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That mini is so phat: dress sense that is timeless

“Babe, do you think I’m too old to wear this mini skirt?”
“Yes, and you would have to run a few kilometres on the treadmill as well!”

This is an example of an actual conversation between my husband and I as I stood in a clothes shop contemplating whether or not to buy this sweet little denim mini.  While I have to admire my husband’s honesty, I did not appreciate his recent revelation.

I liked that mini skirt and I knew I could still pull it off! I have nice legs, albeit a little heftier than ten years back.  Wearing said mini skirt with a loose, body skimming top that shows-off my long neck, and heels to elongate my legs, would make that outfit a winner on me!

The secret here is awareness. I know I’m not 25 anymore! I know my body has … er … filled out, but just because I’m older doesn’t mean I have to start dressing down! What it does mean though is that, while a young woman may be able to get away with wearing a truly ridiculous looking outfit simply because of her youth, an older woman (and I’m referring to us women in our mid-thirties and up) have to choose our clothing a little more wisely.

In this regard, we actually have a distinct advantage over our younger counterparts:  we have more experience and savvy in the style department.  That type of experience says to me that at 35 years, my hips are wider, my breasts larger and my midriff less toned.  If I wear a boob tube with an open midriff, my breasts are liable to look saggy and my stomach like an unappealing muffin top.

Dressing in flattering apparel gives a woman confidence.  A confident woman in turn is damn sexy!  If you need a refresher on how to discover your own unique dress sense, here’s a simple and practical 5-step guide that has helped me:

  1. Firstly, know your body shape.  Are you pear-shaped, apple-shaped, an hourglass etc.?
  2. Read-up on styles that suit your body shape and then choose clothing that is deemed complementary.  I am pear-shaped, which means that wearing block colours (and not colourful prints) on my bottom half will draw the eye away from my larger hips. Pair that with a top that draws attention upwards i.e. away from my butt and hips, you then have the ideal outfit for a pear body shape.
  3. TL Body VegasA rule of thumb, no matter what your body shape, is to never show too much skin.  If you want to highlight your décolleté, then showing-off your midriff, back, legs and arms all at the same time is overkill.  Choose only one asset to emphasise at a time.
  4. Less is always more with accessories.  It’s just not necessary to do ‘death by bling’.  Wearing large earrings with a long chain, bangles on each wrist, a studded belt, rings on almost every finger, topped with a toe ring equals overdone accessories!
  5. Sarah Jessica Parker at the 2009 Tribeca Film ...The most important rule of all is simple:  don’t – I repeat don’t – wear clothes that are either a size too small or too big.  If you are on the larger side, then wearing shapeless, oversized clothing will have the opposite effect of covering up your frame.  The same can be said for wearing clothing that is too tight – you’ll overflow and you’ll look fatter than you actually are.  Look to today’s style icons like Beth Ditto or Sarah Jessica Parker for wardrobe inspiration.
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Filling in the hourglass – the bust movement

What am I going to do with these puppies? No, I’m not talking about my pets – I’m talking about my breasts. I swear they’ve grown in size … again! Just last year, after reading an interesting article relating to the fact that the majority of women wear the wrong bra size, I decided to have my bust measurements taken. I was literally gob-smacked: I was no longer a modest size 36 B, but rather an intimidating size 36 D. I was convinced the spaced-out shop attendant had gotten it all wrong. So I marched off to a lingerie boutique to have my measurements taken again. This time, when she told me I was a 36 D, I had to face the truth: I’ve hit the thirties buffet.

It’s my own personal term for when a woman has completely lost that girly body in preparation for babies. Whether a woman wants to have a child or not, we cannot flip Mother Nature the bird. With or without our consent, our bodies will become more curvaceous in celebration of that fantastic phenomenon called “fertility”.

I can lament forever on the fact that I was a lanky size eight in my early to mid twenties, but alas, those days are a distant, rather pleasant, memory. In my frank opinion – and trust me, I have lots of opinions – the stereotypical woman has several milestones in body shape changes. The first significant change is at the age of 25 when the child bearing hips first make their debut. The second significant change comes at the age of thirty. Let’s not even go near the topic of cellulite, stretch marks and the rest of the goodie bag that comes with this landmark!

Now, as I’m sitting at the mid-thirty mark, my dimensions have taken on more of an hourglass formation, and my breasts have joined the party and upped the stakes. After last year’s growth spurge, I think the girls are planning a coup. This morning, while dressing for work, my husband lay in bed transfixed by them. “Wow, they’re massive” he exclaimed as I shouldered my boulders and coaxed them into a bra.

“Please, oh please”, I’m silently praying, “Let them not be a double-D”. Surely I need something to look forward to as I hurtle towards the next marker: the big scary 40?

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