Usually, I'm comfortable in my clothes and wear what I like and call it a day, absolutely denying there are over 40 fashion rules except wear what looks good without try appear 20+ years younger. My body issues have changed over the years, and I dress for them. But I was genuinely surprised when I was told I was too old for this leather skirt. *confidence shot* Normally, I ignore other people's opinions (at my peril), but this one affected me. In fact, I let my skirt hang in my closet for over a year while debating if this woman was correct. This DVF skirt, as opposed to mine from 2 years ago, would be perfect! It's stretchy and a great length; but, I can't justify another DVF leather skirt (yet). Here was my thought process after sulking a bit: Denial - She's wrong. I'm not too old. Questioning - Perhaps it is too short, but leather is a classic. The cut is tailored, the leather is buttah, the color is timeless -- and it fits like a leather glove. Concession - I'm out of shape, it's too short, she was right. If only it reached my knees. I'll save it for Chloe. Oblivion - I"ll move it to the back of the closet and forget about it… for a while. Denial - "What would Anna Dello Russo do?" Although I'll never, ever have her sartorial flair, boldness or closet, I'll be darned if she wouldn't wear a simple short leather skirt!! Game on (or rather skirt on).
Looking at the photos, I'm not in love with my styling or my pale legs, but what do you think: is leather only for under 45 and is this length too short for someone of my age (47)? Do you follow any over 40 fashion rules?
photos by Erin Trimble