The 2 Fashion Rules for Grown Women
by Elle Bott
I think honestly there are only two fashion rules for grown women:
- 1) Don't dress like a teenager
- 2) Don't dress like a tramp
Everything else depends on the individual. For instance, I wear Moto jackets, see-through tops with camisoles, maxi-dresses and tank tops. I do not wear short-shorts, or miniskirts (never have - even in my teens and 20s).
I also don't wear capris, which have become the mid-age/old woman shorts alternative. God, they're so ugly!
A nice sundress, light wrap dress or sheath dress looks much better.
My Body is Not Perfect
My body is not perfect, and I am not bone thin, but I was blessed with a proportional hourglass shape and relatively slender arms and legs.I wear skinny jeans (always plain-pocket dark wash or black), boots tucked into my skinny jeans, and knee high boots.
In short, I strive to look like a well-dressed grown-up lady at all times.
My look is classic/dramatic with just a touch of boho. I let my accessories and jewelry take center stage.
I always look appropriate and of the moment.
Not Quite a Baby Boomer
As for my age, I would consider myself Gen-X.
It seems like everyone forgot about us, the generation after the boomers (that turned 40 in 2004) and grew up with Star Wars and video games.
I just want to emphasize that every woman 40 and older is not the same, and that most women don't look as horrid as they think.
Society is Ageist
Society is pretty ageist and does some terrific brainwashing, and the media doesn't help with its complete focus on really young, picture-perfect women.
Even the older women are only praised because they look "younger than their age."
I'm out and about enough to know that there are NO perfect women - young or old.
Therefore, I am adamant that no one needs to have arms like Mrs. Obama or legs like Naomi Campbell to wear a nice sleeveless dress of the appropriate length that will make them feel feminine and wonderful.
Older Women Should Not Look Frumpy
The way I see it, for older women especially, a woman should never forget that first and foremost she is a sensual, feminine woman.
I feel so sad when I see women just give up, cut all their hair off and get into clothes that are sloppy and unflattering because they feel like society says, “I'm old and finished now and I don't look as good as those 20-year-olds or my daughter, so I should just forget it.”
NO.NO. NO. Wrong thinking.
Say This Every Day
“I'm a sensual, mature woman and I can carry off a level of elegance and sophistication a 20-year-old cannot yet match." That's what every woman over 40 should look in the mirror and tell herself every single day. It's what every woman over 40 should strive for every single day.
Lastly, everyone should know their body type (Apple? Hourglass? Pear?). That's more important than age when it comes to getting dressed, IMHO. I barely think about my age when I dress, aside from staying out of the Junior's department. I think about my lifestyle (will I really wear this?), my color palette, and my body type.
Note from Tina Boomerina:
Thanks Elle. You left a comment for me (in an email) saying that you are very opinionated, but that’s a good thing, especially when your opinions are fabulous. I’m going to tape your quote to my mirror and say that to myself every day.
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