Did you see the article that caused a lot of chatter in the blogosphere recently (in RantChic.com apparently – no, me neither) on 24 things a woman over 30 shouldn’t wear (leopard-skin, graphic Ts, short dresses and so on)?  No?  Well, I’m glad to say that practically everyone ridiculed it and I give you one wonderful response from another blogger who said, basically, we women wear what the fcuk we want.  I know not everyone clicks on the links I put in the post, but, why not give this a try as it’s such a treat.

Seriously, did this young person really mean you can’t wear certain things at 30!!!!! At 30! Good grief!  Well, I thought I’d do a list of 10 things a woman over 70 simply must wear – here goes.

  1. Leopard-skin print Go on, indulge your inner Joan Collins!



  1. High heels Just because I can’t wear them (I’d fall over) doesn’t mean you can’t. #wewearexactlywhatwewant


Those are my slippers, btw.

  1. Makeup – lots of it! No, don’t hide away or say I’m too old for makeup. Your skin gets paler as you age, sooooo put on that lippy, foundation and mascara. #we’renotfadingaway
  1. Short things You’ve got legs. Show them off. Don’t wear those ubiquitous wide trousers.  Women of all sizes have lovely legs. Be proud of them. Wear a short skirt. #weshowoffourlegsbecausewe’reproud
  1. Big glasses The sun gets in your eyes? Be noticed when you put those sunglasses on!



  1. Sparkly things Are you joking lady, sparkly things cheer you up! Put sparkles on your hair, body and feet – anywhere you want. These are shoes I’ve just bought (in a sale).



  1. Skinny jeans Yes, I know not everyone wants to wear skinnies. But as we age we are all different.  We are not one homogenous, older woman.  We are all different sizes, and some of us like skinny jeans – go wear them! #noarticleofclothingisoutofboundsbecausewewearwhatwewant
  1. Actual shorts I’m referring myself back to #4 as I never wear shorts out and about – but did I mention that I booked a cruise to the Caribbean for this coming January?  No, well, I’ve bought a pair of shorts for that.  This will be difficult for me, but I will wear the shorts then. #neversayneveraboutanyarticleofclothing
  1. Bikinis Ditto. Haven’t worn a bikini in years – but I will wear one next January. #sameas8
  1. Graphic Ts What! Seriously! I was going to show you, once again, the black T-shirt that has the motif ‘Live In The Moment’ (which I believe we should) but just recently I bought (for £3.99) a beautiful T shirt (in Oxfam, Brighton) that says Don’t Walk Dance.  grey-t-shirt-webThe first time I wore it I got stopped in the street and asked where I’d bought it.  Was proud to answer – in a charity shop! #weweargraphicTssimplybecausewemightgetstoppedinthestreet!

That’s all for now, but never, ever, listen to anyone telling you what to wear when you’re over 70! Because I forgot to say, #whenwe’re70wewearattitude

With love

Penny, thefrugalfashionshopper






14 thoughts on “We wear what we want when we’re over 70!

  • 13th July 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Penny. I LOVE this post and I loved the link as well. That Warning Curves Ahead blogger is epic! I’m so tired of the faux experts telling us in their sanctimonious ways what older or ANY woman should or should not wear. It’s bullshit to the nth degree. At 61 I wear what looks flattering on my and what I’m comfortable in. That’s it. Ugh. Fashun bloggers–especially ones who haven’t reached the age of wisdom yet. XOXOXOXO!!!

    • 13th July 2016 at 1:12 pm

      Thank you so much Catherine. Yes, who are these women who tell us what not to wear????? And, btw, I think you look epic in a bikini xxxxxxxxxxxx

  • 13th July 2016 at 1:17 pm

    I am so tired of this – don’t do this, don’t wear that if you are over 40/50/60/70……..
    Whatever your age – it’s YOUR body. Wear whatever the feck you want to – it’s no-one else’s bloody business!

    • 13th July 2016 at 1:20 pm

      P.S. and yes -#whenwe’re70wewearattitude – I certainly do!

      • 13th July 2016 at 1:24 pm


    • 13th July 2016 at 1:24 pm

      Totally agree, Irena – it’s our business what we wear!

  • 13th July 2016 at 3:20 pm

    At a certain age, Penny, my two grandmothers gave up colour; one wore only black, and one dark brown. It is such a laugh to see folk today who want to restrict women again and tell us that after 50, 60 or 70, we have to start dressing like clones. How ludicrous! I suspect the writers of such articles are not 50, 60 or 70! They are practicing ageism, and we won’t fall for it.

    I enjoyed this post, and btw, I read every link you provide.

    Thanks for this pertinent topic.


    • 14th July 2016 at 7:29 am

      Hi Margaret and thank you so much for your comment! Yes, the journalist was, of course, young, but so weird that she was talking about how women over 30 should not be wearing certain things. I mean 30???

      And so glad to hear you look at the links.

  • 13th July 2016 at 6:37 pm

    I read the response to the offending article and thought it was brilliant. What is it with women telling women what they can and can’t wear. We get a lot of that already from our mothers or other family members or friends without journalists/bloggers.commentators doing it, too.

    You are absolutely right, Penny wear all anything you like!

    I love your new sandals and I thought those slippers were really cool.


    • 14th July 2016 at 7:33 am

      Thank you so much Veronica – and what a response. I just loved her choice of photos and that riposte!!!!

  • 13th July 2016 at 10:42 pm

    I too am tired of hearing what I should be wearing and what I shouldn’t. I will follow my own drum.

    • 14th July 2016 at 7:33 am

      Good to hear – exactly!

  • 15th August 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Love this post, and your link – brilliantly said. I can tick 7 out of 10. I have a leopard print scarf, two tops and a dress top worn over leggings that has leopard print and stripes. I used to love wearing high heels. I now wear them on rare occasions when I want to look and feel good and I block out the discomfort! I still won’t part with a pair of Faith peep toe ones, I used to feel very sexy when I wore them. Yes to make-up, but I do need to re-invent it! I have a shortish dress ( two or three inches above the knees) that I was going to get rid of, but I have enjoyed wearing it again this summer. I’ve got big glasses somewhere, but I need ophthalmic lenses so tend to stick with those. I like to add a bit of sparkle. I wear jeggings (does that count as skinny?) Wouldn’t wear shorts in public! Haven’t worn a bikini for years and wouldn’t want to. Don’t own a graphic T but would buy one if I liked it.

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