When giving unsolicited advice on what, and what not to wear it’s very easy to get in some sticky situations. And, I’ve always been a fan of breaking the style “rules”, so it is with some pause that I suggest the following ‘Dos’ and ‘Don’ts’ for age appropriate style choices. Because, no matter a woman’s age, body, or personal style she should wear what she wants, and what feels comfortable for her. That being said, as we age certain trends and outfits become a little less appropriate. And, to be honest I’ve found myself answering ‘no’ to the question” Can I really still pull this off? So, here’s a rundown of garments I’ve been giving a rethink as I’ve gotten older.
Cutoff Shorts: in my teens and 20s cutoffs were a no brainer for summer. Something quick and easy to thrown on for running around and casual nights on the town. Worn with tights, cutoffs could also transition into fall. In recent years I’ve relegated wearing my trusty cutoffs to yardwork and hiking. They are still holding up and they still fit, but they aren’t so much for general public view. If you’re still rocking a frayed and ripped jean short consider a more structured denim pair, a slightly longer and more defined hemline may better serve you into your 30s and 40s.
Skinny Jeans: Speaking of jeans, there are a ton of denim trends making the rounds this fall, from high-waisted culottes, to patchwork ‘mom’ jeans. And while younger gals are more inclined to sport trendy denim, it doesn’t mean that those of us who have been around the style block can’t have a go as well. But, the key with jeans, at any age, is that they fit and flatter. So may I suggest forgoing the ‘of-the-moment’ denim and opt for skinny jeans, which are universally complimentary for ladies across age ranges. However, not all skinnies are created equal, and you have to find a pair that isn’t too tight, and leave the lower-waisted version for those under 25. If skinny jeans are too far outside your comfort zone, then try out a straight-fit pair. And, for those of us who are Mothers, definitely leave the ‘mom’ jeans above to the younger set. It’s very difficult to pull off ironic style when it’s actually true.
Leggings: There has been some controversy around non-athletic leggings as of late, however they are still a wardrobe staple for me. That being said, I no longer consider black leggings as an alternative to actual pants, as I did in days past. Instead, I wear my leggings as I would tights with shirtdresses and shifts. Of course, more mature women can still rock a pair of leggings with oversized button-down shirts if they are so inclined. However, if you feel you need a bit more support, check out treggings, aka trouser leggings. Yes, they are a real thing, and unlike jeggings (jean leggings) from a few years ago, treggings are much more appropriate for the over 40 set. Some versions even have pockets like trousers would, and are made from thicker fabric to avoid any “exposure” issues.
Miniskirts: It used to be a ‘rule’ that a woman over 40 shouldn’t wear miniskirts, but if you’ve got great legs then go for it no matter your age! But, even if you look amazing in miniskirts, it doesn’t mean they are appropriate to wear for every occasion. Obviously, the office should be a miniskirt-free zone, but a night on the town is the perfect time to show off your gams. On the flip side, those of us who may feel that the miniskirt has passed up by, there’s always the midi-skirt, which has come back around in fashion’s favor this fall/winter season. The longer hem of a midi-skirt, not only provides more coverage, but it’s also more versatile as it can go from work, to dinner, to a weekend event much more effortlessly then a miniskirt.
Rompers: aka playsuits, aka jortaralls are very fun garments to wear, as they are one piece that creates a whole look, like a dress, but with the ease of shorts. However, as one gets older cute little rompers become harder to pull off, literally! They aren’t the most user-friendly garment as one’s flexibility wanes. But, even if you are still limber into your 30s, and 40s, rompers aren’t the most age-appropriate fashion choice. Instead, opt for a jumpsuit. With pants, as opposed to shorts, a jumpsuit brings a bit more elegance to the style table than a romper. I love jumpsuits in lieu of dresses for fancier occasions like weddings and cocktail parties.
All and all, it comes down to the individual, and what works for them. If things are no longer ‘working’ as they once did, it may be time to trade in the styles of youth for an adult version. And while it may be disheartening to let go of clothes you wore in your younger days, especially if they still do fit, in the end the past is the past, and now is the time to set your fashion sights to what will work for your future!
|The local band Five O'Clock World will perform classic rock at the Montoursville Fall Festival this Saturday.
Music goes back to school – old school that is – thanks to the timeless sounds of Five O'Clock World.
Performing some of the best music from "back in the day," the band covers such artists as The Doors, Tom Petty, The Beatles, CCR, The Rolling Stones and The Vogues. In fact the band's moniker comes is the name of a Vogues song.
This Saturday afternoon the band will take music fans back in time rock had a real roll when the quartet makes a return visit to the Montoursville Fall Festival at Indian Park in Montoursville.
"Our goal is to play some great songs, have some fun and make sure the audience has a great time. We love to see people in the audience get up and dance or sing along to the music," said Dave Blaker, vocalist and guitarist for the local band. "We mainly play classic rock from the 1960s and 1970s. We also play some country songs that people will recognize."
Five O'Clock World entered the music world two years ago after a group of friends would get together to jam and play the music they grew up with.
It wasn't too long before the guys were encouraged to share there rockin' sound with people across the Susquehanna Valley.
A few of the venues the band has rocked include local clubs, American Legions, carnivals, private functions and the Brandon Park bandshell.
"The best thing about performing is when I look out into the crowd and see people dancing or singing along. When I see people smile and I know they are having fun, its a great feeling," said Dave's brother and drummer for the band, Steve Blaker.
"Although we play a lot of music from the 1960s and 1970s, we'll also play some music from a later era, like some of the songs from Tom Petty's latest album."
Joining the brothers Blaker in this musical journey is bass player and vocalist Dave Schlesinger and guitarist Bob Kelley.
When the guys are performing one can tell they not only enjoy performing, they also connect with the music.
"We play only cover songs and we stay true to the original song," said Dave. "We don't mess around with the song by trying to change it or add in all sorts of guitar or bass solos. We want the song to be just like it was heard when it was first released."
Dave noted a comment they often here from their fans is the music they played brought back a lot of memories and happy times.
Five O'Clock World doesn't have all the bells and whistles or flashing lights and a booming sound system other bands my use, instead the rely on two simple components: their musical skills and an impressive set-list.
"I think one of the things that sets us apart from other band is the era we mainly play and the huge amount of songs we know how to play," said Steve.
A few of those songs include "Down on the Corner," "Six Days on the Road" and Billy Ray Cyrus's "Achy, Breaky Heart" a song people still love to hear and the band still loves to play. "We’re sure not playing for the money," said a jovial Dave. "Performing is something we love to do. We love to get the crowd dancing and having fun. We're always looking for new places to perform and we're also available for private functions. The music we play never goes out of style and that's what makes is so special."
For more information on Five O'Clock World visit them on Facebook.