Tak­ing a good look un­der the hood

The Leader (Tasman) - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - STU HUNT

The other day some­one emailed me a list of things you should no longer own when you’re in your 40s.

It was mostly cloth­ing. It was also mostly bol­locks.

Still I’m happy to say that I no longer have most of the items on the list. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever owned a lot of them. From mem­ory on­sies and track­suits were in there. Along with funny ties and vel­cro wal­lets, you get the pic­ture.

Speedos were in­cluded and that’s fine since as far back as I can re­mem­ber I have never been bold enough to squeeze into a pair of these. Not in pub­lic any­way.

But the one that trou­bled me most was the hoodie. It was, in fact, first on the list.

Which has me a bit stuffed since I still own sev­eral. In fact I’m wear­ing one right now.

To say that the hoodie should only be worn by teenagers gives teenagers far too much credit. They are ex­tremely ver­sa­tile.

If your hair is thin­ning, and my fore­head is a lit­tle like the ris­ing tide, then there’s a handy hood to boost your fail­ing thatch at a mo­ment’s no­tice.

Of course sadly there’s not a hoodie for ev­ery oc­ca­sion. I don’t think any­one’s re­ally suc­cess­fully passed them off as for­mal wear and they’re not much chop back to front. But they can han­dle most things you throw at them.

In my wardrobe they’re only

‘‘To say that the hoodie should only be worn by teenagers gives teenagers far too much credit.’’

out­num­bered by tee-shirts and odd socks. And if any­thing my ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the hoodie has grown with age.

It’s prob­a­bly not a very grown up wardrobe. I’m not quite full cardi­gan and cor­duroy just yet but I do like slip-on shoes be­cause I can put them on without bend­ing over. I wear them while I do the cross­word.

Skinny jeans may make me look like a mid­dle-aged lol­lipop but hap­pily since my legs have all the mus­cle tone of two drink­ing straws I feel I can still pull these off. With my white train­ers.

So the les­son here is that style is not an or­ganic process as you age. My fash­ion still makes a state­ment and that state­ment is I have no idea.

Style once upon a time was about dress­ing like the rest of the pack and in­di­vid­u­al­ity was not some­thing to as­pire to.

Iron­i­cally maybe I’ll fi­nally have achieved ex­actly that when I’m the only one in the re­tire­ment vil­lage rock­ing the hoodie and skinny jean combo.

KENT BLECHYNDEN/ STUFF

Han­gin’ in the hoodie.

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