Monday, July 30, 2012

How Do I Look?

This year—especially since I turned 30 back in April—I’ve been redefining my personal style. Or rather trying to find it again. I feel I’m in a transitional period.

I’m 30. That’s a significant grown-up age, I feel. Is it still appropriate for me to shop at Forever 21? When does it become inappropriate? What does a 30 year old woman look like these days?

I’m a mom. I’ve got to dress comfortably and in clothing that can handle daily stains. But how do I balance that with still wearing things I love and not looking like a bum?

I’m an author. I’m sure there are stereotypes of how writers look. Large thick glasses, frizzy unkempt hair, eclectic clothes…..or maybe that’s just what I’ve noticed out there. Here’s the other stereotype: most authors are middle-aged. So what’s my author look?

I’m not sure, but in the meantime it’s fun to experiment. I feel if nothing else, what I’ve gained from turning 30 is a little more confidence to experiment and redefine my style.

My husband laid out a good rule for me to follow: “Wear what you like, shop where you like, as long as you don’t come home wearing the latest trends my high-school freshman are wearing.”

Good rule.

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