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The GEM Debate: Can You Wear A Mini-Skirt After 35?

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Uh-oh here we go again! Yep, we’re back into the world of age-appropriate clothing. Today’s topic – can you wear a mini after the age of 35?

Actually it’s not so much about if you can, but SHOULD you?

The U.K.’s Daily Mail asked two thousand women at what age should we give up mini-skirts and other fashion trends?. According to those polled, it’s no more two-piece bathing suits after 47 or swimsuits at all by 61. No leggings and Ugg boots after 45 and stilettos, long hair and ponytails should all be retired by our early 50’s.

And then there are mini skirts. Apparently 35 is the cut off point! But are they right?

Okay as most of you know by now, I’m not a fan of fashion convention and I’m REALLY not a fan of having to conform to said convention without a damn good reason. So I think some of these results are just nutty, like the leggings and Uggs, which are a key part of my wintertime wear. And no bathing suits after 61? What the hell? Try telling that to my 78-year-old mother, who looked pretty damn good rocking hers in the Bahamas recently

However, I do agree with a few of the results if not the exact ages. Example, I was in one of my favorite stores the other day and found this really adorable dress. I did not try it on, rather just held it up to me before purchasing. When I got it home and tried it on, even with flats, it was just too short.

Contrast that with this look:

Now I know they are different styles, but even the fun loving, carefree part of me can admit that the second one just “fits” better. In other words, it looks better on my nearly 50-year-old body.  It’s still above the knee and hugs in the right places but it looks more refined and I think that’s really the point here. There comes a time, and I’m not sure when that is exactly, that we need to stop wearing things that look “too young” and go for a classier style. That’s a knife that cuts both ways too. I don’t want to see a 60-year-old man in a muscle shirt or a speedo, regardless of how good his body is.

Okay, so that’s my take, but am I wrong about this? What do you think is the cut off age for women and mini-skirts?

How about bathing suits or some of the other fashions on the list? Fire away!

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