Nowadays dressing for your age means the age you feel rather than the age you are and to that end, people of all ages are wearing whatever they want and don’t care about being judged for it. It’s very freeing that the expectations have changed as time has gone on rather than stayed stagnant. Fashion is a very diverse industry and the whacky outfits that are catwalk ready are rarely what is on the shelves in the end.
The clothes that are created are always based off colours and textures and themes of the catwalk rather than the giant spectacular headdresses you see balanced on the models heads. Unfortunately despite this, women have an issue from birth to death of dressing for their age and everyone knows it. Things that a woman may wear as a teenager and into her twenties wouldn’t always be appropriate going forward. That’s not to say that it’s not ‘allowed’ it’s just that society makes us feel like what we wear isn’t right for us. The phrase ‘mutton dressed as lamb’ is thrown around very often in style magazines and celebrity rags and as women are heavily influenced by the magazines they read and the celebrity culture, they pay close attention to what they choose to wear daily.
Luckily for them, men tend not to have this problem. Mutton dressed as lamb tends not to apply to men in general but there is still a time and place for certain types of clothes. The older male generation are always usually seen in casual suits and rarely jeans while the younger male generation can sometimes not be persuaded to pull their jeans up or wear anything aside from tshirts with slogans on them. Everyone from aged 3-93 tends to wear jeans now and the old age ‘rules’ such as no going sleeveless after 50 or no miniskirts after 40 no longer seem to apply. It is a new age now and people dress for the age they feel rather than the age they are and that is empowering and amazing. Even now, men don their converses and casual fit shirts from birtchnells.co.uk and they look stunning while they do so. There are shirts that look okay and then there are others that fit beautifully and project a smart but casual look so you know they’re not business wear but they can be worn on days out and at outdoor parties and BBQs.
It really depends on the designer as to what style you buy for yourself and your age but there is definitely a high street divide when it comes to clothing. Peacocks, Primark and New Look tend to market their lines of clothing to younger women and teenage girls whereas BHS, Marks and Spencer and Sainsbury’s tend to market their range of fashions to the older woman. Men have a range of shops available for them and similarly to the way women’s shops are laid out, TopMan and Gap tend to market their styles to a younger man and then the trousers that are available on birtchnells.co.uk are marketed to the older gentleman in their smart but casual cotton way!