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August 2015 #iwillwearwhatilike @notlamb
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a “Coming soon – #iwillwearwhatilike” teaser – it’s a fun thing I’m doing for the month of August and I’d love for you to take part!

It started with this post on Facebook where I linked to a preposterous article entitled “24 Things You Should Stop Wearing After Age 30”, and, quite rightly, it started a discussion between women of all ages who said they will (and do) wear whatever they like, thank you very much. The things that were vilified in the article went from the sublime (leopard print) to the ridiculous (booty shorts) and everything in between (hooped earrings, furry anything, old sneakers).

I thought it would be fun to add a few things to that list to make it up to 31 [days in August] for us to post on Instagram using the hashtag #iwillwearwhatilike. (Though if Facebook or Twitter suit you better then you can post them there instead, or as well.) I’ve added 7 things that regularly come up on lists of things you’re not “supposed” to wear as you get older (leather trousers, distressed denim, etc.) to make up a crazy list of things I want you to wear / feature / regram – and post for each day in August.

(A little like @fatmumslim’s #FMSphotoaday, if you’ve ever seen that series.)

The rules

There aren’t any rules, really! Here’s some helpful guidelines instead:

  • No one has to make sure they post on every single day. Do all of them, do some of them, do just one of them. It’s up to you.
  • No one has to use the theme on the right day – the list below is simply to be used as a guideline and as inspiration – and most of all for you to have fun. This is about showing that we can, we do and we WILL wear whatever we like, no matter what our age.
  • If you miss a day it doesn’t matter. If you post the theme from day 3 on the 4th – or the 5th, or the 6th – it doesn’t matter. Just make sure you add the hashtag #iwillwearwhatilike and encourage others to join in.
  • You can post a new picture of yourself wearing the item on the list and post it. You can post an old picture of you wearing it. You can find some inspiration of someone else wearing it (please make sure you credit/tag them) and post that. 
  • The photo doesn’t have to be serious. Make it as silly or as cool and sophisticated as you like.
  • Whilst you don’t have to, it would be nice if you posted the image below on Instagram between now and 31st July (or any time in August) it will let others know what’s going on and what the themes each day are. (And if you tag me in @notlamb I’d be super grateful!)
  • You can post as many individual pictures as you like on one theme, or put them in a composite image. It’s entirely up to you.
  • If you don’t use Instagram then post it on Facebook or Twitter, just don’t forget the hashtag.
  • Find others using the hashtag and leave some lovely comments. Hopefully we’ll all find some great new accounts to follow too.

So these are the things (below) that were included in the “24 Things…” article – plus a few of my own to make it up to 31. Please don’t blame me for how silly some of them are!

The idea of this is to show the author (and anyone that agrees with her) that, You know what? We can wear crop tops and glitter eyeshadow at whatever age we damn well please.

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August 2015 #iwillwearwhatilike @notlamb

A quick breakdown of each day:

Really?!! How many women over 30 don’t wear oversized sunglasses? I think everyone can get in on the act with this one.

Another one that baffles me why it’s on this list. Band t-shirts, slogans, they all count. Find your “Frankie Says” t-shirt if you’ve still got one somewhere and flaunt it for us all to see. Or show off your age with a date of birth tee.

The article actually described the colour as “Victoria’s Secret pink”, but that’s just a long-winded way of saying candy pink. Any bright pink counts, to be honest.

Got anything that you love with a bit of bling on it? Put it on and photograph that.

Do many of us ever wear blue eyeshadow anyway?! Do it with blue eyeliner, blue mascara, whatever you like – it can look quite incredible if you get the right blue for your face and skin tone.

I think nearly everyone will be joining in with this one – the author made a big mistake with leopard print. Huge. I have to go shopping now…

Interpret as you wish. If you want to interpret it the British way, i.e. sparkly pants meaning sparkly underwear, go for it.

Do this just for fun. Unless you’re a four-year-old who’s been left to dress themselves, I’m not sure anyone does this anyway.

Because if Jennifer Lopez can’t get away with it (apparently), we shouldn’t be able to, either. Let’s dispel that myth: We’re as cool as J-Lo, aren’t we?

Older women are always being told to cover up their arms, so let them be free.

Unless you’re in the southern hemisphere, you may want to post a picture from a more wintry time. Or just wear your furry boots in July, regardless of the heat.

Another one I’m sure plenty of us can get on board with. Rock those short hemlines, ladies – even layered with trousers or jeans.

Because ripped jeans are only for the young, right? Wrong.

There are lots of maxi dresses in the shops this summer with tube tops (or “boob tubes” as they’re called in the UK); as part of a dress or on its own, wear yours with pride.

I’m forever reading that in order to be a “classic” dresser you must restrict your outfit to three colours maximum. The number of times I’ve broken that rule…! Plus, who says we all want to be classic dressers? Go for it with 4, 5 or 6 colours. Or more if you like.

