I recently went on a bit of a shopping spree. After possibly over a year of hating Macy’s, momma came home and was rewarded with a treasure trove of fashion. I bought so so many things that I absolutely love, could-not-possibly-live -without, so-cute-I-can’t-even-stand-it clothes. Some of it was summer clearance, some was fall basics, and some was bizarrely inexpensive fall and winter pieces, presumably from last year. That doesn’t bother me.
What does bother me is the idea that maybe I have outgrown my style. It’s not something I’ve ever had to consider before. Hopefully, it’s a little too soon for me to be considering it now but I’m just not sure.
I’m not talking about mini skirts and see through blouses and all that sort of thing. I’ve never worn those. I lack confidence. Things like that I know for sure should not be worn by anyone over the age of 22 but at 37 years old, is it okay for me to participate in the ripped jeans trend? That’s my question. I’m not talking distressed all the way up the thigh. I bought a pair of super cute black jeans with the knees ripped out. Is that okay? I’ve seen my boss wear ripped jeans and she’s 61 but that doesn’t make it right.
I’m talking specifically about Macy’s but I’m pretty sure most department stores set up the women’s clothing this way; there is the junior section, the woman’s section for plus sized ladies (which used to really confuse me because I thought I was a woman), then the rest of the women’s clothing department, the majority of it, is called misses.
The misses section is further divided into little subsections, sorted by brand. There seems to be some sort of order to the arrangement of these subsections with the trendier clothes close to juniors and the more mature brands further away.
It took me a long time to get out of the junior section, if I’m being completely honest. I probably shopped there until I was 26-28. It just never occurred to me to shop elsewhere. I’d been shopping in that section for years. Now I wonder if I have aged out of the brands closest to the juniors section. Naturally, these are my favorite brands.
I’m talking about Free People, Bar III, Kensie, Lucky Brand, shit like that. Is this a section for people in their 20’s to possibly early 30’s? Should I be in the Liz Claiborne, Dockers, whatever the hell else old ladies wear section now? If so, I may as well stop buying new clothes. At least that would save me a lot of money.
I think I make it work. I try to. For example I love a lot of the Free People dresses but they are usually very short and often have thin straps. So I pair them with skinny jeans and wear them as shirts and I either put a layer over them or a layer under them. That’s okay, right? They are just so fucking cute, I can’t imagine not wearing them. I think the way I wear them looks good but am I one of those crazy ladies that can’t deal with her reality?
My style has not changed much in the past 20 years. Especially my casual t-shirt and jeans look. I’ve been wearing the same brand of shoes for 18 years. (Rocket Dogs, thank you very much and no, they are not negotiable. I will wear them.) My fear is I’m one of those women that from far away looks like a 20 year old and then you see my face you’re like, whoa. Not twenty.
Which is not to say I’m some wrinkled up prune face. You guys know I go to great lengths to avoid wrinkles and the like and I think I’ve been fighting the good fight but you can definitely look at my face and see that I’m not 20. I’ve got too much pain behind my eyes for one.
I don’t know. I bought the clothes. I’m going to wear them. I was just wondering what you guys think. I mean Heidi Klum has got to be 50 and she’s still wearing mini dresses but I ain’t no Heidi Klum. What do you think of average looking 30 something’s wearing super trendy clothes? Hint: say nice things. My very happiness depends on it.