Or so says a survey of 2,000 women in the UK. According to this report in the Daily Mail, most of the women polled for this highly unscientific survey conducted by the UK-based weight-loss program Diet Chef say that not only would they feel uncomfortable wearing a bikini after the age of 47, but they’d also scorn other older women who choose to do so.
And bikinis aren’t the only clothing items these women crossed off the list: they poo-pooed wearing mini skirts after age 35, stilettos after 51 and bathing suits in general after age 61. Seriously? How are they supposed to enjoy the beach on holiday?
Now, one could argue that I’m tumbling head first into the PR frenzy this survey was designed to create for this diet service, but I feel it raises an interesting question: Should women dress "appropriately" after a certain age?
The idea that women should be constrained by any rules that judge their bodies and the way they dress them infuriates me no end. Then again, I’m a hypocrite because a little demonic, self-critical voice in my head (c’mon, we all have them) tells me that it’s not "appropriate" to wear a mini skirts now that I’m 31. And I often listen to the little bugger!
So tell me: do you think that women of a certain age and shape, for that matter, forgo bikinis, thigh-high boots and mini skirts? Or do you wear what you want with pride, regardless of how "inappropriate" it may be to others?