Thursday, June 16, 2022

Should A Woman Over Fifty Go Sleeveless? Ageless Style Link Up

Ageless Style is a monthly style challenge and link up for women of all ages.   Each month we pick a different theme and style an outfit based on that theme.  This month's theme is ""Sleeveless" and was picked by Mirelle.

Should A Woman Over Fifty Go Sleeveless?  Absolutely!  And they should also wear shorts, bikinis, mini skirts and anything else they want. If you've been following my blog for a while, you know I despise the phrase "Age Appropriate". That term was created for children, not adults, but for whatever reason some people decided that they would apply that phrase to shaming people into a certain dress code based on their age.  I believe in dressing for your body type, your own comfort zone, and your personal style.  The only fashion rules I have are that you should dress appropriately for the weather and for the occasion.  Nothing drives me more crazy than seeing women wearing blanket scarves and tall boots at the end of August when the temperatures are in the eighties, simply because they are eager to wear their new fall clothes.  I also feel our world has gotten a bit too casual.  I'm constantly in shock at what people where to church nowadays...call me old-fashioned, but I still believe in dressing up for church.


Like most women over fifty, I don't like my arms.  My issue isn't sagging skin, but fat.  My arms have always been big, no matter what the scale says.  But because I dress for comfort, if the weather is warm, I will still go sleeveless.  I refuse to be uncomfortable simply because I don't like a body part.


There are ways to still stay cool and keep your arms covered if, by your own personal choice you want to. I see a lot of ladies in my church wear kimonos.  They are usually sheer, so they stay covered, but cool.  Other options would be long sleeve sheer tops made of gauze or linen fabrics.  


This is an outfit I wore to church.  I bought this sleeveless top at TJMaxx.  I love the color, the ruffled neck line, and the Swiss Dots.  I paired my top with a lightweight chambray skirt, white and blue striped loafers, and a blue and white striped handbag with a fun pair of red sunglasses on it.


For jewelry I wore a simple multi-strand teal beaded bracelet and white hoop earrings.


So what about you?  Are you comfortable going sleeveless?  I sure hope so!  Now be sure and see how the rest of the ladies in the group are styling their sleeveless tops and dresses, and link up with us below too!



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53 comments:

  1. Amy, this top is so pretty! I love the color and I am a big fan of Swiss dots. It pairs no nicely with the chambray skirt, too. Whenever I hear the phrase "age appropriate", I always assume it is in reference to children as well. Once you can vote, I think you can decide for yourself what is appropriate for you to wear! Ha. Appropriate is such a subjective concept anyway! Your comment about dressing too casual for church gave me a sweet memory that I want to share...I am like you and think that church is an occasion that you should dress a little nicer for than what you might wear to run errands or go to the movies...and I don't even attend church. But if I did, I would dress up. However, when I expressed this same sentiment to my mother when I was teenager (yep, it bothered me even back then when people didn't dress up for church), my mother responded with, "God does not care what you are wearing. He is just glad that you showed up." So that gave me a bit of a perspective shift! This was a really great post, my friend!

    Shelbee

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    1. Thank you. I agree with you that people "should dress a little nicer for than what you might wear running errands". The modern casualness of church has been bothering me. But I also agree with your mother that the most important thing is that they "showed up". However, at the same time, God does have a lot to say about clothes in the Bible, so I think He does care about what we wear, and not just at church or in the temple, but in our everyday lives. One day I should do a fashion post "What does God say about clothes?" That would be funny and quite an interesting read for most people, as I don't think they even know.

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  2. I agree, we should dress to express our personal style and wear what makes us feel comfortable and confident! Since I work from home, I dress up whenever I leave the house - even to the grocery store. Your top is so pretty! Love the color and swiss dots!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

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    1. I am the same way. I'm a full time homemaker and I'm always in comfy clothes, so I enjoy dressing up when I leave the house.

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  3. I love dressing up for church too! I always forget about my kimonos but I have been wearing a lot more sleeveless tops lately. This is a pretty look!
    www.chezmireillefashiontravelmom.com

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    1. I have three kimonos myself, and I rarely wear them. I love them on others, but never felt truly comfortable wearing them myself. I keep a little white sweater in my handbag at all times in the summer, to pull out if I get too cold from air conditioning.

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  4. I'm so glad to hear that you embrace going sleeveless Amy. It seems silly that our size or age should stop us from wearing what we want or are more comfortable in.
    My grandma used to say the same thing about what people would wear to church. I used to laugh with her and comment that at least they are coming to church, right?
    But I'm with you, I'm ready for the pendulum to swing back to more dress up wear!!!
    OXOX
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Oh yes, if it's hot, I will wear shorts and tanks for sure. Yes, I like to dress up when I leave the house, to go anywhere, and it seems most people are the opposite. Hopefully the pendulum will swing back.

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  5. I used to have beautiful shoulders and arms. No more. But I still go sleeveless.

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  6. Amy,
    Thanks so much for taking the time to drop by!! I personally do not wear anything sleeveless as I prefer tops with a little cap sleeve when it is hot...But I am close to 65 years old and on the heavy side so that is why....
    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. You're welcome. Yes, wear what you're comfortable in.

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  7. Your top is lovely! The color and the Swiss dots make it a real winner! Rosemary

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  8. I love your outfit Amy! The Swiss dots are such a unique pattern and the color of your blouse is pretty. I also agree with you. I don't really follow fashion rules. I think being comfortable and confident in what you wear is more important in my opinion. As for me personally, I am in the in between phase with wearing sleeves and going sleeveless. Right now though I am leaning more towards wearing sleeves. I don't like how the sun feels on my skin.

