Are you a rule breaker? For most of my life I have been a rule-follower. I have never been late with my taxes, I come to a full stop at stop signs, I go out the out-door. My car registration is up-to-date and prominently displayed. I have never parked in a handicapped spot, not even in the pouring rain, when I just needed a quart of cream. My strict upbringing instilled in me the value of conforming to society’s guidelines, and the harsh penalties (including Hell!) for Having a Mind of One’s Own.
In my twenties and thirties I outgrew my fear of independent thought, but I have continued to be a rule follower in most areas. And in many areas, this is an admirable quality. We can’t have 60-something women suddenly deciding to blast through red lights or refusing to pay taxes, can we? What’s next, divorcing our husbands, dying our hair red, and moving to Vegas?
Bouts of mania aside, I’ve been mulling over the myriad rules for “How to Dress Over 50.” You have seen them, I’m sure, because you care about fashion. There are a lot of reasonable suggestions in these lists, that apply to all ages, like:
- Don’t go about town with your personal parts exposed.
- Short shorts and bare tank tops are best for the beach and barbecues.
- Same for flip-flops.
- Wear your best colors.
Some other items on the lists are quite limiting and, well, boring. Even at 65 I find I like to bend and break the rules, and I admire other women who do. My page of favorite blogs contains many bold and beautiful women of a certain age who are not confining themselves to navy blue skirt suits.
Some of the ways I enjoy messing with style rules are:
- Leggings: love them with skirts and boots.
- Speaking of boots: ankle boots in the summer, a “young” look that I love for myself.
- Navy with black. Love it.
- Dangly necklaces with a sense of humor.
- Going hose-less even though my pale legs are far from youthful.
- High top sneakers.
I’m not sure all of these things are the “very best” looks for my age and body, but I enjoy them, and I feel great. There are many more items I will not wear because I know they don’t flatter me and/or they are truly too “young” for my style. (The cropped tank top would fall into this category).
How about you? Breaking any rules today? Vegas, anyone?
“There are a million rules for being a girl. There are a million things you have to do to get through each day.”–Elizabeth Scott, The Unwritten Rule
Stay fab, xo
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