I have a confession to make: When it comes to fashion, I don’t know squat. I don’t jump on fashion trends, study the latest “in” colors, or put much focus on the differences between jeggings and skinny jeans. I just don’t care. I’m all about clothes that feel good. I don’t always care how they look.
Of course, I’m not a total fashion loser. Over the years, I’ve purchased items to try to make myself look cute. I am not into wearing prints with flowers or granny sweaters. And although I’d love to hang out in yoga pants or sweats all day, I also really love wearing jeans. I’ve tried to be more “girly” over the years, like wearing dresses to church or trying on skirts to wear during the summer, but I will tell you straight up, it’s just not me. I am extremely simple when it comes to clothes.
I don’t know about other 40-something’s. Maybe they have this fashion thing figured out. But I often walk away annoyed when clothes shopping.
Here’s my top fashion complaints now that I’m 40.
- Some of us like support. Got it? Let me spell it out: shoe support, boob support, waist line support. I’m not 20.
- If you are tall, doesn’t mean you are skinny. I’m 5’8 and skinny hasn’t been on my radar for years.
- Shoe and sock sizes should exceed size 9.
- I do not wish to wear bloomers for underwear, but I also don’t think thongs are my thing either. I’ve had enough things in and out of my nether regions. Do I really need to add some more?
- I don’t want shirts that are too tight, droop too low, or are too short showing off my midriff. I also don’t want my shirts to look like I ate myself. I still like some form, but I don’t want all my bulges showing.
With that said, this a typical go-to look for me. Let’s break down my fashion (or lack thereof) for my readers.
- Hair – messy bun because I’m trying to hold off on dying my grays and a haircut until I get paid.
- Face – All natural because I can’t stand makeup. If I do wear makeup, it’s usually eye shadow, brow shadow, and mascara.
- Shirt – Short sleeved sweater knit with buttons on sleeves. Black is the preferred choice either because I’m emo or because I’m fat. You decide.
- Pants – Don’t be fooled by the name “skinny jeans”. They are just called that. I’m not skinny. But they are super comfortable. These jeans came from StitchFix.
- Shoes – Sensible flats from DSW. I hate anything with a heel. If I’m not wearing these, I’m wearing tennis shoes. Note: Don’t wear these flats near rocks or expect a back problem.
Sorry for the odd angles of these shots. I’m a one woman show.
Ok, now that I’ve embarrassed myself, I have to admit my style is pretty boring. Can you even call it a style? I literally just throw on clothes and call it a day. I always wanted to look like those cute women with the scarves, the brown boots, the jeans, and the cute sweaters, but turns out I’m just a pretty boring person who likes to be comfortable and avoids attention with dull colors.
But hey, this is me. I’m a total wallflower who enjoys being a wallflower. Actually consider yourself lucky that I shared this part of me with you. It’s not my norm. I usually am pointing the camera at my kids, not myself.
Most women my age seem to have it together more than I do. For instance, they have hundreds of dollars of makeup they use to cover up their wrinkles and blemishes. I just kind of live with my age. I don’t care to put more stuff on my face. Plus, I have enough battles. Wrinkles and age spots aren’t one of them. That might change as I inch closer to 50, but for now, I just drink lots of water and keep away from chemical stuff that cause me to breakout. But, it seems as if other women seem to have this age figured out better than I do. I don’t follow a lot of the rules.
Really, age is just a number and personality is more important than what you wear. But from time to time, I might change up my look and try new things. Just because we get older, doesn’t mean we have to give up on style, colors, or trying new things. In fact, at this age, I’m more willing to grow and change than in my 20’s. Being 40, it’s a new adventure. Even in the area of fashion.