I love fashion.
I like to think that as I’ve gotten older (cough, I just turned 40, cough cough!), I have figured out what is flattering on me as in color, style, material and fit.
I know that cap sleeves will always make me look like a linebacker, always! I know that blue is “my color” and when I’m tanned and have fresh highlights, gold is pretty great. I know button downs need to be “roomy” lest they pull a little too much. I love high collars and feminine hemlines.
Wide legged pants make me look, well…wide! Like most girls, I used to jump on each new trend, for better or for worse. I wore whatever was popular. Like most girls, I cringe at old photos and wonder, “What was I thinking!”
I still like to be on trend, but if it isn’t a good look for me, I’ve learned to pass and pray for a better trend the next season.
I am so delighted that the trend as of late seems to be longer hemlines. Thank you, Princess Kate and Meghan Markle! I adore this look. Have I mentioned feminine hemlines?
If this were a confessional, I would confess that my absolute favorite look is somewhere between the 1920’s and 1940’s. And for good measure, my favorite radio station is Sirius, 40’s on 4.
Some of my favorite dresses last Spring were from Tory Burch. She had some exquisite silk dresses that were flowy but had a fitted waist and a beautifully tied scarf at the neck. I also fell in love with some equally flowy (but not as pricey) dresses from Boden. However, my “go to” staple piece of last summer was a black midi skirt that buttoned down the front from Target! I am thrilled that the trend is hanging around! I’ve already seen some amazing dresses and skirts that I hope to add to my collection.
I have a few teenage daughters who love nothing more than to wear jeans, leggings, and sweatpants ALL DAY EVERYDAY. Seeing them dressed up is my love language.
We had a priest, whom we loved, once say to our parish something to the effect of, “The parish council took a vote, and there will be no swimming pool installed on the grounds. Therefore, there is no need to continue dressing for Mass as if going to the swimming pool!” Word!
As for our family, we try to be intentional about dressing for Mass and maybe go out for a family dinner or lunch afterwards. As an added bonus, we are frequently asked to take up the gifts because we are dressed up which my children love (kidding, of course….we have teens, after all!).