Skinny jeans are my friend. Skinny jeans with a bit of stretch are my very good friends. And super skinny jeans with a bit of stretch and that fit tightly around the ankles are my very best friends! And because I’ve lost some weight, I wanted to purchase a couple of pairs of new skinny jeans to get me through my weight loss journey until I reach my goal.
My assortment of skinny jeans. Notice the variation of sizes. Up until a couple of weeks ago I could not fit into the 29’s or 28’s. Now I need a belt to wear the 30’s.
And so, as I perused the internet to get some ideas of jeans that I might be interested in, I came across an article that was posted on the “Today.com” site. The article was from the Daily Mail-a site that proves Brexit isn’t the most idiotic idea the Brits have ever had. Uh Unh. This article (Click the purple print to read the article!) is just as idiotic. (CAVEAT: This is not an insult to my British friends!!!)
It’s bad enough the Brits, along with many Americans feel that women over a “certain age” should not wear bikinis or short shirts. And now there is an age at when we should stop wearing jeans! That age is 53. WTF is this?
That’s right! OMFG. NOW we are told the age we should be no longer wearing jeans!
And THIS—from the country that gave us the British Invasion, Carnaby Street fashions and the tightest pants that men could ever wear! Now they dictate the age in which people should stop wearing a staple of clothing!
Brit Mick Jagger’s jeans are so tight he had to do some adjusting of his family jewels!
And the ever beautiful and tressly blessed Robert Plant wore jeans so tight they were bulge jeans. And I’ll bet both Plant and Jagger STILL wear tight jeans. They are way older than 53!
Look—I don’t blame the Brits exclusively for this moronic train of thought. I place the blame on the fashion industry’s constant brainwashing and dictating to the public of what we should wear, of what we shouldn’t wear, of what is “on-trend” (Ugh! I despise that phrase so much!) and of what is in and out.
And the fashion industry is also guilty of failing to place photos of older women in both editorial pages in magazines and in ads that run through their publications. Ageism runs rampant throughout this industry. It is vile and disgusting and so far the only person to take action upon this is Ari Seth Cohen and his “Advanced Style” movement.
Ari Seth Cohen. The ONLY man on earth to start the revolution against ageism in fashion. Sometimes I get very annoyed with him, but overall, I gotta thank him–and he looks great in denim!
..and THIS is when I look at Cohen’s “Advanced Style” site and drool and smile with glee. LOOK AT THIS ENSEMBLE!!! Proof that old ladies can wear this shit at ANY age!! I’m dying over the red leash and red lips. I love!!
And while I really get annoyed at times with that movement because of the clownish attire that many of these women sport, I respect and thank all the participants for their stand against fashion ageism. This young man is the only man to come to the defense of the older woman and I gotta hand it to him!
Telling me what I cannot wear because I am over a certain age fills me with rage. (I promised Bonaparte that I would keep my cursing limited so I’m not going to write every form of the “eff ” word that I used when I read the age we should stop wearing jeans. Use your imagination.)
It’s true. I become a madwoman whenever I read an article that tries to dictate what older women (and men) should and should not wear. Don’t get me started!
I am 61 years old—and yeah—the word is old. I am not 61 years anti-aging nor am I 61 years ageless. Like Popeye the Sailor , “I yam what I yam”. And that is 61 years old! And I can wear whatever the hell I want to wear. And that includes jeans.
Looks like old Popeye likes jeans too–and he’s REALLY old!
And so I will show and tell you just how an older woman can rock the jeans at over 53!
First of all, you need to know your body type. If you are curvy or have a bit of weight on the bottom, you may want to steer clear of a boot cut jean. While I realize that a great many women love this cut jean, this jean looks absolutely horrific on me. From the hips down, I look like an hourglass and not in the good way at all!
Secondly, don’t pay attention to sizing. A 29 in some brands can be loose, while a 29 in another brand may not make it above your lower thigh!
The size label from the Jolt Jeans I purchased yesterday. A Jr. Size 9 with a 29 waist…
However, take a look at the size of the AG Jeans I purchased. Size 28. And if you look at the first picture I posted, my jeans run the size gamut. You really need to try different sizes!
I think a flare is also difficult to wear if you aren’t tall and lean. A few years back, when I was a much lighter weight, I did have a pair of flares—the length was incredibly long and I could only wear the jeans with very high heels. And they looked fantastic. But I’m over that now. It has nothing to do with my age but it has everything to do with my comfort zone. I’ve learned over the years that I’m more confident when I’m within the boundaries of my personal comfort zone.
In all honesty, I think that a great jean for a women who has gone through that stage of life where her body isn’t what it was years ago is one with stretch! (Um—for me it means a combination of childbirth and incredible laziness of refusing to go to a gym) But beware of the stretch for sometimes these jeans will stretch out a bit too much—you may want to size down if you aren’t familiar with the brand. Or you may want to wear a belt with the jeans. I’m not one for belts but I do find that with certain jeans, a belt is a must! Especially with weight loss–the pants will start to fall five minutes after you put them on. Belt ’em!
My visit to Nordstrom Rack yesterday proved successful. I ended up purchasing this pair of Jolt Jeans. The rise is a bit higher and look at the ankle–it’s nice and tight. I love that. The cut of this jean is very simple–not fussy at all..
..and very ass-friendly. I love the plain back pockets!
