much to say after reading his October Details Magazine, when a caption under the photo of a hip older gentlemen read: “Are you too old for your outfit?” Simon, whom I recently featured here, says no!, Continue reading

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No midriffs for me

Rodarte Spring 2014 Photography by Peter Stigter

NY Fashion Week – Rodarte Spring 2014
Photography by Peter Stigter

One of the big trends we saw for Spring 2014 at NY Fashion Week was exposed midriffs and crop tops. It’s nice in theory, but trending for me? I don’t think so.

One of the strangest things about aging is the realization that your body is morphing; sometimes the change is gradual and sometimes it completely shocks you to your core taking you by surprise. Continue reading

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Age-appropriate dressing

More Magazine, March 2013, with Connie Britton (What to wear at 30, 40, 50)

More Magazine, March 2013, with Connie Britton (What to wear at 30, 40, 50)

Dressing appropriate to our age is an ever-present battle. It is something we think about or perhaps we should think about more often. I’m at an age when the things I used to wear may no longer work for me but that doesn’t mean that I’ve lost all sense of style or the need to look relevant and fun. And what about others – all age groups – teens, 20s, 30s, and beyond? It would be great if there were a guide book to help us. As it is, we have our inner guide and our friends to help us navigate. And there is More … Continue reading

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What’s up with booty shorts?

Pitbull and company performing on Good Morning America, May 31, 2013 Photo credit: ABC/Fred Lee

Pitbull and company performing on Good Morning America, May 31, 2013 Photo credit: ABC/Fred Lee

I have it on good authority that booty shorts are being worn in the public schools. Someone close to me (in middle school) who must remain anonymous for this feature, spent time talking about warm weather and booty shorts. “What,” may I ask (knowing full-well the answer) “are booty shorts?” His answer: “really short shorts that the girls wear to school.” Hmmm … “How did you come up with the name booty shorts?” His response: “Everyone calls them that.”

… so I googled booty shorts and found several links highlighting stripper shorts and dancer shorts. Nowhere did I find a link about middle-school age girls. And now I am back to one of the key questions I ponder when speaking of fashion … what is age appropriate dressing? And I don’t ask the question lightly nor do I confine it to midde-school age girls. At 52 it is something I need to question every day. How about the length of the shorts and skirts I wear? And other things like the fit of my t-shirts and sweaters. Continue reading

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