Thursday, February 10, 2011

Tennis Skirt Magic

Isn't it weird that you can go from state to state and have a whole different set of values?  Here I am in Florida, and for some reason, you can wear shorter shorts and skirts.  Of course the weather plays a part,  nonetheless, I see many older women in short shorts and many in short tennis skirts.  Everywhere.  In public.

My condo sits on the tennis courts, and in my observations (OK, so I'm a nosey neighbor) I see older women of all different shapes and sizes sporting short tennis skirts.  Back in Mass. they would be wearing longer shorts.  And we have talked about the disconnect thing before--how easily you could make a mistake at our age if your skirt/short was too short.  Well, for some reason, make that a tennis skirt, and it looks appropriate!  Its like magic!  How much do I love this?????  Because I really miss my mini-skirts!

Of course, I had to test this theory out for myself.  I wore my bathing suit skirt and walked a fifteen minute walk to the beach--something I WOULD NOT DO at home.  I would wear something over my skirt.  Well, I have to say, I was a bit self-conscious at first, but I'll build up to it.  Maybe one day, I'll wear a tennis  skirt to the grocery store (like everyone else here!)  I'd certainly get my mini-skirt fix then!

OK, so the big question--where you live, is it appropriate at our age (lets say over 45) to wear a tennis skirt (short!) to the grocery store?


  1. Here in Charlotte, NC there is a huge tennis community and wearing your tennis skirt all day no matter what age is just the norm around here
    I am not a tennis player, therefore I do not wear short, short skirts

  2. I'm 43, and on Canada's West coast, near Vancouver, in a very physically fit city (the weather is good all year, so lots of people walk, run and bike).

    If I was in workout clothes (like a short pair of shorts with a skirt built in), and had been working out, I would feel okay about it. Otherwise, I'll only wear a mini if I have tights on, or I know I'll mostly be standing, like at a party.

  3. Oh, you look amazing in a mini, Paula! Love it.

  4. You look like an advertising for having a great vacation!! Really cute and happy! If I could pull off the shorter skirts and look as good as you do, I probably would!!

  5. Florida agrees with you! I love the drawing...and the variety of legs & knees you've pictured. I could probably wear the tennis skirt to the grocery store and no one would say a word...but they'd think them. :)

  6. In Paris, one of the great things is that women of any age may wear short skirts, if they have the wish to do so--and many do, with absolute confidence. Workout clothes per se are only worn here for participating in sports, but mini-skirts in general are just fine here. I get a kick of glancing at Parisian women from the shoes up, and trying to guess the age before I reach the face!

  7. Paula, I'm not a tennis player, but I do wear a tennis skirt sometimes to workout in. Your legs look great and I guess that's the litmus test for short skirts. In that way, it's really an ageless thing...I mean, look at Tina Turner! You look fabulous! That "age appropriate" issue is something that is not black and white to me. If you love it and feel great in it; then what the hay?! Wear it! Hugs! ~Serene

  8. hey, if you've got the legs...go for it! you look great!

  9. Silvergirl~Thats sort of the same thing that goes on down here--so you confirmed what I thought! Not a mini skirt lover either?
    Sheila~a funny thing happened to me this year tho. A short skirt I have felt shorter and less appropriate with tights this year, then it did in the summer with bare legs! (Previous blog somewhere) So go figure~
    Pam~thank you--you are so cute....but that is the point down here--EVREYONE wears the short tennis skirt---ya know what I mean?
    Terri~lol so true...about thoughts....
    Parisgirl~How wonderful is THAT! Here you see a great body and an older head, and its ew. So there its a great body and older head and its you go girl!
    Serene~but if it WASNT Tina Turner in that short skirt and just another 60 year old going out to dinner, what now? I wish it could be what the hay....
    Two Birds~and they say the legs are the last to go! so I'm going for it!

  10. I'm 39 and in upstate NY... so hell to the no! Even if I did have nice legs, rather than the mutated blobs of gelatainized mayonaise below my hips!

    But it works on you. Yes, I'm stinking jealous!

  11. Where I live (Wisconsin) any sort of behavior like that will cause a stare down in any grocery store. I am 20 and even if I tried to wear a tennis skirt...I am pretty sure the grocery shoppers would certainly pass judgment. Its interesting to see the differences in acceptability in different places.

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