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Good Housekeeping
April 16, 2010

Can you still wear sexy clothes in your 30s and 40s?

Do older women have to forego revealing clothes? Daphne Osena-Paez, Miriam Quiambao, Angel Aquino, Marina Benipayo, Joey Mead, and other models break the rules of age-appropriate dressing.
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When it comes to fashion, is age really just a number? We’ve all heard of age-appropriate dressing, which conjures up images of sweet young things in hot pants facing off against mature ladies in granny outfits and orthopedic shoes. But with today’s modern woman taking better care of herself, and staying fit, fresh, and active well into her 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond, the lines about what looks good on whom are quickly becoming blurred.

Take the fashion walkoff staged by Olay on Wednesday, April 13, to launch the Olay Age Defying Body Bar. Brand ambassadors Daphne Oseña-Paez, Miriam Quiambao, and Angel Aquino joined famous faces (and bodies) from the Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP) in strutting their stuff on the catwalk dressed in summer’s hottest—and skin-baring—outfits.

The show was hosted by Issa Litton and Marc Nelson, whose friendly banter focused on the body parts that tend to inadvertently reveal one’s age: the neck and décolletage, the arms, and—most visible of all—the legs. Thus the fashion show selections from Trucco, Warehouse, Dorothy Perkins, and Topshop, were outfits that highlighted these areas. Veteran models Marina Benipayo, Joey Mead, Abbygale Arenas, and Patty Betita were among the ladies who showed—and how!—that they can still look hot in shorts and revealing tops.

Throughout the show, Issa Litton challenged Marc Nelson—and the audience—to try to tell the models’ ages just by looking. You can make your own guesses too! Check out our gallery for pics of the event, and weigh in on how old you think the models look at the end.
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  • petitemaman Apr 16 2010 @ 06:36pm Report Abuse
    what you've overlooked is the confidence factor, which leads to the more 'mature' models trampling on the younger ones big time!!!
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  • ljpaintbox Apr 16 2010 @ 09:34pm Report Abuse
    If you're wearing the right clothes for you, and yes even if its sexy it will look good on you.
    Last modified Apr 16 2010 @ 11:56pm
  • marchineness09 Apr 17 2010 @ 12:07am Report Abuse
    God I wish I have that kind of body when I reach my 30s. If I have that kind of body I will take advantage of the time I can show it to everybody even if I'll be in my 50s.
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  • claire Apr 19 2010 @ 09:54am Report Abuse
    there are many factors to consider of course, if you want to wear those sexy clothes if a woman is already in her not so young age. but for me, as long as the woman can carry the clothes well, age is not important
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  • Catherine Luciano Apr 20 2010 @ 03:06pm Report Abuse
    Sexy doesnt necessarily mean you have to show skin. Sexy means having the confidence to wear your clothes and being comfortable in ur own skin. Whatever age you are in.
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  • january Apr 21 2010 @ 10:03am Report Abuse
    My husband keeps on saying that itâs okay to wear sexy at my age; itâs all confidence honey, so, i believe in him!
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  • Malou Apr 21 2010 @ 10:23am Report Abuse
    Women in their 30's and 40's can still wear sexy clothes as long as it looks good on them.
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  • shirley lim Apr 21 2010 @ 05:13pm Report Abuse
    If we're taking care of ourselves now we can still wear sexy clothes in our 30s and 40s.
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  • anggeh Apr 22 2010 @ 03:43pm Report Abuse
    they look so good. wish i look that great when i reach my 30's.
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  • meeeow18 Apr 29 2010 @ 10:02pm Report Abuse
    Of course you can! It's just a matter of taste. You could still be sexy no matter your age.
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  • abi_tan Jun 21 2010 @ 09:38am Report Abuse
    I definitely hope so, since i'm starting my 30's already, lol.
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