I’m Over 40 and My Style Icon is 17
Lily Lines – The Washington Post
This shouldn’t be so hard. I just need to put clothes on my body so I can leave the house. So why am I standing paralyzed in my closet with a pair of boots in one hand and leopard-print flats in the other, feeling tears welling behind my eyelashes?
As a middle-aged suburban mom who works from home, I find getting dressed both a conundrum and an emotional minefield. There is no longer an easy prescription to follow when I’m choosing what to wear.
When I got my first real office job in the late ’90s, there was an actual employee handbook, complete with a list of forbidden wardrobe choices:
I wore low-heeled pumps and had a dressy raincoat for work. When I was a stay-at-home mom with a baby spitting up on my shoulders or a toddler to crawl after, I gave almost no thought to what to wear — what’s clean, what won’t be destroyed, what can I move in? And later, when I taught middle school, I chose my outfits to split the difference between professional and quirky: put-together enough to impress my principal, but strange enough to hold my students’ interest. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE
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