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Fashion Pet Peeves- What Are Yours?


I am sure by now, in midlife, you have a few fashion pet peeves.  I’ll share mine and I’d love to hear yours!

You are “TOO OLD” to wear that.

This has to be #1. How often do we see articles or hear someone say, ” You shouldn’t wear that at your age.” ” It’s not “age-appropriate”  I read an article a few years ago that said women over 40 shouldn’t wear jeans! Let’s stop the insanity! How does a garment like jeans have that kind of power over you!? It’s denim.  You shouldn’t wear a bikini at your age. And the list goes on.. You look up over 40 or over 50 fashion and so on, and you will see many blogs and articles that tell you what you “shouldn’t wear” after a certain age.

I always feel that confidence is the key to wearing what you want. Whatever it may be, it doesn’t have a age tag on it. I wear mini dresses and skirts on occasion as I like my legs. Whatever you decide to wear, wear it proudly!

Image credit- Glamour

AH-OHHHH I am wearing a mini-skirt here over 50! What’s going to happen??


With skin care (“fashion leeway”) marketing skin care to 40+ using models in their early 20s or photoshopped. 

No wonder there is insecurity in our skin or skincare, if the person selling it hardly has formed their first wrinkle.!

Companies not making garments long enough in the sleeves or hem.

For some taller ladies. ( I am 5 foot 9)  I wear either an XS or S and find that if I order a coat or shirt, at times, the sleeves are too short! Taller women can wear smaller sizes, but I think the industry doesn’t consider ladies over 5 foot 5 when designing smaller garments for taller ladies.  I often find sleeves on shirts, sweaters too short, but everything else fits.

Going into a store and seeing either “dowdy” clothing (for “older” ladies) or Teenie bopper styles.

(yes I said, “Tennie bopper”! )

Where are the fashionable clothes?

This just justifies the notion that women “of a certain age” should wear certain types of clothes.

Sports socks with sandals!

It’s just a No! LOL.

Ok. I am not talking about cute feminine , thinner socks with a pump or sandal that shows on the runway or seen here at Anna Sui’s exhibit.

I am talking about tube socks or socks you would wear to the gym.

These are adorable floral socks with a menswear shoe. I like this!

Clunky, Unattractive “orthopedic” shoes. –

I know there are foot problems, my mom has bunions and is extremely hard to find shoes for. Back in the day, when I was growing up, there certainly wasn’t the selection you have today as far as “comfort shoes”. Now, there are many shoe companies catering to ladies with bunions, wide feet, or problematic feet. Perhaps just want support and cushioning in a shoe, as well. These are just some of the companies that offer better selection of ‘comfort shoes” that are nice looking too-  Jambu  Ecco, Dansko, Naot, Vivaia, Vionics to name a few.

When a store has a “sale”, but their prices have increased, so the sale is really what you should pay in the first place!

That drives me a bit bonkers! Certain popular retailers over the past 5-7 years  have significantly increased their prices on garments and have not improved the quality. When they have a “sale” it really isn’t a sale.

Shipping over $10

Before you even put anything in your cart, the shipping is $10 or more.

I honestly don’t like to shop at places where there is no free shipping. If I am going to try on things at home, I want to be able to ship back without paying more money to return.

Some of my favorite shops are Mango, Zara, and Nordstrom for free shipping.

Size Inconsistencies

There are some retailers who make buying on-line difficult! Namely, when I read the reviews and the sizing information is all over the place! It runs big, it runs small, size down  etc. I will still always order on-line as i love the inventory choices, but there should be more consistancy when it comes to a brand. Some brands will offer size charts, so it is best to know your measurements.

Do you agree with this list? I’d love to hear your Fashion pet peeves! Let me know what yours are in the comments. 

Have a great weekend!
Jess xx



  • Carol
    Posted at 08:41h, 28 July Reply

    I agree with your pet peeves! However, I admit to wearing sports socks with my Birkenstock-type sandals around the house and backyard. It’s simply a comfortable combination — but I wouldn’t wear them out in public.
    Also — you look fabulous in your mini skirt!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:03h, 28 July Reply

      Carol, that certainly is one thing wearing them in your house and backyard, You should see the socks or pjs I wear at times! Thank you! I enjoy a mini for a change of pace from time to time!

  • Gail
    Posted at 02:13h, 28 July Reply

    I agree with all of these Jess! Except that at 5’4, I’m usually OK with most lengths of pant, although I can see how that’s a huge issue for taller women.
    I’d also add “greenwashing,” where fashion retailers claim fake eco credentials. They use 3rd parties to source all their fabrics and factories, and when the 3rd parties are exposed for bad practices, they deny all knowledge. Thanks for linking xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:04h, 28 July Reply

      its that but the sleeve thing bothers me too! Just because one wears a small size doesn’t mean they can’t be tall with longer limbs. Thats a very good pet peeve! Boy, how terrible is that !

