I will turn 36 in January and find myself stuck between wanting to wear the styles I did in my twenties and simultaneously trying to incorporate my increasingly older and more conservative (and yes, Mommish) side. Sometimes, I feel as if I am too old to wear youthful clothing, but not ready to let go of these clothing styles that I find so appealing. So, during a recent photo shoot I actually tried on some of our clothing and you know what...I kind of liked it.
I am wearing two of my favorite "surprise" outfits here (surprise meaning items I wouldn't usually pick for myself because they seem youngish). I paired the babydoll dress with a feminine blouse and a long grandpa cardigan and opaque tights. While the look is young, I felt comfortable and girly. Plus, the gold threaded, wool jumper is so comfortable, well-made and affordable. My shoe options are endless with this outfit - mary jane pumps, booties or high boots.
The sequin mini dress was a total surprise. I may actually wear this out for the New Year - it is so fun and sexy. I have long legs so the length is perfect and the fitted shape helps define my hourglass (almost pear shaped) figure. I would throw on some sleek heels (probably black to maintain a long, lean line) and carry a shawl for warmth (probably red or blue). So for those of you out there in my situation, give it a try. Remember to look for styles that showcase your favorite features (in my case, it would be the legs) and minimize your less favorite features.
I'd love to hear your honest opinions on dressing your age. Should I give up on the younger styles? And does anyone else find themselves in a similar situation?