SAHMs: When You Should Stop Dressing Like a Kid


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Mouthy Housewives

Dear Mouthy Housewives,

I’m about to turn 40 but I dress like I’m 20. I’m a SAHM, so most days I just wear jeans, flip flops and t-shirts. It seems silly to put any more effort into it than that, but now that I’m getting older, should I try to look more mature?


My Wardrobe Needs to go Back to the Future

Talbots outfit

Dear Wardrobe Girl,

Yes, of course you should try to look more mature! Why don’t you get yourself a nice sensible bob, color it mousy, dull brown and pick out your next outfit at Talbots. I used to wear clothes from Talbots when I was underage and wanted to go drinking in bars. The right pantsuit and pearls could put five years on me.

Here’s the thing about being 40 and I can speak with great authority on the topic because I am 40 or as I describe it, my very very late 30s. The age comes with wrinkles ... crow’s feet, laugh lines, forehead wrinkles. If I had known, I would have moved my face a whole lot less during my youth. And wrinkles are all you need to look more mature. And here’s the sad truth, you can throw on any t-shirt and jeans you want and no one is going to confuse you with a college student.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you can’t kick it up a notch from time to time. Maybe once and awhile, skip the casual outfits and put on something a little sassier like this cute top and pants ...

And I’ll be damned. This outfit is even from Talbots.

By the way, who says generation Z (Is that what 20-somethings are now? I’ve lost track) has sole dibs on the t-shirt/jeans/flip flops combo. As far as I’m concerned, that’s an all American outfit, perfect for any age.


Kelcey, TMH

Talbots had no involvement with this post. Any disparaging remarks or compliments of this brand are simply due to my consumption of too much candy and wine. I received no free pantsuits in exchange for this post.


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