“Things Women Should Stop Wearing After Age 30” (Or, Gag Me)

This ridiculous click-bait listicle showed up in my Facebook feed last week: 24 Things Women Should Stop Wearing After Age 30, and all I can say is: YUCK.  Included among these 24 items of clothing are: short dresses, crop tops, graphic tees and old sneakers. Oy. It’s so dumb that I feel silly even writing about it, but any articles about what women over 30 should or should not do is ripe for commentary on this blog.

The items of clothing included on the list that bother me the most are short dresses and crop tops. That’s because there’s this nasty underlying implication that women over a certain age shouldn’t show off their bodies, that we’re no longer as attractive. Well, screw that. Personally, I think I look better now than I did my 20’s. I don’t have all that beer/weekend heavy drinking weight, I know what clothing works better for me, and of course, I’ve got that thirty-something confidence going on.

One item touched me personally: old sneakers. I adore my old, ratty Converse. I’ve always had a sneaker of choice. My life post-college can be easily traced through my shoe choices: Puma Californias, Saucony, Adidas, Keds, a brief foray with Simple sneakers (loved these), and now my beloved and dirt caked Converse.

So whip out your crop tops, leopard print shirts, and graphic tees, because when it comes to clothing, age ain’t nothing but a number.

4 responses

  1. I’m 32 and I’ll be damned if I let anyone tell me what to wear or what not to wear.There are certain things that I will never wear, because I never liked wearing them, such as hotpants, miniskirts or croptops. I go to the gym everry day and watch what I eat, and it shows.However, I have never liked to show too much skin.It’s just not me.So when I go out at night, I will wear a short cocktail dress with leggings, stillettos and something sparkly.I may even wear sparkly pants, and I can certainly pulll them off.I honestly believe that your own personality and personal style matter more than your age when it comes to clothes. Uncomfortable is never stylish, no matter how age appropriate your clothes.


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