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Old 10-25-2013, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Native Floridian, USA
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I am 70 and somewhat conservative in my dress, normally. But I have always had my flippant moments and ususally the results were not too good. Older women do not have to be dowdy but I think what a younger woman can get away with just looks like trying too hard with some older women. I also think long, loose gray hair on older women looks incongruous and jarring. If it were braided or in a low ponytail, I don't think it would bother me as much. JMO. I also don't like "frilly" wear on older women. Again, for me it just strikes a discordant note. Now, as for colors, I think older women can wear whatever they choose, it isn't the same as some of the other things for me. Although, I bought a pink, tailored suit once and I always felt like a pink easter egg or something. It was a good color for me, complexion wise but it just sent a wrong note. Maybe because I occasionally wore it to business meetings and though the color and cut were flattering, it didn't seem to command the same respect.

These are just my own thoughts and feelings and don't count for much in the overall scheme of things. People do what they want to. There is some basis, I believe, in these things that we feel are too restrictive. Just like, no white after Labor Day......I do it because I live in Florida and I usually don't go past Halloween......<s>
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Old 10-25-2013, 09:47 AM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I would rather see a short skirt on an older woman with nice legs than on a younger woman with horrible legs.

I think it should be more about what looks good on you than what age you are.

Older women no longer have to dress like grandmas.....gray hair and dowdy clothes no longer required.

It looks worse seeing young women wear fashions that they have no business wearing, IMO.
This is true. My legs are probably one of my best features, but I'm over 50. I'm not going to run around in an up-to-my-ass mini, but since I'm overly tall sometimes I have no choice when it comes to the lengths of skirts. I recently bought a comfy dress that hits JUST above my knee, and I wore it with tights the other day.

Meanwhile, I see young girls all the time wearing minimini skirts that expose big bare doughy globby legs and they don't seem to care a bit that they look repulsive.
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Old 10-25-2013, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Greenwood Village Colorado
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Meanwhile, I see young girls all the time wearing minimini skirts that expose big bare doughy globby legs and they don't seem to care a bit that they look repulsive.

yes I see that too. They don't even seem self conscious about it.
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Old 10-25-2013, 10:29 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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I would rather see a short skirt on an older woman with nice legs than on a younger woman with horrible legs.

I think it should be more about what looks good on you than what age you are.

Older women no longer have to dress like grandmas.....gray hair and dowdy clothes no longer required.

It looks worse seeing young women wear fashions that they have no business wearing, IMO.
What you say is logical, but if you really look at the next over 50 woman with good legs in a mini skirt, see if you really think it looks good, or slightly "off".
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Old 10-25-2013, 10:49 AM
 
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One of my wardrobe favorites is a coral pink cap sleeve t-shirt. I think I look d*mn good in it, too.

I think I kind of get the bias. The short skirt (I suppose to some) signals sexual availability & desirability and that is not something older women are "supposed" to want...and I suppose some people think pink is too vibrant a color for a woman who is in the autumn or winter of her life. I sorta hate people like that, because they try to control you with their pronouncements of appropriateness. Is this about putting an older woman "in her place"? Is her confidence in her personal attractiveness and desirability, and comfort level with herself some kind of threat to those who have yet to attain it?
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Old 10-25-2013, 10:54 AM
 
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This is true. My legs are probably one of my best features, but I'm over 50. I'm not going to run around in an up-to-my-ass mini, but since I'm overly tall sometimes I have no choice when it comes to the lengths of skirts. I recently bought a comfy dress that hits JUST above my knee, and I wore it with tights the other day.

Meanwhile, I see young girls all the time wearing minimini skirts that expose big bare doughy globby legs and they don't seem to care a bit that they look repulsive.
The same people chiding older women to "dress their age" won't say a thing to younger women in too-tight clothing. As if it's their inalienable right to parade around in clothes that fit like a bursting sausage skin. And some men say they would rather bed a young woman with fat rolls and muffin top, no muscle tone, just because she is young? Well, more power to you. I'm glad all men don't think that way.
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Old 10-25-2013, 11:30 AM
 
Location: NoVa
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I don't follow any particular rules. What I do is understand what I cannot and should not wear, and I don't wear it.
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Old 10-25-2013, 12:06 PM
 
Location: The #1 sunshine state, Arizona.
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I am 70 and somewhat conservative in my dress, normally. But I have always had my flippant moments and ususally the results were not too good. Older women do not have to be dowdy but I think what a younger woman can get away with just looks like trying too hard with some older women. I also think long,loose gray hair on older women looks incongruous and jarring. If it were braided or in a low ponytail, I don't think it would bother me as much. JMO. I also don't like "frilly" wear on older women. Again, for me it just strikes a discordant note. Now, as for colors, I think older women can wear whatever they choose, it isn't the same as some of the other things for me. Although, I bought a pink, tailored suit once and I always felt like a pink easter egg or something. It was a good color for me, complexion wise but it just sent a wrong note. Maybe because I occasionally wore it to business meetings and though the color and cut were flattering, it didn't seem to command the same respect.

These are just my own thoughts and feelings and don't count for much in the overall scheme of things. People do what they want to. There is some basis, I believe, in these things that we feel are too restrictive. Just like, no white after Labor Day......I do it because I live in Florida and I usually don't go past Halloween......<s>
LOL @Jarring and incongruous, I love it. I've always wanted long hair. When I was younger my hair was too dry and brittle to sport a longer length. Now that I'm older and on the correct dose of thyroid pills, my hair is growing nicely. I stopped coloring my hair a few years ago, this further improved the texture of my hair. My hair is silver-streaked, wavy, and half way down my back. On days with little humidity, I wear my hair down, and always get compliments. I look at it this way, I'm 55 and fortunate have a healthy head of hair. I know my health could change tomorrow, but for now I'll enjoy my hair. Those who find my hair jarring and incongruous, can avert their eyes.
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Old 10-25-2013, 12:14 PM
 
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I gave up short skirts long ago. I did enjoy my younger days. If anyone recalls the 'hot pants' phase (70s) which was really just short shorts. LOL I did like short shorts when I was young and mini-skirts. But those days are gone. I like skirts/dresses to my knees or just below my knees and definitely not skin tight like so many young ladies wear today.

I see young ladies with their skirts so tight they ride up and they don't really fit properly when they are that tight. But it must be the fashion and whatever flips their switch is fine with me.

I wear jeans and want them to fit at my waist not my hips or below. The low fitting jeans would drive me nuts kinda like my panties getting in my crack. I would be trying to pull them up higher.

I think most females know what looks good on them and what is an abomination to the eye. There is nothing wrong with older women wearing pink. I don't wear pink as it doesn't suit my skin tone. I think clothes are really up to the individual. Earrings and shoes are my thing.
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Old 10-25-2013, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Springfield, mo
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I am 44 and have been told that I have nice legs. I do wear shorter skirts but not up to my butt short. I am short waisted and long skirts look frumpy on me. I think as long as it is tasteful and you have the legs to pull it off then why not? I have always been told that I dress to young for my age. You know what I dress for myself not anyone else. I don't go crazy or anything but I think some of the rules of fashion or stupid anyway.

Just my 2 cents.
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