Never let it be said I don’t learn from my mistakes.
After my recent wardrobe malfunction . . .
here’s what I’m doing differently, wearing the same pair of jeans and a similar top:
1. Higher ponytail: Just putting a ponytail higher on my head looks perkier (as one commenter pointed out).
2. Colorful cardigan: Neutrals are classy, but I think most of us need some color. So much gray was too blah. The scarf, while having color, was not the right color, nor the right shape, nor tied well. Just wrong in so many ways. It went in the give-away bin.
3. Trimmer cut: A long, oversized cardigan, obviously, can look really good, but it takes some finesse to avoid looking like I’m wearing a bathrobe. I don’t have finesse at 6:30 in the morning. A more moderately-sized cardigan is more versatile. (The gray, oversized one is going to Twice.)
4. Spiffier shoes: Birkenstocks can look okay but, like an oversized cardigan, they require some finesse. You have to go all-out boho, I think, or be tall, thin, painfully chic and preferably blonde. These Top-Siders are a bit more versatile.
So I think I’ve gone from an “F” to a “C” or so.
A more fashionable look with wide-legged/flared/bootcut jeans like these would be to wear heels. But . . . um . . . what kind of a freak would I look like wearing heels to preschool drop off? Another option is to wear skinny jeans with boots. But I don’t want to wear boots on these in-between days when temps might start in the fifties but later reach the eighties.
So, my friends, you’ll have to go elsewhere for cutting edge fashion. But stick with me if you want to peer deep into the depths of frumpdom . . . and then watch me claw my way out.