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Beauty Beehaviors: Um, you are TOO old for that.

Welcome to another post from the Beauty Bee-haviors series. In this series we have open discussions about any and everything in the beauty world.

Okay, let’s keep it real. I would probably pass out if I saw either one of my Grandmommies rockin’ a tube top. I would probably give them a side eye if they were rocking green nail polish too. I guess I associate those things with younger folx.

Am I the only one?

Do certain beauty and fashion trends end at a certain age? Or should they?

Before getting heavily into nail polishes, I always thought I was too “old” to wear glittery polishes. I felt the same way about nail designs and funky colors like green and blue. I felt this way in my early 20’s! Craziness, I know. I have since changed my mind and will happily sport any color and finish of polish.

But will I be able to do this in my 40’s and 50’s? Or should I not care and rock whatever at any age?

So answer this….

When it comes to beauty and fashion, is there anything you should stop doing or wearing at a certain age?

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  • SoulSunshine

    To answer your question…fashion, most definitely, there are some things that are not age appropriate. That doesn't mean that you can't be sexy and sassy, you can still rock the killer stiletto's and other fashionable things it just means that you should tone down some of the trendier things that you would have worn 20 years earlier.

    Now beauty…not really, 20 years from now, I'll still be rocking my false lashes and bold makeup…lol.

  • Colette

    I hope there is no age limit for fancy nails, or I'll be in trouble in 10-20-+++ years =) & I'd be already getting my mom in trouble. She will be 60 in a few months & I am always encouraging her to try "out there" colors or let me do Konad on her. She is not quite as into it as me, but I have had her rocking blue polish.

    As to fashion – I think most people know when they're too old for a particular style or fad. Unfortunately, the people who don't know are usually REALLY REALLY clueless LOL

  • Brooke

    I say throw some matching glitter on your depends to match with your glitter nails – but hey, I'm a glitter freak, what did you expect! :)

  • Her Royal Poshness

    Yeah I would certainly pass out if I saw MY grandma in a tube top but hey the world is changing and 60 is the new 20 so let em rock on…

  • Amina

    I also think that fashion is subjective and you can still rock amazing outfits that you used to wear in your 20 s but in a different way
    for instance instead of a micro mini, a pencil skirt with killer stilettos

  • Cynthia @ TheStyleAficionado.com

    Wow! great question. In short Yes. After a certain age there are things that are inappropriate, however your fashion age can be different from your real age. It is all about what you can pull off, your life roles, and what you want to be perceived as. I for one will be forever 25 until I can't pull it off anymore ;-)

  • Shrinky Inky

    As I approach 50 next May, and having had a vast number of varied looks in my past (punk, goth, "normal," vintage), I say a resounding NO to your question. There is no age when doing or wearing something is inappropriate. BUT there is a time when your body can no longer wear certain looks (too short, too low cut, too tight, things along those lines). BUT if your body has killer legs at age 70 for example (hi, tina turner!), then wear your short skirts with confidence.

    the key is the confidence – and styling and how you FEEL not what number is on your driver's license. Betsey Johnson is a senior citizen – but yet, her look suits her and she carries it well for her.

    I have shoulder length CRAZY red hair. It's my signature look. I wear primarily late 40's to mid 50's clothing or reproductions. I wear red lipstick, red nails, blue nails, black nails. What I don't do is wear too short of skirts or too tight of clothing because at a size 14, it's just not a good look for ME. I'm called "that 40's girl" around town. I love it.

    Oh yeah, and I'm covered with tattoos – no chance of those being "appropriate at any age" ;)

    Life is short – be happy with yourself 'cause you're the only self you've got!

  • CutieCakes

    it's funny that you post this as I was just ranting about this on my Facebook page.

    The other day while walking to class (I currently live in Philadelphia, btw) I saw this lady who had to be maybe 60-70 rocking this sew-in bob that truly wasn't a reflection of her age. Looked like something I would see on Rihanna or something (and u know how edgy her hair is).

    But not to hate, I think women can be fierce at any age…but there is a time when you have to really act and dress your age. Leave that young stuff to the young girls, and be proud to age gracefully!

