I am 45 years old, half-way to 90, but like many of you – I just don’t feel it, at least most days. Most days I feel 30, maybe 35. I feel energetic, enthusiastic and curious, all the qualities I associate with youth. But I did catch myself asking the question last week – am I too old to wear that?
The “that” in question was a pair of black boots that come slightly above my knees. The heel is not as high as the one in this picture, 3 inches I think, but otherwise they remind me of these boots. I tried them on at DSW (terrifyingly terrific place), and felt as kickin’ as I have felt in a very long time. That was it. Had to have them.
Having brought them home and shown them to my husband (“Oh . . . yeah,” was his slow reaction), I have yet to wear them in public. I fear I may have bought something to make me feel young when I am not, in fact, so young any more.
How do you know when something you’ve bought is too young for you? I mean – I don’t wear mini skirts or halter tops any more, not that I wore too many of those in the first place. I know some articles of clothing are clearly over the line, wherever the line is. And I know when I see a woman my age or older who is over the line, I feel sorry for her, for her failed attempt to retain her youth through clothing reserved for her daughter’s generation. I never want anyone to look at me that way – with pity for an obvious attempt to turn the clock back with a pair of boots.
Should I wear them? Could I wear them with jeans? Would that be terrible? No skin would be exposed – just boot and jeans? If the answer is no, tell me, and they’ll stay in my closet to be admired on rare occasion before I give them away to someone who can wear them with reckless abandon.
Thank you in advance for your advice.