Suzy-DMsI’ve just watched an old episode of What Not To Wear (the US version with Stacey and Clinton) and I’m actually a little bit peed off at the over-use of the term ‘age-appropriate style’. I hadn’t really given it much thought but yesterday I’d read a blog post about it and it’s obviously still on my mind.


As I approach 40, I guess I am noticing that I’m being more careful about the clothes that I choose to buy. Whenever I go into a shop with Michael and he points something out for me to try on, my usual response is something like, ‘I’m nearly 40, not 19!’ But after watching this old episode, I’m thinking, why the hell should I worry so much about it? Who determines what is or isn’t age-appropriate anyway? The style police? Come on.


As long as I’m not wearing teeny hot pants with a boob tube, who cares what I wear? If I want to show off my legs, I’m going to show off my legs. And if my cleavage happens to be on show, well great! Why can’t I wear something covered in sequins or sparkles? Or my Doc Martens with a dressy outfit? Or a top that shows off my belly-button piercing (yes I do have a belly button piercing)? There’s nothing wrong with showing your personality through your clothes. In fact, we should all do it more often than we actually do.
For instance, whenever I get my Doc Martens out (which I adore!), I always wear them with jeans because I tend to think, maybe I’m not quite young enough to wear them with a skirt or a dress. And OMG – I’m pushing that thought right outta my head, right now because it’s WRONG. Just look at this outfit in which I teamed them with a pencil skirt, just because I can! And I think it looks great… and fun, don’t you?

Suzy-swaggerJust because we’re ageing, doesn’t mean we have to start wearing elasticated trousers and sensible shoes. Hell no! Wear what the hell you want to wear, ladies. It’s 2015, not 1815. Let’s show off our fun-loving style, whether we’re 20 or 80 it doesn’t matter. Just be you and don’t let anyone tell you any different. Age-appropriate? Jeeze people… get a life!
By the way, the fabulous Catherine over at Not Dressed as Lamb (my favourite style blogger) launched an Instagram theme in August, #iwillwearwhatilike – which pretty much sums up what I’ve just written. Check it out… it’s full of amazing women of all ages proving that there is no such thing as age-appropriate!


White T-shirt: H&M, Denim Jacket: Primark. Boots: Doc Martens from Schuh but are sadly now unavailable.
Skirt & Handbag: gift from mother-in-law. Necklace: gift from a friend.

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24 thoughts on “Age appropriate style? Please!

    1. Suzy Turner
  1. Danielle

    It’s the first time I visit your blog and like it very much! I agree with you. We should were what we like and look good on us at any age. You look great in that skirt! I like how you styled it with the denim jacket. Have a nice weekend!

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  2. Em

    I like this outfit, it’s really fun! I find myself thinking about age-appropriate clothing too but the thing is I really like stuff that might be meant for a younger crowd! I try and balance things out but I can relate to what you’re saying. Also I haven’t watched what not to wear in years but I remember before I stopped watching the show I started thinking they were starting to dress everyone the same or very very similarly. where’s the fun in that?!

    Emmett – Hippie Lace

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      Suzy Turner

      You’re right Emmett (love your name, by the way!), they were dressing everyone the same. It was getting kinda boring. I think it’s great when women (and men, for that matter) stay stylish regardless of their age 🙂
      Suzy x

  3. ADA

    Hi Suzy I am Ada. Stopping from Claire’s link-up. So glad I stopped by. Your blog and style are awesome. I am dying over those Doc Martens. They look great with the striped midi pencil skirt. And I happen to think a denim jacket is always perfect.

    I would love for us to follow and support each other. Welcome by.

    Have a great weekend!! Ada. =))

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  4. C.K. @ 50 Days of No Grey

    It’s a great outfit and looks fantastic on you. I’m in my late 40s and I still want to wear fashionable things that look good. We all should!

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  5. Lorna Mai Colour Queen

    I turned 40 recently. It made me realise that times have changed. Woman in their 40’s don’t look they way they used to. I don’t wear the same clothes I did when I was in my teens or anything but my style hasn’t changed just because i’ve reached the next milestone. Its important to wear what you love. You look great.

    1. Suzy Turner
      Suzy Turner

      Thank you Lorna! It’s true about times changing. Women are so much ‘younger’ now than they used to be, if you know what I mean! 50 years ago, women were considered quite old at this age and would dress old too. I love that times are so different now!
      Suzy x

  6. May Cho

    GO YOU. 40?! You look so young, and ugh, you’ve got the edgiest of styles. I’m so glad you rocked the Doc Martens with that pencil skirt, because you are looking so GOOD. While I’m in no position to speak about age-appropriate style (I am 18, after all), I do agree with your views on them; let’s wear whatever the hell we want to.

    May | THE MAYDEN

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  7. Mica

    Love your pencil skirt! 🙂

    And I agree with you – while I’m not 40, there are certain styles I’ll avoid, as I don’t think I can pull them off, I think I’m a bit too old. My friend, who is a year older than me, still shops in the same stores she did as a teen, still rocks all those things I think I’m “too old” for, and still looks amazing. It comes down to what you’re comfortable with more than age I think! Age is just a number, and style is eternal (to smash two phrases together!).

    Away From The Blue Blog

    1. Suzy Turner
      Suzy Turner

      Thanks for stopping by, Mica! I do agree with you about age being just a number and style being eternal… and it is important to be comfortable as well. If we can pull of something that might seem a little younger, then why not! 😀
      Suzy x

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  8. Not Dressed As Lamb

    Suzy I’ve finally found a minute to comment! A tab for your post has been open all week…!

    The thought of watching those What Not To Wear shows now makes me cringe – I hope that today, even after just a few years, women would poo-poo them in a (to use a phrase) “I will damn well wear what I like!!” way. You keep rocking those DMs as long as you want to – if you want to wear them when you’re 80 still then good for you I say. I think they look flippin’ awesome with a striped midi 🙂

    Thank you so much for the mention, I’m so pleased and flattered at how #iwillwearwhatilike has taken off – long may it continue!!

    Catherine x

    1. Suzy Turner
      Suzy Turner

      YAY Catherine! So lovely to have you nip over and comment and thank you for such a lovely comment too. I find you and your blog so inspiring and I find myself looking forward to your latest posts in my inbox!
      Suzy xx

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