What is Age Appropriate…

Phototastic-5_26_2015_30ad88d4-05cf-4f70-80f6-76d336070690_editedHey my friends!  Today I want to talk about, Age Appropriateness when it comes to the way we dress.  What is “Age Appropriate” exactly?

age-ap·pro·pri·ate
adjective
adjective: age-appropriate
suitable for a particular age or age group.
“some of her outfits should be more age-appropriate”
age-appropriate-fashion
I had a conversation with a male friend last week.  I was having fun at an indoor amusement park with my two younger brothers celebrating one of my brother’s birthday.  I was mentioning to my friend how my parents thought my jean shorts were too short to wear to the amusement park.  Now my parents never liked me wearing shorts, even when I was under the age of 21.  Anyway, my friend made a rather disturbing comment to me after I told him I changed my shorts and decided to wear a pair of skinny distressed jeans.  Actually I felt insulted.  What did he say?

My friend said that I am a stylish, yet classy dressy… however sometimes I do not dress age appropriate.  He basically said that I am over the age of 21 and should not wear short shorts.  Now I do believe that there are certain things we shouldn’t wear that teens might wear, but I certainly do not think jean shorts or any shorts for that matter should be excluded for the over 21 age bracket.

Below is a picture of the outfit:WIN_20150611_104507 (2)
Now I don’t mean to sound full of myself, but heck… I look better in my shorts than some teens do.  Lol.  Seriously, I eat healthy and exercise daily so what’s wrong with me wearing this outfit?  I am a single woman, I do not have children yet and I’m certainly not a middle-aged woman.  Now if I did fit one of those three categories, then I may have second thoughts about certain outfits I wear.  Maybe not… just being honest.

So why is it okay for celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Sofia Vergara and Carmen Electra to wear short and body hugging clothes? And oh btw, they are all over the age of 40.  And you know what, if I still look like this in my 40s and 50s, I’m still going to dress sexy… age appropriate or not!

My final thought on this topic is that society has changed.  People are living longer, women are having babies at older ages and just enjoying life to the fullest.  So why can’t we just let people be who they want to be?  If they feel young and look young, why do we have to shame them because they want to dress young?  Whatever happened to the saying,

“You’re as young as you feel”

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