There is way too much paranoia and sensationalism about things like pedophiles and predators and such that contribute to these overblown stories. Invest in turtlenecks, cardigans, long-sleeved T-shirts, vest, long overcoats, and other pieces that add complexity to your upper body. And the mere fact that many older women move in that direction is no argument that we all should.
It was more a state of mind I was looking for and the utube films helped a lot. Not wild about the wrinkles but I take good care of my skin- just have to learn to like me at this age. Thanks for the forum. Hope it helps someone. For business I wear stylish clothing like suits or a leather skirt, dresses on the knee. When free I wear skinny jeans or short jeans skirt with tights and boots. My statement to have coloured streaks in my hair. Last year I had pink, red, torquise and purple.
Not all the same time, but they fade fairly quickly but I have them done every three months. I have white Judi Dench style hair. I think another way of phrasing this question is what item of clothing do you get the most comments on. My daughter manages a Cato in Eaton,Oh. She brings me things she thinks I should wear. Usually I really like them. She got mr a pair of skinny jeans and knee boots. She thinks because I am only pounds ,I can wear them.
I really like them but at my age, I am afraid I will look like an older woman trying to look like a young woman. Celebrating our Boomer Life…. I agree with Annamarie.. Everyone needs a little Oomph …Thanks Sixty and Me for your inspirational info. You can wear shorter skirts! I do — I have a few fun shorter skirts I wear with tights and boots. Even my year old mother approves and she is a more traditional dresser.
Mixing it up with other looks is always fun. Keeping in fashion is not a bad thing has long as thsere are only one or two items mixed with classics. Good thing to aks someone you know will tell you the truth when buying. Just face your limits. No tons of make up, no mini skirt, no teens style. I am 75 years old,wear jeans and a pretty T-shirt during the day,dress up if going out to lunch or dinner,something long feminine nice undies and jewellry always sexy shoes and good French perfume.
You are right Karin, cos I have the figure of half my age.. My style is eclectic — I wear leggings with tunics, trackkies, ugg boots, a lot of pants and tops because I can.
Sure I like to dress up but comfort is my main aim at Ilike every style,one day classic,one day sporty,bohemien etc. I am 63 years old; my conviction let me know what and what not to wear. You have a mirror, if you have to close it, grab it, or pull it down, then I think you are uncomfortable wearing it.
Be comfortable and look good!!!!! I am 61 and I am so tired of people who say you are trying to look younger just because you wear the things you love. I dress more for my weight than my age. I like durable fabrics, like cotton.
Comfortable, durable outfits are hard to find. Some of the styles are rediculous. I wonder had I never worn high heels if my knees would be in better shape today. I am 62 and normally I love your page, but this one is annoying me. I cant say i agree with not wearing short skirts Some young girls have terrible legs, THEY shouldnt be wearing short skirts. Whereas i who has quite reasonable shapely legs can wear them.
In winter with opaques no problem, and maybe just on or above knee in summer. These silly rules about what 60 yr old women can wear, annoy me. Of course we are not going to wear shorts inc city or a night out, and thigh high minis or tops showing our midriff, but personally il wear what i damm wellk like within reason, skinny jeans, heels when i go oiut, and ive grown my hair and to hell with the rules.
If women over 60 want to wear age appropriate clothing, ie stay press slacks, long dreary skirts, and sensible shoes and go grey gracefully thats their choice, but mine is mine. I always concealed those parts of my body that were unattractive. That changes with age. I now wear three quarter length sleeves and make sure my midsection and upper thighs are covered. Since I am petite, I were my skirts close to my body and an inch or two above my knee. Tights in a color matching the skirt and perhaps wedges provide an elongating look.
Cropped tops OVER a column of black or grey or any color also elongates the silhouette of a petite and covers skin that is not longer taunt. So, adjustments are made.
I have been adding more color to my wardrobe after watching that video and have decided to let my hair grow long again. It is actually easier to take care of and does not require the constant maintenance of shorter styles.
I like to where it up and sometimes down. I felt more confident to do that after listening to those inspiring women in that documentary. I believe in dressing age appropriate AND role appropriate.
