|Dressing wasn't a puzzlement for Anna|
No, that is not the title of a newly discovered manuscript by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. As observed from my perch in the fitting room at the Lovely Boutique Where I Work, those ten years between 40 and 50 can be a puzzlement.
The closer you are to thirty past, it seems, the more you worry about dressing too young. The closer you are to fifty future, you still worry about dressing too young plus you fret about dressing too old. And your body may be playing tricks on you that you never taught it.
I don't remember my forties in the '80s as being limbo land. Times were different (don't you just hate when someone says that). But it's true— a midriff top was for toddlers, and no one wore a mini skirt unless she were a professional ice skater. Celebrities might get some attention for what they wore, but it was usually in context with what they were doing. There also wasn't a whole sub-culture dressing them.
Today is different. Anything goes... only it doesn't. Anything goes only if you know when and how far to take it. There are still rules, but no one can agree on them. When you reach your forties you're old enough to know that but too young to opt out.
I usually hear "Am I too old for this?" when the customer does indeed look great in an outfit that may skew youthful. I will tell her "no" if she has the legs/arms/shape/style to pull it off, but ask does she feel comfortable? I will also point out there is nothing inherently "too young" about what she has on. I'm not a fan of fussy ruffles and bow-tied sashes, so they won't be there. Women in their forties seem to get self-conscious if they have good figures, as if they shouldn't have them. Rejoice if that's you!
There was an incident this week, though, and Sasha Obama is to blame. At the January 20 swearing-in, the President's daughter wore a dress sold at the Lovely Boutique Where I Work. While we did have increased interest in that dress, we also heard a lot of "Am I too old for this?" It's hard to answer "no" when your dress is worn by an 11-year-old.
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