5-24-21 Timeless Advice...Does It Change Over Time?

May 24, 2021, 8:14 am by MSP


I was just looking through old blog posts, and look what I found. This little nugget of style widsom caught my eye.  

I wrote it years ago. It's about what not to wear as you get older. In other words, how to look great but dress "age appropriate". 


I wrote this following blog in 2011 (geez that was a while ago-where does the time go?!)


What do you think? Do you agree with all of these age appropriate dressing suggestions below, or have some things changed since then? 

Share your opinion in the MSP Style Forum.


Yes, you might be too old to wear...


I believe most women have a fair amount of common sense. However, sometimes even the most wonderful woman can be lead astray by a style she thinks still looks good on her (twenty years later). You know that woman I'm talking about. She's over 40, yet still wearing short skirts that she (literally) wore in her twenties!!! It's obvious the uber-short skirt is not a favorable look with her aging legs. Who wants to be the one to tell her that she looks dated?


The truth is...she's too OLD to wear that style! Yes, in MissusSmartyPants' opinion clothing labels should have an"expiration date" on them so this "too old to wear it" dilemma would no longer occur.


There are plenty of young, hip, trendy styles that can make you appear OLDER. Yes this is very scary, but it's true you need to tread lightly with the trends when you are over forty!


Here are just a few of the "youthful" styles an older woman should totally AVOID:


1. Message tees. You know the tees that say things like "Your boyfriend thinks I'm HOT!" Wearing a message tee (or ass-vertising sweats) like this...screams Desperate!!!



INSTEAD: Choose to wear a great quality cotton tee that you can dress up or down...with NO silly writing, LOL!



2. Overly Trendy Denims. You've seen these women before: a rocking-hard body and a face that looks over 60. The overly trendy jeans that are ultra LOW rise, torn and/or embellished with rhinestones just aren't doing this "hot mama" justice!!!



INSTEAD: Choose a dark wash bootcut jean and you'll look fabulous and "on-trend" no matter your body size, or shape. This style of jean is the best for slimming and balance your proportions.


3. Sky-high heels. Too high or overly theatrical styled shoes can make you look silly--not stylish! With these shoes be sure to include thigh-high boots, and 5 inch cork wedges.



INSTEAD: Stop torturing your feet! It's time to be kind and get real with your shoe styling. As we age we lose that fatty cushioning we had in our youth. Look for shoe styles/brands that are wider, sole cushioned and with thicker shorter heels. TRY BRANDS LIKE: Cole Hann, Aerosoles, Nurture Shoes, etc. PAY more when it comes to your shoes because foot comfort matters as an older woman!


4. Micro-minis. Tina Turner pushed the limits on this one because she had pretty hot-looking legs! However, keep in mind she was on STAGE!!! 

Toss short square skirts, opt for long retangle length skirts. Etsy-bitsy skirts should be sent directly to Goodwill. End of story.



INSTEAD:  replace short skirts with straight or A-line skirts around the knee. TIP: if you have a slightly shorter skirt (a couple of inches above the knee) you could still wear it if you wear opaque tights at the same time, or you like the way your legs look.


5. Excessive Cleavage.  Some women are well endowed, and some aren't. That's just the way it is. All 'boobage' is womanly (regardless of size) and therefore is beautiful, in my humble opinion.


BUT when it comes to cleavage in public: less is more!



'These are just a few of my un-favorite things' that can trip up any beautiful woman's style! Keep it on the classic side and you'll look fabulous every day.



...Also avoid hand-made hokey jewelry, goth inspired belts and necklaces with spikes, black nail polish, glitter makeup in bright colors....GOSH! I could be here all night listing the SILLY TRENDS a grown woman really should avoid.


All the best, Leslie MSP