I tried these dark wash legging jeans by SPANX and almost purchased them. The only reason I didn’t make the purchase is that I already have two pair of dark wash. I just could not justify a third at this time. I did love the fit though. They were extremely flattering around the tummy and waist!
7 For All Mankind jeans were a fail for me on every level. The fit just wasn’t good for my curvy hips. AND the bottom hem of these skinny jeans stuck out–see the pic? I do not like that.
My prize of the day was this skinny distressed ankle jean by AG. These jeans have JUST A HINT OF STRETCH–so they ain’t going anywhere and I won’t need a belt. The jean is not too dark and not too light. Call me crazy but I love the rips–they add some character!
They are very ass-friendly with a bit of lift….
I am so in love with these jeans..and they look great with loafers. These jeans will be getting a lot of love from me!
The high rise jean. It’s coming back. These have a tendency to be very “mom jeans.” (what an awful label—they should just be labeled “fugly jeans” instead) The thing about the high waist is that it can actually make you look heavier if you have a belly. Take it from me. I have a pair from GAP; and when I was heavier, I had to wear tunics with these jeans to cover the belly because these jeans just did not flatter my mid section!
The very low rise jean. I do not own this type of jean. There are reasons. I like to keep the crack of my ass private and I do not have a bidet. I will not elaborate any further. Only incredibly well-toned women who own bidets should DARE to wear these.
Keira Knightley in a pair of very low rise jeans. I’m sure she has a bidet in her home and will never have to worry about bending over in these low jeans. They do not look comfortable. At all.
Britney Spears in extreme low rise jeans. I’m sure she is waxed to make her as hairless as a newborn. I’m also sure she does NOT have a bidet. I don’t care WHAT age you are–these jeans are not flattering on anyone!
The mid-rise jean. This is the “just right” bowl of porridge that Goldilocks ate! This is the rise that surprisingly is friendly to everyone! It cuts the muffin top but not the body. You can wear a shirt tucked in with this kind of jean and your body will look longer. You can wear a longer sweater and be in your comfort zone. AND you can bend over till your heart’s content and keep your cheeks to yourself.
The Mid Rise Jean. See how flattering it is? Not too high. Not too low. It actually elongates the middle of the body…
Trust me. My middle section is so out-of-shape that it’s a sin! But yet, the mid-rise jean is incredibly flattering! (as long as I’m dressed)
Anyway, I’m no expert but here’s a few ways I like to style my jeans!
The new Jolt Jeans. I love a lighter wash jean paired with a black turtleneck and boots. I love the look here because the black suede boots go way over the knee making my legs look longer! I’m not big on accessories. If I venture out, I’ll throw on a scarf.
Same Jeans but with a color block shirt. This photo really sucks but the shirt is actually very flattering. I swear to you I cannot even take a decent pic with a selfie-stick!
Same jeans, color block shirt and this time with pointy-toed shoes. This is a nice look for a casual dinner out with Bonaparte or the kids!
Nuthin’ like a good pair of toe-cleavage bearing pointy toed heels. I was NOT going to say the brand of the shoe due to my politics and my extreme, intense dislike of Trump. But these are Ivanka Trump shoes. I hate to admit it but I love her shoes. I have a few pair. I’m still voting for Hillary!
Different jeans. Different look. I’m wearing my GAP legging jeans. The belt is sorely needed to keep the pants up. And even though I’m not an accessorizer, I love this leopard horse-hair belt. I got it so long ago I can’t even remember where it is from. The cotton shell has GOT to be over ten years old from Talbots. Worn with a black blazer from J. Crew and black suede ghillie flats from Unisa, this is a look that can go from the office to a night out or a lunch with the girls. Despite the fact that I took this pic in my kitchen, I would NOT cook in this outfit!
A closer look proves how great that mid-rise is–so flattering!
The shoes. Seriously. The shoes! I can’t stop thinking about Oona’s Irish Dance days whenever I wear these pointy-toed lovlies!!
And now for an edgy look to the classic “White Tee, Loafers, and Blue Jeans” look. The delightfully distressed AG Ankle Skinny Jeans! I’m in love with the jeans but the bane of my blogging existence is this friggin’ Selfie stick!
Little details such as clean hair can help the look to be a bit more presentable!
A striped Breton shirt from J. Crew and pewter heels give these jeans a completely different and more sophisticated look. I swear my selfie-stick use is becoming worse!
A navy Schoolboy blazer from J. Crew turns this look into my favorite! I wore this to Wegmans to buy ground turkey! It is a classic look. Those shoes are by you-know-who and I’ve had them for years and love them!
Jeans. Boots. Blazers. Scarfs. Just some shit old ladies wear–and should always wear because NOBODY should ever dictate what old ladies should wear. Not now. Not ever. Never! In fact, I would say that the ladies over 53 look a lot better in jeans than many of our young ladies do!
And remember—jeans are versatile.
*They can help to curb your appetite. Wear an extra-tight pair while eating a holiday dinner and you’ll know what I mean.
*Did you run out of clean panties? No worries! You can comfortably go commando with jeans and not worry about the see-through factor.
*Jeans can be worn these days on any occasion. Dress ’em up or down. It’s all good.
*Jeans have been mentioned in many a song..and today I bring you.. Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer”..starts with “Blue Jean Lady”….this is my all-time favorite Elton John song. From Tumbleweed Connection..
And so ladies over 50, 60, 70 and above. WEAR THOSE JEANS AND WEAR THEM WELL. And never allow anyone to tell you what you should or should not wear! XOXOXOXO