  • slackey210

    I don't think there's an age limit for anything. Everybody is different and has their own thoughts on what is acceptable for them. I think if it's done tastefully and that person feels confident in wearing whatever, let them do it. Take glitter for instance. At age 15 I would wear glitter everything, lipgloss, nail polish, body glitter, etc. Now at age 34 I still like that sparkle but more toned down. I'll use a shimmer lotion or a glittery lipgloss or shadow….but not all at once. Use it in moderation and you can still achieve an age appropriate look.

  • Execumama

    Hmmm…Well, I'm in my 30's, and I love loud ghetto-fabulous nail colors, especially loud greens, oranges, and yellows. I've also been known to dab a bit of glitter on my toenails from time to time, AND WHAT?! LOL!
    FOR MEN THOUGH, I freakin' cringe at the site of a 40 yr old dude w/ a sideways baseball cap AND a basketball jersey AND blinged-out earrings — vomit-inducing, that's what it is!

    Overall, I used to think people outside of their 20's shouldn't do the "pig-tails" look with the two ponytals, but then I've seen Hot Mamas in their 30's rock them close to the nape of their neck with jeans and a tank top, and look surprisingly non-crazy!

    Overall, I think it's about individual style as opposed to being boxed-in by age. Some teenagers aren't suited for tube tops, but a fit 40 yr old, might be.

  • Miss Boom

    I think it depends on the individual. Look at Cher!

  • Ayrton

    Balance is very important, nothing looks more "off" than a 20 year old dressed like a 50 year old and vs versa.

  • Mama Mish Mash

    I do belive that after certain ages it's better to give up some looks(or at least tone them down) and that goes for fashion and beauty.

    I do NOT want to see my mother or grandmother in stilettos, a tube top, skinny jeans, black lipstick, or glitter eyeliner! That doesn't mean I want to see her in a little house on the prairie dress and orthopedic shoes, either.

    In my 20's I tried every hair, fashion, and beauty trend because it was fun and well…because I was in my 20's and didn't really know what I liked. Fast forward to present and I now know what looks good on me and what's plain rubbish. I like to have fun with my makeup and nails, but you'll never see me strolling out the house dressed like a teenager–no matter how cute the new colorful Pastry sneakers look! :)Dressing your age doesn't have to be boring, just be creative, have fun, and be classy about it!!

  • Mama Mish Mash

    I do belive that after certain ages it's better to give up some looks(or at least tone them down) and that goes for fashion and beauty.

    I do NOT want to see my mother or grandmother in stilettos, a tube top, skinny jeans, black lipstick, or glitter eyeliner! That doesn't mean I want to see her in a little house on the prairie dress and orthopedic shoes, either.

    In my 20's I tried every hair, fashion, and beauty trend because it was fun and well…because I was in my 20's and didn't really know what I liked. Fast forward to present and I now know what looks good on me and what's plain rubbish. I like to have fun with my makeup and nails, but you'll never see me strolling out the house dressed like a teenager–no matter how cute the new colorful Pastry sneakers look! :)Dressing your age doesn't have to be boring, just be creative, have fun, and be classy about it!!

  • Askmewhats

    Age definitely doesn't affect fashion. I believe comfort is still number 1. Even when I was 18, I was not comfortable wearing short skirts or sleeveless tops! And now I'm older, I wear mini skirts and tubes comfortably! It really depends on how comfortable you are with the piece of clothing…if you're 50 or 60 and you can rock the high waisted skirt or gladiator sandals?? why not?? :)

  • DDaniely

    I believe that we should not try to relive our youth by wearing clothes from the juniors section when we know we are closer to senior citizens!!!! Mini skirts have got to go if your thighs already have ;)

  • SheilaR

    I agree that it depends on the individual, certain articles of clothing and makeup are timeless. However, wearing clothes that are perceived as younger and more trendy can certainly date someone, and who wants to look older and washed up? I say hip and fashionable can be done at any age, but it just has to be reasonable. An 80 year old grandfather in skinny jeans and some dunks might be a cry for help. A 40 year old woman with slender (but not raging tight) jeans with heels, a cardigan, and great bag can work.

