TÉLIO TALK: Dressing for your Age

Today on the blog, we are talking our usual topics of style, fashion, looks, and the unspeakable…your age!

Going back about a year or so, I was curled up in my bed with my favourite magazine when I fell upon a really interesting article about one of the junior editors.  The senior editors wanted to have a style intervention because they felt this junior editor wasn’t really dressing her age.

This got me thinking about the many conversations I’ve had with my close friends about this same subject. We are often mistaken for 16 year olds and I can never figure out if this is a good thing or a bad thing.

After turning 30, I actually stopped shopping in certain stores but, quite frankly it’s cheaper and tough to stop that habit if you can’t argue with the price.

Example; I bought a sweater with a cat on it (yup, I did!)  and wore it to work one day. Luckily, it was a hit and my customers loved it! However, I grew more uncomfortable in it as the day went on and I think it’s because I kept thinking that I was a woman in her 30’s wearing a cat sweater. Enough said.

Clearly some two years later, I definitely still struggle with this idea of dressing your age. I wanted to ask some of my Telio companions how they felt about the subject as well.

Our head blogger, Chelsea, asked several employees (in varying age groups) around the office what “dressing for your age” meant to them! We definitely got some interesting insights!

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{LEFT TO RIGHT} JEANNE (30s), BIANCA (20s), STEPHANE (40s), JESSICA (30s), SUSAN (50s)

 

Bianca – Merchandising assistant and graphic designer; 20s

1In a few words, how would you define your personal style?

A little bit tomboy, mixed with classic and sometimes soft grunge.

2. If money were no object, what would your personal style reflect?

If I had more money to buy clothes, I would certainly buy Margiela, Celine, Stella McCartney, old Yves St-Laurent and Rad Hourani.

3Which celebrity’s personal style do you most admire?

It is hard to say  I don’t really associate my style to a celebrity but if I have to say someone I would probably say Agyness Deyn, a model. I like her contrasting style; classy and grungy, all at the same time.

4. What does “dressing for your age” mean to you? Are you conscious of this when making your style choices?

Dressing for my age doesn’t have a big meaning for me. I dress a way that makes me feel good, regardless of what others may think. If you feel good in your clothes I think you reflect self-assurance, and that is enough. Dressing for my age means dressing comfortably. Personally, I would not wear really short skirt and tiny shirt because I’m not comfortable in it but if you are, why not?

5. Do you believe that people should always take their age into account when making fashion choices?

Like I said, I don’t think age should be a factor for people to dress up. The most important is to be comfortable in your clothes and reflect it. Your clothes should reflect who you are and show your personality. You might be any age, but if you’re still comfortable in leggings and can reflect that comfort, then what’s the problem? But, by the way- leggings don’t compliment anyone!

 

Jeanne – Merchandiser; 30s

1. In a few words, how would you define your personal style?

Some days preppy, some days quirky, some days sloppy. Depends on my mood.

2. If money were no object, what would your personal style reflect?

Quality.

3. Which celebrity’s personal style do you most admire?

I like I really like Kate Bosworth, Clémence Poesy and Sienna’s Millers take on fashion. They have a relaxed, feminine and easy going style.

4. What does “dressing for your age” mean to you? Are you conscious of this when making your style choices?

Sometimes, depends where I’m going. I do sometimes think that if I went to work wearing a suit and high heels every day, people may treat me with more respect. Not that I’m not respected…but my style sometimes leaves me looking like a kid. People are often surprised when I say my age; is it because of the way I dress or my good genes? I think a lot of it is because of the way I dress.

5. Do you believe that people should always take their age into account when making fashion choices?

It is not really about age as good taste. I think taste is the only factor that is really important. Anything can be pulled off, as long as it’s done with taste.

 

Jessica – Toronto Showroom Representative; 30s

1. In a few words, how would you define your personal style?

Wow, this was not an easy question! I asked a friend and she said “contemporary with a twist” and I want to say “eclectic” as I like to mix vintage with new trends.

2. If money were no object, what would your personal style reflect?

My love for high end, vintage garments.

3. Which celebrity’s personal style do you most admire?

Stevie Nicks late 70’s early 80’s.  I wish that I could get out of bed earlier and really present myself in the way that I want to dress. It’s also a little tough to do when you have to hop on a bike or the TTC. A long, bohemian, vintage dress isn’t practical when you’re on the move.

4. What does “dressing for your age” mean to you? Are you conscious of this when making your style choices?

Dressing my age really hit me when I turned 30. I am now 32 and can luckily (???) get away with looking 16 even if I’m not wearing a sweater covered with hearts and rainbows. Myself and a lot of friends struggle with this idea of “dressing your age”. It doesn’t mean the same thing it once did. When you turn 30 you can’t really get away with a cutesy or trendy look and still be taken seriously. I think in your 30’s it’s about narrowing down the vision and the items you’ve collected over the years and really fine tuning your personal style. I am at the point where I’d rather buy quality, long lasting looks than spend $30 on something I’ll wear once and donate next month. That being said, I’m still a sucker for a lot of trends especially the 90’s revival that I lived and loved back in high school.

5. Do you believe that people should always take their age into account when making fashion choices?

I hate to say it, but yes. This will obviously depend on what the item is and your personality. If you’re a t-shirt and jeans kind of a girl maybe get a friends opinion before investing in something that might be outside your comfort zone. I always tell myself to live a little with my fashion choices, but it’s tough when you’re all about comfort. I’ve even contemplated wearing sweats to work on the best of days!

 

Stephane-Chloé – Showroom Sales Representative; 40s

1. In a few words, how would you define your personal style?

I’m a denim lover and I love mixing vintage with contemporary clothes.

2. If money were no object, what would your personal style reflect?

If money was not a problem, I would run to Carven, Valentino, Preen, Celine, Leonard and Burberry Prorsum.

3. Which celebrity’s personal style do you most admire?

I love the style of Tilda Swinton,Kate Moss and Cate Blanchett.

4. What does “dressing for your age” mean to you? Are you conscious of this when making your style choices?

To be conscious of your body type and ensuring that your look reflect’s who you are and that it is not an effort to be part of a crowd!

5. Do you believe that people should always take their age into account when making fashion choices?

I think you just have to accept your age, the transformation of your body and your time because at every age you can glow! 😉

 

Susan – Sales Representative; 50s

1. In a few words, how would you define your personal style?

Eclectic -feminine-sexy but conservative and usually in a dress!

2. If money were no object, what would your personal style reflect?

Elegance throughout the last 5 decades.

3. What does “dressing for your age” mean to you? Are you conscious of this when making your style choices?

Dressing our age means we associate our whole being with a number and what that number traditional tells us what we should look like. I believe in lifestyle and attitude dictating our personal style. I am, however, always aware of this- it is who I am.

4. Do you believe that people should always take their age into account when making fashion choices?

It is not really a question of age, but more of good taste.

 

Our celebrity style inspiration!

What does dressing your age mean to you?

JessicaB

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chelsea

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