Honesty moment: Getting older is awesome. Seriously, it’s one of those things you hear murmurings of as a young adult, but until you’ve glided by 30, it’s hard to accurately describe the feelings associated with knowing yourself, embracing your sexual power, and generally kicking ass and taking names at life in a way you’d never have imagined possible at 25.
However, because we’re women, getting older also means society thinks it gets to comment on how we live. But when Valerie Stiegner came across a photo gallery titled 24 Things Women Over 30 Should Not Wear (an article we won’t bother linking to) rather than pull a shrinking violet and bow to societal pressure, she chose a different route: out and out defiance.
She says, “The article implies that women over 30 shouldn’t draw too much attention to themselves. An aging body is distasteful. But the older I get, the more I like my body. Not because I have buns of steel (I don’t) and nice calves, but because I love myself…I don’t want to suppress the things I like and slink into the aging background of muted colors and baggy blouses.”
So Steigner wrote her own list: 14 Things I Will Start Wearing Now That I’m 30. Here are some of our faves from her inspiring thoughts:
- I will wear low-cut shirts because sometimes cleavage is fun.
- I will wear leopard print because it’s sexy, and I like to be sexy sometimes.
- I will wear crop tops because sometimes I like to show a little skin.
In fact, Steigner reminds us of another woman we hold in high esteem for embracing her body: Serena Williams, who said, “I realized that you really have to learn to accept who you are and love who you are. I’m really happy with my body type, and I’m really proud of it.”
So, question: what will you wear that shows you love your body and are proud of who you are?