#iwillwearwhatilike – Breaking All The ‘Rules’ And Loving Every Minute

The internet is littered with articles (and the use of the word littered is intentional as the vast majority of them are junk), written by ‘experts’ who seem to have figured out all the answers for what is appropriate (God, I hate that word) attire for your age, size, body shape, hair colour, eye colour, inside leg measurement and even your star sign.

Take this one for example; 24 Things Women Should Stop Wearing After Age 30 by a Ms Kallie Provencher. Click on the link only if you want to get really annoyed; at the end of the article you will have an overwhelming urge to throw Ms Provencher into a box full of glitter glue!

Over the past few weeks, this ludicrous excuse for a fashion post has been flagged up on Facebook by the lovely Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb, which she found via Patti of Not Dead Yet Style, and excellently slated by Forever Amber. And all this ruffling of mature feathers has kind of taken the world of the over 30 blogger by storm.

It started with a hashtag

With an idea that I can only describe as a stroke of genius, Catherine launched the #iwillwearwhatilike campaign. Throughout the month of August, woman of all ages are encouraged to break the ‘rules’ – specifically, but not exclusively, the ones listed in the feature of much preposterousness – and wear whatever the hell we like! You can find out more about her campaign and join in the fun here.

So I wore a flag – and a few strategically placed stick on letters

#iwillwearwhatilike stuck onto my back
Close up of the words on my back which say #iwillwearwhatilike
Wearing a flag and the letters #iwillwearwhatilike
Lying on my front covered with a flag and the letters #iwillwearwhatilike
Wrapped in a defaced blue ensign
Lying on my front
Lying towards the camera wearing a flag and the words #iwillwearwhatilike
Lying on my side and laughing wearing a flag
Oh my gosh! I am a woman over 50 with the audacity to not behave or dress ‘age appropriately‘!! Wait for it ……………. nope, I have not been hit by a thunderbolt and the world has not come to an end.

So all you women out there of any age, let’s unite and support each other for all our style experiments. Let’s not listen to the so called ‘experts’. Let’s fly the flag (see what I did there) for all mature women who want to age with attitude.

Slate me, salute me – I don’t give a damn, because #iwillwearwhatilike

Cheerio.

One more thing; for anyone out there who may be aghast at my use of a defaced blue ensign – yes, we are allowed to use it, after ten years of faithful service it had recently been decommissioned, and we thought we’d give it one final outing before we recycle it.

For more information on Vexillology (the study of flags and related emblems) you could search for a few hours on Google, or you could just watch Sheldon Cooper’s Fun With Flags – your call 🙂

21 Comments

  1. Charli
    August 16, 2015 / 4:14 pm

    You know that I had to comment on this one! I did read the article (much like looking at a trainwreck or a double-dog dare, I kind of had to), and the content is, of course, ludicrous, but the comments left on the article itself are inspiring and well worth slogging through the muck of the list of Don’t’s for! I dare anyone to try to take my hoop earrings, over-sized sunglasses, and leopard print shoes and scarves! What a crock!

    • August 18, 2015 / 5:27 pm

      I get why you clicked on the link, I was warned it would rile me up and I still clicked 🙂
      Even though the article was probably written just to drive traffic to the site, I think some good has come out of it. I agree with you that it was heartening to read some of the comments, it was great to see mature women uniting. Just by drawing attention to the article and ridiculing it, maybe we mature women can chip away at the nonsense that’s out there.
      You wear your leopard print and over-sized glasses with pride, I bet you rock them!!

  2. pete
    August 18, 2015 / 6:15 am

    You tell em darl. Wear what you feel comfortable in. I’m a guy and women have some nice clothing so I now wear it as well. I’m not ashamed to say I now cross-dress.

  3. Carol
    August 18, 2015 / 3:43 pm

    I clicked on the link and you are right, I wanted to scream! Well done on making a stand for us mature women who want to wear what we like!!

  4. August 18, 2015 / 4:54 pm

    Michelle you are such an angel… Thank you SO much for writing this post supporting #iwillwearwhatilike! I could not think of a better way to spread the message than by sticking the hashtag right across your (very beautiful) shoulders!!!!!!!!!!!

