07 July 2006

Age appropriate

As a woman at the high end of her 30s, I've often wondered if how I dress is considered age appropriate. I do not wear things that are grossly indicative of a grown ass woman trying to maintain her youth because that is truly, truly not age appropriate; however, I'm proud to have maintained a good figure, so I wear what tastfeully fits. Many people believe that once you reach a certain age, you should stop wearing certain types/styles of clothing because it's not appropriate. Now, as I stated, I am at the high end of my 30s; however, I could easily pass for being younger. That being said, I do not use that as an excuse to wear coothie-cutter shorts, high mid drift shirts, or other articles of clothing that will spark indecent proposals. (Though they can occur regardless of what one is wearing). I do still wear mini skirts, low rise jeans, fitted clothing, and some tops that expose my navel. I believe I'm well within my rights to do that. Why? Aside from the fact that I can; I have the body to do that. Again, I do not wear anything I find truly inappropriate, but if (as I have) worked to maintain d good physical fitness, then I should be (and do) be able to wear what the hell I want.

What I want to know is who dictates at what age one should change their style of dress? I'm partly inclined to think that it's those who can not wear certain styles of clothing so they're hating on those of us who can. The other part of me says, we live in a country were looks before brains is the norm, so there are millions of people having plastic surgery, on lifelong diets, and following every new nutritional fad in order to maintain their youth. Personally, I don't have that much time or energy. Health and fitness to me is a dedication to myself that I want to live a healthy and prosperous life so I eat well, exercise (when I'm not being lazy), and be comfortable in the body I dwell in. If that includes wearing mini skirts and such, then so be it. If I look good, feel good, then I'm damn sure gonna flaunt it. No, I'm not gonna act like some two-bit hootchie, I do have a daughter to think about. And who by the way, likes how I dress and has on some occasions picked my clothes. However, my age should not and will not dictate what I should wear. I pride myself on the fact that I have a better body than many teens I see wearing clothes that they should not have even tried on much less purchased, and I take pride in knowing that I can still fit an outfit that I've had since the 10th grade. Ha!

I do concede that there are many men and women in my age category that are going too damn far with how they dress and know damn well that their asses should be apprehended by the fashion police and put on house arrest until they get a fashion makeover. LMAO because I know I've written many a citation out in my head.

All in all, age should not be indicative of who one should dress, but time and place, and physical appearances should be considered. Tina Turner can rock a mini skirt better than I can, that's what I call having it and flaunting it. Rock on Tina cause you're my inspiration to do the same now and forever more.

Watch me as I sashay away in my mini skirt....

7 comments:

BlaqRayne said...

My comment is based on grown adults. Not teens or young adults...

If you like the way you look in it then wear it. We are all unique in what we like and dislike. I may think I look GOOOOOD in something and someone else may think I look like a cheap whore, tom boy, clown or whatever. If I want to wear fitted clothes, I wear them. If I want to wear baggy clothes I wear them. Yes, I have seen people wearing things and thought, "That's just wrong in so many ways.", but at the end of the day, it's not about what I think. I have no place to judge anyone or tell them what's appropriate and what's not unless it's a child or teen that I have authority over. I say "Do you (for the right reasons) and let me do me". If we don't like what we see, we always have the option of looking the other way.

Now in the case of people who dress a certain way out of insecurity or fast behind little girls dressing provocatively or boys with the pockets of their pants down to the back of their ankles.....Well, that's a blog for another day.

JC said...

Gurl! I can't tell you how many times me and my peeps have talked about this. I'll admit I'm kinda hood, but at least I can say, my pockets are wear they're supposed to be and that I know place and time for how I look. My mama, big mama, and my sisters would have my ass if I acted like I had no damn sense. Just as I would wear my sisters out if they walked around in shit they had no business being in. If you look good in something, then wear it. Ain't nothing wrong with a grown woman sporting some fly gear if she can work that body. I ain't feeling these younguns and their fashionless skills these days. As much as I like a sexy woman, she better know there's more to her than ass. They didn't make the slogan, a mind is a terrible thing to waste for no reason. And just cause you're hood, don't mean you can't dress with some class.

Oscar said...

My thoughts on this subject are very simple, who the hell care what you wear or what anybody thinks about what you are wearing. If you like it than sport what you know. The problem with society today is that too many people are worrying about everybody else and not themselves. It should be noted though, that friend(s) should let the other know if something is not appropriate but at the same time it is your life, so live it as you seem fit.

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