Before I left on my vacation to Minnesota, I made several last-minute trips to the mall to pick up “necessities”: shorts, striped tank tops, and sandals. I had a few specific items on my list, thanks to the many fashion blogs and magazines I read, namely baggy boyfriend jeans and tiny denim cut off shorts. Both, I thought, would be perfect for long days on the lake. After trying on many pairs of jean shorts, I settled on a pair that was flattering, trendy and not shockingly short. I was about to pay for them when it occurred to me that instead of paying $40 for these, I could just go home and cut up my own jeans. Later that night, scissors in hand, reality hit…if I made my own jean shorts at age 13, was it ok for me to be doing it all over again 20 years later? As the saying goes, if you wear a trend the first time around, you probably shouldn’t wear it when it comes back again. Right?
A combination of circumstances has led to this age/fashion confusion: reading the aforementioned blogs which are almost all created by childless women under 30, working from home where I’m free to wear bright denim or workout clothes to my heart’s content, and society’s view on ageing. If 40 is the new 20, then what in the world should a 33-year-old mother of two be wearing?
This year I finally made the (wise) decision to stop shopping at Forever 21, but truthfully, the styles I see at Nordstrom or Madewell aren’t terribly different than those at teen stores, they are just more expensive. When I was growing up, all of my friends’ moms had the same “mom haircut” and their non-work clothes were khakis and sweater sets or high-waisted jeans with sweatshirts. Now, I see moms at pick up wearing Juicy Couture sweatsuits or Lululemon yoga pants. What are the rules? And is there an age limit? I keep thinking to myself, “By 35, I probably should stop wearing little dresses from Urban Outfitters.” But if I still look good in them, are they fair game?
Curious what you all think. Are there shops you find more appropriate for those of us over 30? Where do you find clothes that are more Jessica Alba, less Miley Cyrus? Please share!