My darling baby sister (age 42) sent me this article yesterday: 59 is the Age Women Should Stop Wearing Red Lipstick, Heavy Makeup, Study Finds. Not because she thinks I need to follow the “rules”! She and I have a blast shopping online together and we try to break a rule every day. She’s thinking about a Carrie Underwood concert tee right now, to wear with her grown-up dark jeans and boots.
No, my sis knows I’d relish picking apart the results of the “survey” conducted by a skincare company. I think you will too:
- Apparently, age 59 is to be a turning point! I only have 18 months to go before I’m supposed to give up high heels, red lipstick and tight clothes. High heels have been relegated to the back of the closet for a decade now, but red lipstick? Out of my cold dead hands.
- “Miniskirts and leather pants are off the rack at 41, knee-high boots and even conservative tight tops should be retired by age 45. And tattoos start to look bad by the mid-50s.” This one has me laughing and scratching my head. Miniskirts banned after 41? Hello Paula (girlfriend is over 50), Ariane, Adrienne, the ever fabulous Wendy B. Knee high boots retired at age 45? Surely you jest. Check out Lynne. And the tattoo thing — should one prepare to have them surgically removed at age 54?
|Tell Paula not to wear mini-skirts. I dare ya.|
|Mini and graphic tee. Gorgeous Wendy B risks going directly to rule-breaker jail.|
- “Some looks expire much earlier than 40—such as braids (only in your earlier 20s), maxi skirts, pants that say “pink,” or anything, for that matter, on the butt, certain light, short, flimsy dresses as the upper thighs…change…with age.” Maxi skirts are a no-go after 30? Harrumph to that, I’ll wear them with pride. OK, got me on the butt-messages, but I don’t like that look on anyone over 12.
- The very good news from the survey: “Women surveyed seemed to agree that they felt beautiful at any age, with 74 percent saying they were happy to let nature take its course without resorting to extreme anti-aging measures.” Well, hoorah for this. We are beautiful at any age.
I think I know where most of you stand on these arbitrary rules, but I look forward to your input. The key word for me is “arbitrary”. I do have rules for myself, of course, including nothing “too short, tight, or low-cut” for work. I don’t do ankle socks, stilettos, revealing tops, or heavy make-up – those are not my style.
What say you all? Rules are helpful, or meant to be bent/broken? No wrong answers, of course.