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
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
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 🙂