I don’t believe in fashion rules. Fashion is too subjective for the generalizations that comes with rule-making. We may all be exposed to current trends and shop at similar stores, but fashion is an expression of one’s singular style. A woman’s fashion sense, body type, personality, and lifestyle all impact the type of clothes she wears. We’re all too different for fashion rules to apply to everyone.

That’s why it was distressing to see people chide Jada Pinkett-Smith for posing in a bikini for a Facebook picture. The caption read ” To my Forty and over crew! Don’t believe the hype … we DO get better with age! ” and small minds immediately took to the comment section to chide her for wearing a bikini now that she’s older than 40.

My take? She has the body for it so why shouldn’t she wear it? Furthermore, she looks and feels beautiful in it. That trumps age in my book any day.

In her picture, Pinkett-Smith was able to debunk theories that women of a certain age lose their attractiveness with time. She looks as great as she did in her 20s, and her body could put many teenagers’ bodies to shame.

People love to police the way women dress with socially imposed rules, and it’s even sadder when we project these limited notions on each other. I hope to wear a bikini as long as I look great in it, looking to women like Pinkett-Smith and Chaka Khan, who recently flaunted her newly toned body, as inspiration.

What about you, Clutchettes? Do you believe there is an age limit to bikinis? Do you subscribe to fashion rules?

 

–Jaclyn Marshall

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  • black_feminist

    “She looks as great as she did in her 20s, and her body could put many teenagers’ bodies to shame.”

    Why do anyone’s bodies have to be put to shame? Why do we need to compare our bodies to others’, especially comparing a 40 year old’s body with a teenager’s? If ANY woman, regardless of her age or size, wants to wear a bikini, she should rock it!

    “People love to police the way women dress with socially imposed rules, and it’s even sadder when we project these limited notions on each other.”

    What? You are doing the same, exact thing in this article! Still enforcing a narrow, sexist body standard that women are supposed to meet in order to wear a bikini. Disappointing.

  • NewLook

    I will never look like that and I’m 24! If I can’t wear that doesnt mean you can’t!

  • Cee Jay

    wear what you want to wear, bikini or otherwise. you will see all shapes and sizes at the beach, so why worry? to add, there are some very nice retro style/vintage pinup girl bikinis out there that flatter all figures.

    • binks

      +1 I don’t feel that anybody should be shamed or told to stay away from something because other’s think it is unflattering or not for them (granted you should know what works on your body and what will make you look your best) but I am not down policing other women on what they should and shouldn’t wear. Jada looks good though