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Readers Respond: What Should a Grown Woman Never Wear?

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Pigtails and overalls are for little kids. But what else do you hate seeing on a grown woman?

Just an observation......

I recently attended a high school reunion and I was shocked by how old everyone appeared to be. I know, not nice, but then I discovered it was more about their frosted/shimmery lips, using too much self-tanner, having the same hairstyles as they had in high school and to top it all off, they seem to still shop in the juniors department. Nix the lip color, get an updated hair style, and shop in a woman's department and you'll find sexy, yet age appropriate clothing.
—Guest Kate E

Whatever

I think these tutorials should be less "wrong and right". I hate tie-dye too but I don't think it looks ridiculous in someone else just bc they're grown ups. Tutorials are the opinion of the writer and not Universal laws. It would be better for the writer to incentivate the criativity in everybody even if it seems ridiculous to him. To me more ridiculous is to write this kind of text as if she were the allmighty of what people should wear or not.
—Guest Ana

On fur...

I agree with the last tip. About not wearing fur. But that's because I don't agree with killing an animal for fashion (I am vegan across the board, but the leather and fur industries are brutal and there ARE faux alternatives that look real, if it's that important to you!). But that has nothing to do with "age appropriate." I just think humans need to treat fellow creatures with greater respect. PERSONALLY, I don't care what someone wears. I don't even care if they dress childishly. Not really. Are they responsible enough in real life? Do they take ownership of their slip ups? If so, fine. I could care less if someone wears a cartoon t-shirt, or a cereal box watch. :) My personal fashion 'nots' (again, things I just don't love myself): are logos plastered on everything, wearing running shoes with normal pants or dressier outfits, mixing styles so obviously not suited to each other (a bright sunny t-shirt with ribbons and faux snake pants. Which I've seen. XD).
—Guest Kat

Sunday Best

The classics are timeless.you don't have to worry about whether or not it is age appropriate. You can mix them with trendy accessories for an updated look.
—Guest Lois

Stop telling others what to do.

I just love some of the responses where the posters basically say "mind your own business". I could not agree more. Who says that a "grown woman" should not wear this or that? If she can still rock it, more power to her! And it makes her feel pretty, young, loved, or brings back some lovely memories, then who are you to say she should not wear it, even if it is pigtails and overalls? If it offends you, turn away and keep walking. If you cannot do that without being judgmental, perhaps you should get a life then?
—Guest Harry

WEAR WHATEER YOU FEEL HAPPY IN

NO MATTER WHAT PEOPLE SAY OR DO, 1 SHOULD WEAR WAHTEVER THEY FEEL HAPPY & COMFORTABLE IN
—Guest ljs

Sexy Grandma

Hey Gram, If you truly have it, you don't have to flaunt it. Dress for success is my motto.
—Guest Guest-Claire

Respect your body

I think individuals should be allowed to wear what suits them without someone holding the big cane. I don't follow fashion trend, because it can be limiting and it makes everyone look the same sometimes. Wear what you are comfortable in without exposing unnecessary pound of flesh. Accord your body some respect and you sure will be happy for it.
—Guest Bola

yes to dressing your best

i too say now that i am in the "old lady" seat, wear what you are comfortable in, as hippigirl says - i want to look as good as i can but i do not have a budget for clothing that makes it possible for me to buy expensive classic things. if i think it looks good, it's usually too expensive for me. but i try to match it.
—Guest wolvenwoman

mutton dressed

this has always been my motto, i am 60yrs young, i wear tight straight legged jeans, with a long top and long boots, why not? no one has ever said i am too old, i get taken for my 40s, so hey look in the mirror if you are comfortable, wear it with pride, i always remember my mother with that saying, but dont think it really matters in this world now.
—Guest marian

Re: Teenager Jeans

I think "fc" is misinformed. I'm assuming that "fc" stands for "fashion cop" -- and if so, that person needs to retire. The comment: "Simply put, after your 30's, it is not appropriate to wear jeans that are either too tight, bedazzled, fringed, ripped or bleach-patterned. Leave them to the kids, ladies" is mostly ridiculous. No one looks good in jeans that are too tight. We all get that. But there's nothing wrong with wearing jeans that are ripped, fringed, bedazzled or stiched in a colorful way. I'm 48 and I rock jeans -- no matter what they have on them. I don't wear low-rise because no one wants to see the buttock or their lack of taste in undies. But give me a break. There's no age limit to wearing shredded jeans well. I do every single day.
—Guest Angie Mama

Snakeskin pants

A women should never wear snake skin pants. Like here: http://styleblog.ca/2011/11/23/what-i-wore-snake-charmer/
—etours

Thanks for your post

I am 52 athletic divorced mom of sons who are in college. Recently I have lost my job of 12 years. My work environment was mainly female. My problem was with my department's management. The queen was very rude on how I was dressed. I never wore my clothing tight yet women of same age would wear the clothing I wore yet didn't have a figure at all. The queen never disapproved. So I'm guessing maybe the issue isn't what you may be wearing more then catty females feeling possibly insecure about their own figures. Ouch! this can cause hurt feelings for both parties especially when female management needs professional counseling.
—reinventingquestions

short skirts are sooo much fun

Im 51 years younge and just love to wear short skirts .I go to the gye 3 times a week and put alot of work into loking good and have no intention in hiding it away under long skirts lol
—Kimarnold773

Must hit a nerve

Wow. 119 responses. BTW, I enjoy the newsletter, keep up the good work.
—BleuEdee

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