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Date: 4/25/13 2:06 PM

Reading the thread about the new summer McCalls, with its several comments about the styles being 'young' made me think about this.
What makes a pattern/style 'young'? Beyond things like plunging necklines and micro-mini lengths?

I'm in my early 50's. Last year I made this Simplicity for myself -- short length, 3/4 sleeves. And when I tried it on for the first time, I did think "It's pretty .. but it seems a bit young for me." But I couldn't put my finger on WHY. I do wear it (it's pretty, and I love the fabric I used), but I feel a bit lolita-ish in it.

Thoughts?
(You can't of course, go the model on the envelope .. they are all young, and most of them are skinny.)
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Date: 4/25/13 2:12 PM

High waists or high gathers, puffy sleeves, and frills are some things which make the garment seem "youthful".

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Date: 4/25/13 2:54 PM

I am a Petite hourglass at 5ft tall and a 10-12 pattern size (IRL, it pure madness depending on the brand, from 4 to 8!!!).

I am always worried about "too young" too. Yes, my "too young" is middle school but there you have it...

The big one for me is fabric: pastels, flower prints like the traditional Liberty of London look quickly make me look 12.

Skinny jeans in distressed acid wash is NOT the same as skinny-ish jeans in a dark wash, IMO.

So short, tight, cutesy details like puff sleeves, pastels über-girly colors.

Questions to ask oneself:
- It's one thing to have great legs, say, but are you really Tina Turner?
- Could I have bought this at Forever 21?
- Does this look like a Seventeen/Cosmo spread?

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Date: 4/25/13 3:30 PM

I'm a 34 year old mom with a 14 year old daughter. There have been too many times where I think, "I want that" and she SAYS, "I want that" and I know then that it's too young for me.

And then, there's being young for my field and typically the only woman in the room so I try to avoid "cutesy" details for work clothes.

As for sewing, I'd agree that if it looks like it's fresh off the shelves of Charlotte Reusse or Forever 21, I'm pretty meh on it. I will make some low-cut, high rise, snug things because we go on date night a couple times per month and then...my 34 is "young" again! :)

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Subject: What makes a style too young? Date: 4/25/13 3:39 PM

Maybe shouldn't go by age but by figure. If I had the figure to wear younger stuff I'd be wearing it. For example Katey Saqal's character is Sons of Anarchy she's around 54 (close in real life) on the show and they dress her for around 35 and she's looks great. Just cos you get older doesn't mean you have to wear biege all the time. But like anything else within reason. I kept going back and forth about getting a Ugg style pair of boots (54 here) and haven't yet cos I thought they were too youthful. My dd found a pair of real Uggs at a thrift store for herself and I tried them on and they are so comfortable I don't care how youthful they look if I can find a pair I'm getting them.

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Date: 4/25/13 4:00 PM

So ... here is the dress.

What do you think? Is it not the pattern at all? But the pastel color? The narrow lace trim? The high waist?
(FWIW, when I asked daughter to take my picture to post it, she said that she doesn't think it looks too young.)

(Forgive the rumpled look. It was in my ironing pile.)
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Date: 4/25/13 4:29 PM

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Date: 4/25/13 4:42 PM

I don't think 'too young' when I see it in this photo on you. It looks like a summery informal dress.

I've more or less given up worrying about the right for my age question. Aside from not wearing clothes which would be grossly inappropriate that is. Its just too complicated.

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Date: 4/25/13 4:46 PM

I agree with you about this - it's not necessarily the pattern but the type of print of the fabric. Ditsy floral prints often can seem too young for a dress (or too old, as in a floral house dress sort of way). I am in my 40's and I would use this fabric for a blouse but probably not a dress. I would make either a traditional button front shirt style, maybe slightly oversized, or a tunic version of the dress you made. I would eliminate the ties. Any tie sort of thing to me seems very girly. Some people my age could carry that off, but not me. I would wear it with jeans, dark blue denim or white for summer and feel completely age-appropriate and stylish. I also agree with you that this particular dress pattern can be very age appropriate, but I think it would be easier to pull off in a solid color fabric. Or the longer length in a more sophisticated print. I'd also slim down the sleeve and not do a bell sleeve but a straight one. (But I think that is just me - I don't like how bell sleeves look or feel on me.)
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Date: 4/25/13 5:03 PM

It's not young in the trashy sense, ie too much skin or too short, but everything about it says young and unsophisticated; small floral print, frills, the sleeves, the shape of the dress and the pastel colors. It's reminds me of my 27 year old dd's favorite dress when she was 4. I'm 62 and I think that these elements say pre teen, not a look I want to emulate. I think that it's the kind of thing that makes you look older.

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