Lovely reader Jori sent me this request by e-mail:
I am in my early 40s but fairly often find myself at concerts where the average demographic is early 20s and the standard attire seems to be jeans and graphic t-shirt or sweatshirt. I am not musically hip at all myself, but my youngest brother-in-law (age 26) is in a rock band, and a friend who is my age has a longtime boyfriend who is a local music producer, so I will go to concerts with her.
My problem is that I never know what to wear to these events. I can pull off jeans, but most t-shirts and sweatshirts make me feel shapeless and frumpy. I like to get dressed up when I go out, but I don’t want to overdo it when everyone else is so casual. And my biggest fear is looking like somebody’s mom who’s trying too hard to fit in. (I’m not actually a mom, so this fear is purely fashion-based.)
Originally posted 2010-06-13 06:37:00.
Reader S. emailed me this question:
I love wearing dresses because they are easy and usually comfortable. I have chronic Lyme disease, which means that some days by belly starts at one point and inflates or deflates to another. It also means that during relapses, I’m in incredible pain. So, I have adopted a style wardrobe that is comprised of J.Jill (because Eileen Fisher is out the the budget), eclectic “world” tunics, drapey tops, and some pieces from Free People. I want to wear more dresses because sometimes flowy pants just bore me. Jeans are way out of the question right now, too. What types of dress shapes and materials should I look for? I am working on the insides, any thoughts for dresses on the outside?
Originally posted 2015-03-05 10:55:20.
I’ve received about 16 hillion jillion requests for ways to look awesome on a tight budget, and I hear ya, friends. I mean times are tight, for one thing … but shopping smart is a best practice no matter what the economy is up to. So here are a few guidelines that can help you keep your look fresh, fun, and affordable even if you’re hurting for cash.
TIPS FOR LOOKING LIKE A BIG SPENDER
Buy Muted Colors: Blaring brights are super fun but muted tones look more expensive. When you’re trolling Target for tees, pick out raspberry red instead of fire engine red, steel blue instead of superman blue … anything with a little less saturation. You’ll be amazed how much classier those tones will play when paired with your neutrals.
Originally posted 2009-08-24 05:58:00.