Is there such a thing as ‘dressing for your age’? There is that saying, “mutton dressed as lamb”, but really, is that still relevant in today’s modern, liberal society? Should age play a factor in what clothes I wear?
I found an article online: You’ve turned 30 – Upgrade your shopping game with these brands. Who knew turning 30 would mean throwing the clothes of my 20’s in the bin and starting fresh! This could get expensive, I should start saving now for my 40’s wardrobe! The opening paragraph reads, “ your 30s are the decade when you can finally settle back a little bit and enjoy a quick moment of “I’ve got this.” I haven’t got this , I don’t think I have…what should I have got? Is there a checklist for things I should have ‘got’…did I miss it, was there an email I missed on my 30th birthday? This worries be straight away, because I am mid thirties and not sure I could say “I’ve got this” and feel confident.
Anyway, back to the clothing issue apparently my 30’s wardrobe should be about, “experimenting with contemporary brands and smaller boutiques that offer more unique finds than what’s mass-produced at your favorite fast-fashion fix”. So, can I no longer shop in Zara, H&M, New Look should these shops be dead to me? I always compared clothes and growing up to Topshop and Dorothy Perkins, you know you’re getting older when you browse Topshop and come out empty handed, but browse Dorothy Perkins and come out with a bagful of clothes. I don’t think I have reached the Dorothy Perkins age yet, but I do feel I have outgrown Topshop, so perhaps this article is onto something. Contemporary brands – what does that even mean, what are these contemporary brands…I delve deeper into the article. Relief – they list the contemporary brands, a 30 something should be wearing: Garmentory, Massimo Dutti, MM LaFleur, Zady, Trademark, The Design Republik, Aritzia and Everlane. Not heard of any of these, damn it…New Look just isn’t going to cut it anymore!
So, I will venture out on my next shopping trip with a new found sense of what I should be wearing, where I should be shopping and looking to shop and dress like the 30 something I am. Like they said, “I’ve got this”. Then I will return home with my various high street branded shopping bags and think, I haven’t got this!