Honey Good discusses the importance of dressing your age.

Dressing your age is an interesting concept. As we age, what that means clearly changes. There may come a point when we are lucky enough to declare that such “rules” don’t apply to us because, at our age, we “rule” the roost and won’t defer to it!

Case in point: On a lovely winter day during a photo shoot for my blog, I pulled out this fun USA sweatshirt (pictured) and decided to pair it with pigtails.

Do I dress my age?

Well,  the sweatshirt is over 20 years old so, on that point alone, one could argue that, on that day, I was decidedly dressing my age.  “After all, how many thirtysomethings own sweatshirts that are this ‘seasoned,'” I thought to myself with a smile. And, I can promise you this, on that day, in that outfit, I was dressing my attitude! Can you see it in my face? I was having fun!

All of this got me to think about — and then dig into — what others are saying about dressing one’s age.

What others are saying about dressing your age

Today, for a change of pace, I am not opining, I am merely sharing what others are saying about age-appropriate dressing with the hope that you, dear readers, will chime in and share what you think about this most interesting issue.

Julia Baird penned a compelling Op-Ed in the New York Times last October titled, “Don’t Dress Your Age.” She makes many interesting points; here is one of my favorite “sound bites,” if you will, from the article…

“Women are not praised for dressing like fabulous young things now. As we ascend the ladder of wisdom and maturity, we are cautioned to adopt restraint, to be “classic,’ “sophisticated,’ to eschew skin in favor of prim. And with every passing year, to occupy less space and be more demure — and dull.

We are also told to monitor our appearance in a way men are very rarely told to. Find me a man leafing through a magazine that tells him to upturn his collar to hide his neck wrinkles, and I will upturn it for him.”

Grandparents.com takes a contrary approach, warning us that, “When you wear clothing made for a different generation, you’re making yourself look older.” In an article by Beth Levine titled, “6 Signs You’re Not Dressing Your Age.”

However, when I dug into their article a little bit deeper, there was some quite sensible advice that perhaps older women should consider:

“The quickest way to age yourself is to wear something out of date, unless it is a timeless classic silhouette. Looking modern is more important than looking trendy.”

I know I said I wouldn’t opine but… I must admit, I loved the Telegraph UK article Alyson Walsh titled, “Don’t dress your age – modern women know it’s about style not following fashion rules for over 40s.

It’s about style… yes! And, as I recently mentioned, I feel style is 80% inner beauty and 20% outer. Who are you, and are you brave enough to allow your appearance to reflect that, critics be damned?

From the article:

“What they don’t want is fast fashion or fickle trends. Nor to be told ‘this is what you wear when you’re 40, 50, 60, whatever’; the boundaries between the generations are blurred, it’s all about ageless style now.”

In all my articles on style for women over 50, I always try to make this point, which I believe to be true: YOUR opinion about how you look is the only one that matters. If you know me, you know that I always challenge you to wear what you want, what feels right, and to do so with the confidence that comes from knowing that if you respect what you see in the mirror, little else matters.

Now, I want to know what you think! Do you believe in dressing your age, and, if so, what does that really mean to you? I would so love to hear from you either in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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