What do you think of women who try to dress younger than their age bracket?

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  1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image84
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 9 years ago

    What do you think of women who try to dress younger than their age bracket?

    I'm not talking about women who dress youthfully, but appropriately - what's your opinion of women who are middle aged or older and who dress like they're in high school (or even middle school)?  Does this make them more attractive?

  2. peeples profile image92
    peeplesposted 9 years ago

    It makes them, them. I don't think a woman should be defined by her attire, though I know it happens. A woman who chooses to dress like a "high schooler" is no different than a woman who chooses to dress like "an old lady". I'm in my early 30's with 3 kids and I have yet to adopt the idea that I need to dress like I'm in my 30's. I wear what is comfortable and what I feel best about myself in. If that happens to make me more or less attractive to strangers, I couldn't care less!

    1. Sustainable Sue profile image95
      Sustainable Sueposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I actually agree with this. I'm 64 and don't watch "trends". I wear what fits what I'm doing, and has colors and shapes that look good on me. I have a cute butt, but small boobs, so I emphasize the butt in my clothes. Teenage-like???? Who cares?

    2. YogaKat profile image73
      YogaKatposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      This is a very healthy attitude. Play roles with what you wear- just like actors do.  Age does not matter- if your feeling sparkly get your glitter jeans on! Life is to enjoy  . . . so wear what you like as long as it doesn't get you arrested.

  3. fpherj48 profile image61
    fpherj48posted 9 years ago

    Hello Marcy.....Good question because older women do actually discuss this amongst ourselves fairly often  Most often when we've just observed a woman quite obviously in her late 50's and up, in an outfit from head to toe, expressly designed for the teen-ager.  (Let's face it.  There's no denying we recognize both the older woman & the teen-age outfits when we see them)
    All that goes through my mind is that it's unfortunate that for some reason, this woman cannot clearly SEE that she does herself an  injustice by using inappropriate attire thinking she'll appear younger.
    The reality is quite the contrary.
    Peoples.....You are still a very young woman, thin & pretty and it seems to me you can pull it off just fine, no matter what you wear.!  I have a feeling that Marcy was thinking much older than 30!!  LOL....

    1. Annsalo profile image84
      Annsaloposted 9 years agoin reply to this


    2. peeples profile image92
      peeplesposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I think my point was I doubt I will care what people think of my attire as I age. As long as it makes me feel good then that will be all I care about even if others think I should dress more my age. smile Trust me, wasn't saying I'm middle aged!

  4. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image84
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 9 years ago

    fpherj - you are right - 30 is by no means 'middle aged' - not by a long shot!

  5. Hendrika profile image68
    Hendrikaposted 9 years ago

    They only succeed in emphasizing their age and look ridiculous

  6. CrescentSkies profile image64
    CrescentSkiesposted 9 years ago

    It makes them look desperate and insecure. Two traits that I find extremely unattractive in anyone.

  7. gmwilliams profile image84
    gmwilliamsposted 9 years ago


    The days where one dressed one's age is long gone. In earlier times, dress/attire was the way to discern the young from the middle age & old.  Young people were the ones who were highly experimental, even avant garde, with their looks.They were the ones who pushed the fashion buttons so to speak. As one became middle age, he/she felt or was advised to tone it down. He/she was expected by family, friends/peers, & society to act, even dress "one's age". His/her clothing was to be more conservative, if male, & matronly if female. Sensuality was deemed to be highly inappropriate for the middle age woman. After all, it was thought & surmised that she was losing her physical attractiveness & it was time to dress more subdued as to not to emphasize her attractiveness.  Oh dear, in the earlier days, if one became old, forget about looking fashionable altogether as fashion was the purview of the young.  It was deemed that old people were beyond any type of attractiveness.  In essence, it was all over for them & they should just give it up entirely, settling be totally sexless in terms of fashion as they were no longer young hence attractive.

    Well, thankfully, such days are over.The days where there was a very strict demarcation as to what is young, middle age, & old age is totally meaningless these days. Middle age & older women dress in ways to exude their sensual aura. They dress in ways that highlight their physicality. They refuse to succumb to age stereotype in dress.  One sees middle age & older women in bikinis & revealing clothing. Just become one becomes middle age & older does not preclude them from being attractive.  It also does not preclude them from being experimental in fashion choices.  As long as one is in fit physical condition, there is no object as to how a middle aged & older women dress. 

    I contend that middle aged & older women who dress like teens & tweens have some issues. They want to capture their lost youth.They were perhaps reared in a strict home where, as teens &/or tweens, were not allowed to experiment with fashion or wear age appropriate clothing. They had parents who selected their fashions, contending that the latter was too immature to know how to dress appropriately.   

    Then there are those middle aged & older women who want to hold on to their youth AS LONG as possible.They were inculcated with negative messages about becoming older, being middle age &/or old. They DREAD becoming older &what it ENTAILS.

  8. sangre profile image93
    sangreposted 7 years ago

    I don't think this is a big deal anymore. I've been in clothing stores for 20-30 year olds, and I have seen woman in their 60's in there.

    Most clothes designed today are for all age groups and why shouldn't they look as good as woman in their twenties. I know some boutique that cater to the older ladies and sometimes their clothes are no where near as fashionable or stylish as what you would get in high street stores.


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