An age limit to wear things (sneakers, graphic Ts & etc)?

#1 Posted by Enfamous_Mr_BHC (136 posts) -

I got into a debate not too long ago with someone similar to my age (26). We discussed if there was an age limit to wearing sneakers such as Vans, Air Force 1s and Chuck Taylors when a person reaches 30yrs old or older? I am an avid Air Force 1 collector and I can't see my hobby going away anytime soon. With that being said I know when and where to wear them, I usually sport them on family vacations, if I am hanging out with my friends or on casual errands and hang outs. I usually wear them with collared shirts and nice jeans. I occasionally wear graphic T-shirts with them and I usually try to match the shoe color subtly. I only get to do this when I am free and work on weekends. Work week I am dress for success (shirt, tie and slacks).

My rival however feels at a certain age someone should stop wearing sneakers completely and should always be dressed as if they are going to work or wearing some sort dress shoe or boots. It makes them feel more adult when they dress this way. Or fear of running into clients outside of work. To me if you're an adult you take care of your family, your bills and any obligations you have. Just because you dress a certain way doesn't automatically make you better than anyone else if you aren't handling your responsibilities.

In some cases I do agree sneakers shouldn't be worn to a nice dinner, a wedding, job interview or job fair or a very ritzy club event. Other than that why should one conform to what is a norm to some people and strange to others.

#2 Posted by Guybrush_3 (8308 posts) -

I usually wear leather shoes, but Chucks never go out of style. I'm not big on sneakers when I'm not working out, but if that's your thing then sure (you're 26, not 40)

#3 Posted by Master_Live (13616 posts) -

You should wear what you wanna wear when you wanna wear it. And you should be prepare to take the heat if you don't care for decorum.

#4 Edited by dave123321 (33346 posts) -

Would say it's more a time and place thing

#5 Edited by dave123321 (33346 posts) -

A balance. Like don't wear basketball shorts and a t shirt everywhere you go.

#6 Edited by Iszdope (9401 posts) -

69 dude.

#7 Posted by XilePrincess (13096 posts) -

There is no age limit as long as you make it look good. When you can't anymore, stop wearing it. You might want to retire your chucks for good when you have to start thinking about putting orthopedics in them.

Though I think middleaged women should stop dressing like 20somethings. The bedazzled ass on your overpriced jeans does not go with your impending menopause. And you do not look cute wearing a velour sweatsuit out in public. It is loungewear, not grocery shopping attire, you look dumb.

#8 Posted by wis3boi (30883 posts) -

Just what we need, more limits!

#9 Posted by sukraj (21604 posts) -
#10 Posted by Korvus (2371 posts) -

I think the limit shouldn't be age but whenever you're wearing them not because you like it or feel that you can wear them comfortably and are only doing it because you're trying to show everybody you're still "young and cool". My dressing style is a bit more formal but that's because I feel the most comfortable with it, so wear whatever you want, as long as you know when to dress up if needed (ie. formal events).

#11 Posted by elkoldo (899 posts) -

Dude, I didn't even read your opening post;

Wear whatever the heck that gives you a cool feeling ,for as long as it gives you the cool feeling, no matter how old you are.

I'm 20, not even bordering 21, and I can't help wearing suits,formal clothes.You know why? 'cause it makes me feel good,to look a bit different than other kids my age.

#12 Edited by lamprey263 (22430 posts) -

it depends on the individual and can they pull it off

#13 Posted by Netret0120 (1886 posts) -

@elkoldo said:

Dude, I didn't even read your opening post;

Wear whatever the heck that gives you a cool feeling ,for as long as it gives you the cool feeling, no matter how old you are.

I'm 20, not even bordering 21, and I can't help wearing suits,formal clothes.You know why? 'cause it makes me feel good,to look a bit different than other kids my age.

This.

Wear what makes you feel comfortable. You shouldn't wear clothes to make other people feel comfortable. Just be smart about where and when you wear certain things. Formal events obviously call for ties and shirts with dress shoes. If you are just chilling with friends, heck you can wear a tracksuit for all you care as long as you feel good in it.

#14 Edited by MuD3 (1168 posts) -

being an adult has zero to do with what you wear and anyone who is only wearing something because it makes them feel like an adult is much closer to immature than someone who is wearing sneakers and graphic tee's. wear what you like to wear, the end... there is no discussion or argument to be had. the only thing that makes someone an adult is age, everything else is personality. personality may change with experience but if it doesn't change that doesn't make you any less of an adult.

it really bugs me that most people's idea of maturity is to basically be less fun... maturity is being yourself and not getting in the way of others doing the same.

#15 Posted by Enfamous_Mr_BHC (136 posts) -

@MuD3 said:

being an adult has zero to do with what you wear and anyone who is only wearing something because it makes them feel like an adult is much closer to immature than someone who is wearing sneakers and graphic tee's. wear what you like to wear, the end... there is no discussion or argument to be had. the only thing that makes someone an adult is age, everything else is personality. personality may change with experience but if it doesn't change that doesn't make you any less of an adult.

it really bugs me that most people's idea of maturity is to basically be less fun... maturity is being yourself and not getting in the way of others doing the same.

Preach!