Apparently there’s another article on what women shouldn’t wear over a certain age! Is it something about the summer months and journalists having nothing to say – funny that, I thought a lot was going on in the world?  No, oh well. Because last year I featured a riposte to an article just like that. Now it’s the Saturday Times and their age limit test on what not to do, say and wear over 40.  (I can’t give you a link because there’s a paywall – boo, hiss) But, excuse me!  Over 40!!! Well, I was just about to write a blog on this when I read last year’s response to what you couldn’t wear over 30 – over 30!  It was quite good, the response, I thought, so here it is.  Mind you, two things first.  Gosh, I was looking well this time last year and that’s partly due I think to the dyed eyebrows which I can’t do at the moment because I seem to have a bit of a reaction to the dye. That’s a shame, because here’s my tip of the month  – always look after the eyebrows.  And second I still need to recover from the move because I sure don’t look quite as bright as I did last year.  But hey I will get there!  Anyway have fun either re-reading this or seeing for the first time the thoughts of a 70-year-old on what women should 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! Or any age. Because I forgot to say, #whenwe’reover40/50/60/70/80/90wewearattitude

With love

Penny, thefrugalfashionshopper


33 thoughts on “What! Another article on what you should or shouldn’t wear! No way!

  • 1st August 2017 at 8:17 am

    Lovely positive blog! I look forward to reading whatever you send. Keep up the good work. Caroline
    but everyone calls me

    • 4th August 2017 at 11:21 am

      Hi Kate! Thanks so much for your feedback! But those articles! They make me so cross! Thanks again.

    • 15th August 2017 at 1:37 pm

      I hate to introduce a note of negativity but I have to say that NOT all of us have beautiful legs ! I am a size twelve but below the knee my legs are pretty thick and horrible. One girl in every generation in my family has this problem after about 45 and guess who is the ‘lucky’ one ?
      I live in jeans, wide legged trousers make me look wide all the way up, boots won’t zip or pull on and NO-WAY would I wear a skirt knee length or above.
      Any ideas before I adopt a harem pants and tunics for every more ? 🙁 (

  • 1st August 2017 at 8:50 am

    Love your positivity…. I’m with you all the way …,. No one is going to tell me how to dress either !!!

    • 4th August 2017 at 11:23 am

      Exactly – who do they think they are? Actually – the articles are so stupid! I mean what! You’re unable to wear clothes because of a number? Great to get your feedback – thanks.

  • 1st August 2017 at 9:11 am

    I bet the article only covered one gender too. Mind you, I feel sorry for men when it comes to clothes. It would take a lot of guts for an ordinary bloke to wear men’s high fashion on the street, though I have recently seen a few older men dressed like Edwardian dandies, moustaches and all. And they looked fantastic.

    • 4th August 2017 at 11:26 am

      Tbh I didn’t see the article because of the paywall and I wouldn’t buy it either (Murdoch). But saw lots of secondary opinions. ( I did see last year’s though) And re: men, are you talking about an extreme hipster look? They are really smart looking men.

  • 1st August 2017 at 10:13 am

    Hi Penny,I think you are awesome,and the outfits you put together are fabulous,yes I also shop in charity shops ,but can match things the way you do ,keep them comming.

    • 5th August 2017 at 7:51 am

      Hi Anne, well I wasn’t always a practiced shopper and wearer of clothes because I was always too busy with work and family, but since retirement with just a little more time to devote to myself I focussed in on clothes. It’s never too late! Great to hear you also shop in charity shops – there are such bargains to be found!

  • 1st August 2017 at 10:41 am

    I laughed out loud when I saw your slippers – wonderful

    • 5th August 2017 at 7:52 am

      I’m wearing them now!

  • 1st August 2017 at 10:58 am

    What a surprise the journos who write these articles are going to get when they reach > 40,50,60,70+ years. Perhaps an ‘older’ journalist should be
    commissioned to write an article on what 20,30-40 year olds shouldn’t
    be wearing – after all we’ve been there, done that and learned (?) from
    our mistakes? – they could then avoid the pitfalls as they hurtle towards
    the twinsets and pearls.

    • 1st August 2017 at 3:13 pm

      Excellent idea – why don’t you write to one of them and suggest it

      • 1st August 2017 at 5:59 pm

        Perhaps Penny would consider it??? Who better?

    • 5th August 2017 at 7:56 am

      Quite right, Harri! I agree with you, one makes mistakes re: clothes all through your life starting from the teens – there’s no absolute age starting or end point to that.

