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After many conversations about what not to wear if you're over 50, we thought it was time to collect them all in one place.
We've had a few (controversial) tips on a guest blog from The Women's Room - what did you think of their advice on clothes for older women, and what's the real secret to dressing when you're over 50?
Some oufits/garments/combos get a resounding no - typically either things that older people traditionally wear or (paradoxically) things that younger people wear. The thinking seems to be: avoid things identified as either definitively young or definitively old and so remain ageless... Hey, we'll give it a go. Here are the things in the "traditionally worn by older people" box...
There's a get-out clause to the elasticated waists though...
Here are a few things to avoid until someone invents reverse ageing (any day now, we hear):
Leggings are recommended almost universally, as long as you promise to cover your bum.
Dresses with sleeves are what many gransnetters would choose to wear but due to the constant complaints on the forums about how they're impossible to find, it seems fruitless to recommend, apart from to say, if you find someone selling them: buy it in every colour and come and tell gransnetters where you found it!
Jeans are a staple - if a slightly controversial one. Some gransnetters declare they wouldn't wear them past a certain age, but the rest of us are in thrall to their comfort, style and the fact that they make us like everyone else in the world.
Shoes, more than anything else, raise the question of comfort vs style. Blisters, creaking knees, wobbly ankles, hobbling - the days of putting up with all that are thankfully mostly behind us and we're not prepared to succumb to the heels dictators except for the most glamorous party. But what to wear to run round the shops? Or walk in the park? Are trainers a heinous sin against fashion? It depends on what you're doing in them.
But not all trainers are equal....The ones you've been jogging and gardening in may not be suitable for public consumption.
Crocs are another area of dispute on our forums. Some gransnetters wouldn't go into the garden without them, especially as they're so easy to clean (some even stick them in the dishwasher - although Annobel claims this makes them shrink!). Others say that they're unremittingly awful.
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