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Mini dresses and the mature woman

Spring/summer is the season when cute little mini dresses pop up like daisies in the sunshine. If you’re over 35, and following “the rules” made famous on TLC’s “What Not to Wear,” you’ll know that mini-anything and mature women do not go together.

Or do they?Tory Burch mini dress

Tory Burch is having a lovely sale right now (see example, left). Many of the dresses are quite short. How can the 35+ woman wear these and still look age appropriate?

One way is to pair this thigh-high summer dress is lightweight leggings and wear it as a tunic instead of a dress. You caHue white leggings editn see how the addition of white leggings makes this mini dress more wearable, and office appropriate, in fact.

So before discounting some of summer’s best dresses because they’re too short, think about ways to style them to make them more appropriate, yet fashion forward.

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Do you know your own style?

Many women, if asked, will admit that they don’t think of themselves as having a particular style. Many don’t know the style options and most simply buy whatever is on sale at the mall.audrey hepburn

Deep down, though, I believe women do have a sense of who they are, or at least, who they’d like to be. I did a style consultation with a women who always wore ‘traditional’ suits and jackets. Deep down, however, she longed to show off her inner ‘boho’ side. She just didn’t know how to do that in a corporate setting.

It is possible. I showed her some ways to incorporate boho touches to her corporate ‘uniform’ and still meet her position and company expectations. For others, you may have more latitude than you think.

maxi dress 2If you don’t know your style personality, I can help. I offer a two-hour workshop on discovering your style, at just $149. You’ll learn about your body type, seasonal colours, style personality and – most important – how to shop ‘on purpose.’ No more wandering the mall hoping that something jumps out at you.

Interested? Please send me a consultation inquiry by clicking here.