I made it through the rest of my adult life without wearing blue jeans until about five years ago when I decided to give them another chance and purchased these dark denim, wide leg ones. In this photo from 2013 I paired them with a 70's blouse, and this outfit was immortalized in one of Spy Girl's digital catwalk sketches. Alas, I have since "outgrown" the waist on these and they will go off to a new home. Part of the reason I didn't wear jeans is that I could never find any that fit properly. My waist to hip ratio means that anything that fits my waist is too big in the hips and butt, which makes shopping for any kind of fitted pants a frustrating experience.
What the completely inappropriate almost-54-year-old is wearing this year
I found the jeans I'm wearing in the photo above at Value Village several years ago for $8. They are by the brand French Connection (FCUK), and were sloppy-big on me when I got them, but I wore them occasionally anyway, cuffed and belted with clunky boots. Now I'm bigger and they fit better, and I will often wear them on weekends, and they don't feel mainstream at all. Especially since those annoying "What to Wear (or Not Wear) After 30, 40, 50" lists you can find in almost every women's magazine tell me I should be wearing mid-rise, dark denim, boot cut jeans. In fact, I am breaking all kinds of rules with this outfit:
1) Several lists proclaim No graphic t-shirts after 40 - I don't think there is a best-before date to wear a Johnny Depp as Cry-Baby t-shirt - below the photo of Depp is the line "good girls want him bad, bad girls want him worse!"
2) Going "sleeveless" is discouraged after 50 as it may reveal your aging skin (horrors!). I don't like short sleeves, so I rolled the ones on this shirt up and fastened them with safety pins. And I do arm weights at the gym, so Fuck you, list people.
3) I'm wearing red lipstick, which some people think is too flashy for us mature dames. I've only just started wearing it in the last decade and I'm going to keep wearing it until I don't like it anymore. Bella of Citizen Rosebud did an excellent blog post back in 2012 titled "Real Women Wear Red Lipstick.
4) I'm sure there is a list somewhere that suggests that Converse are not appropriate footwear for the mature woman, but I beg to differ. They go with everything from jeans to dresses and I put arch supports in mine so I can walk for hours in them.
5) And then there's the hair, but I covered that in my last blog post.
Here's to all the rule-breakers that I am proud to call my friends and fellow bloggers, many of whom have written blog posts about the ridiculousness of "What Not To Wear" lists. The only "What Not To Wear" list that should be followed is the brilliant one by Michelle Combs that was published in the Huffington Post earlier this year.