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Too Old to Wear High Heels?

Too Old to Wear High Heels?

Annie Tucker Morgan | DivineCaroline

September 15, 2010

Everywhere we look, we’re bombarded with slick advertisements featuring stick-thin, adolescent models effortlessly rocking this season’s sexiest fashion trends.

For women in their thirties, forties, and beyond who spend most days struggling just to keep their metabolism going, wearing micro-minis, sky-high heels, and teeny bikinis can feel like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.

Fortunately, according to Sarah Logan, buyer for GUESS by Marciano, “there has been a recent and welcome shift in the world of fashion: no longer is it focusing on trend-obsessed twentysomething girls to define and inspire what is fashionable; instead, there is a new and refreshing movement that embraces the class and confidence of women thirty-five and over to define what is stylish.”

With that said, an outfit that makes one woman shine may do another a great disservice, especially when trends that fashion experts consider age-sensitive are involved. So when it comes to the following types of apparel, how old is too old?

When Are Women Too Old to Wear…

A Miniskirt?

When it comes to wearing short skirts, the general consensus among fashion aficionados is that the condition of a woman’s knees should determine her hemline. Former Marie Claire editor Liz Jones wrote in the Daily Mail, in August 2008, “When I wrote about how old is too old for a miniskirt a decade ago, the cut-off point was 25. But women now look better for longer, so we can show off our thighs into the cusp of middle age if our knees have stood the test of time.” Logan agrees, adding, “If worn with opaque tights, women of any age can wear miniskirts. Footwear choice also plays a role here. Paired with flat boots, a miniskirt can be chic and understated. If a lady decides to bare her legs and wear stilettos with her miniskirt, she should have amazing legs and be prepared for attention.”

A Bikini?

Logan declares, “If a woman works tirelessly to get her body in bikini shape, then age should not matter.” Case in point: Dame Helen Mirren, who, just a few days shy of her sixty-third birthday in 2008, appeared in publications around the world baring enviable curves in a red bikini in southern Italy. Logan also notes that pairing a particularly revealing bikini with “the right sheer cover-up or wrap” makes all the difference between trashy and tasteful: “No fashion-conscious woman should wear a tiny bikini without an additional layer of clothing unless she is sunbathing or swimming.”

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