Hi Grasie, I was hoping for some rules or guidelines for “dressing my age”. I am 31 and I have 2 young children and I worry a lot about what others think of me. I want to wear cute clothes and look like I care about my appearance but I’m afraid of dressing too young or getting into a frumpy-mom rut. I’m not sure of the middle ground? Just because I like it doesn’t mean I can wear it. Any suggestions? Thanks!
Hello Andrea! Okay lady…here we go. First of all, I would suggest not caring so much about what others think of you and instead wearing what makes YOU feel great. Second, you are 31! Not 71…I mean, yes, there are things out there you shouldn’t wear unless you’re 15 but it sounds like you think you’re old and have to dress old. Third, just because you’re a mama doesn’t mean you have to dress like one and chances are if you like something, you CAN wear it.
Can I tell you a secret? I’m 33. (Gasp!) And there was a time, right after college, when I felt I needed to suddenly dress more mature. It wasn’t me. Still isn’t. I learned that pretty quickly. Another secret? I have a ton of clients who are moms and they all have the same notion in their heads: “I’m a mom and so I should dress like one, right?” Wrong! You should look classy, chic, put together and stylish while wearing outfits that are practical and comfy. Yes! But that does not mean cargo capris, a holey t-shirt and crocs. That ain’t cute on anyone!
Okay, the preaching portion is through, now lets talk fashion
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