We’ve all heard that 30 is the new 20, which to some extent is true. Thirty-somethings in today’s world can get away with doing things that our parents or grandparents could NEVER do at 30.
But even still, there are some things that lose their “cool factor” as you enter your 30s. These are things that make your family and friends question when you’re going to grow up.
This is a 20-something problem that should stay in your 20s. Understandably at this age, you’ve got bills, rent, and tuition that you need to pay. But as you approach 30, living pay cheque to pay cheque and mooching off others is no longer cool.
I totally get the idea of “following your dreams.” But if you’re 30 and struggling to pay the bills, it might be time to find a new dream.
2. Wearing your baseball cap sideways
Unless you’re a hip hop star, wearing your baseball cap sideways in your 30s makes you look like a douche. How is anyone supposed to take you seriously when you look like a rapper wannabe who didn’t make the America’s Got Talent cut? Either lose the hat or wear it properly.
3. Wearing pants that show your thong
I’m not sure when or how this EVER became cool. But if you’re still wearing lowrise pants low enough to see your thong, stop. Just stop. You’re not a slutty high school girl, so don’t dress like one. No one wants to see your latest La Senza purchase.
4. Wearing your pants down at your knees… or in this case, ankles?
If only I could take a picture of every 30-something man I see walking around with their pants down at their knees – just to show them how ridiculous they look. Every woman wants to be with THIS guy… am I right, ladies?
5. Bumming rides off people
This was okay when you were younger and only a few of your friends had cars. But as you get older and most (if not all) of your friends start getting cars, it’s not cool to keep bumming rides off others. This is especially annoying if you never offer up any gas money.
6. Playing video games obsessively
I don’t know about you, but I’m totally hooked on The Big Bang Theory. The idea of adult men letting their inner child loose is always entertaining to watch… on TV. But in real life, no woman wants to be with someone who still has video game slumber parties with their buddies.
7. Being “creative” with your facial hair
The days when it was cool to shave patterns into your facial hair came to a crashing end – when you turned 30. I get that young guys want to “express themselves” in their facial hair. But there’s a fine line between “Hey, that’s cool” and “Dude, you look like a perv.” Exhibit A.
8. Wearing anything that says “Juicy” on it
Once you’re 30, it’s time to retire your “juicy” yoga pants and “baby girl” tank tops. If they still fit, then convert them into stay-at-home clothes. But if they’re way too tight now, make your way down to Good Will and let them go. A 30-something woman really shouldn’t be walking around wearing anything that says “Juicy.”
9. Getting a black eye
A few years ago, it may have been cool to get into a drunken fight outside a bar. But in your 30s, getting into a public brawl is just immature. You used to be able to walk into your high school or college with a black eye and get a pat on the back. But try walking into a corporate office with a black eye and see what type of reaction you’d get.
10. Taking selfies in the bathroom mirror
Teens are notorious for taking selfies while wearing loads of makeup, fake eyelashes and duck-faced expressions. I wouldn’t put it past most 20-somethings to do the same. But as you approach 30, duck-faced selfies are embarrassing. You really want those pictures floating around for your family, friends, co-workers and boss to see? Probably not.
Now over to you. What are some ridiculous things you’ve seen 30-year-olds try to pull off? Leave me a comment with some other habits that people should really leave in their 20s.