I try not to prescribe or make judgments for other women. I do observe, and make judgments about what pleases me, style-wise. At this Certain Age, one of my style goals is to remain not-dead-yet in my appearance. There are some fashion statements that scream to me “I am old!’, and that I therefore avoid. (If they scream “I’m nineteen”, I try to avoid those too.)
I think the following concepts can be worn ironically by younger women, or by women of any age who enjoy and feel good in them. For me, they bring on premature feelings of mushy veggies and Matlock reruns.
Here are my personal “Not Yet!” items; I’d love to hear if you’ve got any too:
1. The tie-up puffy shoe. Comfortable shoes have gotten so, so cool looking. And brands that were formerly “orthopedic” are now funky and fun, like these:
|Adorable! And wear them all day. Zappos.|
But these will not pass my toes — they are wonderfully comfortable and functional — but M.M.F.O. (make me feel old). I can’t even articulate all the differences, but I know ’em when I see ’em.
2. The camp shirt. These are perennially available, and have always looked dated to my eyes. The vibrant prints are hard for my pale complexion to wear, and the boxiness hides and overwhelms my shape. I look like an older gent on a cruise.
|Colorful and cheery! But it M.M.F.O. Source.|
A more timeless look for me is a slightly fitted cotton shirt or blouse, with a slimmer sleeve and a more modern print. Wearing this, I feel classic and any-age:
3. Non-clothing wise, I find a very structured hairstyle aging. When I have “set” my hair, I immediately look older. Loose, casual, a little messy looks better. I have seen some younger women wear fab retro hairstyles that are precision-set. Katy Perry and Gwen Stefani do this very well.
What do you think? Are there styles/items you don’t wear because they M.Y. F. O.?