‘Mutton dressed as lamb’, that’s an expression you often hear bandied around a lot in today’s society. In a world where women can look half their age, thanks to surgery and ‘fabulous’ personal trainers, you’d think that age restrictions would be few and far between, especially since size is a much bigger issue. However, there is still a huge stigma about dressing ‘appropriately for your age’ which places a huge dependency on the age of the person and not the way they carry the outfit off.
Take Madonna, just as an example. The 52-year-old works out like a demon and has muscles Hulk Hogan would be proud of but you notice she never appears on the 100 Hottest Women lists anywhere. There are no women thinking to themselves how they’d love to look like Madonna when they’re 52, because I certainly don’t! She may have the body of someone half her age but she can’t get away with wearing things like she wore to the Oscars this year!
But, on the other hand, there are women out there who celebrate their bodies and their age by not wanting to look twice as young but by dressing the way they want to dress, in presenting themselves in a way that makes them look good.
Carole Middleton, a woman who sees fit to dress almost identical to her youngest daughter Pippa and pulls it off, is now both loved and hated for her risqué style choices, for one simple reason, she can pull it off. She had style critics frothing at the mouths, how dare a 56-year-old woman show a tiny bit of leg, and even worse, wear an outfit her daughter would consider wearing. Blasphemous! No one stopped their Victorian-style rants to actually consider the fact that, for a middle-aged woman, Middleton looked pretty hot, even better perhaps, than her daughter.
Maybe consider Christie Brinkley, the original Uptown Girl, who still looks unbelievably sexy at the age of 57, proving that you don’t have to work your body to the max or compromise your age to look amazing at that age. These women aren’t just trend-setters, or boundary-breakers, they are inspirations to any middle-aged woman who doesn’t like to do it by the book. In a society where grandmothers can shop in Topshop and River Island, and teenagers wear vintage clothes, why is there a need to dress your age?
So ask yourself this, why have age restrictions? Style isn’t a rollercoaster coaster: you don’t have to be a certain height or age to be involved, you just need to know what looks good on YOU. No one else, just you. If you’ve got the figure, there should be nothing holding you back whether you’re twenty or forty or even sixty (because if you look that good at sixty, you NEED to flaunt it!).
So why be age-appropriate? If you look good, who the hell cares?