Fashion confusion.

8/09/2012 04:08:00 AM
I'm going to be 33 in a couple of weeks and up until this time in my life I've just worn what I like. Easy as that. Presently, I live in a country that is VERY, VERY warm and I'm accustomed to not wearing layers upon layers of irrelevant clothing.

Translation: I wear short shorts and if my cellulite shows -- SO BE IT. It's hot and no one will judge me because they're wearing short shorts, too.

So, my wardrobe is pretty much Cabo-ready. Not Northwest-Ohio-ready.

When we were in Ohio I felt like I need to dress differently. Am I too old to wear short jean shorts? Do I need to wear polos from Land's End or should I be wearing cotton shorts to my knees -- Bermudas, if you will? Not that Ohioians dress like that, because they don't -- but I think the bottomline is that I'm spending more time considering "age-appropriate" clothing.

I'm clearly experiencing some sort of fashion identity crisis. While I can safely admit that during our time in Ohio I did not step foot in a Forever 21 for the first time since 2006, nor did I run into an Ann Taylor, either.

I'm completely confused as to what I should be wearing.

I know what I like… but something in me is saying, "You're getting older. You can't wear that."

And there ARE a list of things I really shouldn't wear:

1.) Shorty-short, cut-off shorts or any other shorts with a 1-inch inseam. (Note: I wear cut-off denim, just with a longer inseam.)
2.) Any sort of midriff-baring top.
3.) Visible colored bra straps.
4.) Ambiguous shirt dresses. ("That's so short it looks like a shirt. Wait, does she have pants on?")
5.) Anything from Victoria's Secret, "PINK" section.

I could go on and on.

I'll figure it out, I'm sure. But until then, want to see two BCBG Max Azria dresses I bought and got a KILLER deal on?

The first looks super-red, but in real life it's more Berry-ish. (Not my body -- duh. I think it's so cute and ruffles are so forgiving.)

Next, I LOVE this one.

Sweetheart black strapless with blue underneath with a black lace trim and a flouncy, sheer, pleated skirt on top. LOVE.

Now, I just need a place to go.



  1. I have this same problem (we're the same age). I bore my husband to tears every time I discuss this with him. There is a HUGE gap in clothing availability for people our age. It seems clothes are either too young, or too old and boring. I'm guilty of wearing short shorts (not 1 inch OMG) from AE. Why? Because they are comfortable and I like them. I need to stop though and I am AWARE of when and where I can wear them. Meaning, some people get the privilege of not seeing my cellulite. ;)

    Love the dresses!

    1. I'm glad you hear me. (I DO wear cut-off shorts, too! And I will continue.) I have plenty of pairs of AE shorts because they work and because we're not 92 years old. :)

  2. Don't be silly. I'm 43 and I still rock denim cut offs and I plan on doing it when I'm 60!!! I hate that women have to dress a certain way because of a number. I refuse to ever look or dress frumpy boring and old!!!!!

    1. Oh friend, I totally wear denim cut-offs, I just make sure the inseam is longer than 1 inch. :)

      And we're on the same page - I refuse to dress frumpy or old. It's not going to happen.

  3. This is such an interesting topic. First of all - people now-a-days (now I sound old) don't seem to be body aware and wear whatever they like. For example - when we were at the beach this summer (jersey shore) every single teenager there had on short shorts and a bikini - no matter what size they are.

    Ky, you are super cute, in great shape and you have EARNED IT! I say if it looks great on you - then by all means, wear it! I laughed so hard at the Land's End polo comment. I cannot imagine you in a sweater set either. Too funny!

    Frumpy and old is not cool - look at people like, I hate to use this example, Kris Jenner. She dresses awesome for her age and always looks excellent. Coco (Ice loves Coco), not so much. Body awareness people!

    1. Coco, STOP IT. I'm laughing so hard.

      I love you, Iris Took.

      (And no. There will be no sweater sets here.)

  4. Yes. This. All of this. I am floundering. I wear tank tops and leggings every single day and I swore I would NEVER wear leggings as pants. I just, I just, I just don't know who I am anymore!!! When I was a makeup artist I was OVER THE TOP with fishnets and stuff. Now what do I do? Where am I? WHO CAN HELP ME?!?!?

  5. Dude, I too hear you on this. I am comfortable in many of the things I wore in college. Bootleg/flare jeans (hello 1998), t-shirts and cargo pants all in the colors black, gray and green. Um, that is fine at home but should I really be going out in public in a lucky charm t-shirt or an iron maiden t-shirt?! Eh...who knows.

    And I do want to dress a little more "age appropriate" (whatever that means) but what sucks even more is when you are bigger and all you can find are frumpy fat clothes that are not at all attractive and definitely about 20-30 years older than me. I don't want giant flowers across my bosom or bedazzled shirts to try to "hide" fat spots!! Come on people!

    Those dresses are way cute, but I am in love with that top dress! Fantastic.

  6. I ordered a khaki skirt online and when I tried it on for the first time EVER the thought popped into my head, "I'm 34, should I be wearing this skirt?!" and when I asked my husband the same question he LAUGHED AT ME. He said I was being ridiculous because I was worried about a skirt that literally was one inch above my knee. It was just a bit more "sporty" than I'm used to, I guess?

    Your list of rules is spot on. What is WITH the "Pink" stuff? Uggg. I dislike it strongly.


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