Help! I have Fashion Schizophrenia

I am 41 years old. (Oh shut-up, you’ll be here soon as well)  And it seems that the older I get, the fewer clothes that I have in my possession. I went from having a great professional wardrobe, to barely having jeans without holes and t-shirts that havent been victimized by constant cleaning with bleach. Oh, and we wont even discuss the shape of my bras and panties. (Cringe)  It’s amazing my husband still thinks I am sexy.  (Which I am only assuming he does)

Every few weeks or so I get the urge to go out and get some new clothes. “This week, “I say with vindication – “I am getting mama some new duds.”

The shopping always goes something l ike this. I stroll through the store checking out the clearance aisles first. Then, realizing that most of those clothes are out of season, I head to the juniors section. Then, I realize that I am too out of ‘season’ to be wearing clothes that flash my C-section belly flab.  (And BTW, so are some of those teenagers I see walking around flashing their g-strings and Cheeto guts.  Where are their mothers?)  Then, I go to the women’s department and nearly vomit because I cannot force myself to wear clothes with appliques and embroidery.

Next stop, is the workout clothing department. Where I can always find something that pleases me because it is both affordable and comfortable and completely undated when it comes to age.

So, I come home with a new pair of yoga pants and maybe a t-shirt. A t-shirt that I can add to the collection of t-shirts I have with the names of softball teams and school clubs that my children belong to. The only difference is that these t-shirts are sans the bleach stains so far.

Stacy London would have a field day with me. One of the most difficult things about being 41 is that I don’t feel old, nor look old – but am certainly not young. Its sad when I like some of the same clothes that my teen daughters like. But I don’t want to be ‘one of those moms,’ who wears clothes out of the juniors department. And I certainly AM NOT going to wear clothes made by Alfred Dunner with cheesy embroidery on them that remind me of my grandmother.

So, I am left with what I refer to as fashion schizophrenia. And a disgusting array of clothes that are comfortable but don’t look very good on me.  Who am I?  What impression would I like to leave? 

There has to be a middle ground. But, I have seriously searched many stores and have been unable to find it. For God’s sake, I am a housewife. A stay at home wokring mom. I don’t want to be all dolled up every day (Because Frankly whats the point?) and I don’t want to look like a teenage hooker either.

Help! Have you hit an age where you are finding it harder and harder to find the ‘right’ age appropriate clothes that are also comfortable and sensible?

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  1. I just found you through Mom’s Mingle! I’m still young, 24, but I have a problem with looking really young (I get “You look 12″ all the time from strangers) so I have a hard time dressing to look older! Jeans and a t-shirt make me look like a jr higher! ha Can’t wait to read more from you!

    Whitney
    http://www.oandcmylittleloves.blogspot.com

    • admin says:

      Thanks so much! be sure to find me on Facebook @momspirational as well. I wish I was 23…..Enjoy looking and being young. (because it wont last) Just kidding!

  2. Ha!! Love it!! SO true. I’m 34 and feel that way all the time! I teach, and I definitely don’t want to look like my middle schoolers! lol Thanks for sharing your link on my FB page! I look forward to reading more of your blog! :) xo, Reannah

    • admin says:

      Prayers go out to you as a middle school teacher. My twins just completed middle school, and those kids are a hormonal mess….

  3. Hi, wow this is too funny. You are making me nervous for when I get… more mature :P (I’m a 23 year old mother). My mom is younger and going through this dilemma too. She wears clothes that are her favorite color and fabric type. She only wears what’s comfortable and tends to look decent. It tends to be shorter, flowing skirts with a more conservative top. Or if she has a “junior” looking top, her jeans are more adult-like… I don’t know if I’m helping… She kinda follows mine and my sister’s clothing style but tweaks it to her approval. (No holey jeans, No jean skirts– but yes to cute cover ups/shawls, short (normal teen length w/o butt hanging out!) jean shorts, shorter skirts, cute tank tops, etc…) Hmm.. best of luck to you! Hope I helped and did not insult you somehow. Love your post and look forward to more! :)

    • admin says:

      Oh gosh no, you didnt offend me at all. Truth is I need all the help I can get. I have to say with four kids that comfort is my priority. The last thing I need is clothes making me grumpier than I already am. I truly hope you enjoy the blog!

  4. aging says:

    I’m impressed, I have to admit. Rarely do I come across a blog that’s equally educative and amusing, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. The issue is something not enough folks are speaking intelligently about. I’m very happy I stumbled across this during my hunt for something concerning this.

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