Fashion
Amanda Pendolino
July 04, 2013

Apparently, 34 Is Too Old For Crop Tops


Want to show off your midriff at today’s July 4th picnic? If you’re 34 or older, you’d better cover up.

A new study found ladies believe certain fashions are only appropriate for young women. Thirty-four was the age women felt was the cutoff for midriff-baring crop tops — even for women with toned tummies, like Gwen Stefani.

Other arbitrary age limits include: 37 for miniskirts, 35 for hot pants, 35 for belly button piercings, 42 for long hair, 37 for leggings and 41 for stilettos.

Sorry, just going to say it: belly button piercings are lame at any age.

Now, I do believe in the concept of “age appropriate.” We’ve all seen women trying to rock styles that are way too teenage. Even in my late 20s, I know half the stuff at Forever 21 looks terrible on me. This year’s bra-top trend — like the one in the above photo –  is especially troubling, since most of us don’t have toned midriffs. (Not judging — I don’t either!)

But shouldn’t clothing choices be made on a case by case basis, and not strictly based on age? If you look great in a miniskirt at 36, it’s not like you’re going to burst into flames if you rock one on your 37th birthday.

For example, here’s Gwen rocking a midriff top at age 43:

Photo credit: Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com

Photo credit: Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com

And here’s Helen Mirren‘s famous bikini photo — she’s 63!

Jennifer Aniston gorgeously breaks the long hair rule at age 44:

Photo credit: Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com

Photo credit: Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com

And at 48, Sandra Bullock is clearly not too old for stilettos:

Photo credit: DFree / Shutterstock.com

Photo credit: DFree / Shutterstock.com

What do you think, ladies? Should we put age limits on hairstyles, piercings and articles of clothing?