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All eyes were on the baby boomer generation as they began changing fashion and culture in the 1960s and '70s. No longer babies, boomers still contend with the emphasis on youth. But in dress, is 50 really the new 30? With a cornucopia of styles available in almost every size, we asked women on the street: "What fashions do you think a woman over 40 needs to avoid?"

Brittany Anderson

If you're wearing the same fashions as your daughter, you're doing something wrong.

Paula Irwin

This summer there are a lot of shorts in stores called "booty shorts." Your butt cheeks show. If you're over 25, you probably shouldn't wear them.

Carole Jennings

When I was young, older women didn't wear long hair. It wasn't age appropriate. Today, we can pretty much wear our hair the way we want to. I think we adjust to our fashions. Today's fashions are friendlier to all ages. It depends on your figure.

Kellie Cox

I think that you get to an age where you should not wear stretchy pants at all. I don't know what age that is, but those clingy pants show too much.

Kim Hagert

No midriffs. It's not age appropriate. I'm pretty fashion conscious and I don't judge people by what they wear. I still shop in the junior department, but no midriffs.

Becky Glynn

Polka-dots, spandex and midriffs — period. Bottom-line: not ever.

Marie Prewitt
Klamath Falls

If your 20-year-old is embarrassed to go out with you, that's how you know your clothing is inappropriate.

Pam Moore

Women over 40 who dress in very short skirts and very tight clothes don't look appropriate. Forty can still look good, but be reasonable, not shocking.

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