RANT: Carly Rae Jepsen’s Style: What Exactly Is “Age Appropriate?”

I know I’m a tad bit late to the party, but I’ve really started to like Carly Rae Jepsen. Normally whenever I hear something being played on the radio a lot, I tend to ignore it before it starts to drive me insane but “Call Me Maybe” is a great pop song. It’s relatable; I even have my own little parody. 😀

After watching the Much Music Video Awards last weekend, I really started to notice that Carly has talent beyond “Call Me Maybe” and she can really sing live. Its sad how we’re all shocked when that happens. Anyway, I came across a few articles online about Carly dressing “too young for her age” in order to reach her “tween” demographic and it outraged me. She’s 26 years old; how is she supposed to dress? People are comparing her to other celebs like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry and by doing that, it’s saying that is how she is supposed to be dressing. When will these comparisons stop? By doing that, we are sending out the message that you have to look a certain way by a certain age. NEWSFLASH: Growing up on your own terms is fine too. Ya know, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Beware: rant about to commence:

I’ve been noticing a lot lately that celebrities, mostly who are now starting to mature, like Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato are starting to dress, well, maturely. No disrespect to either of them, I adore them both, but I don’t think that just because you are growing up means that you have to prove anything. I was reading Demi’s Cosmopolitan article and at the end she said that since she is growing up, she’ll be dressing a lot more “maturely.” What does that even mean? Maturity, at least to me, is a state of being. You don’t have to dress a certain way to prove you’re grown up. It’s all in how you handle things, how you treat others; your mannerisms. Your style – no matter how hard you try – will not fool anyone.

Four years ago, I would have never believed that I’d be wearing the things I’m into now. I’m 23 and I’m getting into a lot more girly things like florals and elegant blouses. I understand that as you mature your style changes and so does your way of thinking but I don’t see why just because someone is 26 years old, they have to “dress the part.” What’s wrong with being modest? In this society, if you’re not showing any skin you’re labeled as a “prude” and that sickens me! Most girls my age walk around with everything showing like they’re trying so hard to prove that they’re sexy. They give off the impression that they lack self-respect which sometimes attracts the wrong kind of guys as well. Everything you need to be “sexy” is inside your heart. A real man will love you for your heart. Most good guys I know say they think “slutty” girls are a turn-off. They don’t like having every guy know what their girlfriend looks like undressed. A little mystery keeps things interesting. They even said that most girls who dress “maturely” are anything but mature. There ya go! 🙂

Will someone please tell me what is wrong with this outfit? I honestly can’t see a problem other than I want everything she’s wearing:

My point in all of this: I’m sick of hearing about classy women getting criticized because of their style! We don’t dress for attention; we dress for us! But hey, if any of you feel comfortable in your short short skirts then by all means, carry on; but do it for you, nobody else. Just because Miley is doing it, (just an example) doesn’t mean you have to as well. Part of the reason why I support Carly is because it’s so obvious she’s in it for the music and not for any of the Hollywood bull$%&!.

Here are my favorite classy women in music:


Michelle Branch

Taylor Swift

Selena Gomez

She’s growing up and she’s managing to do it all tastefully.

Shirley Manson

She’s sexy without showing it all off

Ellie Goulding

By the way: Check out this article and read the comments. 90% of them disapprove. Glad to see I’m not the only one who thinks this is ridiculous.

What do you think is “age appropriate?”