Fashion Friday :: Think Spring!

I know. It is too soon. But I couldn’t resist. I mean, listen to me, we had one day with temps into the 40s, and the streets were dry enough to run, and now I am all, YAY SPRING!

Which, YOU KNOW is just gonna come back around to bite me in the bum when it SNOWS AGAIN NEXT WEEK!

Not that I don’t love snow. In fact, I have been enjoying hibernation mode, but that one quick run yesterday in the fresh air has me all, Giddyup, spring!

So I asked on my Facebook Page for some fashion topics to discuss, and I think we’re just going to have a potpourri today because I’m too scattered to write on one topic. Maybe this will become a regular monthly column . . . Style Q&A with the Housewife. Or something. Or not. Maybe I’ll never do this again.


High Waist Jeans . . . say it ain’t so!

Two people brought up the topic of high waist jeans and were equally horrified at the thought.

high waist jeans

Well, let me take this opportunity to tell you a little story.

A few years ago skinny jeans started to come into vogue. And at first we were all unsure how to wear them and if we have the figure to wear them and all that. I finally got my first pair after hemming and hawing, and I told my mom about them, and she asked me if girls were tucking them into their boots yet up here in Philly.

I looked at her aghast with visions of the 1970s dancing in my head, and said indignantly, “NO!”

“Well, they will be,” she nonchalantly replied.

To which I’m pretty sure I was positively speechless.

And then she laughed and said knowingly, “Everything comes back around.”

I didn’t believe her. I truly could not IMAGINE tucking my jeans into my boots.

And now who wears skinny jeans tucked into her boots every. single. ding. dong day?

Yep, this girl.


So, are high waisted jeans going to come back in style?


Are they back already?

Well…. they might be in stores, but they aren’t mainstream yet. And I will wait until they are good and mainstream before I try them on because. EW.

Although I am sure our eyes will all adjust and we will all be rueing the day we ever wore low-rise jeans that let our belly fat all hang out. Mark my words. It will happen. But not this year.

Okay, next topic. Although this is getting long. No one is surprised, I’m sure. But maybe I’m too wordy for posts about more than one topic.

Well let’s do at least one more. I will try not to tell any stories this time.

Age Appropriate Styles . . . Where are they??

Trish asks this:

The dilemma: When you’re 40 and one section of the store looks too young and the other, well too mature. How to look fashionable at our age and where to shop.

Good question, but a hard one to answer because everybody is so different. I know some 50-something ladies that pull off much trendier clothes than I can simply because it suits their personality. I think everyone has to find a couple go-to favorite stores that they can depend on and then stick with them. That’s what works best for me, anyway.


As for where I shop, I still like LOFT, although I feel like I’m outgrowing it. It does seem to be geared more to the 30-something crowd, but they have some classic styles that work for all ages.

I love Banana Republic. I have for years, and I find that they are growing with me. Although a lot of their clothes are more professional than I really need. Still, they have plenty of casual options.

I do well at Nordstrom for basics like jeans, shoes and sometimes sweaters. I have actually bought a couple of tops in their Junior department recently because the price point is lower and I thought they were cute.

I have a friend who always looks super cute and stylish and she buys most of her clothes at Kohl’s. Her trick is that she has a few certain brands that she likes and that seem to work for her style aesthetic.

White House Black Market and Ann Taylor both have nice clothes for the 40-something crowd, but both seem to be mostly professional attire.

And also? CAbi. If you get invited to a CAbi party go! Better yet, see if you have a CAbit Outlet near you because they mark down their “vintage” clothes (that just means last season) quite nicely, although I find that certain sizes are sometimes at a premium.

I definitely get stuck in a rut with wear to shop. I should just go to the mall one day and wander in some stores I never frequent and see what I find. But I do think when you reach a certain age, your choices are limited and if you can find one or two stores that work for you, there’s nothing wrong with sticking with them and keeping it simple.

Does that help?

Okay, one more. The rest of your suggestions are too big for a potpourri post like this, but I will keep them in mine for future topics!


Liz just wrote belts. Nothing else. Just belts.


Well, let me tell you that belts are my nemesis. I find them to create bulk and to be annoying. However, I have resorted to buying a few as of late (I didn’t’ own one before last summer!!!) because shirt-tucking is becoming necessary with some of the latest styles. A medium-width brown belt is nice for casual wear. I wear mine when I do the “front tuck” with a casual t-shirt. And skinny belts are all the rage right now. You can belt your trousers with them, or your jeans if you’re tucking in a blouse. And you can use them to create a waistline over a cardigan, if that works for your figure type. This post on Babble is awesome: A Beginner’s Guide to Belts. It has a ton of different ways to wear them and what styles work best. So . . . there ya go. Some fresh ideas for you to ponder as we wait for spring to . . . well, spring. Or pounce. Or hopefully it will glide in sweetly. Wouldn’t that be a modern day miracle!?

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