Ask Avery: Tasteful moms
blog by Avery Hartmans • October 11, 2013 @ 9:14am
I love the idea of wearing ankle booties, skinny jeans and a loose sweater throughout the fall but I have one problem: I’m in my 40s and I’m afraid of looking like I’m trying too hard to be young. How can I wear these things together and still look my age?
Life can be tough for great looking moms with great style. Finding the right balance between staying on trend and staying age appropriate isn’t always easy, and lots of women miss the mark.
Don’t be one of those moms this season. Ankle boots, skinny jeans and a great sweater is the perfect combination for fall and you shouldn’t have to miss out. But don’t think just because you have the body for jeggings and five-inch booties, you should actually be seen in public like that.
Let’s start with your jeans: it’s about time women everywhere knew about curvy fits and regular fits. It will change your life, I promise. Regular fits are for girls who look in the mirror and bemoan their total lack of a butt, and also have no defined waist to speak of. Regardless of how much weight you gain or lose, you simply don’t have curves, sweetheart.
But if you find yourself with a tiny little waist and hips out to there, you may want to give curvy fits a try. They’re going to give you the extra room you need in the butt while fitting you just right in the waist.
Once you find the right fit, remember to check out just how tight they are. Skin-tight denim is not your friend, no matter how hot of a bod you have. Trust me, no one wants to see that.
As you age, think of it like this: everything should be just a little bit more forgiving, a little bit less revealing and a little bit less flashy. You have your own impeccable taste, which you’ve cultivated over the years — don’t sacrifice it to look like the 25-year-old you once were.
Option No. 1
Jeans and wedge booties are the perfect combo for a casual Friday at the office, so long as you do it right. Chestnut leather wedges will go with just about anything, and they’ll dress up the jeans just enough to make them office appropriate.
Pair that with a peplum sweater in a fall hue like forest green — it looks good on everyone, not to mention hides anything that may not be as toned as you like. Add a touch of sparkle with a bejeweled collar necklace and put everything you’ll need in a cranberry-colored carryall. If you look this good, your boss may be inspired to make every day casual Friday.
Option No. 2
You made it through a long and hectic work week, so you deserve a little retail therapy. Whether you’re wandering in and out of boutiques in the Elmwood Village or hitting up the Walden Galleria, there’s no sense wearing a totally average outfit.
Stay warm in the coziest knit you can find, preferably a super-soft gray cowl neck sweater. Pair it with suede ankle booties in neutral tones and add a metallic tote to tie it all together. Then add a chic silver watch to make sure you have enough time to get ready for a big night out. Despite your totally neutral ensemble, you sure won’t blend into the crowd.
Option No. 3
It’s Saturday night, so of course you’re going out. But don’t put away your skinnies just yet — you’ll need them for yet another perfect fall outfit. Since it’s Saturday, you’re allowed to bust out some seriously bad-ass yet totally age-appropriate black booties. Make sure to cuff your skinnies a little to show off the leather and gold zipper detailing.
As for your top half, layering is key here. Instead of a typical leather jacket or average cardigan, opt for a hybrid: a sweater coat will keep you warm while adding a little texture to you ensemble. And in a black and white graphic print, you can’t go wrong, since it pairs with nearly anything — especially an ultra-flattering drapey tee in yet another fall color, mustard. And don’t forget to add a long gold necklace to tie it all together. Trust me, everyone will be drooling.
Image courtesy of Katie Donnelly