Monday, January 17, 2022

Outfit of the Day: Age is Just a Number.

So, when I turned 40 I started feeling like I had to start worrying about dressing too young or trendy or or whatever. Is this trend too young for me? Am I too old for that? What does 40-something even look like anymore? Well, I will tell you that yesterday I turned 50 and over the past ten years have realized none of that shit matters AT ALL. Wear what you like. Buy what makes you happy (within reason or we'd all have ponies named Cupcake.) Have the best time mixing your nice stuff with that Stones tee you bought at Target.  Don't worry about dressing for your age! What even is age?  Here's an example:



Pretty typical jeans and a t-shirt and an awesome new pair of Vans Checkerboard slip-ons because I went to the Vans store with my boyfriend and accidentally tried them on. Aren't they GOOD? Such excellent retro Spicoli vibes, right? I regret nothing! I love these shoes so much. My t-shirt is fancy by way of the thrift store. It's this one by ATM and it's a nice t-shirt, but even nicer when it's $4. 


My jeans are an older pair of Madewell Cali Demi Boot, bought on Poshmark. This pair is probably the most similar in cut, but the wash here is better. I also want to try the pair with Tencel! This style is so fun and feels really fresh, especially with my rad new slip-ons. 


The jacket I'm wearing is my latest good thrift find - an American Giant Moto Full Zip. I've checked out the American Giant website before but never owned anything from them until now. Y'all. This jacket is nice. It has all the comfort and softness of a zip up hoodie but with the structure and construction of a really nice little jacket. It reminds me a bit of the Scuba hoodie from Lululemon - good, heavy quality cotton and such a flattering cut.


Just in case things were getting TOO casual, I pulled out an old friend. This Miu Miu bag is such a favorite but I just haven't been carrying it much in the past few years and I missed it. I can't find anything super similar but I love this cool black hobo from Rebecca Minkoff and this Marc Jacobs bag has a similar feel. I love the mix of something really nice worn with my best thrift finds, you know? 


Quick details! I'm wearing my usual array of jewelry - moonstone earrings from Three Flames Silverworks, and old Madewell horn pendant (similar) and my Gorjana Parker. Nothing super fancy, but it all feels like me. This is 50 and it feels great. 

47 comments:

  1. Happy birthday! My 6 year old son has those same vans slip ons!!

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  2. Happy birthday!

    i have a few AG hoodies and they are THE BEST!

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  3. The happiest of birthdays to you!! I struggle to dress myself but in a different way. My problem is that some styles that I looked cute in when I was in my 30s, sometimes look matronly when I try them now. And I know, goddammit, that I AM 56 years old, and therefore technically a matron, I want to look cooler/funkier. But I don't want to look funky in a kicky grandmotherly way. Does that make sense? It's a struggle. But I agree, wear what makes you happy!

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    1. It totally makes sense! It's a journey, always, isn't it?

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  4. I have that AG jacket! I don't wear it enough but it's great.

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  5. Happy Birthday! I enjoyed your take on style for a very long time and its probably bc you think the same as I do. At 54, I wear what I like, what is comfortable and try to still look cool.

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  6. Happy birthday! I'll be 50 in September and looking decent in my changing body is a struggle. You, however, look divine and I wish you an amazing golden year!

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    1. Oh, we are all having that struggle - the changing body thing is just rude, isn't it?

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  7. Happy Birthday! Love your style take!

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  8. I am so glad I found your blog - you have given my permission to be myself with my clothes and choose what I like that brings me joy and comfort. Many Happy Returns!!!

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  9. Happy Birthday and I love the Vans with the retro Spicoli vibes!

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  10. Happy Birthday! You look fantastic today and all the days to come!

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  11. Happy Birthday! You look fantastic at any age.

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  12. Happy Birthday!! I wish Vans fit my wide feet better - but those look great on you!

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    1. They are narrow but I am forcing them to work. Haha

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  13. Happiest of birthdays to You! Thank you for being a source of joy and inspiration all these years. You have elan and style and verve that I really enjoy!

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  14. I would have never guessed you were 50 (39? 41? somewhere in that range), so dressing in the clothes you want to wear vs. what society deems appropriate is working for you! Happy birthday!

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    1. Ha, thank you! I am totally 39 in my brain.

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  15. Happy Birthday! 50 looks great on you.
    Thanks for continuing to write your blog.

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  16. Happy birthday! You look fabulous. And welcome to the over-50 club. The deciding what to wear and give zero eff's is the best. Love everything you're wearing here, *especially* that so much of it is thrifted. Thanks, as always, for sharing.

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    1. Thanks! Thrifting has come full circle for me, so there will be more of it on the blog for sure.

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  17. Happy Birthday!
    My husband wears those Vans...he's 63! Brava!!

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  18. Happy Birthday! Agree that you should dress how you like no matter your age!

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    1. Also meant to add that you look amazing and I always find your style intriguing and inspiring!

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  19. Happy birthday! Thank you for the fashun inspo for us hip and youthful middle aged ladies!

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  20. Happy Birthday! Love your blog and we have much the same taste in books. Where is your belt from? I love it.

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    1. Thank you! My belt is the Madewell Medium Perfect belt.

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    2. Just ordered it and didn't even realize I had $25 off for my January birthday until I checked out!!

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    3. Ooooh, thank you! I totally forgot I had that too!

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