Dressing for Your Age is Overrated

I’m almost 36 now. Am I supposed to dress like it? Because it’s come up in conversation, but I don’t want to.

I recently bought a short skirt to wear for the winter. It’s admittedly super short, so I’m wearing it with tights and stilettos. However, I have to say that I look super cute in it — I won’t even be modest. I have great legs, and I love showing them off. (Now, if only I had a flat stomach…)

But when I showed my parents, they suggested it was too young for me and that I should dress my age! I’m sorry, but I’m not going to adult like that. Oprah even says that women over 40 should have hair shorter than their shoulders — and I’m keeping my long hair FOREVER. And if I can keep it blonde, more power to me!

I decided I’m going to dress for the age I look like and not for my age. Therefore, I’m going to dress like I’m in my mid-20s. I don’t know what people in their mid-30s wear, but I know that I don’t want to wear it.

What am I supposed to do? Throw away all of my short skirts and dresses? Sell all of my Lilly Pulitzer dresses, skirts, skorts, and shorts because they’re too short, bright, and have too lively of prints for somebody my age? (It will be a cold day in hell before you pry my Lilly Pulitzer from my dead hands.) I’d basically have NO wardrobe if I got rid of everything considered too young for my age.

Moreover, I love my wardrobe the way it is now. I don’t want to buy more mature clothes. I don’t care if I look like a mature adult. I’ve always dressed differently and more distinctly than everybody else, and that will NOT change anytime soon. I love looking unique. I don’t follow trends — I make my own.

Perhaps I’m inadequately adulting by refusing to dress my age. But why would I do that when I love dressing like I’m young? Age is just a silly number and a feeling. I still feel incredibly young. So why not dress like I am? Who cares if other people disapprove? I’ve never cared what they thought before — this is not the time to start!

I’ll inadequately adult in this way until I’m old and gray. I refuse to change who I am! Dressing for your age is way overrated.

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