James Perse Classic skinny dress in french navy | size 2
Robert Clergerie Alice Slides (on sale) | black embossed version, raffia version, secondhand metallic version
Marsell 4 Dritta bag (I bought mine on deep discount via Totokaelo – sold out)
This is what I wore last night to a happy hour event following my husband’s developer summit. My sister works with my husband so she’s been in town and was there as well; it’s a start-up/small company, so we spouses always attend these events.
But the title of the post refers to what I wore on Friday. I met a friend for breakfast/brunch and then we went to the mall to run some errands and get shit done. While we were there, walking through a store, we ran across someone who knows my friend and said to her “oh! is this mom?” – referring to me.
I am older than my friend by almost 10 years, but I do NOT think I look old enough to be her mother. We do look somewhat alike, maybe, so that was probably what he was referring to, not necessarily my age. But I was a little taken aback by the proclamation.
Then, of course, as I do, I analyzed and wondered why he might have thought that. Was it my outfit? My hair? Does my style skew older? I have been called out on message boards for “dressing like I’m 65” – whatever that means. I started to wonder if I could dress more “youthful.” Does that mean more color?
That got me nowhere, and I quickly shut that line of thinking down. How am I supposed to dress? I’ll be 45 this year, how does a 45-year old dress?? Like this. Like I dressed on Friday. Like I dress every day.
I have never considered what “dressing your age” means, and gloss over those types of articles whenever I see them. Everyone should dress in a way that makes them feel happy & comfortable. What does age have to do with it??
So I’ve come to the conclusion that the answer to “how to dress your age” is the same as the answer to “how to get a bikini body”: put your body in a bikini. Put your body in clothing that makes you feel good, empowered, and whatever else you want to feel. People are going to think what they think, no matter what you wear, so you might as well be happy…
Happy Wednesday 🙂