{Day 13} Top 25 Clothes That Just Gotta Go

Happy Saturday! I’m having so much fun with this series and from all the positive comments and emails, I think ya’ll are enjoying it too. Today I’m sharing the Top 25 Clothes That Just Gotta Go according to Charla Krupp, in her book How Not To Look Old.

Of course, these are her opinions and if you want to wear any of these, feel free. I’m just sharing them with you. Charla says, “they date you and make you look old lady.”

Here’s her list: 

1. Holiday Sweaters with bells and appliques (in my opinion, a teacher might get away with wearing one of these.)

2. Granny/mommy necklaces that tell how many grandchildren/children you have.

3. Souvenir T-shirts

4. T-shirts with meant-to-be-funny sayings

5. Overalls

6. Acid-washed jeans

7. Ripped jeans

8. Shoulder pads

9. Flannel shirts

10. Muumuus

11. Photo handbags (no matter how cute the kids or grandkids!)

12. Flesh-colored hose

13. Penny loafers

14. Oversized blazers

15. Mommy robes (ouch I may have a mommy robe!)

16. Thin-gold-chain necklaces

17. Elastic-waist pants

18. Granny undies

19. Baggy sweats

20. Bearlike, full-length fur coats

21. Short shorts

22. Cargo pants

23. Stockings iwth reinforced toes

24. Three-piece suits with vests

25. Backpacks

Okay, there you have it! What do you think about this list? 

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  1. says

    Backpacks and cargo pants are great if you backpack, hike and camp ;-). Signed, Almost 50 but still young and energetic! (Gotta keep up with our active, grown children)!

  2. Liana says

    Talk to us about skinny jeans? I see you were wearing some on weds, do you have any dos and don’ts for skinny jeans and what shoes to wear?

  3. Tish says

    I just found this & I love it. Totally hooked on you. I’m on fb looking for your page. I just turned 48 last Thursday & I feel fantastic! I look forward to reading everything thing 😉

  4. brenda says

    I love this series. But I do have to say I wear ripped jeans. When my daughters aren’t wearing them. (im a single mom) And tight t-shirts. And I get more admiring looks from guys when I wear these than when I am in anything else. I also have a mommy necklace I wear on occasion and the charms have my kids name on it. My kids love it when I wear it.
    Thanks for writing this series.

  5. teresa says

    What is a mommy robe? I don’t agree with cargo pants. They’re my favourite and I don’t think I look old in them at all. My tights all have reinforced toes…who sees them in closed toe shoes? Also, big hoes where your toes are isn’t too attractive and my hosiery is quite expensive. Of course I would wear them with sandals, but I hardly ever wear hosiery with sandals or outside of winter. I also like penny-loafers and backpack hanbags. Again, the latter is better than poor posture! I agree with most of the others. I’m loving this series! CTD

  6. says

    Hi Kate!
    I’m so nice to meet you! I’m not sure what Mommy robes look like but I’m picturing the ones that zip up in the front. :-)
    Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Debbie Dunbar says

    Great ideas. I laughed at several – Does anyone wear acid wash anymore? I may have a few offenders but I will work on that! I too have questions about the hose though. I wear tights most of the time in the fall/winter but there are sometimes when you just need hose. What color is correct?


  8. Dee says

    Hmmm… well, I’m only 35, but I LOVE my cargo pants and loafers (not together though!) I love comfy ripped knee jeans (at home and for errand running) and baggy sweatshirts in the winter are awesome. 😉 I also carry a backpack in place of a diaper bag, and my favorite necklace has my kids names on it. (What’s wrong with that?) 😉 Guess I’m doomed to look “old and unfashionable”. Oh well… LOL… Totally agree with you on the hose though, bleck!

  9. says

    I’m so glad you like your haircut! I’m sure it looks great!
    Yes, Kate Middleton has made nude hose popular again but I just can’t seem to wear them. I’m a tights girl myself.
    Thanks for stopping by!

