And now for a public service announcement for all you real moms out there who are losing the style battle now that it’s April: There is hope.
At this time of year, fashion is my nemesis. Because it snows one day and shines the next, every day, I’m a hot (read: sweaty) mess. And at 46, when I’ve gotta work to maintain my looks, there is nothing worse. Except of course when I’m pining after magazine photos of laughing moms decked out in perfectly Springy wardrobes.
I know the season has sprung by the state of my closet. Getting dressed has become a major undertaking. For a minimum of 30 minutes, I’m lost in there, yanking clothes of hangers, trying to piece together an outfit. I emerge and race to the mirror only to find I am either a. too dark (no, I’m not going to a funeral), b. too warm (I hate you, wool) or c. too hidden (skin, where are you?) and sometimes a brutal combo of all of the above. Suddenly, nothing I own seems to work. Just look at the cast-off mound on the carpet that will soon be sorted into three out-of-sight-out-of-mind piles – trash, sell and save (anywhere but in this closet). Just watch me try not to SCREAM.
So here’s the hope I promised. This year, I’m holding back on new styles until I’ve got the basics in order. Which fashion essentials will get me through the next awkward weeks until Spring finally decides to stick around, you ask?
SPRING STYLE MUSTS – THINK BASICS, LAYERS, FLEXIBILITY
4 well-fitting white Tshirts
3 light cardigans – any color that suits your skin – not black!
1 lightweight raincoat with a hood – make sure it cinches at the waist or you’ll feel pregnant
1 lightweight shorter lightweight jacket – neutral but not black (navy, khaki, beige)
2 well-fitting jeans that are skinny but full of stretch and not too long (one light, one dark). You’ll wear them with boots and flats so prepare to roll up.
1 black pants full of stretch, not to0 long, lighter weight
1 pair short boots (black or beige)
1 pair flats (I vote metallic)
1 light scarf – cotton/linen
1 colored purse
Well? What did I miss?
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