Fashion Ageism

ada68b2eef4d532874a6b03635ce2e16I’m a big hypocrite and that probably won’t change when considering the next topic at hand. Where do older people (40+) go to shop when they wan to feel younger but don’t want to raid their teenager’s closet? Are there truly stores that cater to both people 40 and over as well as people 30 and under? Maybe, maybe not. However, there’s certainly places you can’t go and it’s blatantly obvious.

I don’t care that Forever 21 is literally called forever 21. If you think you’re 21 forever then you probably have bigger problems than what stores you choose to shop at. Besides that, they have questionable merch for anybody of any age. It’s a hit or miss store where some things are decent and perfect for the right event and or some things are just too slutty no matter how much money you are saving (obvi referring to the girls’ section). So that store should be out the window from the word “go”.

J. Crew is an interesting choice that obviously has a lot of tasteful options, but it’s still a younger take on what could just as easily be a trip to Eddie Bauer or Ann Taylor. Not saying it’s out of the question, just think there are too many colors that aren’t appropriate if you’re not at the Kentucky Derby or by the Bay. Another good brand that goes overlooked is Ralph Lauren. Unlike some Polo products (or Hilfiger-type stuff), this is higher-end quality and is priced accordingly.

Even people in the college-aged to mid-30s have their restrictions as well. Should they be going to Abercrombie & Fitch anymore? Or should anyone for that matter? What the hell is Hollister, by the way? Whoever is in charge of their Buyer Department should have been fired a decade ago. Obvi anyone over 35 wearing those clothes should be on To Catch a Predator before they take a turn on What Not to Wear. Gap closed hundreds of stores in 2015. Well, when you can’t tell a difference between Gap and Old Navy and yet there’s a 40% gap in price (see what I did there?!?) then no one is gonna buy your shit.

And I’m not even telling older people not to shop at particular “younger-demographic” stores. I’m just saying that you look foolish when you come into a store wearing an entire outfit of that store’s clothes. I saw this at South Moon Under today where two separate women over the age of 50 (and maybe older, couldn’t tell through all the makeup and bad plastic surgery) couldn’t help but wear out their “fuck me” boots and skin-tight jeans. I know, I know. Why am I complaining? I appreciate an attractive older women as much as any other man, but there’s an age where you can still be sexy without just shoving the goods out on display. And that age is probably closer to your last age-restricted ID than being eligible for the early bird special.

 

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