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[Semi fluff] Age, is it just a number or does it dictate how you are supposed to act and dress?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (26821points) December 6th, 2016

While hacking around the Net, shopping, investigating, checking email, etc. I followed a link off one site to another and some fashion police was saying what not to wear after a certain age. The part I viewed was mostly women fashion, there might have been fashion ”don’t” rules for men (I can think of a few that might have been there), but I found it so hypocritical and ludicrous I abandoned the article before I got half the way through it. But it made me think, some say age is just a number, others say you are as young as you feel, other going further say if you have the physique for anything you can wear anything at any age, then you have this article which suggest even if you spend time in the gym or doing other activity that keeps you trim and fit, simply because you get on the wrong side of 30, 40, or even 50 you should not wear but avoid certain items or fashion trends simply because you are too old and dignified to degrade yourself wearing garments best left to younger people 30 and under, etc. Where do you fall, age is just a number, you are old if you feel old and young if you feel young, if you want to bungee jump at 56 years of age and not throw a hip, go do it, skydive at 70, OK, or once you hit a certain age, put away the muscle shirts, don’t dare wear those Speedos, forget about those 5 in pumps and any hemline above the knee, etc.?

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Cruiser's avatar

No offense @Hypocrisy_Central the article has a point and at your age you should finally retire your Daisy Dukes….just saying

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

^ [.. the article has a point and at your age you should finally retire your Daisy Dukes….just saying
I would agree that there are many women who should hang up their Daisy Dukes, but in many cases age has nothing to do with it. I have seen 42 year old women who could wear them and make a dead man come to life in the loins and some women in their early 20s who can mummify a live man if she walked in front of him wearing them. Either someone sets the standard, no matter how fit you are, after X years, you cannot wear Speedos, but you have to wear an Oxford sweater and collared shirt with wingtips, and you have to give up the pumps, after 45 and get some sensible flats, and I guess the false eyelashes have to go too? Who and where are the hard cutoff lines going to be?

Cruiser's avatar

@mods….can we start a Fluther Hall of Fame?? This has to be framed and displayed near the entrance next to the pancakes and frizzer threads…

“I have seen 42 year old women who could wear them and make a dead man come to life in the loins and some women in their early 20s who can mummify a live man if she walked in front of him wearing them. ”

Mimishu1995's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central is this a real question or are you just making an excuse for eyeing women in sexy clothes?

zenvelo's avatar

My reaction stop this question are all over the map, there are some things people over thirty can’t pull off because they aren’t teens; there are some men and women in their 60’s who can match twenty year olds on style.

No man should wear a speedo unless he is swimming competitively.

And all I know is Madonna is too old for this (don;t watch if you have a delicate stomach).

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

^ No man should wear a speedo unless he is swimming competitively.
What good reason precludes him from doing it if he is built like Jack LaLanne through his 20s to 40s? Some say one you get past 45 never bungee jump, once age gets assigned to certain activities, no one under 45 will be allowed to play bocce ball, even if they wanted to.

If you have the frame or the health to do it, no one should stand in your way if we are to be true to being all you can be.

YARNLADY's avatar

The rules of Age are entirely subjective, as are the rules of so-called “fashion”. People should wear clothes that make them feel good. If strangers don’t agree why does it matter?

Seek's avatar

There are no hard cutoffs, as there is no central Fashion Law authority.

No one owes it to you to “waken your loins”. Not even a little.

cazzie's avatar

Ha ha. We were talking about Daisy Dukes and Seek says there are no hard cut-offs. Made me smile. ( don’t tell HC that the fashion police aren’t real police who can’t actually throw people in fashion prison.)

flutherother's avatar

I have noticed I tend to wear similar clothes to Frazier’s father but that is just coincidence.

abcbill's avatar

Ya know, not sure what the chrono ages of the the folks answering this question so far might be, so let me pony up to the bar and state up front…age is pretty much a number—usually mine is unlisted; for this discussion, though…71.

What is “age appropriate dress? I think the question might better be “what is situation appropriate dress?” And/or “what is situation appropriate dress that each person can reasonable afford?” If a man or woman has the carriage to pull off a revealing couture (regardless of age) that is appropriate for the occasion, then the word used is “class”. Consider Dame Judith Dench or Helen Mirren at an awards ceremony. Class.

Consider Arnold S. or Stallone…when they are in shape. They are near my age. Maybe not Speedo-worthy, But—DAMN—or, consider Sean Connery. Pure class.

What, for instance, do I wear to work? Right now…jeans, tee-shirt with my company’s logo (I am quite proud of who I work for…) and a pair of trail hikers. But, then, I work virtually. I could work naked. This is what I wear most of the time (the clothes mentioned, not the nakedness…). If DB and I are going out—jacket, turtle neck and slacks—the Bullitt look. Always looks good. Dated, maybe, but good.

I can’t pull of skinny pants, too many years road-cycling.

So, age ain’t the issue. It’s perception. I still get tagged for my senior discounts on occasion. Maybe it’s the earrings and ponytail…who knows…

Namaste…

ucme's avatar

Why, twas just this past evensong I wore a nappy & sucked on a dummy, the shop assistant advised me to stop abusing the mannequin & leave the store immediately, I was aghast.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@Seek No one owes it to you to “waken your loins”.
Again, you must be hearing things that was not said, maybe there is some gansta rap music too close to you drowning things out; no one mentioned anyone should wear Daisy Dukes to satisfy anyone else…..

@abcbill Consider Arnold S. or Stallone…when they are in shape.
If I looked like Arnold in my 30s or even managed to hang on to it in my 40s, I would have had no compunction strutting a beach in Speedos, I would not think ”He I can do this…..but I am told I am too old, so I won’t”. I might be 65 and go skydiving, why should I limit myself to playing checkers on the front porch.

I still get tagged for my senior discounts on occasion. Maybe it’s the earrings and ponytail…who knows…
Maybe they think that a ponytail and ear rings are for those under 30 unless you are a rock entertainer, biker, or someone trying to play the hippy throwback, if you are old enough to be a grandfather I guess you should dress closer to Mr. Rodgers.

abcbill's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central Well-played HC, well-played. Juvenile and snarky beyond belief; not badly played.

Pachy's avatar

“It’s just a number” is what young people say to quell their fear of getting old and old people say to quell theirs about getting even older.

As for which style of dress is “proper” for given ages, I NEVER could figure that out when I was younger and have given it up worrying about it since I retired.

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