OMG . . . I'M OLD

IN a moment of summer sales insanity I bought this Ladakh dress. I could say I was inspired by a colour-way I’ve since discovered in my ...




IN a moment of summer sales insanity I bought this Ladakh dress. I could say I was inspired by a colour-way I’ve since discovered in my own back yard, but really it was a moment of vanity. I liked it, it fitted, there weren’t too many lumpy bits and it was cheap. Sadly, I think it may be cheap, in the other sense of the word. Against my grown up work wardrobe and given I don’t tend to go out where the wild things are anymore (I’m 36 next month) the words mutton and lamb keep running through my head. I’ll open it up to you dear reader. When was that ego-crushing moment you realised you were . . . old?
Picture source: Ladakh summer 2010 collection

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25 comments

  1. Oooooh you'd be a brave woman to wear that little frock. But I say go for it! I'm not fond of that mutton/lamb expression and also the whole obsession the media has with cougars at the moment (what's with that?). But if the frock looks good on you, why not wear it while you still can?

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  2. Oooh. I love that dress.I'm sure you'll get away with it, but can you bend over?

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  3. I agree with mizu designs - if it looks good - wear it while you still can :-)

    36 isnt old! I think its a lovely age ;-)

    35 was the turning point for me. I can still remember my mums 35th birthday very very clearly - so that made me feel OLD. And having a baby at 35 (on my birthday) definately didn't help.

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  4. Old...young...who gives a rats about all that. Wear what the hell you like I say. You always look fabulous

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  5. Wear what you like (mind you I'd need about 6 of those little numbers to get everything covered).

    Old ??? trampoline ....pelvic floor..... nuff said

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  6. I say go for it! If it fits then why not wear it.
    I feel old when I wait too long between hair colours. There's nothing like a bit of grey regrowth!

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  7. if it fits and looks good ~ why not! that don't come along everyday!

    for me, it was when they started those signs of "if you look under 25 then we might ask you for id". I was over 30, I realised I would never be asked for id again!

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  8. 36, that's not old! I had Miles at 38, almost 39 and I'd say that I'm starting to feel old now at 43, especially when I see all the young mums in their 20s taking their kids to pre-school...
    Who cares, as long as you're happy!

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  9. I'm with Jodie..it involved a trampoline and a lazy pelvic floor muscle. But I think you shoudl absolutely wear it! Don't you think the 60-year-old you would look back and wish you had? You have so many years ahead to be sensible.

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  10. I've had so many of those moments, mostly involving too short dresses.... and there was that one time when a kid asked if I was my husband's mum!!!

    I pass up dresses, then go back a few weeks later and buy them. I almost always wear stockings with short skirts now anyway, so that's my compromise :)

    So I say don't give in, wear it with pride, or find a compromise if you must to make you feel better about it. How about a nanna scarf? hehehe ;)

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  11. I think you should wear it! I bet you'll look gorgeous, you have a great figure and you will definitely rock that little number.

    The way you wear it will be completely different and you will DEFINITELY defy the term 'mutton'.

    Wear it loud and proud. x

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  12. You would look great!

    My best friend and I realised, that on the eve of our 30th birthdays we were too old to become skater chicks. hanging out with a skate board would just look really sad. We were depressed for the rest of the night. Funnily neither of us had an interest in becoming skate chicks but it was just the realisation that we couldn't.
    xxx

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  13. Ooooh - its lovely - I can see why you bought it. Maybe just wear it as a long T-shirt over something if you are worried!! You'll look fab anyway, as 36 is still very young! I had my one and only 'old' moment when I became a step granny last month just after I turned 40!! Ouch!
    Have a good day :-)

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  14. Hey I think it's all about how you wear it and there is plenty of time to be old, so I say go for it, why not?

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  15. From where I sit, 36 is nowhere near old.
    Didn't someone say that age is a state of mind . . . you're only as old as you feel or is it that you're only as old as the person you feel up!
    Anyway a woman which as much style as you could never look old - you just look so good in whatever you wear. Many could look like mutton in your new dress but I know you never will - even in abother 36 years' time!

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  16. I turned 36 a couple of months ago and I think my moment of realisation was when I sat writing a post about Pyrex one day, I think when I was 18 if I could have looked into my future and seen myself blogging about pyrex I might have hung myself!!! Nice dress though, I was pottering around the garden earlier in something not entirely dissimilar!

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  17. ... I should probably clarify that I'm not some desperate housewife who wanders around her garden all dolled up in the hopes the gardener will notice... I just felt like getting dressed up today after spending weeks slobbing around in vests and shorts :-)

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  18. I agree - if you can do! and when you stop - that is probably when old jumps on! and 36 is a spring chicken really. make the most of it! in my world bit go further south all the time so I have to enjoy each stage!

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  19. You're not old, you're VINTAGE! :P

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  20. Hey you are not old! and im sure it looks FAB on you...
    clothes this day can be worn by people of all ages - I do find though that clothes aimed at a 'younger' market are usually not sewn very well and its quantity over quality...
    im sure you look great in it!

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  21. That is a great colour combo!!! I say go for it, it has been one HOT summer. The less clothing the better:)

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  22. fun reading the comments.. I only feel old when referred to as 'the lady'. As in mother instructing young child.. 'let the lady go past'.

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  23. I turned 36 at xmas. I felt ok about it though as I thought I was turning 37 - think I must have had a turning 35 crisis last year and things got a bit wobbly.

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  24. I have to say that 36 is not old because I'll be 35 next month and I don't want to think that next year I'll be old. But I remember when I first felt "old" and that was when I wanted to leave a concert because I was tired and it was past my bedtime. I felt ancient!

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  25. Hey Katie,
    You shouldn't hesitate to wear that dress especially when there are no bumps and lumps showing!
    And I know you'll style it your way to make it more work-appropriate.

    I'm turning 40 this year and I still have not had that ego-crushing moment.
    Well, not with what I wear (I'm still shopping in the kiddies' department).
    But in the fitness and strength department, I have to admit defeat - just not as strong as I used to be. xx

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