  • 1st August 2017 at 11:20 am

    Hi Penny, you are awesome, and so are your outfits! Keep inspiring us to age fabulously!

    • 5th August 2017 at 7:57 am

      I will Arlene! Thanks so much for your comment!

  • 1st August 2017 at 12:45 pm

    What not to say???!!!!! What, is there some sort of thought/word police out there?
    I love those red sunnies btw.
    I feel as you get older you get braver and feel sod the miseries.

    • 5th August 2017 at 8:02 am

      Do you know, you’re so right there. I also feel far more confident now than when I was say 40/50. It’s a kind of light-bulb moment that goes – hey, wear what you want, when you want, how you want, and no-one is going to tell me not to wear something. I mean I like to look at the fashion mags to get the current look – but anything that says ‘you can’t wear this because…’ is like a red rag to me. And that goes for all sorts of things including larger figures where while I think the cut is everything – you still wear what you want.

  • 1st August 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Wow, love this post! Skinny jeans and leggings – yes!!

    • 5th August 2017 at 8:04 am

      Thanks so much Eugenia!

  • 1st August 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Penny…….Bravo, you are an inspiration, and look amazing. YOU should be writing in the National newspapers. Look forward to you blog every month, it always makes me smile.

    • 5th August 2017 at 8:07 am

      Hi Geri – well, everything’s possible (re: writing for a national) as that’s the way I like to look at things. But it’s good not to be owned by anybody, if you see what I mean. Thanks so much for your feedback abut the smile – love it!

  • 1st August 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Love you to bits Penny. I too am 71 and I agree with every word you say. Keep up the good work. It always cheers me up to read your blog

    • 5th August 2017 at 8:09 am

      Great to meet another 71-year-old! I will keep it up. There are people, btw, who blog every day – how they do it I don’t know! This blog is once a week and that feels about right. Thanks for reading – I appreciate you doing that x

  • 1st August 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Great advice. Love your style.

    • 5th August 2017 at 8:09 am

      Thanks so much, Kerry!

  • 1st August 2017 at 10:17 pm

    I am so glad you’re out there fighting for us all. Sock it to ’em Penny! I’m 77 and I’ll wear what I * well like. Love the hashtag too.

    • 2nd August 2017 at 9:30 am

      Me too! (77) and only I (and all other perceived ‘ancients’) know what suits me/us. Thanks (not) to keyloids in a previous life and yup, blasted gravity, I’m not keen on flaunting my ‘up top’, but my legs aren’t bad (says she modestly), so it’s shorts in summer and skinnyish jeans in winter. And despite some age spots my hands are smooth and my nails always bright. What’s not to be proud of? Mind you, I tend not to stand too near any peachy teenagers!

      Love the article, Penny, and don’t worry, your mojo’s already on its way back, I’m sure.
      Take care everyone x

      • 5th August 2017 at 8:15 am

        Thank you Zepherine for your thoughts on the mojo – I need a long rest and we’re going to get one in September! And also it’s really great meeting like-minds – what’s not to be proud of! But certain bits of me I hide away and others not – it’s good to know I’m not the only one!

    • 5th August 2017 at 8:12 am

      HI Rachel, yes, I remember having great fun writing that post – felt on fire at the audacity. But actually it’s really stupid to put age down as the criteria re: clothes as there are so many other factors to consider when buying clothes – size, shape, work, life, finances, attitude. I will certainly continue to sock it to them!!!

  • 4th August 2017 at 9:15 am

    Great tips Penny and you show every week that there’s no reason for any woman after 40 to stop wearing things, whether it’s long hair or slogan t-shirts!
    I saw the article and my blood boiled – written by an arrogant young male who would probably say he was being ironic or amusing, and the menopausal old dears have taken it the wrong way.
    Have a good weekend and you’ll get your glow back soon – moving is such a huge strain and on the list of shattering life events.

    • 5th August 2017 at 8:21 am

      What are those journalists on? But maybe it’s not just their youth, it’s their editors and what they think people might read. Sad! I’ll be getting my glow back when we take a break in France. Yes, the moving thing is ghastly and another blogger (bit older than me) said it took her months to recover. I kind of see what she means.
      But so glad we’ve done it! There you go – always look at the glass half full. And really the move is a thing we very much wanted to do – and we have – and it’s all good. But looking forward to my break in France 🙂

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