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Who’s the mom? Is 50 the new 20?

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Forty is the new thirty, and fifty is the new forty and so it goes. Women are looking younger and younger for their age and dressing the part. Leggings, short skirts, and high heels were not in our mother's closets, but today, women wear them and look good in them well past fifty.

It is not uncommon to walk behind someone in a cute outfit and be surprised when you catch a glimpse of their face to recognize they are much older than their youthful body and dress. I have shared my closet with my daughters since I can remember, and so have many of my friends.

When women take good care of their bodies should there be an age limit on when specific clothes or look is appropriate? Many people think so. For example, it may become a problem when a fifty-year-old mom is still dressing like her seventeen-year-old teen. Teens may feel uncomfortable when their mom wears clothes or sports a tattoo or body piercing that seems age inappropriate. There is a boundary between moms and their teens, and when a teen feels threatened that mom is encroaching, they retaliate and withdraw. Belly piercings and tattoos may help an older woman feel young, but the reflection it sends to others is usually negative. According to numerous studies, women are more likely the ones to be judgmental of other women as well as men when it comes to expiration dates on specific looks.

The Huffington Post recently promoted an article titled, "The 15-50 Syndromes." The author of the article pointed the finger at celebrities who set the example for women as a guideline. Youth is in and many women who work out and feel energetic and youthful have begun asking, "Who made the rule that dressing "fun" stops at a specific age?" They have a good point. To make a rule that applies to everyone is stifling. However, being an adult means being responsible, and baring a tattoo, along with stilettos and a short skirt for a meeting at your child's school is inappropriate no matter how old or young you are. Below are a few suggestions that allow women (and men) to dress the way they want and still look stylish.

1. Know your body, and what your shape can and cannot get away with. Skinny jeans are one of the clothing items that select for a thin build.

2. Showing skin is great at the gym or on a Saturday night when you are out with your friends, but showing a lot when you go to work is not appropriate.

3. If whatever you are wearing makes your child feel embarrassed especially at a school event it is wiser not to wear it.

4. Muffin tops are one thing when teens flaunt them, quite another when a fifty year old does. They are avoidable if you are willing to go up a size in your clothing.

5. Guys, the Speedo is not a good choice if you are out in public. Save them for the Olympic Gold Medalist. Unless you are fifty and buff, swim trunks are more flattering.

6. A classy way to appear trendy and sport an air of youthfulness is to use jewelry and scarves. They add flair and help you look sharp.

I think one of the biggest social issues right now is self-esteem and body image. Since women suffer the most in this area, I think limiting anyone's sense of their own beauty is shaming. Women express themselves through their clothes. However, along with their expression there should be awareness and sensitivity of dress appropriateness. If you are representing yourself at work, your child's school, or at a business function, you should be careful with your personal dress code. Moms work so hard to be all things to all people. If they want to express themselves by wearing a youthful outfit and stilettos to match, I for one have no problem with it. -Mary Jo Rapini

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