Seven things Oprah says grown women should never wear include miniskirts and short shorts, especially with UGG boots, crop tops that bare the midriff, tube tops, shredded denim, a tunic worn as a dress, bright nail polish and rompers. With warmer weather right around the corner, it’s time to correct these fashion faux pas before those around you begin to wonder if you’ve lost your mind. For each of these, there is an easy solution that might already be in your closet, on sale at a local department store or waiting to be found at a thrift store. Following these easy tips, you’ll be ready to greet the first flowers of spring in style, knowing that your look will attract admiring glances rather than looks of dismay.
Miniskirts and short shorts are fine for the very young. If you’re old enough to remember wearing miniskirts when you were in your teens, it’s a sign you should never wear them again. As women age, they tend to lose muscle tone, making the legs less attractive. Thighs are no longer as supple and calves lose begin to lose their definition. Knees, never a particularly pretty part of the body, become even less so. Choose attractive knee, midi or maxi length skirts over miniskirts and trade in your short shorts for Bermudas or capris. Try a Kim Rogers striped splice skirt and a pair of Gloria Vanderbilt slim capris on sale at Belk.
Crop tops and tube tops both bare the midriff and show more than most women over thirty want to show. Unless you have a perfect tan, the pale skin is especially unattractive. Any loose skin or extra fat at the waist will be accentuated, making it the center of attention. Women who have lost weight often have loose skin that is best unseen. Choose long lean tanks, pretty peasant blouses, plaid shirts and simple tees that will either tuck in or fall well below the waist. You might like a new tie-waist tee shirt, pretty perforated diamond tunic or a scarf print chiffon layered shirt, all on sale at Stein Mart.
Shredded denim, usually sold as distressed or destructed denim, looks like jeans that should be thrown away. If you wore them during the eighties, don’t wear them again. They can be cute on teens, but look ridiculous on women over thirty. Jeans that show bare skin on the thigh are especially onerous. Replace any shredded denim with light wash Levi’s 525 perfect waist straight-leg jeans or Gloria Vanderbilt classic tapered jeans in a palette of pretty spring colors, on sale at Kohl’s.
A tunic is not a dress. It is intended to be worn with leggings, pants or a skirt. Women who wear tunics as dresses are combining the worst or miniskirts with the worst of style. Tunics are usually loose and hang slightly below the hip, showing much more leg than grown women want. Tunics are comfortable, versatile and flattering when worn appropriately. Pair JC Penney’s dolman denim or V-neck striped tunic with jeans for a fresh nautical look.
We’ll pass on the bright nail polish, simply saying that few things look sillier than bright green or purple nail polish when women reach a certain age, and end with a few comments about rompers. Youthful, bright and breezy, rompers are adorable and fun to wear. They’re great for toddlers, children and teens. They are not a good choice for women over thirty. Rompers tend to be very short, difficult to put on and take off quickly, and reminiscent of childhood. Leave them in the sunny fields where you used to play and replace them with a nice pair of white twill shorts or comfortable light blue drawstring shorts from Kmart.
Age appropriate apparel is important. Don’t let yourself become a victim of the current styles. Choose wisely for the most attractive possible looks that accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative. No women can remain a child forever, but she can mature with style and grace.
As always, maximize your style and minimize your spending.