|Lives in my head|
In my twenties and thirties I outgrew my fear of independent thought, but I have continued to be a strict rule follower in most areas. And in most areas, this is an admirable quality. We can't have middle-aged women suddenly deciding to blast through red lights or refusing to pay taxes, can we? What's next, divorcing our husbands, dying our hair red, and moving to Vegas?
Well, bouts of mania aside, I've been mulling over the myriad rules for "How to Dress Over 40." You have seen them, I'm sure, because you are blog-readers and you care about fashion. There are a lot of reasonable suggestions in these lists, that apply to all ages, like:
- Don't go about town with your personal parts exposed
- Short shorts and bare tank tops are best for the beach and barbecues only
- Same for flip-flops
- Wear your best colors
Some other items on the lists are quite limiting and, well, boring. Even at 50+ I find I like to bend and break the rules, and I admire other women who do. My sidebar of favorite blogs contains many bold and beautiful women of a certain age who are not confining themselves to navy blue skirt suits.
Some of the ways I enjoy messing with the rules are:
- Leggings: love them with skirts and boots
- Speaking of boots: cowboy boots in the summer, a "young" look that I love for myself
- Maxi skirts, slim or full, with a big chunky belt
- Dangly earrings with a sense of humor
- Going hose-less even though my pale legs are far from youthful
- Skinny jeans
|I love this look, from Manolo for the Brides|
I'm not sure all of these things are the "very best" looks for my age and body, but i enjoy them, and I feel great in them. There are many more items I will not wear because I know they don't flatter me and/or they are truly too "young" for me. (The short shorts would most definitely fall into this category).
How about you? Breaking any rules today? Vegas, anyone?