The Best Dos & Don’ts of What to Wear in your 50’s!

Michelle Combs

The Dos & Don’ts of What to Wear in Your 50’s turns the notion of style guides on its head. As Michelle Combs points out, it’s not about what you put on, it’s how best to wear your own self esteem. Making the list of no-no’s for Michelle are shame and regret and the weight of the world! Because, as Michelle says, “When you wear the weight of the world on your shoulders, you age!” But do wear black eyeliner because if not now, then when??

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Read along with Michelle: Originally published under the title What Not To Wear After Age 50 on Rubber Shoes in Hell. A version also appeared on Huffington Post, on 2/11/2015.





About Michelle Combs

Michelle Poston Combs writes humorous and serious observations on life, menopause, anxiety, and marriage on her site, Rubber Shoes In Hell.

She lives in Ohio with her husband and youngest son. She stands at the precipice of empty nest syndrome which she finds both terrifying and exhilarating.

Michelle programs computers to pay the bills. She counters this soul sucking endeavor by contributing to Jen Mann’s anthology I Still Just Want To Pee Alone, Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Better Homes and Garden, Grand, Vibrant Nation, Erma Bombeck's Writers Workshop, New Jersey Family Magazine, and Listen To Your Mother.

18 thoughts on “The Best Dos & Don’ts of What to Wear in your 50’s!”

  1. Great to hear you, Michelle–and your sage words of advice to essentially f*** what others think about what we wear, and to let go of all that other crap we carry on our shoulders and in between our ears. Great rendition of a terrific written post..

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you so much, Roxanne!!!

  2. L. E. Bruce says:

    Just what I need this depressing morning. Scuse me while I take off this ugly shame and guilt! My one frustration is that I have never been able to achieve a proper Resting Bitch Face. My resting face is more Muppet Mailbox Mouth.

    1. Michelle says:

      Muppet mailbox mouth is the best thing I’ve ever heard. HAHAHAHAHAH

  3. Lisa K Hauner says:

    Best Shopping List Ever!
    As much as I enjoy reading your stuff, listening to you is even more fun!
    Great advice and even if I receive the ‘Shoe box filled with shattered dreams’ I’ll go find some ‘Dude’ pictures and be all happy again!
    More, Please?

    1. Michelle says:

      Yay! So glad to see you here!

  4. Janet says:

    Great advice from you as always.
    Something popped up on facebook the other day that said you should stop wearing jeans after 50. What the hell? I’m in my 60’s and they will have to pry the jeans off my cold dead body

    1. Sarah B says:

      Exactly! I just told someone yesterday that I will be wearing jeans when I’m 90! Lol

    2. Michelle says:

      That’s just so silly…SAYS WHO? It’s insanity. Why does it matter. Are we taking something away from someone else by wearing jeans after 50??

  5. BarbaraM says:

    Great post and gets better every time I read (hear) it! You have a GREAT voice!

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you so much! I had a good time reworking this one a little.

  6. Haralee says:

    Loved it. I did not know you have a bit of a Southern accent!

    1. Michelle says:

      I was raised in Kentucky…it was inevitable.

  7. Sarah B says:

    Lol! This was great!!! Love it!

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you so much!

  8. Thanks Michelle as well for trusting us with your debut podcast! So glad our readers (and yours) have enjoyed it so much – it’s so much more comfortable to leave shame and guilt in a heap on the floor in the morning and instead put on my tight black jeans!

    1. Michelle says:

      Thank you! Thank you for having me!

  9. Doug in Oakland says:

    Great podcast, Michelle. What I need to stop wearing now that I’m 56 is out. As in “wear and tear”, only less technical.

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