    It’s strange how that article touched a raw nerve with us all… I’m sure they write them just to get us all riled and talking about it on social media – thus driving traffic to their site. I now I’m guilty of this by drawing attention to it (=ahem, big time=), but I think it’s good to let women everywhere know that it’s NOT okay to be dictated to about what we wear. So many women lose confidence as they get older, and these articles are very damaging to their self-esteem.

    The more we spread the word, the better!!

    Thank you my sweet, much love to you
    Catherine x

    • August 18, 2015 / 5:41 pm

      Ah, thank you Catherine. Not sure about being an angel – my halo would have slipped and choked me years ago ;D
      I actually believe that drawing attention to the article has been a positive move, I think most of us who read the article read the comments; which are pretty united in their trashing of it. It also got us all shouting #iwillwearwhatilike – it’s been brilliant to see so many woman wearing so many awesome outfits!
      I was a completely different person in my late thirties, if I had read the article then it may well have dented my already fragile confidence. So, as mature women, the more we can do to show the world that not only are we not going to be dictated to about what we wear, we actually rock what we are not ‘supposed’ to wear the better!!!!
      So go you and your campaign!
      Much love right back at you x
      Michelle

  5. August 19, 2015 / 12:31 am

    So much truth here! I hate those “don’t do this” lists. We should all wear what makes us feel the best.

  6. Caitlin
    August 20, 2015 / 10:07 pm

    Great article! I think this should be really inspiring to mature women! Women should be able to wear what they like because I think what you wear is simply an expression of who you are. We all have our own style. And women of all ages should be able to express their own unique sense of style!

  7. August 27, 2015 / 10:14 am

    That article is every reason why I rarely read anything related to fashion. I’m sure I’ll be stoned for admitting that on a beauty and fashion blog. I just wear what I like and what suits me. You probably wouldn’t catch me in most of that list but that’s only because I don’t feel I have the body to pull it off but I would if I did! I will not be parted from my sneakers though, as a mum of two young ones they are a must in my world, besides which I love them. My 7 year old has an unhealthy obsession with leopard print which I hope to stamp out of her in time though. My bras might also get a little old before I have time to go and get fitted for new ones and again that’s mostly because shopping for bras with a 2 year old in tow isn’t my idea of a good time. I got really cross by a post circulated by a male friend on FB the other day that stated women who wear matching underwear have put it on choosing to have sex. I nearly had a coronary. I love wearing matching underwear FOR ME not for anyone else! Too many opinions out there in my opinion

    • August 27, 2015 / 5:33 pm

      Ah Gem, this made me laugh – “too many opinions out there in my opinion” – but you are absolutely right! We have a right to wear what WE like and WE feel comfortable in. And there are too many ‘experts’ telling us what we should and shouldn’t wear.
      As I say in my ‘about me’ page, you won’t catch me in mini skirts, but that’s a personal choice, not one that’s been forced onto me by society. So I too would not wear the whole list, but nobody is going to try and tell me not to! 🙂
      As for your FB friend, I’m afraid to say that there are some truly obnoxious opinions out there. I’ll stick with what my mum always told me; everything has to match in case I get run over by a bus!
      BTW, I’ve just had a nose at your sight. My husband was adopted as a baby and has a sister who was also adopted.

  8. September 7, 2015 / 9:59 am

    Love this post. I’m 26 and the past couple of years I have been wondering if I should be dressing a little more ‘sophisticated’ and ‘grown-up’, a friend told me that we are ‘supposed to be wearing high heels once we grow up’, No, I’d rather wear my pink sparkly converse thank you!
    I firmly believe that you should wear what YOU want and what makes you feel comfortable and confident, and you my dear look fantastic!

    • September 7, 2015 / 2:09 pm

      Thank you Shasleigh, lovely name by the way! I completely agree with you – wear what make YOU happy. SO keep rocking those pink sparkly converse 🙂

  9. September 7, 2015 / 3:42 pm

    Fabulous to knoew you, Michelle. Fantastic
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  10. May 4, 2016 / 1:16 pm

    Wow I absolutely adore these photos! I’ve supported Catherine’s campaign since the beginning — I come from a long line of proud, eccentric dressers who couldn’t care less about “age appropriate” dress.

    You have no idea how happy this post made me!

    Xoxo,

    Ashley || Sed Bona

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