Why does it seem that every time someone on TV or in a magazine is giving advice on how to dress, we are referred to as the “50 and over” crowd as opposed to being privy to the hot styles at the moment.
That’s what it seems to have come down to in many of the major fashion magazines.
With all of our buying power, in numbers alone, we have been reduced to wearing what our mothers should wear as well.
Okay, so we already have a closet or two filled with clothes. With retirement looming, we may be a bit tight with the reckless spending on clothes that will go out of style in six months. But, over 50 fashion?
I know that I once went through a phase of impressing my friends by shopping at a certain store only to donate the clothes I bought with tags still on them a few years later. I never wore the clothes because I was always waiting for the perfect moment to wear them.
How to Dress a Boomer
People over 50 do have a fashion sense. We do want to look fashionable only, our definition of what is fashionable is not the same as what the 30 and under crowd may deem to be fashionable.
The boomer fashion is all about practicality.
We have learned a lot of lessons that we just don’t have the time or energy to revisit.
Those lessons include six month- 1 year fashion fads such as giant puffy sleeves (80’s style), elephant pants (70’s), and mom jeans (90’s). Some fashion is good to revisit and some is not so good. What these fads taught is that in later years people will look at the pictures of us wearing them and laugh. We may now regret paying the money that we should have used towards a retirement fund, on clothing that didn’t even feel or look good on. All in the name of fashion, as they say.
The fashion does work for boomers is all in the name of comfort and getting our money’s worth.
It’s not necessarily that we are cheap. We just want to get our money’s worth out of everything we spend our money on. Otherwise, we regret not paying something off or putting the money towards our IRA’s.
Here is what a boomer may wear
The Birkenstock shoe with or without socks.
They are so comfortable and worth every penny. Plus, they last forever.
We practically put these on the planet- even though they had already been there for about a century before we got them. But, when we started wearing blue jeans there were like three kinds to choose from- usually from the men’s department. Look how many different kinds of denim there are today.
And a classic top to go with the outfit..
By classic we mean a top that come with a multitude of options for wearing. We want to be able to wear the top often enough to get our money’s worth out of our investment in it.