Oh am I over the acceptable age to wear graphic tees?

Seriously, I never get this thing about dressing your age because for me, I’m always aiming to dress under my age most of the time. So it’s very funny when someone recently told me that I shouldn’t be wearing graphic tees anymore at my age and I was like (O_O). Huh? Cannot already meh? But I really like them what.

Okay, there are certain kinds of graphic tees I won’t wear like the Hello Kitty types but I really like those arty graphic tees. Still, I was told that they’re more suitable for the younger ones (she meant teenagers or those in their early twenties). She thinks that this one that I’m wearing is too girlie and I should just stick to wearing plain solid colored tees.

Although her tone was cheerful and friendly, I thought she was quite rude. But anyway, I wasn’t offended. I just laughed it off because I didn’t think this person makes a good fashion police and so her comments didn’t have weight on me. Plus, I feel perfectly comfortable wearing what I wear and I’m not about to change my wardrobe just because of what she has said. Maybe the next time I meet her, I should do the whole works of wearing a girlie graphic tee complete with mini skirt, a pair of ankle boots and perhaps fake lashes too?

So what’s your take? Do you think there is an acceptable age to wear graphic tees?


  1. Audris says:

    Of course not! That Tee looks good on you or you make the Tee look good ? She’s probably just imposing her own perception of style onto you. But so long as you feel good and look good, who really cares? My 60 year old mum was wearing a black and white graphic tee today, paired with khakis. I thought it looked pretty ok.

  2. Lee Ying says:

    Depends on what kind of graphic tees. I’ve seen some women wearing those cute looking tshirts or those with funny words and I think they don’t look okay to me.

  3. va says:

    Hello , I think you look fine wearing this t shirt .
    You shouldn’t feel you should be subjected just to wearing boring clothing because you are getting older and at an age where women usually dress conservatively like a president’s wife . I find that look boring . Your look should consist of what you like despite what people think but then again it shouldn’t look too childish that people will think you only want to be a teenager and so on . lol ?

  4. Jyoan says:

    I like seeing well-dressed people who look like they have thought about the ensemble. As long as the person can work it, anything goes!

    Oh, and I totally think your dressing in this photo is so stylish! The graphic tee is so well complemented by the black, somewhat tribal cloth bag, that is in turn complemented by your cardigan in almost the same material. And these are completed with the matching slipper and necklace!
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  5. lazeny says:

    There are graphic tees that *are age appropriate. Just like what you are wearing at the picture. And graphic tees can be dressed up too, just throw in a blazer and a tasteful pair of shoes and you are good to go.

    I’m in my late 20’s and I still love Hello Kitty. I still carry Hello Kitty stuff with me (like a planner, a highlighter pen , even an umbrella) but I would not wear a Hello Kitty graphic tee.

  6. Paris B says:

    Nope, I don’t think age has anything to do with it. You look chic and comfortable and there’s no reason not to keep wearing them.
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  7. Hippo says:

    Solid colored tees are safe but can be boring. Graphic tees are more interesting to look at and to me, more fun to wear too. I wear a lot of them.

  8. Janet says:

    Wear whatever makes you feel good!

  9. Swati says:

    I would say wear whatever you want coz the more important think is how to carry clothes than what should be worn at a certain age or not!!! surprisingly, many people can carry things which might not be suitable for their age. and, the tee doesn’t at all look as if it is a misfit on you!!!
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  10. Amanda says:

    You look good (chic and young as well) in the graphic tee! Coincidentally, this is something I’m thinking often about frequently because I’m into a makeover myself! No doubt, I’m revamping my wardrobe. Having been a conservative gal in the past, I’m doing my best to try out different things (e.g. skinny jeans, shorts, sleeveless shirts), and I have to say, I love my new look! But the problem with my recent change was a clash between my logic and my mentality. My logic tells me I should dress to show my actual age, but my mentality is I haven’t prepared to look old even at my age. So, I am quite disoriented. I think I should learn more from you: be bold and open-minded. Then, I would have fewer problems ?
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  11. Sesame says:

    Wa, your mom is hip! My mom never wore tees. ?

  12. Sesame says:

    Oh those tees with funny words…some of them are quite rude actually…

  13. Sesame says:

    I’ve always thought fashion is a personal preference and style; I like to dress young but I do have limits. I don’t wear mini skirts for example and I don’t like hipster pants.

  14. Sesame says:

    My primary concern with apparel is comfort and some style. I usually wear simple stuff though so much so that some people also ask me why I’m always in sandals. ?

