Help! I’m Dressing Too Old for My Age

cardigan sweater
This isn't me. But I'd wear that.
Ok, ladies, I hate to admit it -- but I really think I might be stuck in some sort of fashion rut. Actually, I know I'm stuck in a fashion rut, because lately I've noticed that a certain demographic has quite a bit to say about my choice of outfits.

Over the past few weeks while I've been out shopping, dining at restaurants, or running errands, several women have stopped me and told me how much they love my sweater, outfit, etc. -- and coincidentally, all of them have happened to be over the age of 60 or so.

That's right -- old ladies (sorry Mom, I mean no disrespect) are seriously diggin' my style, and I'm not sure whether to be flattered or crawl into a hole somewhere.


I mean, on the one hand, it's really sweet that they're taking the time to tell me I look nice. But on the other hand, if the only people commenting on my choice of dress these days are women over 60 -- isn't that kind of a huge clue that I'm probably dressing a bit too old for my tender age of 35?

I'll be the first to admit that I'm more of a classic dresser versus someone who hops on whatever the trend of the moment happens to be, but am I really dressing that far out of my own age bracket?

Here's the thing -- I'm a huge fan of layers, so I'm wondering if that's where I'm going wrong. On any given day of the week, I can usually be found wearing a pair of jeans, a tank top or camisole, and a flowy sweater or cardigan, simply because I love, love, love layering.

Layers hide my muffin top. And they're really comfortable. And since I tend to shift between being too hot or too cold all day long, layers are a great way to keep things the perfect temperature. (Maybe I'm experiencing early menopause? OMG.)

Hmm. Come to think of it, I do see a lot of older women doing the layering thing too. Either dressing in layers signifies being over the hill, or maybe I've just figured out the secret to looking good and staying comfortable at a much earlier age.

What do you think? Are layers my problem? How should I dress so I get compliments from 30-somethings instead of 60-somethings?


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