I look at the embellished t-shirts and cardigans at Anthropologie, J. Crew, and even Old Navy -- since last year, these retailers have featured thin, flimsy items with embellishments for $40-$70. I wonder who would buy these items, since looking at them shows that the work involved is quite simple. I'm obviously not the only person thinking these embellishments are easy to do.
My husband and I were strolling at The Galleria this weekend with the boys, when we passed American Eagle Outfitters. "Wanna go in?" he asked, "or are you too old?" As we peered at the ultra-slender mannequins in the window, wearing denim miniskirts and skinny jeans, I said. "No, the biggest size they sell is a 2!" And yes, I'm too old.
First of all, I love American Eagle advertising because the models showing the so-called "Women's" clothes are about 16-years-old. Sorry, if your hips haven't spread, you aren't really a woman yet.
It seems that I have become a woman with fat arms. Now that it is almost summer that fact will be made visible, unless I decide to always feel a slight chill and be in need of a lightweight cardigan. There will be none of this over-the-shoulder wearing of the sweater either, but full-blown through the arms. Oy.
I'm a big believer in personal style, in finding a look that works for you and truly owning it. I'm also sold on the idea that getting dressed in the morning should NOT be the most difficult part of your day. Pulling together an appropriate, comfortable, stylish outfit should be simple, particularly if you have a closet full of clothes that fit your body and your lifestyle and a good sense of what looks great on you.
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