Recently a friend tagged me in a post on facebook that led to this blog post on Rant Chic, and she asked me what my thoughts are on it. I think my “thoughts” on this one are worth a blog post! This blog post, which is worth a click if nothing else but to reference what we are discussing here on my blog, outlines 20 items this writer thinks women shouldn’t wear after the age of 30. Let me preface the below blog response with the note that everyone obviously has and is entitled to their own opinions on the subject, this is a reflection of my opinions as a stylist that works with clients from all walks of life, as well as all shapes, sizes and ages. Let me also say that people often ask me “can I wear this?” and my response is often more than they bargained for because there is rarely a “yes” or “no” answer to that question-there is generally a grey area when it comes to style which is why I am rarely a fan of “you should never ever wear this again”. Fashion is circumstantial, often an interpretation of an event, mood or situation and is something that changes from person to person, possibly day to day. So let’s get to it, tit for tat if you will, my response to Rant Chic’s 20 Things Women Should Stop Wearing After Age 30.
1. Leopard Print
This Gucci Leopard print dress proves a few things: leopard can be elegant as well as come in many styles and colors.
No one said you have to be head to….well just toe in leopard. These Tom Fords show restraint but give interest to any outfit!
2. Sparkly Pants: Because New Year’s Eve is not the only time to have a little fun. Should you wear sequin pants to the grocery store? Probably not, unless you are on your way to a party, but they are fun a a great way to dress up a t-shirt for a night out.
3. Over sized Sunglasses: This one is tough-how do you define “over sized”, either way I think it is way too general of a statement, this is one of those things that should be tailored to the wearer. Last time I checked, Rachel Zoe is not only a stylish woman but one of the highest acclaimed stylists.
4. Non matching socks: Okay, on this one, I got nothing-at age 30 your socks should probably match unless you are wearing a costume…or tall boots and no one is going to see them (shhh, I won’t tell)!!
5. Hoop Earrings: Seriously? Why not?! This is a very blanket statement, in my opinion. Hoops come in all different shapes, sizes and styles. Like most fashion, the style of your hoop can mature with you. Lots of celebrities are wearing hoops right now. I recently met a fabulous jewelry designer that makes some stunning hoops-check out Sarah Briggs Jewelry. Again…
6. Furry Boots: Hmmm, I am a sucker for fur so I am not the best gauge of this one, but what if you are going somewhere cold?! This is another one like leopard where it has to be worn properly and with the correct restraint if necessary because I do agree if worn improperly they can definitely read “young”-again that pesky grey area! Nothing about these boots say “young” to me.
7. Furry Anything: Hold the phone! This style has been around for ever and ever for a reason, just use good judgement! If anyone doesn’t want theirs, I’ll send you my address!
8. Tube Tops: Since tube tops & crop tops are similar and crop tops are right on trend right now, it is just another one of those things that you should use good judgement on. No one is saying that you should wear a bikini top to the bar in your 30’s-well, at least I am not saying that!
9. Short Dresses: Again, grey area, define “short”. Leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination…okay that is probably short, above the knee-not so much but others may consider this “short” after a certain age but certainly not 30! Wear the appropriate length dress to the appropriate event. Also, if you want to wear a shorter dress, leave something to the imagination by not having it low cut (etc.) as well.
10. Mini Skirts: Mini and short usually fall under different categories. In our 30’s there is probably rarely a time to wear a true mini skirt.
11. Overalls: I know this is a very controversial one. I was very unsure of them but I tried them on and was pleasantly surprised. Does that mean they are for everyone? Of course not, this is one of those “you have to try them on” items.
12. Crop Tops: See #8
13. Wearing the brand American Eagle: This is a brand that mostly lends itself to a younger demographic, if nothing else because they logo their items at nauseoum and people associate the brand with younger people but like with most things there can be a grey area-but I do have to agree that mostly we should leave American Eagle to the 23 and unders! There is that pesky fur again though, but I beg you to tell me where this is from if I didn’t tell you!
14. “Booty Shorts”: Defined by your booty hanging out, I agree these either need to be left in your early 20’s or maybe never worn at all.
15. Old Sneakers: Once again, I must agree. If you have a favorite old pair-they need to be saved for work around the house. This is a great example of one my fave sayings “public is public”, saying “well, I just wear them to run to the grocery store”-really? Isn’t that one of THE most public places you go and isn’t it where you are most likely to run into people you know (in your own neighborhood)? Out with the worn out and in with the fresh pair of sneakers!
16. Cheap Bras: I think what the author of Rant Chic means by this is ill fitting bras, not the actual price you pay for them. As a general rule though, a well fitting bra is a little more expensive and what you are paying for often times is the expertise of the person fitting you. Frequently one of the first affairs I handle with a new client, is getting them in the proper undergarments, especially bras. A well fitting bra not only effects the way your clothes fit and look, but it also effects your health in the form of your back, neck and other body parts. This is an important item at ANY age!
17. Glitter Eye Shadow: Should you walk into work with your make-up from the night before-not so much?! Should you have fun when you go out with the girls and wear ONE super glittery color with a matte liner-duh?! Glitter eye make-up is not for any age, every day or every night but it is for the fun occasion, worn properly.
18. Platform flip-flops: I honestly wish I had one nice thing or even a rebuttal here, but I have nothing!! I am not a fan of the platform flip-flops, for me it is not based on age, it is based on the fact that they went out of style 10 years ago. Sorry platform flip-flop wearers, I personally think it is time to chunk them!
19. Wearing Abercrombie & Fitch (see #13 regarding American Eagle) because the idea/response is the same!
20. Scrunchies: Well, there’s a blast from the past, right?! This is something that definitely shouldn’t be worn in public at any age-in my humble opinion-BUT because they don’t pull out your hair or leave creases in it nearly as much as other hair ties they are definitely a good item to have around the house when you want to wear your hair up and they are more comfortable! Who knows, maybe they will make a resurgence some day!
The bottom line is use good judgement and edit yourself daily. If you are unsure of your judgement ask a friend, they will be honest and generally on your level. Be the best version of you through your style and just make sure what you are wearing is portraying what you want to say to the world!