  • Miss Yaya

    I agree with a lot of the ladies. My grammy can't pull off a tube top per se, but a tank top with the right straps looks fine on her. Plus she got them dang Tina legs so she can rock the ish out of a mini and put her granddaughter to shame. She can't wear heels though (more because of her old age and bones being unfriendly to stilettos and all). As far as beauty? Just like a young girl can blend and look fab, an older beauty can do the same. She can probably school us on it too. But if it looks drab on a girl now? It'll still look bad on an older woman. Nanny Fine's grandmother couldn't have gotten away with the makeup she wore at 80 even if she was 18.

    But you can't tell an old woman NOTHIN…

  • Anonymous

    This is a good question. I think that what a woman wears for clothing, accesories and makeup is more dependent on how she looks than her chronological age. A 40 year old woman with a toned body can wear a style of skirt that a chubby 20 year old would not look good wearing. The same is true for
    accessories and makeup. I think the key to aging gracefully is to stay current with the trends that are personally flattering. And as a final serious note : We live in a society that by far and large devalues women as they age. We as women devalue ourselves when we believe that our age is the determining factor for the choices we make in life whether it be our nail polish or our lover.

  • Rachel

    When I divorced in 2003 and lost 40 pounds and got back to my fighting weight (105-110), I made a promise to myself that I WOULD earn the killer bod and keep it until I was 40 so I could rock a bikini.

    At 36 I did nude photos for a professional photographer, and that same year, I spent a week in South Beach rocking topless with single friends from High School.

  • K

    What about the other way around? Is there fashion/beauty things that YOUNG girls shouldn't be doing?

    That one is a definite YES in my mind. Looking slutty because you haven't learned what it means to look classy is a total DON'T!

  • GS

    At 25 I believe I´m too old to use glittery eyeshadow… but that´s only because I´m an old lady in the body of a 20something :P

    (and really I believe I could pull out glittery e/s for like a party at night)

  • T.R.

    I think this question is a little tricky. To me what applied several years ago isn't necessarily still applicable today. Back in the day people looked old or became "old" because when you reached a certain age that's what you did. Not anymore!

    Women are looking better and better as we grow older. I mean I live in LA and let me tell you these women don't play and the 40+ look better than the youngin's and be rockin the hottest stuff. I think you should wear what looks good on and for you. As woman are taking better care of themselves you're going to see more and more woman who are "old" age looking like they are 20's and 30's. I just turned 40 and people always tell me I look younger.

    I'm not giving up nail polish, makeup etc to go sit in a corner and let the young girls have all the fun. I feel like when you're young you don't really appreciate it because you're still "finding yourself". The baby boomers have made it hip to be "old" and fashionable. I see 60 and 70 year old woman who look 40 and 50 and if they can pull it off and look stylish I'm not going to stop them. They give me inspiration. :O)

    Like a lot of the woman here said if you can rock it … rock on playa rock on!!!!

  • Marya

    Hello,
    Each one wants to look beautiful and each one tries to look beautiful and there is no end to that. I would like to see myself beautiful when I grow old so I guess everyone has the right to maintain their beauty and be updated with the latest about beauty.For latest about skincare check http://bit.ly/3GQMHt.

  • Anonymous

    We have a stereotype that says older people are supposed to be a certain way – namely conservative and young people own all that is wild and experimental. I think that's a bunch of b* actually. People are individuals and when you're part of one group (let's say youngsters) you see people in the other group as an undifferentiated glob. That's why we carry these outmoded ideas of older women having to "tone it down" give up their bikinis and mini skirts even if they look good because "my god, you're a mom of four." Puritanical silliness.
    But young people are allowed to assault my senses with their alien looking outfits. OK.

    In my mind, clothes have no age attached to them once we move past kid clothes. It's really about body appropriateness and not necessarily if you're fat or thin though that's part of it, but the shape of the body and how that looks in certain clothes.

    I think we can all agree that generally long thin and decently toned legs look best in mini skirts, while short legs with huge calves or thighs jiggling with cellulite do not.

    With that in mind, if granny wanted to wear a tube top I would think she has the good sense to wear a blazer over it and a stunning necklace to go along with it. And if she were to wear a miniskirt, that it not be a micro mini skirt, and that she would wear it with stalkings and mid-heel boots or flats and a conservative top.

    But ofcourse, only if, in general she has the body type to wear these items.