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6 Reasons Why I Don't Dress My Age

If you watched Caitrin and Alex's inaugural episode of Case Clothed (watch here), you heard the discussion around dressing our age. It made me think: if I were to dress my age, what would that even look like?

How does a 45 year old dress? Should I be in sensible shoes and elasticized pants?

My style has definitely evolved since I was 18 (Russel sweat pants and value village graphic tees) to now (actually maybe not, I still really like that combo), but I am not convinced I am dressing my age or that I even want to.

Why should a number dictate what you wear? Fashion is an art form, a personal statement, and a way to express your unique self. So, let's toss out the rulebook and dive into why dressing your age is a ridiculous concept and why you should just wear whatever makes you feel amazing.

This is your summer mantra.

Imagine someone telling Cher or Dolly Parton to tone down their outfits because they are getting older. Absurd, right? Although sad that I'm sure it happens. But style icons don't follow the rules, they create them. Whether you're 15 or 75, your wardrobe should reflect who you are, not the year you were born. If you love it, wear it. Rock that leather jacket at 50, embrace those neon colours at 30, and don't be afraid to pull off a tutu at any age (Carrie Bradshaw, anyone?).

2. The Myth of "Age-Appropriate"

Who decides what's age-appropriate anyway? Spoiler alert: they don't exist! Fashion is subjective and deeply personal. What's appropriate for you is what makes you feel confident and comfortable. Remember that time Iris Apfel, the 102-year-old fashion icon, paired oversized glasses with layers of jewelry and bold prints? She's the epitome of ageless style, proving that personality trumps age every single time. The question is- as you age, what pieces will become the epitome of your personal style?

3. Comfort and Confidence are Key

The most stylish people aren't necessarily following trends—they're following their hearts. When you wear what you love, it shows. Confidence is the ultimate accessory, and it looks good on everyone. Whether it's a pair of killer jeans, a flowing bohemian dress, or a sharp business suit, if it makes you feel like a rockstar, it's the right choice. You can quote me on that. Also, it just feels good when you get compliments on your outfit.

4. Breaking Stereotypes, One Outfit at a Time

Our society loves to put people in boxes, but fashion is about breaking out of them. Who says a grandmother can't wear a mini skirt? Or that a young man can't sport a dapper suit just for the fun of it? Every time you choose an outfit that defies age stereotypes, you're making a statement that individuality is more important than conformity.

5. Fashion as Self-Expression

Your style is a canvas, and your clothes are the paint. Why restrict your palette based on age? The world is full of vibrant colours, patterns, and textures waiting to be explored. Maybe one day you're feeling like a vintage Hollywood starlet, and the next you're channeling punk rock vibes. Fashion should be fun, experimental, and ever-changing, just like you.

6. Embrace the Joy of Dressing Up

Dressing up isn't just for kids playing pretend. It's for anyone who wants to add a little magic to their everyday life. Whether you're donning a superhero cape for a grocery run or a sequined gown for a night in, the joy of dressing up never gets old. Life's too short to wear boring clothes—or to let age dictate your wardrobe.

Your summer challenge: Be Your Own Fashion Icon

In the grand scheme of things, the concept of "dressing your age" is outdated and, quite frankly, silly. Instead of adhering to arbitrary rules, dress for the most important person in your life: you. Wear what makes you happy, what makes you feel alive, and what brings out the best version of yourself.

So next time someone tells you to dress your age, smile and say, "I'd rather dress my style."

Or give them the finger, whatevs. You do you.

Stay fabulous, fashion friends, and remember: the only rule in fashion is to break all the rules!

À la prochaine,



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