Wait, what?! Who said that?! Let me just tell you, that is a bunch of hogwash!
Over my many years of reading various fashion/beauty magazines I would always come across an article or two on what you should and should not wear based on your age. The referenced topics always seem to include makeup, fashion, hairstyles, etc. When I was younger, I remember thinking “oh of course that makes sense”, but now that I am a tad bit older my perspective has certainly changed.
Just last week I came across an article of things people over 40 should not be wearing. Here are a few of the items that stuck with me:
Bold Lip Colors – Ok, let me just stop the presses right here. I am a sucker for a great lip color, and if I can make those babies pop you better believe I’m going to. As long as the color is complimentary to your skin tone then line those lips, fill ‘em in, and pucker up!
Bold Eye Shadows – Ok look, I get that there is a time and a place for dramatic eyes, and application technique is crucial, but again, no age restrictions here in my “eyes”. Granted, you probably do not want to wear neon green eye shadow smeared up to your eyebrows for your weekly staff meeting, but you could sweep a little on your lid for a subtle flare. Just remember to keep in mind your skin type. As we age, we may not be able to wear powder shadows as well as we once did, but don’t let that stop you! There are plenty of cream and liquid shadows out there that stay put all day long.
Shirts with logos – Now I am not sure where they were going with this, but if they are trying to tell me I can’t wear my Van Halen t-shirt anymore then they need their heads examined. One of the most fun outfits a woman can throw together is a perfectly fitted pair of jeans, a band tee, a blazer, and some sassy flats or edgy ankle boots…Trust Me!
Hairstyles – The nonsense continues… I have seen “do not/should not over 40” for every hairstyle imaginable. Your hairstyle is a perfect way to express who you are. So if you want a hot pink pixie or down-to-your-booty hippie hair then go for it; no one dictates your style but you!
Short skirts & low-cut tops – Listen sister if you’ve got it flaunt it! Just be tasteful about it. There is a fine line between sleezy and sexy, which most of us have mastered by the time we are in our 40’s (we’ll just continue to block out the fashion faux pas of our 20’s – YIKES!) and if you’re not sure where that line is, don’t be ashamed to ask. We all need a little direction from time to time.
So, there you have it, my two cents on over 40 do’s and don’ts, aren’t you glad you asked? Come look for me in another 44 years, I’ll be the sassy old broad with long grey hair, still wearing my Van Halen t-shirt, rocking the boldest red lip I can find, and hopefully chilling in a cantina in Mexico, doing a shot of Cabo Wabo tequila.
Cheers to the 40’s (and the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and beyond) and to being our truest selves!
*Side note, my personal fave lip color right now is Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink in Shot Caller (not pictured here).
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