Middle Age In A Tight Blue Pantsuit

December 25th, 2012

Tootzypop Classics: We’re saying goodbye to 2012 and ushering in 2013 with a celebration of some of the year’s most read posts. This post originally ran on October 12, 2012. We’ll be back with new, original posts on Monday, January 7. Enjoy!

I was clothes shopping with a friend not too long ago, and we were both trying on items and getting each others’ opinions. “What do you think?” I said, as I was trying on a light blue pant suit which I wasn’t sure about. “Is this cool in a vintagey, ironic sort of way?”

“No,” my friend said, “you just look like a middle aged lady wearing a tight blue pant suit.”

Have I really gotten to the age where what I feel on the inside about my fashion no longer matches how I look on the outside? In addition to chin hairs and dry, saggy skin I now have to worry that I look ridiculous wearing a mini skirt with vintage go-go boots? In the ’80s this same outfit would get a, “Hey, cool outfit.” So why don’t I get some credit for the fact that said outfit still fits (thank you very much!)? Can it really be that I’m not allowed to wear it for fear of embarrassing not only myself but my children and friends as well?

All right, all right, I know the answer is a resounding YES! But it’s just not fair. Why can’t fashion still be fun for those of us in the middle without having to worry if it’s… oh man, I’m going to say it: “age appropriate”?

I watch What Not to Wear, and I know what not to wear, but sometimes I do it anyways. Do I worry that I look ridiculous? Absolutely! Would it help if I carried around a sign that said, “Voted best dressed in high school”? Or beat you in a game of Who knows more about indie rock? — which I could, any day of the week. There’s always the option of a bad ass tribal neck tattoo.

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  1. CLeaver says:

    i HATE the term “age-appropriate”! Stay funky, my dear! I am!

  2. So true!! I have to rethink outfits ALL THE TIME now. Sucks. And yeah, mini skirts generally don’t make the cut. At least at metal shows it’s still cool to be a hip, ‘old,’ rocker chick…lolz! I feel your frustration with this LOUD AND CLEAR.

  3. J. Nelson says:

    You don’t get old by age or experience, though both have their pluses, you grow old by lettin’ go of your values or compromising who you are. Don’t sweat that ’cause you’re not in danger of surrendering your identify the way some women do as they grow older. Not you, sister. The only risk you run by lapsing into, “doing it anyways,” is lookin’ like you’re trying too hard.

    The trick is fitting who you are into whatever’s “age appropriate.” Make age appropriate work for you. In other words, adapt rather than resist.


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