Probably the latter most, especially wives and mothers. Now, I also believe that every woman has the right to dress as she feels. LOVE is the rule of thumb for me. Love, always considers others above self. Put on love, and any other garment will be stylish and appropriate. If you love dressing in classic style, I have no problem with that. And the mere fact that many older women move in that direction is no argument that we all should. I personally have moved away from that, not towards it, over the decades of my adult life.
That is me, with my individual life experiences, ideas and preferences. I have not the slightest desire to pressure anyone else to dress in any given way; indeed, if anything I wish there were less pressure on everyone of all ages, because all the pressure harms people. Why is there this idea that women of a certain age should dress a certain way?
It makes no sense. It is all very arbitrary, once you start questioning it all. I have never seen a single good argument for the idea. If you ask me, I would do away completely with the age appropriate tag, which seems rather ageist and punitive, particularly since it almost always applies to women over 40 red flag right there.
Well, guess what kids. Age appropriate is a term that should be drummed out of existence. What would I replace it with? Sarah made me think. I claim to be broad-minded about how everybody want to dress themselves.
Big question is WHY? The only answer I can come up with is that my mind is conditioned. By what I have learned to like. Could that be it? I do correct myself when I think such things. Two words — Tina Turner. Full of life and energy and happiness. I want to be her when I grow up. I think she is totally awesome! It is all in the attitude. If you tell yourself you are old — you will feel old. If you feel young and joyful and thankful to be alive — that is what people will see when they look at you.
Dress to fit your personality. Coming from a family of seamstresses although with little skill myself I was raised to appreciate fashion and individuality, at any age.
My grandmother who is still alive has always dressed impeccably and has given me some fabulous hand-me-downs over the years. I wear a 0 or 2 in bottoms but I have real boobs lol…flat stomach.
I think it is all about how you wear a trend. I do not want to look like a teenager but I can still rock a little bikini and skinny jeans. There are things I will not wear period because i think they look too girly like super short shorts or skirts,baby doll tops…anything midriff showing etc.
I like dressing like a vibrant sexy woman. Women look fabulous in a way a teenage girl can not and we can wear clothes they can not pull off. The most important thing in dressing for any age is dress for the body you have not want… It is all about proportion.
I agree with whoever said that it depends upon the woman. Style is always about expressing yourself in a way that makes you feel good and tells others a little about who you are.
When I started photographing my outfits about a year ago, I learned to my surprise that I look best in form-fitting clothes. I love my jeans and have sought out dark wash jeans that fit me well with mid rise. They can be pared with classic boots and nice jackets for a casual classy look, which is probably my style.
Type 4 in case anyone follows Dressing Your Truth. Thank you, Sylvia for this great blog! We all have different opinions of what looks good or not, so do whatever you like. There may be plenty of people who like and dislike your personal style but that is irrelevant. I love all these thoughts on age and what to wear with 50… I am 70 and I still look good in straight leg jeans. I think with a mirror, and a lot of good common sense,and a dose of humor, you can come up with a style all of your own.
I love color, and wedge shoes and boots, scarves? I couldn't believe it! Yes, this is a big problem! Before I had my daughter, I loved buying dresses for my two nieces. I started to notice that as soon as they got above a size 6 in the girls department, there weren't anymore cute dresses to be found! The only offerings were fitted separates in tween styles. I couldn't believe it!! Now, I'm slowly facing the same thing with my 6 year old daughter.
Luckily she is small for her age, so I have another year or two before my options start to dwindle. I also recently went to visit my niece who is 11 and participates in a dance exhibition group. I went to one of her practices and I was shocked at what the girls were wearing I even saw some of the younger ones who were wearing tank tops, fold the hem up to imitate the older ones in the half shirts. It is sad to me when I see little girls dressed too old for their age.
I have a 6 year old and I err on the side of prudish probably. I'm squeamish with skirts and swimwear. And I don't care for those tees or sweatpants with statements that have an attitude. It has become more of a challenge finding clothes I approve of as she's getting into the older girls dept at the stores sizes I know that to this day my mom is still the first the woman I think of that I want to emulate.
And I know she always will be my foremost role-model. Growing up I always admred her and looked forward to becoming a woman because of the example she set. So I just hope I can be that role model for my daughter too. But I can see that there will be many challenges along the way that my mom didn't have to worry about as my sister and I were growing up. Having a child sure seems to speed up the sands of time!
