It makes me cringe when I hear or read that over 40’s shouldn’t…..you fill in the gap here. (wear a short skirt or their hair long, go dancing at a night club or have tattoos)
What over 40’s shouldn’t… is give a crap about anyones rules for them.
I seriously grew up thinking this rubbish. I didn’t go out dancing at 30 because I thought I was too old! I watched everyone around me for approval and followed ALL the rules when it came to fashion. I was a boring version of what was trending for the most part.
As a teen, I would take the train into London and knowing that there, in the city, there are NO rules about style, I could really be me. I’d put together outfits I wanted to wear that were risky and edgy. I felt amazing. I’d wear clothes inspired by some hip hop video or something I’d seen in a magazine, an outfit I’d NEVER wear in my own neighborhood. I loved it. I felt fierce.
Fast forward to now and I really don’t follow anyones rules. I know what I like and I definitely cover parts that aren’t my favorite but that’s completely personal to me and my body.
I still find myself “inspired” by other peoples style choices. Let’s face it, there’s some icons out there who are well over 40, 50 and beyond.
I look at people my own age or around about it and I wonder, who would dare tell them about those archaic rules.
Yes, Ms Halle Berry (54) No short skirts or short shorts for you!
Hey, Miss J-Lo (51) Nothing too revealing!
OMG! is that a crop top??? So nasty!
Um excuse me ladies, The Rules say No Bikinis!
Hoda Kotb(56), Padma Lakshmi(50), Courtney Cox(56), Gwyneth Paltrow(47) Gwen Stefani(50), Salma Hayek (54), Me(49)
What about your hair Halle and Erika Giradi(49) Don’t you know it’s supposed to go short and natural after 40 Not before?
Well the pixie is cute and edgy but long is pretty sexy too.
Cover those Arms Jennifer Aniston(51) It’s a rule girl!
I mean you might be killing it at the gym to have them but we don’t need to see those old arms.
Iris Apfel you Icon (99) The rule says: Avoid super loud colors or Black. Ha Ha Ha
As she laughs in our young, 50 year old faces.
No mesh, sheer, tattoos or sweats it goes on and on…
and I break them all.
So here’s my Style “Rules” for any age:
- Wear what you love
- wear what makes your heart sing
- wear what makes you feel fierce or comfortable or confident
- If you have a body part you’re not fond of, cover it
- If you have one you love, show it off.
- You make your own rules
So let’s have some fun
Follow me on Instagram @kingdomtostate and tag me in pictures of you breaking the dumb age rules.