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Is a Wild Look Inappropriate After a Certain Age?

British fashion designer Zandra Rhodes is known for her out-of-the-ordinary sense of style. At 68 years old, she's still wearing wilder hair and makeup than most women who are decades younger. This punky look is uniquely hers, and it's a visual sign that she isn't some little-old-lady type.

I think she has the confidence to pull off her signature look, but not every woman can do it. (I'm not even 30, and yet I think my pink-haired days are behind me.) So what do you think? After a certain age, is wild hair and makeup inappropriate? Or is personal expression a timeless thing?

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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I don't think it really matters about your age when it comes to hair and makeup. I wouldn't want to see her in a cropped top and a miniskirt but pink hair and thick eyeliner is fine.
jenny-lee250605 jenny-lee250605 8 years
she just looks silly - and not in a good way.
Nataliee2007 Nataliee2007 8 years
I Wouldnt be bothered if i saw a older lady with pink hair Its There choice at the end of the day x
Nataliee2007 Nataliee2007 8 years
I Wouldnt be bothered if i saw a older lady with pink hair Its There choice at the end of the day x
cmoore cmoore 8 years
Where would fashion be today, without it's eccentrics! Think Isabella Blow and Anna Piaggi!
cmoore cmoore 8 years
Where would fashion be today, without it's eccentrics! Think Isabella Blow and Anna Piaggi!
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 8 years
i like how ballsy she is. i love the hair, but i think the eye makeup is a little unflattering on her.
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 8 years
Oh yeah, this is not cool after a certain age. Neither is too much makeup in crazy colors. Who wants to look like Ms. Dinsmoor from Great Expectations?
moisville moisville 8 years
I think it looks fantastic - much better than it would on a young girl. It's like wild/garish eyeglasses - just cooler and funky on a mature, confident face. A signature look. Hope I can pull it off some day!
anon321 anon321 8 years
it definitely works for her! i hope i have that much confidence when i reach that age.
demeter demeter 8 years
Definitely.
demeter demeter 8 years
Definitely.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
I like Swen's comments and I agree with most - if it feels good do it. Although I think she should be wearing pink lipstick to match her hair. It looks orange in the picture.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
All I could see is the eye make-up.
emalove emalove 8 years
I think it can look silly, but I don't think it's "inappropriate".
doogirl doogirl 8 years
I'm 32 and have been thinking about pink streaks in my hair, but then I have to remember that I have a daughter in Kindergarten, and pink hair probably doesn't go well with that. *sigh* I'd love to do it, but I have to face the fact that I'm a grown up.
poissondujour poissondujour 8 years
All I can say: Vivienne Westwood.
AKirstin AKirstin 8 years
I'm so glad so many of you are with me on this! :D Just because you are a specific age doesn't mean you should stop being you. If you like being cookie-cutter, cool. If you like being a wild child, also cool. Rock on diversity! ;)
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
This is much more about style than beauty, if that makes sense, so I wouldn't judge her look solely on the aesthetics of beauty and what's flattering. If she has the self-confidence to wear a look like that, then more power to her. It's obviously making a statement more so than conforming to an aesthetic ideal. I wouldn't be able to do it, I don't think.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
This is much more about style than beauty, if that makes sense, so I wouldn't judge her look solely on the aesthetics of beauty and what's flattering. If she has the self-confidence to wear a look like that, then more power to her. It's obviously making a statement more so than conforming to an aesthetic ideal.I wouldn't be able to do it, I don't think.
madisongirl madisongirl 8 years
actually her hair isn't too bad, but she got way too much makeup make, lose the blush or too bright lips.
bluecanary bluecanary 8 years
When I am an old woman I shall wear purple...hair that is! Seriously, once I'm out of the workforce all bets are off! And if I worked in an artistic environment like she does I'd break out the manic panic tomorrow!
LilyBiscuit7 LilyBiscuit7 8 years
Actually I like it much better than the mature women in my area that all look alike....same hair, clothing, etc....so boring!
Greentea1203 Greentea1203 8 years
I think attitude is most important. Howevever, for me, I'm over the crazy hair colors at my age. I'm 26 and have my golden blonde hair back after a few years of hot pink and black, red and black and white hair.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 8 years
i guess, it really depends on the person.
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