Attitude vs Cliché
The internet is saturated with outfits like this one: a pleated metallic skirt, a graphic tee, a leather jacket, a fringe bag, trainers… So, did I consciously decide to start the new year by turning into a cliché? Because, isn’t this outfit more or less what you see a million or so 20-something bloggers posting every day? Or am I trying to make some sort of a point?
There are a lot of fashion editors and bloggers out there telling middle-aged women what they should/should not wear, and there are also a lot of middle-aged bloggers defiantly declaring that age should have nothing to do with their clothing choices. I have zero interest in that particular debate. I save my anger and defiance for more important matters: what I wear (or don’t wear) is totally irrelevant in the big scheme of things. Yes, I really think so.
So, let’s make something clear…
No, I’m not ‘copying’ anyone. And no, I’m not trying to look younger than I am. And no, I’m not rebelling against any ‘style rules’ (whether real or imaginary).
Swap the skirt for jeans and this outfit is what I wear most days. So, in that sense the only item taking me out of my comfort zone is the pleated skirt. And in my eyes the skirt is a bit retro: after all, my (very stylish) mother used to wear a lot of pleated skirts… Everything else is perfectly in tune with my lifestyle, personality and age.
Generation X Bites Back…
Leather jackets, trainers and graphic T-shirts are probably standard items in the wardrobe of any Generation X woman. And why wouldn’t they be? We’ve been wearing them our entire lives.
After all, we’re the original anti-establishment, break-all-fashion-rules, rebel-without-a-cause generation. Mismatched flea market finds, combat boots, grunge and punk references, that’s our style legacy.
It’s the identikit 20-somethings who are copying us, minus the attitude to pull it off. I’m just reclaiming what was mine to begin with.
skirt: Zara / leather jacket: Karen Millen (old) / top: Custo Barcelona /
bag: Lancel (old) / shoes: Nile (old) / sunglasses: Marc Jacobs
Let’s start 2017 with some attitude!
Linking up with:
Not Dead Yet Style, Elegantly Dressed and Stylish, Garay Treasures, High Latitude Style, Sydney Fashion Hunter, The Pleated Poppy, Style Elixir, Get Your Pretty On, Happiness at Mid-Life, A Labour of Life, Doused in Pink, Curly Crafty Mom, Fashion Should Be Fun, Rachel the Hat, Sincerely Jenna Marie, More Pieces of Me, Color and Grace, The Wardrobe Stylist, Not Dressed As Lamb, Style Nudge, Coco et La Vie en Rose, Fashionably Employed,The Fabulous Journey, Living on Cloud Nine, A Well Styled Life, Elegance and Mommyhood. Posh Classy Mom, Nancy’s Fashion Style, Sheela Writes, Shelbee on the Edge Over 50 Feeling 40 A Pocketful of Polka Dots