Apparently when women reach the advanced age of 40 we must lose the ability to think rationally. The internet is full of lists of rules to help us avoid making complete fools of ourselves.
A good example is the list of “10 things a woman over 40 shouldn’t wear” that’s plastered all over the net. What things, you ask?
- black leather pants or jackets
- jackets that are mid-thigh length
- pleated pants
- fluorescent colours
- capri pants
- low rise jeans
- plunging V necklines
- mini skirts
- sleeveless clothes of any kind
According to a slightly different list horizontal stripes and double breasted blazers are also out. Still others will tell you that women over 40 shouldn’t wear long hair and there are even those who say that jeans are out for those of us who’ve passed our 40th birthday! I guess I’m just a rule breaker! After all, I’m wearing horizontal stripes as I write this and I practically live in jeans all winter long! The right pair of jeans can be very flattering and they can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Why, I’ll probably be buried in my blue jeans! I’m just that kind of girl.
As far as I’m concerned, as long as something is comfortable, fits well, makes you feel confident and isn’t beyond the bounds of decency, I say wear it with pride regardless of what age you are! There are 20 somethings who look ghastly in mini skirts and older women who look downright classy in low rise jeans and black leather.
A much more useful list is More magazine’s “8 warning signs women over 40 shouldn’t ignore” which includes
- flu-like feelings including fatigue, nausea, sweating and chills
- not feeling rested regardless of how much sleep you get
- pain and swelling in your calf
- a new mole
- trouble finding the right words
- bloating and pelvic pain
- burning, tingling or numbness in your feet
- a persistent cough
After all, regardless of how we dress them up, our bodies are wearing out and if we want them to continue looking good into our 60s, 70s and 80s we need to take good care of them.