  10. says

    Hey Gail! I think there might be a difference. Just make sure they’re not white, or off white. They do need to look like skin.
    Thanks for stopping by!
    P.S. I’m sure you look beautiful!!

  11. says

    Hi Mary Alice! Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m not sure about the panty hose color. I don’t wear panty hose only tights in the winter.
    I do think since she wrote this Kate Middleton has made nude hose a little more popular.
    I’m not sure what a mommy robe is either but I have a feeling I wear one!! :-)
    Have a great week,

  12. Wanda says

    I’ve grown my hair out long…past my shoulders. I had on a Pink t-shirt (supporting breast cancer month from my local fire dept.) and yoga pants on yesterday, with flip flops. My husband said I looked like a young chick! I’m 53….LOL!!! I usually dress nicely though when I’m at work or at church.

  13. Steph says

    I agree what is deal with souvenor tshirts and backpacks….I have a Vera Bradly Travel backpack I love and do only use for traveling!

  14. says

    Oh, dear lord, you have no idea how timely this is. I’m guilty of 4, 5, 9 (but it gets cold out here!), 15, 17, 18, 22, and 25. Yikes!

    Time for some changes. Thanks for sharing!

  15. says

    Ok, so I’m guilty of a couple of these. I do have a pair of cargo pants, and a couple of flannel shirts. I also own ONE Christmas sweater that I wear only once a year, for my class Christmas Party at school. My daughter actually borrowed it to wear to an “Ugly Christmas Sweater Party.” Thanks for doing these fun posts, your blog stands out in the sea of decorating blogs I regularly follow.


  16. says

    Uh, oh….I may have some penny loafers, a mom robe and cargo pants lying around…maybe?!?

    Thanks for the giggles, Cyndi! Certainly an eye-opening visual with all of these items together in one place! I will be getting rid of said articles promptly!! ;O)

  17. Denise says

    Thank you for mentioning the short shorts. Too many women out there are in denial. I did good except for the jewelry. I may need to rethink those.

  18. Joy says

    Hi Cyndi, I read this list early this morning and had quite a chuckle over some of them. I guess I’m excluded and can wear all the no-no’s on the list… since I’m not near 40! lol KIDDING!! I did enjoy them… have a wonderful Sunday tomorrow :)

  19. Kate Rochford says

    Hi Cindi!! Really loving this series! As a well-over-40-something, it is tough to be objective about how to stay updated. I tend to just create my own reality. This series is dead on and is helping me lots! So far, I have ditched the dark lipstick, made a hair appointment to get bangs, and have thrown away all of my eyeshadow. Oh, and I made an eye appointment to get new glasses! I knew that I liked you as soon as I saw your blog but….. I am a hygienist also! That really sealed the deal! OK…. what is a mom robe? Don’t all robes look like something your mom would wear? :) Thank goodness that flannel nightgowns were not on the list. I will continue to wear my grannie panties under my flannel nightgown in hopes that it will not ruin my new hip and undated image! I guess I will have to forgo the robe! Thanks again ! Really love your blog! Kate PS I have never replied to a blog!

  20. Kelly says

    Love this series! I’m quickly approaching 50 and am loving all the tips here. Thanks for putting the time into this!

  21. Sissy Lou says

    I love that you are listing these. Now that I am with my sweet babies all day, it is much harder to keep current and not be frumpy. But I disagree with the nude hose– Princess Kate Middleton wears nude hose a lot of the time. Old bare legs seem as inappropriate
    as short shorts especially with winter clothes or a very conservative business attire. Thank you for all of these tips-I also got my hair cut shorter and changed the highlights and lowlights a bit–love it!

  22. says

    Mini Skirt is not on the list? Not that I want it on there….still like wearing them on occasion. Although they are not as “mini” as they used to be. 😉

  23. Sandy says

    I do agree with all of them, except I do have a couple “souvenir t-shirts” that I wear with my yoga pants. I don’t wear them out of the house, though, so technically I guess they don’t count! :) This has been a great series!

