Okay, time for a real quick addition to my blog’s fashion category. I say “real quick” because I’ve been kinda busy the past couple of days with work and relaxing and… wait for it… editing new photos of yours truly! Yep, I took time out over the holiday weekend to get all dolled up and take new photos. They will be coming to my Flickr photo album soon, I promise you.
But back to the subject of fashion and the reason I added the phrase “act your age” to this post’s title. I will be turning 47 years old in August, and while I may feel like, as I express it on my “About Me” page, “21 years old and holding,” my drivers license says otherwise. So, I figure that I should broaden my feminine wardrobe to include styles that would be more suitable for my age. Outfits like, say, these:
The weekend before last, right after I had an eye examination (which I talked about here), I strolled over to the Boston Store at West Towne Mall and checked out the women’s wear section. The outfits you see above were a display of the Alex Evenings line. As you can probably guess from the glittery detail and the generally conservative cut and design, these are designed for an evening on the town. They also are designed for a more mature (or mature acting) woman. You can also probably guess that these are somewhat expensive. Indeed, the price tags at the store and on the Boston Store website mark these twinsets — that is, jacket plus matching sleeveless tank — at $129. That price doesn’t include pants or skirts from the same line, which run in the $59-69 range.
What I also immediately thought when seeing these outfits, apart from thinking these are perfect for that dinner date with your gentleman caller, that these could be perfect for the other of the bride to wear at a wedding. Indeed, I almost imagined my mother would have wore something like this when she and my stepfather walked my sister down the aisle at her wedding 15 years ago. But then, the glitter in these sets are rather noticeable (especially on the black jacket), and Mom has never been one to wear a lot of glitter. At least there was the same outfit in this same section that tones down the glitter. That outfit is shown at right, and notice how the sandy tan color really tones down the glittery accents. Add that matching skirt and you have a flattering, understated outfit that does add a little hint of glitz.
Now, at this point you may be wondering, will I be adding this to my wardrobe? Well, not quite yet. A total price tag at just under $200, this is something I may want to wait on purchasing until it gets replaced by newer merchandise. You might say that all that glitters costs gold. But an outfit like this is something I should consider as I get older. I mean, I can’t wear body constricting dresses, tight skirts, or lycra for the rest of my life without getting snickers and a “Why don’t you act your age?” comment from someone on the internet. So, outfits like this will have to start rising to the top of my “outfits to keep an eye on” list in the future.
What do you think? Feel free to add a comment or two, or even an outfit suggestion, below. Thanks for reading!