I’ve always thought that manuals and articles on “dressing your age” are not cool. I don’t like how they are so limiting of the choices of clothing one can wear and it gives a false justification of what a person of a certain age should look. Thankfully, we now live in an age where there are people who care less about prevailing “fashion rules” that almost every publication purposively impose on our minds. We are F R E E (although, we have to admit not entirely) to wear whatever we want! Today, there are a growing number of people who think independently with regards to the clothes they wear for the main purpose of pursuing their personalities. This week we discuss the ~cool~ trend of kids wearing their grandmas’ clothing, and grandmas wearing their kids’ clothing.
Let us start with the quintessential example of the age-defying, millennial granny Baddiewinkle (real name: Helen Van Winkle). Known for her youthful play on dressing, the face of Dimepiece has about 1.6 million followers on Instagram. She’s also had photos with Nicole Richie, has spoken on the phone with Drake, and has promoted the MTV VMA’s with Miley Cyrus. In an interview she had for Refinery 29, she described her style as “keeping up with the times”. More than that, Baddiewinkle’s way of dressing has always been an avenue for her to cope up with the difficulties of life. She has always been brave in doing the things she loves without regard for other people’s opinions on what old should look like. She does so whether in her famous tie-dye shirts or in her kanye-eating- ice cream sweatshirt.
Several fashion campaigns by big brands have also featured mature women. There was Joan Didion for Celine, Cher for Marc Jacobs, and Linda Rodin for the Row.
On the other spectrum, kids are crossing age borders by dressing beyond their years. At the beginning of 2015, a lot of celebrities, including Rihanna, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kylie Jenner, and Zosia Mamet have dyed their hair grey. Marga Esquivel, an up and coming Filipino model in the international fashion arena, has been sporting this shade for quite some time. She has even been dubbed by Vogue.com as the model with “scene-stealing hair at Gucci Resort.” The 11 year old Tavi Gevinson is the most classic example of this phenomenon. In 2008, all of fashion looked towards the style prodigy as she wore the chunkiest of sweaters and the thickest of glasses. The industry’s fascination of Tavi grew out of her inclination towards clothes that drove away from her youth when everyone else wanted to look their youngest.
Style knows no age and knows no boundaries. If you want to wear anything, JUST DO IT!