We’re glad someone finally said it. It took a writer for The New York Times to declare that mutton shaming needs to stop, and we couldn’t agree more. There’s no memo that goes around saying you can’t wear denim cutoffs when you hit 30; no rule that come 40, your arms should be covered up. Sure, outré displays of flesh have a time and a place, but forgoing loud prints just because you have wrinkles? Forget it. If the goalposts are set to move so drastically at every year of our lives, then that’s a recipe for constant sartorial anxiety.
The idea of dressing for your age is officially outdated, and we’ve found the women to prove it. Some of the most stylish dressers out there didn’t give up split pencil skirts when they became grandmas (Carine Roitfeld) or only entertained beige cashmere cardigans after their 80th birthday (Iris Apfel). Instead, they’ve made their non-negotiable style signature part of their DNA. These attributes make them instantly recognisable and make them an attractive proposition for collaborations with retailers and makeup artists eager to bottle their style and sell it on to the masses at a profit.
So next time you’re wondering if you’re “too old” for something, stop right there. If you love it, if it makes you feel good, go for it. There’s no such thing as dressing your age, so just dress like yourself.
Scroll through the pictures below for the ultimate self-pleasing dressers.