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Old 05-14-2013, 10:41 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Middle aged women and men are not allowed by the fashion police to wear skimpy clothing, e.g. short shorts or in the case of middle aged women short skirts or low cut tops, because people don't want to see them and they should cover up. Same goes for fat girls. There's something unattractive of them...in the case of men, weirdly, a lot of women don't want even attractive men to show off leg because it's seen as 'gay' ...of course showing off the torso is good, at least they have that.

But basically, what it confirms why the fashion aimed at young women/teenage girls is so revealing: because it's sexy, and deep down, despite what people say, only they are 'supposed to' or allowed to be sexy. The function of form fitting jeans that are so uncomfortable to wear is to show off the figure. As are high heels, stuff that shows cleavage etc. Nothing wrong with that in itself, but it's skimpiness relative to the dress of other groups says something.
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:04 AM
 
Location: US
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"Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty."


~ Coco Chanel

I think both sexes need to stop making it all about looks at a certain point. Dressing for attention in that way is usually all you have in youth. When you grow older there better be something else. Life calls for more than looking sexy after a certain age. If it never was your strong suite you can focus your energy elsewhere. You can look good without being tarty about it at any age though.
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Men want to look rich and successful; Women want to look like they are taken care of, send a message "I married rich".
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:45 AM
 
Location: NY
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I think a lot of the reason people's fashion changes as they grow more towards middle age is that their taste and preference in fashion and clothes sort of matures a little more. There are certainly people more towards middle age who certainly still have the goods to show off.
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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I think the OP is way too young to know what middle-aged people think.
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:58 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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I think the OP is way too young to know what middle-aged people think.
Truth.
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Pa
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Depends.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Up in the air
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I'll continue to wear what I want.

If people don't like it, they can look away.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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I didn't wear short shorts when I was in my teens/twenties. It has nothing to do with being in my thirties, I simply don't do shorts.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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I think a lot of the reason people's fashion changes as they grow more towards middle age is that their taste and preference in fashion and clothes sort of matures a little more. There are certainly people more towards middle age who certainly still have the goods to show off.
I think a lot of it depends on your body. I am 45 and have been doing cardio/working out for over 20 years, so I don't have a gut/love handles/flat @ss. I still dress "young", but I don't wear skinny jeans/jeans with crap on the pockets/crazy graphic t-shirts. But I make sure my clothes are form fitting, meaning not baggy. If you're 45, 30 pounds overweight, bald and grey, you might as well give up on fashion and get 7 sets of sweats
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