  • Alexandra
    Posted at 12:27h, 27 July Reply

    I can relate to so many of these!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:51h, 27 July Reply

      Thank you Alexandra, they are peeves aren’t they!

  • Shelbee on the Edge
    Posted at 11:01h, 26 July Reply

    Super fun read, Jess! I share many of the same pet peeves as you. I am only 5’7” and I often find that sleeves and hemlines are too short in my size as well.. It is very frustrating indeed. And while I love wearing socks with sandals because I always have cold feet and a crazy collection of fun socks, I am always intentional in my styling of such! I am not a fan of athletic socks paired with sandals (or heels) either unless they are athletic sandals then it doesn’t bother me so much. Really great pos, my friend!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:54h, 27 July Reply

      Thank you Shelbee! I know it drives me a bit nuts about the sleeves, especially when ordering a coat. Thats what it is about too- intentional.. just not the tube socks please! LOL.

  • mireille
    Posted at 10:16h, 26 July Reply

    I hate paying for shipping and I don’t unless I am shopping a small business. I do agree pretty much with all of your pet peeves.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:57h, 27 July Reply

      Yes, the $10 or more shipping drives me crazy, especially if you want one item.

  • Ada Furxhi
    Posted at 12:42h, 25 July Reply

    You brought up so many good points Jess and I agree with everything! I hate the ageism of clothing and that so many certain styles especially dresses and tops are not suited for taller women. Cropped tops are so in this year but I find most of themm too short, like a bralette. I love crop tops but I too have a hard time ar 5.7″. At least most pants and jeans come in tall lengths. I 100% agree about the socks with sandals, too.

    I am back blogging and with my Thursday Moda linkup. WELCOME BY and join it! =) I will join your linkup tomorrow, too.

  • Rosemary Davis
    Posted at 07:17h, 25 July Reply

    I agree with all your pet peeves!
    Sizing is so confusing.
    I spend an afternoon last week trying to get the correct bra size to fit my body. The more sizes available the more confusing.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:27h, 25 July Reply

      Oh bras are annoying! I do like the Soma wireless bra- but honestly, I wish I could go without!

  • Diana
    Posted at 10:51h, 24 July Reply

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  • Michelle
    Posted at 09:48h, 23 July Reply

    I totally agree with you. Everyone should wear whatever they want! Size inconsistencies drive me nuts. I was at a consignment shop the other day and grabbed a number of tops in the same size. Only one actually fit me, the others were too big. I went to the next size down. One top fit, the other was too small. It’s crazy. And for me, the sleeve problem is the opposite – at 5’2” many long sleeved tops have sleeves that are too long. And yes, using 20 something’s to sell anti-aging products.. Please! And companies that have their own sizing conventions. How XL and 1X are basically the same size. Is it really necessary to have the demarcation line between “regular” sizing and plus sizing? Some companies don’t. They are all just sizes.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:29h, 25 July Reply

      It really can be annoying for ladies regarding sizing and inconsistencies within different retailers. Guys have it easy! I have stopped shopping at LOFT as the reviews are all over the place with sizes and fit. I do 98% of my shopping on-line.

  • jodie filogomo
    Posted at 12:40h, 22 July Reply

    Size is so subjective, and there’s no way companies will ever come together to make it universal. That’s why it’s silly to even focus or think about the size. You just choose the one that fits.
    One of my pet peeves is when women get stuck in a style. I wish we could push the idea of evolving and trying new things more than just every 10 years, haha.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:38h, 23 July Reply

      I think it certainly would be a challenge to make it universal. Understand what you are saying, it is good to get out of “the comfort zone” and try new things with fashion as well. This is the way we find out if there is another style we love!

  • Wendy
    Posted at 10:33h, 22 July Reply

    I think you nailed everything Jess! The size problems of women”s clothes is just ridiculous. I can’t believe it hasn’t been solved yet.

    My pet peeve is the way the fashion industry is constantly changing the trends which is why I like classic clothes that don’t go out of style.

    I never said, but I love your new blog style!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:44h, 22 July Reply

      Thank you Wendy! Oh, yes. Guys have it easy! Hubby wears a 32×34 pant and he goes in the store and buys it. Women have to try everything on, as there is no “standard” for women’s clothing. So true about trends. Each season the trends report is out and it changes. Best bet is to add inexpensive trends ( if you want) to your classic wardrobe, here and there. ( if something catches your eye). I too like more classic and romantic styles that dont go out of style as well.
      Glad you like the new blog look! I needed a change!

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