Dress your age, not your shoesize

Dressing for your age should be easy.

It’s like looking at those ‘what was she thinking’ articles in a gossip rag; surely, you think, they would have realised the outfit was atrocious. But clearly, it isn’t that simple.

Otherwise said gossip rags would have nothing to write about, Katie Price wouldn’t put make up on her toddler and Katie Holmes wouldn’t truss her little girl up in high heels.

Not to mention, you wouldn’t see middle aged women in mini-skirts, cellulite wobbling full throttle, or ten-year-olds in gear the Pussycat Dolls would consider racy.

Last month British retailer Primark came under fire for selling padded bikini tops to young girls, a range it subsequently withdrew, red faced. Not that they, or any other shop, will refrain from selling regular bikinis to pre-teens. Just the particularly inappropriate ones, you understand.

Evidently, age appropriate dressing remains a problematic area. But sensible sartorial style doesn’t have to be so difficult – it’s all about bearing in mind some simple home truths, which we are more than happy to deliver.

Tight fright

Today, women can get away with dressing younger or older far more than in previous fashion epochs. But there is still one tell tale sign of mutton dressed as lamb, and that’s a top stretched out so the layers of flesh are achingly visible, jeans leaving little to the imagination. Essentially, if your ribs or belly button are on show, and you’re not under voting age, lose the tight equals right equation and look for fitted but flowy.

Read the rest of this article on Running in Heels.

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‘Points of View’ at the British Library

Photography has become central to our lives but in the nineteenth century it was a revolutionary new technology, opening doors in art, science, society and more. A new exhibition at London’s British Library traces the rise of an art form, writes Jennifer Lipman on Running in Heels.