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A study commissioned by Diet Chef, a food home delivery company has revealed some interesting attitudes to age appropriate clothing. Apparently 47% of those questioned admitted that they often worry about whether they are too old for certain pieces of clothing. But who decides what is age appropriate clothing? Mostly those that I would call the ‘fashion police’ – fashion editors, stylists, fashion commentators, fashion designers and then friends, relatives, peers and society at large. There must be a lot of women who feel unsure about their own style as 1 in 10 said that they return clothes after buying them afraid that they might be too young for them.

So what sort of rules apply to age appropriate clothing? Well according to this study high heels should be banished to the wardrobe at 51 , no mini-skirts after 35 and no bikinis or knee high boots after 47. Boob tubes are only suitable for women under the age of 33 and trainers should not be worn over the age of 44 unless it’s for sporting reasons. Uggs were thought inappropriate for anyone over 45 and belly buttons should apparently remain hidden after the age of 35. Leather trousers only make it to the age of 34 and leggings to the age of 36.

I had no idea so many women have such strong views on age appropriate clothing However, it’s not all bad news if you’re of more mature years. Just over 40% of the respondents thought that if someone was thin, healthy and attractive in their 50’s and 60s they could get away with anything. The rest are clearly meant to wear a black sack!

I don’t really believe in the concept of age appropriate clothing. Some people look fabulous in clothing at certain ages and others don’t. Elle MacPherson regularly wears leather trousers and she is way past 34, and they may not be to everyone taste, but the woman look fabulous. Dame Helen Mirren in the now iconic red bikini in 2008 at the age of 62 had women everywhere choking over their breakfast cereals when they saw that picture. And she has been doing it again recently at the London premiere of Arthur. Her leather jacket and leopard print dress certainly defied conventional rules of age appropriate clothing but she easily outdid the younger and very beautiful Katy Perry aka Mrs Brand.

Okay you might think that it’s easier for beautiful women such as Helen Mirren and Elle MacPherson, because they are naturally beautiful and can therefore get away with it, but I wouldn’t agree. In the past you could easily distinguish mothers from daughters and mothers from grandmothers by their clothing and hairstyles but times have moved on. There’s little difference in the clothing style of Demi Moore and her beautiful daughter Tallulah, Madonna frequently shows more thigh than daughter Lourdes and Princess Beatrice is often dresses in similar clothing to her mother Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York.

These famous women are not alone. There are women up and down the land, who don’t care two hoots for what is considered to be age appropriate clothing and happily shop in places Top Shop alongside their daughters and look equally fabulous. As for whether the woman is physically attractive, we all know beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

So my advice is – only you should decide what’s appropriate. Don’t get sucked in by peer pressure, society pressure or what the fashion mafia say. Wear clothing that makes you feel good. As for me, I certainly won’t be parting with my high heels, leather trousers, trainers or any other clothing that according to some have banished to the back of my wardrobe or sent to the nearest charity shop.


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