Often we wonder about “appropriateness” when dressing. Apart from choosing something that is suitable for a specific occasion, for example weddings, dinner parties, etc. the next question might be: Age appropriateness.
But I believe that with the exception of short, short skirts, ripped jeans, midriff baring tops, anything too tight or frankly shockingly sexy, which in my opinion is a mistake for all ages (but that’s another conversation, for another day) just about anything can be worn by grandmothers, their daughters and their granddaughters.
That is not to say they will wear an item in precisely the same way. A teenager would probably wear a short denim skirt for example, her mother’s and grandmother’s skirts would be longer, but the idea is identical. The same thing goes for jeans, different styles perhaps — or perhaps not — but probably different tops. No message t-shirts for mother and grandmother.
Shoes too, at least in France, seem to have no generational barriers except most women after a certain age, which is a personal decision, opt out of sky-high heels. I remember when I interviewed very saucy lingerie designer, Chantal Thomass, 67. who is known for her scary heel heights, she told me that she wears ballerinas in her car and changes into her heels before she makes her entrance into a cocktail party. Her reputation remains intact.
I thought it would be fun to start a transgenerational series. Babette put together three looks for me a couple of months ago, which I’ve been saving. She did the same thing for my book.
Today I would like to prove that three generations can wear the timeless marinière t-shirt with great style.