Dress Your Age …at 40+?

NO!!! What does that even mean?

Who has the right to tell you to dress your age?

You do!

It’s a three-way relationship between you, your budget and your mirror.

How do you feel about yourself, in what you are wearing?

Is someone out there telling you to dress your age and not to wear jeans? Trainers? Vests? Short skirts? Long hair? The list can go on.

The truth is that there are as many opinions out there as there are people, and the most important opinion is YOURS.

The only word that I can think of that would challenge YOUR OPINION is Appropriate. I mean that in terms of meeting “I’ll wear what I want” with “I’ll wear what I want, that’s appropriate”.

So, there we have the problem. Appropriate IS other peoples opinions.

Do you dress your age?

I’m a strong believer in the “Presentation is not just Appearance”.

There are many ways to dress your age and impress, or in some cases distress, someone you meet. Remember that saying, “never judge a book…”?

Showing up for an interview looking like Rupert the bear is only okay if you are interviewing for the part of Rupert the bear or a golf mascot of some sort.

If a moment can be taken to consider the effort a person has made to meet halfway between their opinion and their perception of yours, before you even think “dress your age”, that should be considered a box ticked, and let’s move on.

How do you dress your age?

Clothes are not just for fashion’s sake. They also hide a multitude of personal “inadequacies” which may or may not be open for discussion. They are very rarely put on for self-ridicule and age should not be the first consideration. Getting the balance right has been a “thing” since we could dress ourselves.

The transition from Velcro to laces and back to Velcro, or the same for elasticated waistbands to belts and back again, is a long and underestimated, often daily, a journey of self-assessment that usually has to be undertaken at the start of the day. As important, sometimes, as make-up rituals.

I digress. For those of us who wear the same outfits day in day out, without a second thought, the challenge still arises for those all-important meetings, interviews and “first impressions”, and with that, the consideration for what to wear…




Do you feel that there should be age limits on “style”?

 

Are you restricted by the “need” to follow fashion?

 

Does your body type allow for anything or nothing?

 

#HopesAndCopes.

 

Have Your Say.