* I'm sorry if there is already a thread or if this is the wrong section, I am having a hard time with finding the right places to post on here -- Please forgive me! * I'm interested in hearing from people, especially those over the age of 25 (no offence to the younger crowd meant!)...when we see crazy/new/loud stuff on the runway or in vintage collections people talk about how cool it is, how progressive the designer is, etc etc. But I look outside and people, even those with their own style, do not dress it. When I was much younger I used to dress louder. I'd have more fun...but at 26 I moved to a city in North America that was really bland. When I wore what I liked to wear (my profile pick: a 1-piece bright red sailor inspired hotpants jumper!) I felt like I stuck out in a really bad way. People pre-judged me and either didn't talk to me or assumed that I must be a "party" girl or whatever. It didn't last long. I quickly stopped because I was alone in the city and it made me feel even more of an outcast and alone. I tried to still dress up when I went out...I mean, people dress up when they go out, right? I toned the colours down a bit though as this city didn't wear much colour. In my opinion I looked great (brown leather drapey capris that were fitted at the top and a backless moss green hooded shirt with a black tube top underneath -- incase you're not seeing it I'm influenced by the j-rock look ). But when I went out NOONE would talk to me. I would be at the bar all by myself and absolutely noone would talk to me. I was foreign, different, maybe they didn't know what to make of me. Either way it was not what I was used to. So it only took about 6 months before I started wearing jeans and a tshirt and doing my hair and makeup the same way each day -- before I developed a uniform. It was me but it was also the casual everyday me that fit in better. After 2 years of that...well now I'm back somewhere that it would be more appropriate but it's like I've lost the will. Or maybe I am fearful because of past experiences. In the past I WOULD wear that weird stuff. And now it's like I feel too old for it. I dunno... I don't want to feel like an old woman, I'm only 29! But I feel like I can only wear good, wearable clothes. They can have personality but gone are the days where I wear crazy stuff. But at the same time I don't feel like wearing the same fashion that other people do...so I'm still wearing that jeans and tshirt uniform and I'm finding that it is really hurting my creativity in all aspects of my art and design. Does anyone over the age of 25, other than the fashion crazies like Isabella Blow or famous people, wear anything that is crazy? Does that still exist? Am I too old? Are the youngsters who go to raves and the Harujuki crowd the only ones left with guts? When does one become too old to stand out in a crowd? Do you still do it?