July 21, 2010

Clothing: The Ultimate Age "Tell"

"How old do you think she is?"

Sometimes it's easy to guess. But do you realize why? It's not always wrinkles. For one, it's because hair styles are generational. No teenage girls have the "mom" hair cut. But the single greatest clue we have is clothing.

I recently made the mistake of assuming that a 40-year old man from our church was IN the youth group he was leading. He was shocked at my mistake.

But the dude dresses hip. He dresses like the 16-year old kids he's in charge of. And 99% of 40 year old's don't. For the most part, they give up trying to look 20 around 30. Or perhaps it's simply that what you wear when you're 20 doesn't stay hip through an extra two decades of fashion?

Now, I want to follow this guy's lead. I want to fool people. Because before this, I had no idea how much clothes made the boy. But they really do.

5 comments:

TJarrett said...

Don't follow that guy's lead. You don't want to be that guy.

LizM said...

There's nothing worse han a 40something mom who dresses like her teen daughter. I have a friend in her mid 40s who dresses in camisoles and skinny jeans in a desperate effort to maintain her MILF-ness. It's just embarrassing. And sad. I admire a person who embraces their age with class and taste.

Eric Olsen said...

There's got to be a middle ground though, right?

LizM said...

Certainly. But you also have to be honest with yourself. A 40 year old man dressing like a 16 year old needs to look in the mirror and admit that he looks ridiculous. Let's be honest. A 16 year old boy dresses to attract a 16 year old girl. No 16 year old girl is going to be interested in a 40 year old man. So the 40 year old needs to dress to attract a 40 year old woman, who wants her man to look like a MAN, not a boy.

Alas, my argument falls apart when using the 40 year old woman, as most 40 year old men want someone who looks like a 16 year old girl. Even with stretch marks. So thats probably why those women dress like they do. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Just because you were fooled, doesn't mean others would be. I wouldn't, unless you really think you can pull off skinny jeans with that sag in the butt that my son assures me is supposed to look like a pantload.