It seems that everywhere you look, someone is offering advice on age appropriate clothes – mainly that you’re too old to wear the ones you’d like to.
Alexandria Blaelock, author of Ms Blaelock’s Book of Signature Wardrobe Planning says, “I don’t think that age should affect your clothing decisions any more than your body size, shape and skin colour does (though I know they all do). If it fits, makes you happy and is appropriate for the activities and place, then it’s appropriate for you”
Here are Blaelock’s tips for age appropriate clothes:
- Ignore other people’s opinions. There will always be someone more than happy to tell you what to wear, but that’s opinion, not the truth. Other people’s opinions are irrelevant.
- Remember we age differently. Some people have the time to exercise for hours a day to maintain their shape, others can afford to hire personal chefs to cook for them. Some of us have to do the best we can outside of our work hours.
- Consider your leadership role. In the early twentieth century, older women dressed in more luxurious fabrics to demonstrate their increasing sophistication. They modelled the grace and dignity that younger women could grow into.
- Take advantage of technological advances. As you age, you do have to deal with issues like arthritis, loss of vision and balance deterioration. Happily, we now have velcro, elastic and zippers so you don’t have to battle buttons and buckles.
- Ask what would Madonna do. No one is going to tell Madonna she is too old to wear (insert garment of choice). And if they did, she would most likely give them the benefit of her opinion on their opinion. And if she’s not your idea of a style icon, find one who is.
These five tips for age appropriate clothes will help you choose and wear the clothes you like regardless of what others think.
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