Am I Trying Too Hard?


As we get older it seems to get harder and harder to find clothes you like, fit well and are age appropriate. Shopping is often viewed as a chore because every rack fills you with more doubt. You see what the celebrities are wearing on television and what the models are wearing in the magazines but translating that into your everyday life can be a daunting task. You make the effort and try all of the latest trends but how do you know when it too much, when have you gone overboard? First and foremost don’t try and dress younger than you are. If you find yourself shopping in the juniors department because that is where your daughter shops you probably shouldn’t be there. Those clothes aren’t made for thirty and forty something’s. Just because your daughter and her friends look adorable in them does not mean you will. Most stores that have a juniors section have a women’s section (and if they don’t you can check it off your “let’s just look” list) so head that direction!

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Anything too glitzy and gaudy screams “look at me” for all of the wrong reasons. It is better to draw attention with a classic colored blazer or printed pant than a sequin halter top. Sparkle is perfectly fine in moderation but when your jewelry, your shirt and the pockets of your pants are blinding the passengers in the car next to you at the red light you have gone overboard. Try substituting your glitter with a neutral scarf, a patterned top and solid dark denim.

Colored prints also walk a fine line between juvenile and age appropriate. I am a color advocate and would never bash prints, just ask yourself is this combination something someone ten years younger would be wearing.  This is especially important when shopping at stores like Kohl’s and Target who cater to women between the ages of 15 and 60. Take the extra ten seconds to ask yourself; is this something that someone my age with my body type should be wearing? If your answer is no or you are unsure, move on!

My biggest piece of advice is to be comfortable. Not the “sweatpants and t-shirt” kind of comfortable, but the “I look good, I’m confident” kind of comfortable. Onward!