What bloggers say: do you believe in dressing ‘age-appropriately’?

by Sylvia

Do you believe in dressing age-appropriately? | 40plusstyle.com

The question on whether or not we should dress age-appropriately after 40 always gets women talking, so I was curious to see what my 3 blogger friends had to say on the issue. Listen and watch in this short video!

“You cannot dress in certain ways all your life. At one point you are adapting because your body changes or maybe certain clothes are very typical for a 14 year old and it does not suit you any more. On the other hand I’m not so strict with rules.”

Anja, Curly Traveller

“I do not wear certain things because I think it looks desperate…. On the other hand I’m very tolerant, if someone wants to wear a miniskirt and can pull it off by having a confident face, be my guest! ….. (as for myself) I cover a lot of flesh because everything is getting a bit wobbly…”.

“I think our generation and the generation before us are going to change the rules on how old ladies look like.”

Greetje, No Fear Of Fashion

“If I am confident with my body and feel ok with it, guess what, I’m going to wear what I want to wear…. I refuse to let my age dictate pretty much anything in my life.”

Suzanne, Suzanne Carillo

More views

I always ask my style interviewees the same question, so here are a few more views on this topic.

“I believe in dressing age appropriately for me, but I’m wary of making sweeping generalizations and rules. For example, I haven’t been in a mini skirt in years, but I do know some women looking great in them right into their 40’s. On the other hand, I love this new graphic tee trend, but I’m sure there are some mature ladies who wouldn’t be caught dead with some silly words across their chest! I think it’s all very personal, based on body type, lifestyle, and personality”.

Dawn Lucy, Fashion Should be Fun (Full interview)

“My little girl told me that I can wear mini-skirts until my knees are wrinkly. That’s a great piece of advice. Wear whatever you feel great in and it will be appropriate for any age.”

Souri, Fabulous Femme (full interview)

“I believe in dressing ‘personality appropriately’. As far as dressing ‘age appropriately’, all I can say is that I believe I dress appropriately for me right now. And, as I grow older, it’s my intention to continue to wear clothing that is expressive of my unique personality!”

Sue, (full interview)

“I think that phrase means different things to different people. Some would argue that my Music City Hipster tank top isn’t age appropriate, but If I pair it with indigo skinny jeans, a crisp cotton jacket and some cork wedges I think it’s perfect. I’m also Petite and I think Petite proportions lend themselves to dressing a little younger and getting away with it.”

Alicia, (full interview)

“Age appropriate dressing to me means wearing outfits that look grown-up. That translates into adding a sophisticated element to any outfit, be it casual or dressy.”

Angie, (full interview)

“I probably just answered that above. I don’t believe in putting an ‘age’ on style or fashion, I think it’s all in what makes you, as an individual, feel good. I work with many 20-30 year old young ladies and many have asked to shop in my closet, so I guess that’s a nice compliment.”

Trina (full interview)

“I think this can be taken too far and result in a very boring and homogenous way of dressing. I don’t believe in having too many rules based upon age alone. For example, why shouldn’t an over-40 woman wear shorts or shorter skirts (within reason, of course) if she has great legs and is proud of them? I don’t think a woman over 40 should dress like a 20 year-old, but we don’t need to dress like grandmothers, either! In fact, grandmothers don’t even need to dress like grandmothers! I think that we can continue to have fun with clothes and style no matter how old we are. No need to wear frumpy clothes at any age!”

Debbie (full interview)

For even more replies, you can check my earlier article on this topic: what is age appropriate.

Now it’s your turn: do you believe in dressing age appropriately?


{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Suzanne

Ha ha! I’d forgotten about this last video : )

I come across as a little fanatical. Oh well. It shows I’m committed to my ideas.

I miss you guys!



2 Greetje Kamminga

You just believe in your ideas dear. We are our own worst critics.


3 Sylvia

You’re passionate Suzanne which is a good thing!


4 Patti

Not fanatical, Suzanne – passionate! Great round up Sylvia.


5 Greetje Kamminga

I am watching myself very closely. And you shouldn’t do that haha.
It was a fun idea of you Sylvia and because we had no time to get nervous, it was done in minutes. No editing necessary.
Why do we all live so far apart… sigh.


6 Suzanne

Agreed. Sigh.


7 Sylvia

Yes sigh. Miss you all.
Spontaneous is always the best!


8 Annette

Thank you for this lovely video!
For me “age appropriate” does make sense, however I look at it more in a way how confident I personally feel in what I wear. As Greetje said, for example a hemline around my knees is fine but with opaque tights in winter I tend to go slightly shorter. Skinny jeans – yes but a cropped top – no.
Trying too hard to look younger is worst case for me… I want to look grown-up but still incorporate trends into my personal style.

Annette | Lady of Style


9 Sylvia

I agree with you Annette. I would not mind going shorter with tights too! I have even dared wearing a cropped top…


10 Ann

You all make so much sense to me. We over 40’s don’t have to give in to boredom when it comes to how we look. Experimenting and trying new things keeps us young. Life should remain interesting on many levels, fashion being just one of them.

blue hue wonderland


11 Sylvia

Agreed. And I intend on doing that for a very long time!


12 denton

that was great!


13 Helen May

I wear what’s comfortable to me and don’t care about age appropriate wear for the most part. Special occasions and I get a little picky. I think I just don’t have enough confidence and usually go with tried and true items. I agree with Suzanne.


14 Ann

My question is about distressed jesns. What do you think about wearing them at 60? I kind of want to, but wonder if my friends will think I’ve gone off the deep end.


15 Sylvia

I have seen many older women wearing them successfully and since they’re very much on trend right now, why not? I would advise to ‘dress them up’ a bit. So wear with a classy top or jacket and good quality shoes. Most importantly, wear them with confidence!


16 Greetje

I totally agree with Sylvia. Had to laugh over your “afraid of my friends thinking I have gone off the deep end”. Because, even though I wear distressed boyfriend jeans at 62, I had the same worry about a slightly shorter dress. Even with thick tights. I did a little “survey” and clearly the worry is in my mind and not with the rest of the world. As the way women over 40 dress and behave is radically changing. We at 60 and over are the first to go up the barricades!!


17 Sherry Edwards

Yes, I do believe in dressing age appropriately. When I was young trying to look career oriented and professional I made myself look professional and matronly. Not a good look for me. In my 30’s I tried to dress like in my 20’s because I think I missed that decade. I sort of got away with it, I think. In my 40’s I dressed like I was in my 30’s and the comments were that I was trying to look young. I did fool people from the back though, just that the back view didn’t go with the front view, bummer! After becoming addicted to WNTW I’ve updated, upgraded my wardrobe. I am trying to become more “classic”. I’m still a work in progress!!


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