Thursday 9 June 2016

Fashion rules I love to break

My friend Mary send me an article a few days ago that made me laugh out loud. I don't know if the author intends it to be a joke - somehow, I don't think so. 
The title is 24 Things Women Should Stop Wearing After Age 30, and being 36 years old, I clicked on it curiously. 
What I read made me shake my head in wonder. The author includes arbitrary rules like hoop earrings, the colour pink, shopping at American Eagle (wtf??), anything that's the least bit revealing (short dresses and crop tops are amongst them), and even questions if 30-year-olds fit into Abercrombie & Fitch clothes, which I find quite insulting. Who does she think she is?

I couldn't resist to take the article as a challenge and share ten of her "rules" that I have broken in the past, and will continue to do so. 

1. Slogan tee
She says: "Graphic tees are better left for those lazy days off, not public outings." I beg to differ.

From here
From Old Navy; Canada apparel will be available again closer to Canada Day on July 1

From here

2. Hoop earrings
"Only girls in high school can still pull off hoop earrings." I wonder what J.Lo thinks about that. 

3. Furry anything
"It's rare to find furry clothing that's actually fashionable AND age appropriate." My fake fur vest is one of my favourite pieces of clothing, and will continue to be so. 

4. Short dresses
"You don't have to bare it all to look sexy." I do agree with this statement. However, I think mini dresses can look casual, sporty, or cute, and are not only worn to be sexy. 

And there are the inappropriate hoop earrings again! (Similar dress)

5. Mini skirts
She's still at it, saying that "By this age, women should know it's always better to leave something to the imagination." Guess what? You can do that and still wear a mini skirt!

6. Woman overalls
"Are you headed to work on a farm?" Actually, I am. And even if you are not, feel free to wear them!

7. American Eagle
"Sure, their jeans fit perfectly, but that doesn't make it trendy for women over 30 to be wearing them."
Excuse me?? "They fit perfectly", yet we don't deserve to be wearing nice-fitting jeans because we have reached a certain age? Is that what you are saying? Because that's what I'm hearing. And it's arrogant, outrageous, and just plain silly. 

 American Eagle skinnies. I love 'em and will wear them until I'm 80 if I feel like it!

8. Cheap  bras
"Your breasts deserve proper support by this age." While it's nice that the author is concerned about our ancient breasts, you don't need to shell out a small fortune for bras unless you want to. Depending on your size, many of us oldies can still get away with cheap bras, because despite what she may believe, your girls won't hit the floor as soon as you turn the big 3-0.

Old Navy sports bra, usually $29.94, now on sale for $9.99-$13.99!

9. Pink
"PINK is made and targeted at teens and college girls. Not for thirty-somethings. Wear your big girl panties please." Uhm, discriminating against a colour? No, just no. 

10. Old sneakers
"Grown women should not be seen in rundown tennis shoes." Nobody puts my (pink!) converse in the corner!

What do you think about these "rules"? Do you break any (or most?) of them?



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