I think I’ve finally solved the age vs style conundrum. As someone who’s always looked young for her age I’ve got to a point where every time I find myself reaching for the ‘I *Heart* Me’ bags in Urban Outfitters, my inner ‘mutton’ radar goes into overdrive and an invisible hand slaps those bags clean away. Sadly, it seems there comes a time when you can’t wear that stuff any more. Or can you? Well after years (yes I really am that old) of agonising I think I’ve cracked the code and it’s as simple as Mixing It Up.

As long as I keep buying the classic-lady Burberry trenchcoats, Anya Hindmarch Jackie O jackets and straight-skinny jeans I can just about get away with the Mickey Mouse tees and Hello Kitty keyrings. The essential part is how you mix it. I say 2 x smart lady items (eg Anya Hindmarch jacket, Chanel bag) + 1 classic casual item (white Converse) + 1 quirky piece (smily face watch) = age-appropriate but not personality-free.

This I think I can keep up til I’m about 60, obviously increasing the ratio of classy-chic to teen-trash as I go. Once I hit 60 I can wear whatever the hell I want as everyone will think I’m crazy by then anyway. Now if I could just find somewhere selling the Burberry coats at H & M prices I’d be a very happy shopper indeed.

I *Heart* Me bag:
Chanel bag:

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14 Responses to Eureka!

  1. sarissa says:

    i love both bags!!! MAJORLY!!

  2. thoughts running through my head.... says:

    I totally get what you mean RG,I am the same-I keep thinkg ‘am I too old to wear this?’ and like you look younger than my years so I never know what I can get away with really,but I like your idea of a ratio of 2 to 1.

  3. Mrs Fashion says:

    Ooh, fashion maths – but original!
    Mrs F x

  4. Hill says:

    haha way cute! i loved em both…i’m such a little kid at heart, and the ‘i heart me’ bag would be brilliant for that!

  5. Mash says:

    I think there are no age for wear hello kitty or mickey mouse tees as long as you feel good with

  6. muze1990 says:

    Haha, coincedence: I’m wearing my Pebbles Tee today! But I still combine it with a sporty touch. Baggy denim skinny jeans underneath and thats about it. But I see what you mean! Quirky pieces are coool!

  7. the lipstick lady says:

    oh those outfits you describe sound so nice, it makes me wish I was old enough not to be able to wear head-to-toe urban outfitters!

  8. -ciao bella- says:

    i absolutely adore both of those bags.

  9. rollergirl says:

    Thanks guys, that makes me feel better!

  10. *** MeMiLy EdD *** says:

    u are so true i wish u could be young and rich

  11. Fabi says:

    yep, I agree that it’s about how you mix your items…I worry about wearing age appropriate clothes too sometimes, Im 19 and I think I will never get over overalls and funky colors.

    and thankyou for taking your time to send me the mags!!! I’ll let my sister know you thought she was cute, she’ll like that.

  12. missx says:

    Oooh, I personally would rather have the Chanel bag than the Urban Outfitters bag… although I like to think of myself as “classy chic” I am probably really “teen trashy”. But hey! Nothing’s wrong with that

  13. pinup_girl says:

    Creative! I like it and your blog is fantastic!

  14. Queen Michelle says:

    Ah yes, a constant battle I have too! As someone who looks a bit younger than my 34 years, I am always checking to see if I can carry off clothes befitting a person probably many years my junior. But I’d have that Chanel bag in a heart beat!

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