Does this make me look hoochie? How’s a Mother to Know?

hoochie-dressMy mom and her friends didn’t worry about whether they were crossing the line for age-appropriate dressing. But these days, parents shop at the same stores as their teenage kids: H&M, Forever 21, and Urban Outfitters, to name a few. Low prices and up-trend styles seem to pull credit cards out of wallets like magic at these shops, but youthful
styles can be deadly on anyone over 21 (it does not last forever). So how do you tell hot from hoochie when you’re at the mall? Remember these two fashion fundamentals and you can’t go wrong:

  1. The latest trend is not your friend. If you wore a style the first time around, you probably shouldn’t wear it when it circles back. Make an exception for snug cardigans, sexy sunglasses and a silk scarf that dances around a flirty neckline – timeless trends with the “hot” factor.
  2. Buy quality clothes that fit. Size is just a number. A beautiful fit makes you feel comfortable and well-dressed. Europeans seem to have mastered the art of wearing simple pieces that flatter the body, whatever its shape, size or gender. The secret is to try before you buy, and find a talented alterations expert who charges reasonable prices.
  3. Don’t fade into the crowd by wearing your “mom jeans” when you go out – step up the style and be seen for who you are. On the other hand, if that mini skirt is getting too much of the wrong kind of attention, same advice: dress to bring out the best and you’ll be on track.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Lisa Getz is a monthly contributor to the University Heights Community Association News and her articles “The Heights of Fashion” as well as other news and information on the University Heights area of San Diego can be found here.

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