My 90-year-old mother is tickled to pieces that I’m blogging again, and she’s especially delighted about the topic: fashion. “Maybe this’ll stop you from being a slob,” she said. One can hope. I spent the 1990s in sweat pants, and when I ripped a hole in my favorite pair (hot pink), I covered the gash with electrical tape.
“You’ve come a long way,” Mama said, straightening her hairband. “But there’s still room for improvement.”
Mama would be happy to know that today’s outfit cost under $60, and that includes the necklace and earrings. I bought everything in the middle of February, when stores loaded the 70%-off racks. The khaki trench (TJ Maxx) will take me through spring, and I’ll pull it out again in autumn, layering with a colorful Fair Isle sweater and a collared shirt. A beige trench is a must-have item, working with every color in your closet. I was thrilled to find one for $24.00
The blue-and-white shirt (TJ Max) reminded me of a pricier Rails top. I found the necklace and earrings at the Talbot outlet.
All these decades later, I’ve replaced sweat pants with leggings and denim–both have just enough stretch to be comfortable. My inner slob demands it.
But don’t tell Mama.
Photography by Tyler West
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