Probably the most insulting of all the suggestions, the author of the article asked “can anyone over 30 actually fit in [Abercrombie & Fitch] clothes” – what the?! If you don’t own anything by A&F, borrow something from your daughter (or son!) and photograph yourself in that. I’m borrowing something A&F from my niece even though I have no idea what it’ll be yet.

A favourite of mine. Overalls dresses count as well.

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If the skirt shows your knees, it’s a mini. Great if you missed the short dresses on day 12.

Because ponytails are for schoolgirls, aren’t they…? Not any more.

This one is always coming up. Because even if you have abs of steel but you’ve just celebrated your 30th birthday, you shouldn’t be wearing crop tops apparently. Got abs of steel? Celebrate them and show them off! Don’t have abs of steel? Wear one anyway!

If you’ve got pink, blue, green or any other unconventional rainbow hair colour this is your time to shine. Or wear a pink wig instead.

I have faux fur coats, bags, gilets, gloves… I won’t have any trouble finding a picture of me wearing something furry. Also good if you missed furry boots on day 11.

I don’t own anything by Abercrombie & Fitch or American Eagle. Again, interpret however you wish. Dress up as Sam the American Eagle from the Muppets if you wish. The author didn’t say it had to be the American Eagle brand.

Very, very few of us – of any age – have the confidence to wear short shorts. But hey, if it’s only on Instagram, it’s not like it’s in public, is it?!! Wear them over your leggings or pyjama bottoms if you’d rather. We’re just going to defy the author of the article in any way we can.

I have a nearly-20-year-old pair of Adidas Superstar Originals and countless scuffed tennis shoes. This one’s easy.

Whether you’re hiding it under a top or showing it for all the world to see (good for you if you do!), this is again up to you. Photograph it flatlay-style if you’d prefer. I’m just convinced that every woman over the age of 25 has at least one bra that didn’t cost upwards of £50.

Whether full-on glitter for fun or beautiful and subtle glittering eyeshadow, let’s see your sparkly lids.

This was a bizarre choice because they’re not exactly a common item in women’s wardrobes – but if you wear them and rock them, show us!

We’ve all heard this one: The antiquated theory that all older women must cut their hair short. If you have long hair, let it loose and show it off.

Having seen a bit of a resurrection in recent years (Carrie Bradshaw would be horrified – or maybe not…?) you could borrow one from your daughter. Or niece. Or younger sister. Or just wear the one you still have from 1994 and be proud.

I think along with crop tops, they are always topping the “What Older Women Should Not Wear” lists. Personally, I think leather trousers look better the older you are.

*my additions to the list

So that’s it! I hope you have fun with this. As I said no rules – interpret all the themes however you want. Let me know if you’re going to partake, won’t you? Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram to see what I post!
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P.S. If you love what I’m wearing in the lead image you can still buy the pink shoes and the floral clutch (in a slightly different colourway)!

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  1. 23 August 2015 / 7:20 pm

    Reading this while watching the docufilm Advanced Style – a pox on your rules! Not YOUR rules, but THOSE rules.

  2. 18 August 2015 / 10:42 pm

    I just learned about this and I am in. I have been taking a break from blogging this summer but am a sucker for a cause! I break the rules of what to wear all the time because we all know, "rules are made to be broken!"

  3. 18 August 2015 / 8:12 am

    What a great campaign. I blog as an older woman who buys a lot of charity shop clothes. Can't believe (well, yes, I can) that there are lists saying what we should and shouldn't wear – my view is that there should be no rules – so I'll definitely do something with this really great campaign of yours 🙂

  4. 15 August 2015 / 8:42 am

    Hahaha, I have broken those rules already and looking forward to breaking some more. I might be late to the party but no I am going to crush right in. Heck! I am only 33…

  5. 13 August 2015 / 9:47 pm

    I hope you're joining in, Jenn (do you have a different Insta name?) – though I hope you're not saying you feel you *shouldn't* actually be wearing these things since you hit 30 – I wasn't sure what you meant…? You wear whatever you please, my lovely – life's too short!!! x

  6. 4 August 2015 / 5:55 am

    Count me in! I love this. I just posted my first entry, in which I think I managed to break about six of the rules. Maybe some day I'll do one about things short women aren't supposed to wear. Apparently we all want to look taller and slimmer. Um, why? I like being short. It's cute. And I know for sure I'm going to do more on creating the hashtag #disabilitystyle.


    • 13 August 2015 / 9:49 pm

      That's very inspiring to hear that, Charlotte – talk about empowering!!!!! It's been great having you join in so far… there are some tricky ones coming up!

  7. 3 August 2015 / 10:19 pm

    Love this idea! And I am wearing lots of glittery eyeshadows and love them so might join you in these 🙂 I don't think we're too old for any of these! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • 13 August 2015 / 9:48 pm

      Of course we're not, Dagmara – and nor should any woman of any age. We've got better things to worry about than what others think of us as we get older…!!

