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Last week, my friend Meg wrote this rebuttal to a post that’s apparently been making its rounds on the internet (in which a young chick tells us 30+ women about all the things that we shouldn’t be wearing). I confess, I did do a search to find said post (because I’m nosy, what can I say?) Honestly, most of the stuff she mentioned didn’t really affect me. But, there was that one thing . . . she said that women over 30 shouldn’t wear graphic tees!
I have to admit, that got my hackles up a bit. Why? Well, maybe this says it best:
Just the other week, I cleaned out my t-shirt drawers (yes, plural!) I discovered a new way to fold them so that I could fit MORE in the drawers, which also equates to better rotation of the shirts since I can see them all at a glance (rather than having to dig).
What you don’t see in this picture is the stack of t-shirts that’s in my closet (most of the graphic tees we’ve designed for our Disney trips over the years – and, yes, we wear them at home too!)
Anyway, that post got me to thinking about the reasons WHY I choose to wear graphic tees. For a fleeting second, I wondered if maybe it really was wrong. But that thought quickly passed. I’m a stay-at-home mom and graphic tees have become my day-to-day uniform – often thrown on with a pair of yoga pants (I know – the shame!) On “good” days, I actually throw on a pair of jeans. Let’s face it, I dress for comfort and I’m dressing for ME.
For those of you who are also wearing graphic tees (or questioning your judgement in wearing them), rest assured. It’s ok! I’ve come up with a list of reasons to justify our graphic-tee-wearing selves.
Why I Wear Graphic Tees:
1. To remind me of the PEOPLE I love
On the graphic above, in the picture of Ashley and me with Elmo, I’m wearing my Swon Brothers tee. I love the Swon Brothers and their music. I’ve got other tees that remind me of some of my favorite musicians (Steven Curtis Chapman, Kutless, etc.) For Ashley’s birthday trip to Walt Disney World, I even designed shirts that reminded us (and the rest of the world) that we were celebrating ASHLEY on that day. I’ve got a Special Olympics tee that reminds me of my friend Hannah. I’ve got an ovarian cancer awareness tee that reminds me of my friend Sue. I’ve got some homeschool mom shirts that remind me of my kids. Ashley even got me a TeamJase tee!
2. To remind me of the PLACES I love
In the picture of us 3 girls in front of the Tree of Life, I’m wearing a tee that I designed especially for a visit to the Animal Kingdom. We’ve got tees for all the Disney parks, along with many other places that we like to visit on occasion. We’ll often pick up fun tees (or sweatshirts) to remind us of fun trips to the beach, other vacation destinations, or day trips.
3. To remind me of the THINGS I love
In the picture of me with my pal Mickey, I’m wearing a t-shirt that my friend Christi designed for me. Can you see it? It’s my blog logo! I’ve got a t-shirt that reminds me of homeschool conventions I’ve attended, one that reminds me of a favorite snack (Dole Whip!), one that reminds me of Harry Potter, and much more.
You know what? I’m not even sorry if my t-shirt wearing offends you. I wear them because they make ME happy. I’m over 40 now. I’ve lived. I’ve learned. And, quite frankly, I don’t give a flying fart what some 20-something thinks of my wardrobe. So there! To quote my friend Meg:
What it comes down to is this: when you spend time worrying about how someone else looks you’re taking away from your own happiness. Many young people may not understand this concept yet, but age makes us wiser (and hopefully kinder). Wear what makes you happy! Do what makes you happy. Most importantly, BE what makes you happy!