    Maureen | www.littlemisscasual.com

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    1. Thank you! Absolutely everyone should wear what they are comfortable and confident in.

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  9. Great outfit! I love the combination of various shades of blue. I think you look wonderful in the sleeveless top. Keep on wearing sleeveless styles as long as you feel comfortable and confident.
    Carol
    www.scribblingboomer.com

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  10. What a pretty outfit! I'd be curious to see what God says about clothes. Growing up in the catholic church and attending catholic school for quite a few years we always dressed for church but I'm no expert on the bible and don't remember any direct sayings about clothing.

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    1. Thank you. That might have to be a winter post, as I think it would require a lot of time to write, but if there is interest, I'll do it for sure.

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  11. I really like this look, Amy! That top is so cute, and you look fabulous in it!

    I agree with you about dressing up for church. I always dress up because it's right for me. And, it's one of the few places where I can dress to the nines! You're right...life has become too casual. I had a periodontist appointment today and wore a dress. I got so many compliments!

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    1. Thank you! Yes! I would probably never have an opportunity to wear a dress if it weren't for church, so why not? It's fun to dress up at least one day of the week.

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  12. I love how you styled the sleeveless, Amy! So chic and pretty and stylish too. Have a great weekend xx

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  13. The church deal is interesting. When I go, I wear a dress shirt and pants-not jeans but I have always felt that it becomes more of a fashion show than a place to hear the word. Just me.

    I know that in my work, I have become more causal. When I first started teaching, I would always wear a collared shirt. Now, I am known as the hoodie teacher because I am always wearing a hoodie. The reason for it-it is always really cold at my school and as I get older. I kind of like warmth. But I have noticed a difference.

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    1. What you describe wearing sounds perfect to me. "A fashion show"? You must live in an affluent area. I've never experienced that. When I brought up casual attire in church, I was never saying people should get really dressed up to come to church, but to just be more modest and wear something a little better than what you would lounge around at home in...that's all. In my experience people come to church barefoot, wear shorts, extremely distressed jeans where the holes are so many and so big all you see is skin, immodest clothing, etc., Yes, we shouldn't be coming to church to show off our clothes. Our purpose is to hear the word and worship God.

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  14. This is such a good look on you, Amy! I just love this skirt on you and how you styled it with the sleeveless top. I love wearing sleeveless shirts in the summer so as soon as I spend any longer time outdoors when it's warm enough I wear something sleeveless so I don't get a farmer's tan LOL.

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    1. Thank you! I know about the Farmer's Tan! I always have to remember to switch over to tanks when working in the garden.

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  15. me encanta la falda que llevas hoy

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  16. Absolutely. Age and fashion have nothing to do with one another. You look gorgeous.

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  17. I live in a cold.climate, so haven't really embraced sleeveless.

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    1. Wow! I can't imagine living somewhere that is so cold in summer you can't even go sleeveless. Can you grow much where you live?

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  18. this 'coastal grandma' always likes a little bit of sleeve. my go-to clothes are casual, stretchy, soft, and comfy. i tend to head toward loose or flowy tops and Lands' End Starfish leggings, capris, shorts. i've built my wardrobe around black, gray, and denim bottoms so that everything matches. this has made life {and packing for trips!} so much easier.

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    1. That sounds like a great plan, especially if you travel much.

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  19. Late to the party but I am glad I stopped by. I like the way you styled this outfit and the color scheme is perfect for summer. What a beautiful top this is; I especially like the neckline. Perfect church or summertime lunch date outfit.

    bosbodaciousblog.blogspot.ca

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  20. Very cute outfit! I don't like my arms, but I go sleeveless all the time in the summer because I hate to be hot! My favorite sleeve length is just above the elbow because that's the most flattering for me, but, in the summer, comfort takes priority. I dress a bit more casually at church than I used to, but I still try to wear a well put together outfit, rather than something sloppy or careless.

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    1. Thanks Pam. Yes, I think I dress more casually for church now too, compared to back in the 80's when everyone dressed to the nines, but it's still a "well put together outfit" like you said.

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  21. You look amazing. I like this combination of colors and your styling.

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  22. I think it's sad that this is even a question! We should all wear whatever we feel comfortable with and not worry about the judgement of others. You look fantastic. I really like the texture of that top!

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    1. It is sad. I can't believe the titles I read on the Internet though about how older women shouldn't wear shorts, go sleeveless, etc. I'm like "My goodness! Do you want me to cover myself from head to toe so I don't offend you with my aging body?" It's ridiculous. Thanks so much.

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  23. Amy I think that definitely A Woman Over Fifty should Go Sleeveless, especially during hot summer days. Age is just a number and we should wear what we want and like <3
    You look stunning in this outfit - love it

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  24. You look great Amy! I loathe those articles about being "age-appropriate" - if it's hot and you want to wear a sleeveless top then you should! Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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  25. Fully agree that women of any age should wear what they please. Strangely this is the first summer I've worn sleeveless tops, and I'm loving it. Thanks for linking at #WowOnWednesday

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  26. This is a really pretty top and I agree - wear what makes you happy, not what other people think! I have so many sleeveless tops and I don't see that changing when I get older - they are a staple on hot days!

    Thank you for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup! Hope you are having a good weekend :)

    Away From The Blue

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  27. You look so pretty :)! Have a nice day!
    Wildfiret

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