'I might be 50 but I look great in crop tops - my age doesn't define me'

Fritzie in pink shorts, a black crop top and black sunglasses
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A defiant London mum has hit back at online trolls who have criticised her for wearing crop tops at the age of 50, claiming it's 'not appropriate'. Fritzie Cencil, 50, loves to rock 'daring' skirts, shorts, and crop tops.

As a fashion enthusiast and a petite woman, she favours crop tops paired with high-waisted trousers to create the illusion of longer legs. Despite receiving comments that her choice of attire is "inappropriate" for someone her age, Fritzie wears what she feels good in, insisting that "age doesn't define me", and said she often receives compliments that her body looks like that of a 20 year old.

Fritzie, who works as a clinical lead practice educator for the NHS in Islington, London, asserts confidently: "People say you can't wear that. It's not appropriate." But she stands firm, saying, "I'll wear whatever I want as long as I look good in it. I wear clothes for myself, I'm 50 - I can wear things I want to wear".

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For Fritzie, dressing as she pleases feels 'liberating', and she believes that "Age is just a number. It doesn't define me." Growing up in a village in the Philippines, Fritzie faced more restrictions on her wardrobe. But since moving to London in 2002, she has embraced the freedom to experiment with new styles.

She reflects on her journey: "I spread my wings. I can wear what a 20 year old can wear, I know it suits me." Fritzie shared that back home in the Philippines, she couldn't be nearly as daring with her fashion choices, but she's more than making up for it now. "As the years go by confidence grows. That's why I'm quite bold now in my fashion," she said.

50-year-old Fritzie, who shares her life with her husband Abel Cencil, 51, a finance professional, describes her fashion sense as "classy but daring". Although some online comments have questioned her outfit choices, in real life they are met with widespread praise. Fritzie confirmed saying: "Strangers come up and say 'your outfit is just divine'. They say 'your body is like a 20 year old'."

She shared that she exercises at home three times a week and maintains a balanced diet, with a goal of empowering other women to wear whatever they feel the most confident in. Fritzie emphasized: "If you look good, you feel good. It doesn't matter what size we are - as long as you know how to carry yourself. No one can tell you what to do."

She also said that she thinks age should not be a barrier to how someone dresses. "Just because we have greying hair we're not going to be put in the box. I'm enjoying the journey of ageing. Show your style, not your age."

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