That means a lot coming from a cerebral lass such as yourself. Loved your comment on that blog post too. If Suri Cruise was wearing little Converse sneakers or ballet flats with her outfit, I'd think it was totally fab sans the lipstick of course.
As for the rest - those outfits and make-up are bad taste on anyone at any age. I am very against the idea of little girls wearing provocative clothing for obvious reasons. But in the same breath I will say that I think kids boys too look GREAT in high fashion merchandise if the styles are naive and innocent.
I hope that makes sense. I wouldn't even be seen dead wearing some of those things unless it was a fancy dress party - and I'm 30! I just want them to be little girls and enjoy this time in their life without worrying about what on earth they are wearing. I think my 5 year old will be ok - she's a total Miss Independent and doesn't care what other people think of her outfits - she's quite an eclectic crazy dresser at times LOL. But my 3 year old MUST wear a skirt or dress every day already - so I'm concerned that she's going to want to follow the trends when she gets bigger.
Gosh, I even worry that they are too young to get their toe nails painted But we make it about having fun and picking happy colours etc, rather than doing it to "make your feet look good" or whatever image related reason we could use. I have two little girls, too 3 and 1 and this really freaks me out.
I don't tend to dress them in ultra-babyish clothing for long - I think teeny tiny jeans and such are adorable - but I would never, never put them in anything even remotely close to some of that. I kind of hope that they take after me and spend their teen years in combat boots with long dresses, jeans and punk-band T-shirts.
I may not have been the most attractively dressed girl around, but at least I wasn't dressed like a hooker! This all boggles my mind.
Nothing of the sort was on my mind. Do these girls realize that they're dressing in a sexual manner, or do they just think it's "cute" and what "everyone is wearing? Young girls are not innately "sexy" creatures I've been keeping my little girl "little" as long as I can. She is 7, and wears Lands' End and Hanna Anderssen dresses often over her jeans. She comes up with darling combinations of colors and layers.
I'll encourage her to be creative like that as she grows up, but modesty is the main issue to be followed. This just sent me over the edge. I hate it that we sexualize young girls. To me, it is no cuter to see a little girl dressed as a Las Vegas act as it is to see a grown woman in a Mickey Mouse outfit.
Let them be children. I do struggle with finding clothes. For girls there is so much sex and for boys there is so much bad-ass attitude and violence.
My 6 year old girl doesn't need high heels or a pair of shorts with the word " NICE" on the butt. And my 8 year old boy, doesn't need a t-shirt that says " you suck ". As much as we already feel our children are exposed to the influences of the media, celebrity children have it in their faces every day.
Their older siblings and parents must always dress trendy and often times sexy for their jobs and I'm assuming their level of modesty becomes blurred since everyone around them has a higher sexuality quotient so to speak. They pay a high price for their fame unfortunately. I do like to dress my little girls current but innocent at the same time. Teah is a tomboy who is always climbing and falling, it makes total sense for her to running around in skinny jeans and tunic tops, but the tops are modest and the jeans are brightly coloured.
Emmy is much quieter by nature and will happily play with a ruffle on a dress. AJ, I think you raise a very valid point about celebrity children, thank you for sharing that perspective.
I have been thinking about this topic since this morning and even though I am not a mother now, I do hope to be one in the not too distant future, my thoughts on this topic are:. It isn't and wasn't a case of not protecting modesty but more a case of children's bodies not being viewed as sexual. If we are insisting that small children should be dressed modestly aren't we sexualising their bodies no matter what they wear? There needs to be clothing that is age appropriate but also size appropriate for the 10 year old who has breasts, but still might play with a barbie doll occasionally.
I think that Kris raised this point and that 10 year old was also me.
These are women who dress their age but still look innovative and, above all, like themselves. In a world where everyone from nine to 90 wears jeans, what does "age appropriate" actually mean? poorly fitting clothing We all have items in our closets we can’t quite get into or that don’t exactly fit as well as we’d like. Trust us: A quick trip to the tailor can change everything. The age appropriate factor comes into play here, as well: the trick, I suppose, is finding a balance between trendy and too much. It's a tough spot for most women (and girls), as the trends aren't often aimed at people above or below a certain age, yet that's what all of the clothing manufacturers offer.