50? Time to dress your age: no hoodies, no jeggings


“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. And, 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, oversized, 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 teen models – wearing yellow shoes, “pegged” plaid plants and hats half-cocked.

Kids! You’ve got to love them- not dress like them.

Dress Your Own Age

Tiffany, 20-something, complains that her mother (49 and holding) dips into her closet and borrows her clothes- including her Uggs, Crocs, hoodies, and Jeggings. In an effort to stave off Father Time and Mother Nature, Mom tries to dress down a decade. Or two.

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?”  What clerk, on commission, is going to say, “Ma’am this is the Junior’s department, you should in the Mature or the Big Mama’s department, I’m just saying.”?

Take a look at the much celebrated TV Show, “What Not to Wear” Then hit the library and peruse a copy  of How Not to Look Old. Remember, Oprah? She still is offering advice about dressing up and dressing your age.

Say Au Revoir, Good bye, Adios, and Ciao to the Oldies – Not Goodies

  • Souvenir T-shirts
  • T-shirts with anything written on them
  • Overalls
  • Ripped jeans or acid-washed jeans
  • Shoulder pads
  • Overalls
  • Flannel shirts
  • Muumuus
  • Elastic-waist pants
  • Granny panties

Finally, let it be known: there is a moratorium on all Holiday sweaters (pumpkins, Santa, reindeer, teddy bears)

“Fashions fade, style is eternal. Yves Saint Laurent

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