    • 13 August 2015 / 9:44 pm

      Great, Lauren – I've loved seeing your posts so far!!

  8. 2 August 2015 / 7:04 pm

    If I have any time I will play along as I have broken quite a few of these rules. I was away from your blog for a little time. Too much work plus the blogger meet up in Vancouver, ment I had too little time. I am going over all your posts, but will not comment on them. Promis to get back to my usual self now.

    • 13 August 2015 / 9:44 pm

      Aww Greetje I don't know how you fit it all the commenting, you put me to shame!! I saw that you all had a great time in Vancouver, I'm very envious! x

  9. 1 August 2015 / 1:10 pm

    Awesome! I love this idea and will be playing along. This is going to be so much fun!

    • 13 August 2015 / 9:43 pm

      I've loved seeing all your posts so far, Amy – almost halfway! x

  10. 1 August 2015 / 12:00 pm

    Looking forward to it… I too think leather trousers look better as you get older, bought my 1st pair last year ( im 46) because I didn't really have the nerve or confidence when I was younger … I'm rocking them now though, and a leather mini skirt too!

    • 13 August 2015 / 9:42 pm

      Wow, Sally – you go, girl!! Leather trousers DEFINITELY look better on older women, don't they…?!!

  11. 31 July 2015 / 11:05 pm

    Count me in Catherine. I have most items ticked, and sadly I always wear odd socks -can never find a match! How much fun!!

    • 13 August 2015 / 9:42 pm

      It seems a lot of people have a lot of the things, Belle…!! It's been fun so far x

    • 13 August 2015 / 9:41 pm

      Yours was such a great post, Jac – thank you for giving me the link and mentioning all of this…! x

  12. 31 July 2015 / 11:03 am

    Is it really bad that this has given me carte blanche to buy the distressed GAP boyfriend jeans I've been coveting? ;-0

  13. 31 July 2015 / 10:49 am

    Lovely idea Catherine, I may even be so bold as to participate! Those lists are abominable, thanks for highlighting that! xo

    • 6 August 2015 / 10:14 pm

      Quite agree, Steff – they are!!! Glad you're in :))

  14. 29 July 2015 / 7:46 pm

    Such a great idea Catherine! If it's ok with you I will promote it on my blog also (on Saturday) as part of the #40plusstyle inspiration series. If your readers also tag their photos with the #40plusstyle hashtag then they stand a chance to be featured on 40+style also.

    • 6 August 2015 / 10:13 pm

      Excellent, Sylvia – the more we can promote it the better! Thank you x

  15. 28 July 2015 / 4:06 pm

    This made me smile, I remember boob tops and scrunchies all too well but I'd defend anyone's right to weat them 😉

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    • 6 August 2015 / 10:12 pm

      Hehe me too, Suze – with my boobies I might have a problem on the boob tube day…!!!!!

  16. 27 July 2015 / 7:03 pm

    Non matching socks actually come in "sets" here in the US. They are meant for the kids to teens, but adults do join in with the "no show" versions.

    Platform Flip-flops are still around in Texas…don't know about the rest of the US.

    After not owning a crop top since I was in elementary school, I just bought three last week! And yes, I'm in my 30's :o)


    • 6 August 2015 / 10:11 pm

      Really??! (about the socks I mean?!!) Wonders never cease…!!! hehe x

  17. 27 July 2015 / 6:23 pm

    This sound like fun!
    Over 30?? Pah! I am over 40 and still like wear plenty of these "forbidden" items.
    Wearers of leather trousers, glitter, fur, leopard print, candy pink etc etc … sound like fun people to be around to me! The author of the original article must be a bit of a bore.
    I'm definitely in 🙂
    Samantha @FF
    (I'm coincidently just writing a post about cropped jumpers now!)

    • 6 August 2015 / 10:09 pm

      The thing about her being a bore…? I think you're right! Hopefully she only wrote it for the money (but it really was drivel)!! x

  18. 27 July 2015 / 6:11 pm

    Sounds like great fun, I shall be joining in 🙂 xx

  19. 27 July 2015 / 5:51 pm

    I'm following and I'm in! I might choose one of my 4 pairs of leather trousers. I'm 41 and I don't plan to give any of these up any time soon.

    • 6 August 2015 / 10:08 pm

      Thanks Sarah – you might have to send a pair onto me because I don't own any…!!! x

  20. 27 July 2015 / 4:23 pm

    My 17 and 20 year old daughter hate that I love my scrunchies soooo much. If I like something and feel comfortable in it I am going to wear it anyway. Thank you very much. If I still had my overalls and they fit I would wear them. ( My fashion divas hated them too.)

  21. 27 July 2015 / 3:48 pm

    Count me in.
    Sue xx

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