Absolutely what not to wear at 50: playing dress up?
“Fashions fade, style is eternal.”
Yves Saint Laurent
Prolific Romance writer, Danielle Steel, complains vehemently that women in San Francisco don’t dress well.
In a Wall Street Journal article she commented that San Franciscans all look that they are ready ‘to go camping.’ She said that City Girls were simply too casual – tromping about in hiking boots and shorts. Is there truth in all jest?
Take that off: it’s not Halloween and you’re not 15
Okay, so the Steve Urkel nerdy-look (fake, over-sized, glasses with plastic black frames, tight flood pants, plaid shirts and striped T-shirts, Beatle boots) is de rigueur for the teens and 20’s in San Francisco. Even GQ has a new stable of hipster wannabe teen models – wearing yellow shoes, “pegged” plaid plants and hats half-cocked.
Kids! You’ve got to love them- not dress like them.
Not a Good Look-At your Age
Miniskirts, T-shirts and belly-button displays –those days are over, Binkie. Skin-tight tops, hip-hugging-for-life jeans, which don’t fit – sorry, Sally. That ship has sailed. The cold hard truth: a plus-sized body – or a mother pushing 50: back away from your daughter’s closet. Ms. Steel would agree.
If Nobody Will Tell You
Never ask a sales clerk, “Do these $200 jeans and this $300 top make me look young?” No salesclerk, on commission, is going to say, “Ma’am this is the Junior’s department, you should really be in the Mature or the Big Mama’s department, I’m just saying.”
Remember, Oprah? She still is offering advice about dressing up and dressing your age.
- Souvenir T-shirts
- T-shirts with anything written on them
- Ripped jeans or acid-washed jeans
- Shoulder pads
- Flannel shirts
- Elastic-waist pants
- Granny panties
Finally, let it be known: there is a moratorium on all Holiday sweaters (especially sweaters with pumpkins, Santa, reindeer, teddy bears.)
“Fashions fade, style is eternal. Yves Saint Laurent
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