They’re adorable, aren’t they? I just got back from a week in Saly with these two lovely young ladies. Saying that makes me sound so old! But that’s a great segue into the topic of this post: dressing your age.
When I was asking these two about their outfits and why they chose them, Angèle made a comment about how hard it is for her to dress in a way that’s not too young, but also without pretending she’s an adult. I really admired her desire to dress appropriately for her age. She and Cari are both beautiful young women, inside and out.
It got me thinking about the challenges I face in dressing appropriately for my age/stage in life. I am a 32-year-old wife and mom. This means that (among other things) high-waisted pants, the color white and cropped jackets are OUT. Not even options.
Because of the context in which we live, I also avoid anything above the knee, thin-strapped tops and flip-flops outside the home. The way I dress reflects on my husband, so I try to put on ‘real’ clothes (unless I’m headed out to run, this means no yoga pants) when I leave our apartment. Sometimes I am more successful than others… But when I look at the women in our building who are my age, I see that none of them ever leave their homes dressed sloppily or even casually. They are definitely ‘Madames’.
So I gave it try. Like I said, I’m trying to avoid the yoga pants and flip-flops and being sure my legs and shoulders are covered a bit more. I’ve also started wearing nicer jewelry and make-up more often. And, since hanging out more with Jenn, I seem to be pulling outfits together with accessories rather than just wearing a top/bottom. Who knew that Madame-ing it up could be so fun?
Dressing our age can be challenging at any stage in life. But I want it to be a welcome challenge, almost like a rite of passage. And I want to set a good example for the next generation. (There I go sounding like an old grandma again!)
What guidelines do you choose to follow and what advice would you give to those looking to dress their age?