It's In The Jeans by Robin Trimingham

Bill Storie and Robin Trimingham are the co-founders of The Olderhood Group – an online retirement learning environment with over 70,000 global followers. In 2013 they launched a retirement planning blog which focuses on the issues related to the transition from the workplace to a... Read More

It's in the Jeans by Robin Trimingham

A couple of weeks ago, I read a fellow blogger's rant on the inappropriateness of wearing jeans after the age of 50. My immediate reaction was a mixture of derision and dismay that anyone felt they had the need let alone the right to attempt to dictate the way that any adult dresses in this day and age.

I myself am a big fan of jeans when it's cold enough to wear them on my tropical island and will probably still be found grocery shopping in them when I'm 70.

The notion that something as mundane as denim trousers which cover me from my waist to my ankles might be somehow inappropriate at any age just seems absurd. Granted I'm not likely to show up in the spandex acid washed atrocity with gaping holes in the thighs and knees that I saw a millennial sporting in the airport last week, but I do think it’s no one else’s business what I wear when I venture out in public provided all the essential (and the somewhat saggy) bits are covered.

This evening I googled “how old is too old to wear jeans” thinking I might find one or two articles on the subject, only to receive 52 million references.

Honestly, has the whole world gone completely nuts?

Scanning through the google headlines it seems I’m also too old for over-sized bags, hair ornaments, loud jewelry, and ornamental shoes. Why is all of this reminding me of my girl’s school uniform days?

Better yet, why is everyone else so concerned that I might not be “dressing my age”?  Better yet, what exactly would “dressing my age” entail? Polyester pants with an elastic waistband and Velcro sandals with socks, for the poor dear who is finding it challenging to get into her clothes now that she has reached the fifty-fifth year of life?

Next thing you know the style police will be showing up on my doorstep to see whether I’ve brushed my hair and got shoes on inside my own house – after all, we wouldn’t want to offend my dog with my reckless attire!

Thank goodness at Olderhood we specialize in banishing old rules and making new ones. I can’t tell you how much fun it was to watch my business partner Bill Storie trying to decide between boot cut and straight leg mid-rise jeans when he ordered a custom-made pair online. For a guy who claims to hate shopping, he was really into it.

As for all this misguided ageism, let’s start a campaign to ban pontificating about how other people should behave, especially by those not old enough to qualify for a senior’s discount, and pay more attention to the things in life that matter.

In the interim, why not post a comment below this article and let us know the most outrageous thing you still wear and why you love it so much. You might just inspire someone else to break away from the herd and start living a little.

By Robin Trimingham