DietChef, some British diet food distributor (a la Jenny Craig), supposedly administered a poll to 2,000 (British, dieting, and riddled with low self-esteem) women asking the age at which certain items of clothing are no longer appropriate.
|These legs can still rock a miniskirt.|
- Bikini, 47
- Swimsuit, 61
- Miniskirt, 35
- Long hair, 53
- Ponytail, 51
- Boob Tube (aka tube top), 33
- Stilettos, 51
- Belly button piercing, 35
- Knee high boots, 47
- Trainers (sneakers), 44
- Leather pants, 34
- Leggings, 45
- Ugg boots, 45
- See-through chiffon blouse, 40
How is it possible that 35 is to old for a miniskirt but a bikini is just fine until age 47? Trust me, the general public would much rather be forced to stare at my legs in a short skirt than my bit of muffin flopping over my bikini bottom. And how is it that a mere 14 years later at the ripe old age of 61 women should no longer even be SEEN in a swimsuit? What are we supposed to wear, some kind of geriatric swim costume?
Obviously these people have never been to Daytona Beach, home to the never-ending parade of 85-year-old women proudly showing off their tans, tattoos, and sagging cleavage in fluorescent bikinis. (A few of these former biker babes WAY past their prime have made Hubby shriek and spew Cheetos and Kiddo point as if a painted whale just crawled up from the sea.)
For most women, there is a cut off age depending on her body type and modesty level, but are these pollsters saying that their own Dame Helen Mirren should not be allowed to wear any swimsuit? She looks better than me (and probably you too) at the "old" age of 65.
I am rather surprised by the late age cut-off for long hair and pony tails. As soon as I hit 30 my dad told me I was too old for my long locks and informed me I looked much younger once I chopped them off. (I didn't cut my hair off for him, I just couldn't handle the then infant Kiddo trying to scalp me as he practiced grasping and pulling.) Should we all be required to go in for weekly set and curls once we hit the big 5-0? It has to do with style people. If you are trying to look like you did at 16, you are going to look old and inappropriate. No matter the length, if your hairstyle is current you can wear it well at any age.
No trainers (sneakers) after 44? Are we supposed to give up exercising completely or only go to classes like yoga, Pilates, and water aerobics which don't require shoes? No, that wouldn't work either. Yoga and Pilates are most comfortable in leggings (forbidden after 45) and swimsuits--well, we already discussed that one. And some peoples feet just need to be covered. I refuse to trade in my walking shoes for colored leather flats with tassels AND pantyhose with shorts. My (well over 44) M-I-L just tried hiking the LA canyons in leather flats. BAD idea. I just won't do it.
Somehow shorts didn't even make the list. How can that be? Women, heck, little girls even wear inappropriate shorts at all ages. Have these people never cruised the mall or stepped foot in a Walmart? The amount of erroneous shorts choices is just appalling. Some days you just have to stare at the floor to not get freaked out. Oh wait, the list was compiled by Brits--they only wear shorts while on holiday in some sunny, foreign locale. Try and tell a woman sweltering through waves of hot flashes in the deep South she is forbidden from wearing shorts. Do it and run. I dare you.
We should make a list of all the items MEN shouldn't wear after a certain age. Starting with:
- Speedos--forbidden once potty trained--3
- Make-up and nail polish--16 (or once they drop out of their garage band)
- High school jerseys, jackets and other paraphernalia--the day after graduation-18
- Capris--just pick shorts or pants--4 (because it takes a while for their legs to catch up with their waists)
- Disney themed apparel--10 (any older and they will rightfully get beat up)
- Heavy fragrance (i.e. Polo, Drakkar Noir)--18 (or when they actually get a girlfriend)
- Skinny jeans--16 (and a GIRL)
- Birkenstocks--24 (once they graduate college and/or stop smoking pot)
- Tank tops--age 8 (or once they stop coming with the matching swim trunks)
- Sports jerseys--unless you are actually on the field/court/rink don't do it
- Bow ties--only with a proper tuxedo and then only black or white
- Leather pants--never
- Navy blazers with brass buttons--65 and up only
Are you a rule breaker?
What else should be on the Men's list?