I was struck by something one of my girlfriends told me recently. She was complaining to me that her husband casually mentioned one morning before brunch, that she was too old to be wearing a denim skirt…she was wearing a denim skirt at the time. That got me thinking. Obviously it was a tactless comment to make, but more importantly, is it true?….Is there an age limit for denim?
I have scoured the vast images available on the internet and have found some real corkers. I never thought there was an age limit to anything quite frankly. I mean, listen, I’m not talking the denim on denim nightmare that was Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake in the early 2000’s, that isn’t just about being age appropriate, that is simply NEVER appropriate…epic fail! However, denim is such a versatile ageless material and it comes in so many shapes and forms that I think it would be a shame and a fashion sin to not have a few staple pieces in your wardrobe. Granted my friend’s husband was specifically talking about denim skirts, but even then, a denim pencil skirt can be far more chic than some of the other alternatives.
I personally have loads of denim in my fashion repertoire. Casual to more dressy, from shorts to button up shirts, and thick denims as well as softer Tencel denims. It’s difficult to wear thick denim in Singapore as the heat will literally cook you alive, but one of my favourite go to outfits is a basic tank top with my destructed GAP boyfriend jeans and a pair of smokin’ heels. Throw on some awesome jewellery and I’m ready. When I’m out and about running errands during the day, there is little else more comfortable than my denim Tencel shirt, with a pair of black leggings and my white Converse.
I selected three of my favourite images from my web browsing, of beautiful mature women, killing it wearing denim. Linda Rodin for Karen Walker Eyewear, wearing a classic denim button down…but oozing attitude and style, Jane Fonda, effortlessly rocking a denim jacket and last but not least, my personal favourite, Iris Apfel, in not just any denim, but floral beaded denim with side tassel trimming…love her!! My point is….it works. No matter what your age, it’s all about how you wear it. You can be 20 years old and have an enviable figure and beautiful face but if you don’t bring the right attitude, you will look just as clueless as someone in their 50’s who has been told they are too old to wear denim and believed it.
I say wear the denim! In whatever shape and form you desire, but for goodness sake, know that you’re amazing and that you are wearing the fashion it is not wearing you!