Let me sigh and shake my head before I continue.
Seriously, man. If one more “expert” tells me what’s “age” appropriate, I’ll be using some very naughty words–and worse!
A recycled study from 2016, that was recently featured on a recent CBS news clip, states that women should stop wearing jeans at age 53—and the reasoning behind this is that as we get older jeans that fit are harder to find. Ummm…I’m knocking on the door to 63 and let me tell you something—I find more and more jeans that fit me these days.
Umm. I hate to burst your bubble, but I’ll be 63 in about 10 weeks. My jeans ain’t going anywhere except over my thighs! And my wigs aren’t going anywhere except on my head!
I’m tired of all the “age” remarks. I’m becoming both bored and angered when I read about what “women of a certain age” should and shouldn’t wear. I flip the bird to you.
Clothing is an expression of how we feel. And just like the Lennon/McCartney lyrics from the song “I Feel Fine”—my wardrobe can be singing that very song when I enter my closet in the morning. “She’s in love with me and I feel fine”—that’s because I love my clothes and I won’t change my style of dressing as I age.
I happen to like a youthful vibe. Now—that’s not saying I want to dress like a sixteen-year old. It is merely saying that I like to dress the way I think and feel. As an “elder” I am not set in my ways of thinking—we change, we evolve, we are open. And that means open to welcoming dressing how we want and not listening to those vicious, pandering, and ageist words written—for the most part, by writers who have not even hit the age of thirty yet.
And yes. I would 100 percent wear this outfit I created on Polyvore–with the white boots too! It’s very age appropriate for me! Wanna shag?
So, let’s talk about dressing. OK?
A couple of months back, I received an email asking me if I would be interested in reviewing a dress of my choice from an online e-commerce store. The store? Top Tier Style.
This couple welcomes you to the Top Tier Style site. I could’ve birthed them in my late thirties! OK–so my early forties–but who’s counting????
When I went online to check out the site, my initial reaction was “Oh, shit. This company must think I’m a millennial.” Then, as I perused the offerings, I realized something—that even though the models were in fact, of millennial age, many of the clothing, shoes, and accessories would work well for all ages! Yes. All ages! And that includes our mature demographic.
Top Tier also won my respect when I replied that I would be happy to review any item but that I’m also in the “mature” demographic. It didn’t matter to them. I picked out a dress, waited for it, and it was delivered yesterday.
Now—the dress I chose was the Long Sleeve Loose Fitting Dress. It’s a nice, everyday dress that can be worn during the Fall, Winter, and Spring. The lighter weight lends itself well to layering during the cooler seasons and as a stand-alone with sandals or sneakers during the warmer weather. At $31, it’s a decent price for a dress that is multi-season friendly and versatile. I wouldn’t wear this during the summer due to the long sleeves—but that’s just me.
Going outside the “color” box for me, I decided upon the green dress. Green isn’t one of the colors that works for me, but I liked the lighter hue and figured I could make it work!
I chose the green dress. I love the way it looks. Might I add, though, that this model is a few inches taller than my just-under 5’6″ so the dress is slightly longer on me. I also love the asymmetrical cut of the dress. It’s shorter on the sides. It’s just adorable!
The dress was delivered in a parcel envelope, in a plastic bag. When I took the dress out of the bag, the only “con” was immediately apparent. The dress was very wrinkled. No problem since you all know that ironing is my “Zen”. The poly/cotton blend made ironing the wrinkles a cinch. And if you have a cloths steamer, you are also in luck!
Let’s have a look—shall we?
Like the models, I wore this with a big textured plaid scarf. It’s freezing today and this toasty look is very comfy!
As you can see, the dress falls about two inches above the knee. I’m wearing knee-length boots and boot socks with this. The color is surprisingly warm and blends well with my auburn wig!
Another look at how the dress falls above the knees.
Here you can get a better view of the sleeve. I LOVE the long sleeve and the snug fit. The stitching is reinforced too, which makes the hem of the sleeve stay put.
You can see the “flare” or swing of the way the dress drapes. It really drapes nicely. This dress is extremely comfortable.
I wasn’t sure of the sizing so I went with a Large and the Medium would have been a better fit through the shoulders. It’s not an issue though because the rest of the dress fits fine.
Another added feature is the higher cut of the neckline. It’s “turkey neck” friendly!
I‘m a fan of this neckline. It’s a good diversion from Turkey Neck!!
…especially if the scarf causes hot flashes!
When it comes to laundering, I would wash on a low setting in cold water and air dry! This dress will also dry in no time! It’s also a great choice for a travel wardrobe. It can be rolled up to prevent wrinkles but is so light that you can pack a dress for every day of the week and store in your carry on luggage!
Look—I realize that many women don’t like shorter dresses and that’s cool. I’ve also styled this dress with leggings which I think looks absolutely adorable.
Changed up the scarf, added black leggings and black Repetto ballet flats. A rather toasty look and for those who like more of a tunic ensemble–this dress works!
I’m glad that my husband stopped by the chateau so he could snap this pic! Ugh. I shouldn’t have worn a heavily-padded bra with this dress! Sorry about that!
Another view. This is an “any-age-can-wear-this” dress! I’m pleased!
And another thing—anything that I wear is age appropriate because I said so! So, don’t tell me how to dress or how to stop dressing!
So yeah! Don’t tell ME not to wear jeans! In fact, the way I wear jeans is marvelous AF. That’s right–AF!!!
In fact, I’ll also wear Bardot hair!
And Off-the-Shoulder tops!!
“Age-appropriate” is just another term for “Of-All-Ages”!
I really want to thank Top Tier for looking past age and sending this dress to me!
The Long Sleeve Loose Fitting Dress in this review was provided by Top Tier Style. If you would like to purchase your own use the coupon code BLOG15 for 15% OFF everything on their store!
What’s your choice for dresses? Are you a maxi? A mini? A midi? Let’s talk about it!
And yes—my clothes do feel fine. John, Paul, George and Ringo even say so!