When Is One Too Old For A Certain Look? [Hint: Never!]

Trends come and go, but once you’ve found your ‘style’, you won’t want to keep up with the latest fashion anymore. Why would you, when you look so great in your chosen style? 

When Is One Too Old For A Certain Look? [Hint: Never!]

Take vintage for example. Countless people choose vintage clothing over modern fashion because they like it better and think it suits them. More power to you! 

But while vintage clothing may be timeless, we often worry that we’re getting too old to fit our look. 

Today we’re going to be looking into when you should stop wearing your style and opt for a more boring, sensible style. (Spoiler alert: the answer is never!)

What Should You Not Wear? 

There are so many articles online nowadays telling us what not to wear for our age and why it would make us look strange. Why are people telling us what we can and cannot do with our bodies?

At the end of the day, you are the main character in your life, and you can wear whatever you want. Don’t listen to these haters, rock the look you’re going for and feel confident! 

Why Do People Say Old Cannot Wear Vintage? 

An interesting point we heard about vintage clothing is the hypocrisy that younger and older generations have about who can wear it. For some reason, there is an unspoken rule that states:

The vintage look is cool for people until they hit their mid-30s, then they just look like they haven’t bought any new clothes in several decades. 

Okay, that’s pretty funny. But not to the point that you cannot wear the vintage dress after you hit the age of 36. 

Vintage clothing is bold, different, and fun – all of the qualities that the wearers often possess.

But your personality doesn’t end as you get past your mid-thirties, despite what the young folk would have us believe. 

There is nothing wrong with wearing a vintage look at any age – and it doesn’t look like you haven’t updated your wardrobe anytime soon. It looks like you have purposefully shopped vintage, which is cool. 

Keeping Up With The Times

If you’re still worried about looking silly in your vintage outfit, here are some words of wisdom:

Wear clothes that are older than you are. 

This still allows you to wear vintage clothing, but it will stop people from wondering whether you’re still holding onto clothing from your youth. 

For example, if you’re in your 30s, you can wear any vintage pieces from the 80s, 70s, 60s, and earlier! 

Each decade you age, simply remove one vintage era from your wardrobe. That will stop people from thinking that you are hanging onto your favorite pieces from your heyday. 

(But also, if you want to wear clothing younger or the same age as you – just do it!)

Is Anyone Really Noticing Your Outfit?

It’s highly unlikely that you’re considering your look to be too young for you due to someone telling you exactly that.

Is Anyone Really Noticing Your Outfit?

The much more likely scenario here is that you have looked at yourself in the mirror, considered your age, and are wondering whether you still have it. 

Let us tell you right now – you do! 

The fact is that while we see hundreds of people every single day, most of them will not notice your outfit. They’re too busy with their own lives to give you an in-depth analysis of what you’re wearing, and they’ll just walk right on by. 

Even if someone does notice your outfit, the chances are that they’re going to forget about it in a matter of seconds.

Do you remember the outfits of anyone you saw yesterday, or a week ago? No! 

While we are worrying about how others are perceiving us in our outfits, they are doing the exact same thing. Everyone is too worried about themselves to notice each other, so stop worrying! 

What Should You Wear?

The ultimate questions you need to ask yourself here are: 

  1. Do you like the clothing you’re wearing?
  2. Does it suit you?
  3. Does it make you feel good about yourself? 

If the answer to these questions is yes, then why are we still debating it? You can wear whatever you want, whenever you want. 

Vintage clothing is timeless, and we should all be wearing it unapologetically. Who’s to tell us that we cannot wear something that makes us feel good? 

Mixing Vintage With Modern

If you’re still self-conscious about wearing your chosen look as you age, mixing it with modern clothing is a great way to get the best of both worlds. 

Many vintage wearers don’t wear head-to-toe vintage clothing, anyway. We like to mix it up with modern pieces to make it stand out more. 

For example, why not pair a vintage blouse with a modern skirt or pants? Or a vintage dress with modern accessories? 

One way we love mixing vintage and modern is by wearing vintage earrings. We get plenty of compliments by doing this, and we don’t feel like everyone is constantly staring at us.

Plus, we feel good in our vintage earrings! 

Create An Heirloom Collection

An heirloom collection is a great way to mix modern and vintage items. Instead of constantly buying new clothing (whether that’s modern or vintage) create a collection of timeless pieces that will last you a lifetime. 

These will never go out of style and will forever compliment your clothing, no matter your age. An heirloom collection is a great way to feel confident about your vintage wardrobe! 


To answer the original question of how old is too old for a certain look, the answer is never. As long as you feel good in what you’re wearing, there is no need to change up your style. 

How many people are looking at your clothing, anyway? Less than you think. 

Live your main character’s life in whatever makes you feel the most comfortable. Life is short, enjoy the look you love!

Willa Price