17 Nov
When Should a SAHM Stop Dressing Like a Kid?

Dear Mouthy Housewives,

I’m about to turn 40 but I dress like I’m 20. I’m a SAHM, so most days I just wear jeans, flip flops and t-shirts. It seems silly to put any more effort into it than that, but now that I’m getting older, should I try to look more mature?


My Wardrobe Needs to go Back to the Future


Dear Wardrobe Girl,

Yes, of course you should try to look more mature! Why don’t you get yourself a nice sensible bob, color it mousy, dull brown and pick out your next outfit at Talbots. I used to wear clothes from Talbots when I was underage and wanted to go drinking in bars. The right pantsuit and pearls could put five years on me.

Here’s the thing about being 40 and I can speak with great authority on the topic because I am 40 or as I describe it, my very very late 30s. The age comes with wrinkles… crow’s feet, laugh lines, forehead wrinkles.   If I had known, I would have moved my face a whole lot less during my youth.   And wrinkles are all you need to look more mature. And here’s the sad truth, you can throw on any t-shirt and jeans you want and no one is going to confuse you with a college student.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you can’t kick it up a notch from time to time. Maybe once and awhile, skip the casual outfits and put on something a little sassier like this cute top and pants…

And I’ll be damned. This outfit is even from Talbots.

By the way, who says generation Z (Is that what 20-somethings are now? I’ve lost track) has sole dibs on the t-shirt/jeans/flip flops combo. As far as I’m concerned, that’s an all American outfit, perfect for any age.


Kelcey, TMH

Talbots had no involvement with this post. Any disparaging remarks or compliments of this brand are simply due to my consumption of too much candy and wine. I received no free pantsuits in exchange for this post.

10 Responses to “When Should a SAHM Stop Dressing Like a Kid?”


Comment by Plano Mom.

I’m 47 years old and I’m sitting here in jeans, a t-shirt, and tennis shoes.

The only difference in the wardrobe is how much jiggle is underneath. A full head of gray hair doesn’t hurt.


Comment by Marinka, TMH.

Kelcey, please report to Mouthy Housewives Central, stat. And don’t forget to bring your copy of the No White Pants After Labor Day Manifesto.

Kelcey, TMH Reply:

No white shoes. Not pants. I swear. I just checked the manifesto.


Comment by Fletch.

I am also a SAHM and I refuse to dress like I am in my 20’s. I like to dress like I’m in my teens. Studded converse high tops and hoodies with peace signs, punk t shirts. The funny thing is that many of the other moms dress that way too. Its either because of our gen x heritage or we are having a communal mid life crisis.


Comment by Rojopaul.

You gals are all so funny. I DEFINITELY don’t have a problem with the casual wear as discussed above. But I do have to draw the line with a 40- or 50-something year old wearing Daisy dukes or a mini skirt that barely covers anything. Please stop with that.


Comment by annie.

At the moment I have on jeans and a t-shirt (but it’s long sleeved because it’s freakin’ cold outside). My only consensus to my advanced age of 42 is that my flip flops are memory foam slippers.

Oh and I also have a cute youthful head band on but that’s just to cover the bald spots. Was that in any way helpful??? If not, then I’ll just say wear what you want!


Comment by Mom on the Verge.

I’m a homeschool SAHM in my… oh hell, I’m 48. I wear shorts, t-shirts, and sneakers. When the temperature is below 85, I wear capris, sometimes with cargo pockets. If anything, I’d say it’s matronly. T-shirt, jeans, sneakers. Nothing radical there. 😉 As long a you avoid daisy dukes and shirts that say rude things in gold paint, I’d say you’re doing fine.


Comment by GrandeMocha.

How ’bout pants with writing on the butt?

Mom again Reply:

No. Not at any age.

Mom on the Verge Reply:

Not even if they have “go purdue” written on them.

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