  15. Sesame says:

    No offense about the Hello Kitty tees…I do go ga-ga over the toy still but I would not wear the tee.

  16. Sesame says:

    Yeah, I have no intentions to stop wearing them.

  17. Sesame says:

    On a day-to-day basis, I wear quite a bit of graphic tees…those with words and so forth but I don’t really wear them out a lot. I like those with a bit more edgy designs.

  18. Sesame says:

    Yeah, that for sure!

  19. Sesame says:

    I have no idea why this person thinks it’s not appropriate for me. Anyway, it’s not something I’m bothered about and I’ll continue to wear what I like.

  20. Sesame says:

    Thanks Amanda. Personally, I don’t like the idea of dressing my age when I can. With certain type of work, you may have to look older to reflect seniority but when it comes to social outings, I’m for dressing down. I’ll encourage you to dress younger…you’ll feel a lot better. My colleague, who used to come in suits, started coming in dresses and has been pleased because of the compliments she’s been receiving. I personally like her new look!

  21. EcoBeauty says:

    No! I don’t think you’re too old to wear graphic tees. My fashion philosophy is “as long as something looks good on you and you aren’t causing harm to those around you, wear it”.

    You are very petite and you look young for your age. When I met you in person to collect the green beauty prizes, I think you were wearing something like a sun dress/long shirt (i forgot but I thought it was something I’d like to wear, lol) which was very hip and young-ish but it looked really nice on you. And looking at your photos above, I think you carry graphic tees and shorts well, and pair them with the right bag and accessories.
    It’s better to look good in what you wear than to wear clothes are are deemed ‘suitable’ for your age but look lousy and unhappy in them.
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  22. Sesame says:

    I think most of my clothes are for young adults. I do wear some dresses which are more age-appropriate but my favorites are actually those that are not of my age. Haha…if I have a daughter, I most probably can share my clothes with her. ?

  23. Miraiyuki says:

    You look good in that graphic T. I think it’s more important to feel and look comfortable. I’ve seen ladies who wore ‘fashionably’ and ‘to-their-age’ but behaving like spoilt girls, ah lians, ah sohs, or keep fidgeting in their outfit… those behaviours just aren’t cool. I think appropriate body gestures (graceful, fun loving or simply being comfortable and relaxed ) that accompany the outfit make a lady lovable.

  24. Sesame says:

    Thanks! Yes, the attitude is important and like you mentioned, appropriate body gestures.

  25. Crow says:

    To be honest, yes you are too old for that look. You would look better with a different look entirely. I am not a fan of women looking like
    “cute little girls ” even when they are younger as i think it is demeaning and makes us cater to some strange male desire that we need not feed!

  26. Sesame says:

    Oh okay, I can understand that looks are subjective and some may not like this look. But I hadn’t realized that this look is considered as cute and I really don’t know how such a look can cater to strange male desire. But this is how I like to dress on some days…I don’t have one single look. Well, my take is since I can’t please everyone, so I rather choose to please myself. ? Thanks anyway for your comments.

  27. Ruby says:

    I think you look very cute and casual! The shirt isn’t “too loud” to me at all. And I like that you added the cardigan, just adds that touch of matureness. I could see if you were pushing it with some kind of crazy shoes or really bright plastic jewelry and a bow headband in your hair or something.

    But honestly, wear whatever you like! It’s not her or anyone’s business.

  28. Sesame says:

    Haha…I can never do with a bow headband.

  29. ange says:

    i lurve wearing graphic tees! in fact i love all sorts of tees (but NOT hello kitty)! i am really into tokidoki and i really don’t give a hoot as to what other people think about my style. life’s too short! you should do whatever makes you happy! oh and did i tell you i’m was pass the ‘supposed’ age limit? ?

  30. Sesame says:

    Yeah, I’m with you. I rather please myself than others. ?

  31. Maryam AH. says:

    OMG I think you look so cute in those pictures! Honestly how can anyone say your too old to dress that way. Here in Dubai I think you’d fit in ?

    How old are you? because I don’t think someone middle aged would be considered too old for cute graphic tees.

  32. Sesame says:

    Thanks that you think I can still fit in. ?

  33. SB says:

    I’m a guy in my mid 30s who usually passes for about 27 – I’ve been told that multiple times unsolicited. Something interesting – when I wear a solid color tee, I usually get younger girls (teens/early 20s) checking me out. When I wear a graphic tee usually older women. (presumably thinking I’m younger, haha) It’s quite interesting. Basically my point is – people usually can’t tell exactly how old we are from looking, so what’s wrong with wearing something to make us look younger if we want to?

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