  24. Donna says

    lol…he doesn’t know you were the inspiration. I have had nothing but compliments and everyone says I look so young, even with my “Silver” streaks. I will not die my hair, it is in awesome shape, just need to keep a youthful appearance to pull it all off. But thanks for the push to cut my hair! :)

  25. says

    I definitely agree with all except the flesh colored hose. I saw where someone else had the same question. I thought that was stylish if and when you wear hose. I am on a platform quite often singing or speaking and wear the “buff” (not nude) colored hose. Are buff and nude colored the same? Confused in Nicholasville!!!!!!

  26. Mary Alice says

    Ok, so no nude hose. Then what color are we supposed to wear. It seems odd to me to have dark legs if you have light skin everywhere else. Tan hose seems to dark for me and beige just seems to be an ugly color.
    So, what color would you suggest? What color is left? Serious question.

    One more question: What is a mommy robe? And what should we over 40s wear instead of a mommy robe?

    I’ve been enjoying this series!

  27. says

    Oh no Donna, I hope your husband is not upset with me! :-) But I’m glad you like it.
    I think you’re fine with your clothes as long as you don’t wear sandals with your reinforced toe hoses.
    Have a great weekend,

  28. Maggie says

    What a fun list! Oh, I wish I dared share it with some ‘Over 40’s” I know!
    However, like Donna, I am wondering why flannel shirts are on the list?
    Unless, of course, she means Hubby’s over-sized shirt, worn with overalls or acid wash jeans with holes and an elastic waistband…

  29. says

    Fun list! I do have a couple of the ‘offenders’ in my wardrobe… would be tough not to. I have a backpack that I use as a ‘mommy bag’ in place of the old diaper bag… being on-the-go with toddlers in tow requires a few more accoutrements than generally fit into a standard handbag.

  30. Melissa says

    Well, I’m dead on for one of these and I’m wondering why it’s on the list. It’s the flesh colored hose?? I dislike hose anyway and only wear them in the winter, but when I do I only want something very sheer, lightweight with just a hint of color. Other than questioning this one article, I totally agree w/ all the others. I look forward to hearing from you daily…and even have a board “40 Something” full of Cyndi tips! Thank you for all the valuable information!

  31. says

    Totally agree with the acid wash/shoulder pads or anything else from the 80s/90s. Chances are if you wore it in high school then it may be time to retire the look. Nobody wants to look like a living time capsule.

    I do question the t-shirts and backpacks though. Discretion should be used. The walking billboards for Myrtle Beach look doesn’t do anyone any favors. However, I have a pretty cute Grand ol’ Opry t-shirt that doesn’t scream tourist.

    I’m curious about the backpack suggestion. Maybe that’s a regional thing. In Michigan, I don’t see many adults with backpacks (unless they are techie or returning to school).

  32. Melissa says

    Thanks for this great post! I’m not yet 40 but as a mom of 3, with one rapidly approaching jr high, I find it so easy to get in a fashion rut of yoga pants and t-shirts everyday. You give such clever tips and my wardrobe is now slowly growing with the addition of cute items without looking like I’m trying to compete with my preteen for trends. Thanks for all you do!

  33. Rhetta says

    This is a great series! I have one black and white flannel shirt with 3/4 sleeves that fits nicely; not quite ready to pitch it. And one tailored blouse with very skinny shoulder pads. Other than these, I did a lot better than I thought I would. Thanks for all the informative posts! :)

  34. Donna says

    Interesting, I have some really pretty tops that are flannel, but not the husband’s flannel shirt, though I have been known to wear those around the house. My yoga pans have elastic in them…and I wear reinforced toe hose with my pumps everyday to work. If not, I would be buying a lot more hose. But I agree with most of them. :) love this series. I cut my hair yesterday, my husband is not happy, but I do look younger! :)


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