Quite frequently, I hear a client say “I can’t wear that – I’m too old.” I usually respond with “What does your age have to do with your style?” And then I follow-up with “Don’t let your age dictate what you wear.” Let me explain.
Age is Relative
What does it mean to “dress your age?” You’ve heard it all – stop showing so much skin, become more classic or sophisticated, don’t wear bright colors or prints, turn up your collar to hide your neck wrinkles. Really? I don’t mind showing all those wrinkles as I’ve earned every one of them!
Here’s a question for you – which one of these do you consider your “age”?
- Your chronological age which is based on your birthdate.
- Your biological age which is a measure of how well your physical body is functioning.
- Your psychological age which is dependent on how you see yourself and what your outlook is on life.
I may be nearly 67 but I can keep up with any 30 or 40 year old in fitness classes. I definitely have an open and young mind and I like to try new things and keep current. I don’t think about my chronological age when it comes to exercise or learning so why should that dictate what I wear?
Don’t Dress by Your Decade
I see all these articles on “What to Wear in Your 30s, 40s, 50s. I don’t see many articles on how to dress in your 60s or 70s – maybe that’s why I ignore these!😏 Rather than dress by my decade, I look at all styles and decide what is suitable for me. For instance, I wear many of the younger trends – distressed jeans, bomber jackets, athleisure, chokers, etc. I love anything leather and lace. However, I don’t feel comfortable in an off-the-shoulder top – I just don’t like it for me so I don’t wear this trend. On the other hand, I have seen other ladies in their 60s rock this look! Over the past 10 – 15 years or so, I keep my legs covered as I don’t like the look of my legs. I wear maxi skirts and light weight cropped pants in the summer. The only exception I make is when I go to the beach. Then I let my legs show.
I dress for what makes me feel good – clothing that is comfortable and allows me to do what I like!
Listen to Your “Internal Radar”
The nice thing about maturing is that you’ve got lots of experience with dressing. You know what works and what doesn’t for your body. Forget your age and focus on what makes you feel comfortable. Dress for your lifestyle, where you live, your activities.
Dress to Express Yourself
Dress to express your personality and make sure your outside appearance tells the story of you. No matter how old you are, you still want to look like you.
And, most of all, remember this –
We are all more than the sum of our years or our measurements!