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#1 ~~~~!eternity!~~~~

Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:37 PM

How do you transition from boring school mum to trendy 35 year old?

Links greatly appreciated, preferably something suitable for DD boobs so v necks always work.

#2 Isolabella

Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:40 PM

I have found pepperberry.co.uk great for clothes that go over the bust.

#3 Fanny McPhail

Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:41 PM

Gawd I need to stalk this thread...You have just described me down to the bra size!

#4 ~~~~!eternity!~~~~

Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:44 PM

I guess what I'm asking is what do trendy 35 year old women wear? And yes trackies do sometimes make an appearance as do 3/4 length black pants *sigh*.

#5 CupOfCoffee

Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:45 PM

QUOTE (lsolaBella @ 07/12/2012, 07:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have found pepperberry.co.uk great for clothes that go over the bust.

Oh, I have never seen this online store and I just had a quick look and it is exactly the style I like.  (As a 35 year old mum).

#6 follies

Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:50 PM

Beautiful soft chiffon style blouses and a great pair of (full length) black pants are a must. Find the styles that suit you and go crazy with the accessories.

#7 ~~~~!eternity!~~~~

Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:53 PM

go crazy with the accessories.

See here's the thing, I own one pair of earrings. And one ring. I'm scared of accessories!

#8 EBeditor

Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:56 PM

This just-turned-36-year-old mum wears dresses by Leona Edmiston, they're always very flattering. I also like Veronika Maine, Seed Woman and Sussan.

#9 feralangel

Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:59 PM

QUOTE (chubba_bubba @ 07/12/2012, 08:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
How do "mums" dress LOL

I was going to ask the same question.  Well I don't dress like my mum did at the same age.

I'm 44 so definitely no bare midriff.  I dress for comfort so i wear a lot of leggings and skinny jeans with long tops which I find slimming.  I usually team them with flats or moccasin style slip on shoes.

#10 Orangedrops

Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:59 PM

Throw out all of your three quarter pants, always wear lipstick and accessorise every day.

There are lots of affordable fun ways to accessorise. A brightly coloured necklace or bangle is always good, or a pretty summer scarf. I love Mimco scarves.

Edited by Orangedrops, 08 December 2012 - 04:46 AM.

#11 follies

Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:12 PM

QUOTE (~~~~!eternity!~~~~ @ 07/12/2012, 07:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
See here's the thing, I own one pair of earrings. And one ring. I'm scared of accessories!

You just have to decide what you like. I don't have "loud" accessories. I have delicate chains with pendants, tennis bracelets, pearls and I don't do dangly earrings (not just as I have a baby).

#12 CupOfCoffee

Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:16 PM

QUOTE (Orangedrops @ 07/12/2012, 07:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Throw out all of your three quarter pants, always wear lipstick and accessorise every day.

Oh... this is my sin...

3/4 pants are so comfy and perfect compromise between shorts being too short and long pants being too hot.  (I am so middle aged).

What should women wear instead in hot weather (where they are going to be bending over picking up toddlers etc?

#13 Schmig

Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:19 PM

I am a huge leona Edmiston fan in my 36 year old D boobs mum  body. so many great styles and they don't need ironing. oh the bliss. I also buy some monsoon from the UK

#14 Mitis angelam

Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:19 PM

Accessories don't have to mean jewellery, either.  I have a collection of wraps/scarves in a rainbow of colours.  And a good belt can do wonders for an outfit.  For example, I bought this to wear over otherwise solid black outfits (which I tend to wear a lot):


#15 strawberrycakes

Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:21 PM

Throw out all of your three quarter pants
uh oh, thats what I planned on wearing tomorrow.  I'm 32 though so do I still have to throw them out ? LOL

#16 Marchioness Flea

Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:23 PM

I'll wear 3/4 denim pants if I want!
Skirts are useless for playing with toddlers and picking them up etc. I'm also over a sz 12(well over lol) and my legs just don't look great in a shorter skirt anymore, longer skirts get in the way of day to day stuff.
I'll fancy up once my child is a bit older, I promise!!
i do make sure I wear lipstick though.

#17 vanessa71

Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:26 PM

QUOTE (EBeditor @ 07/12/2012, 08:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This just nearly -turned-36- 42 year-old mum wears dresses by Leona Edmiston, they're always very flattering. I also like Veronika Maine.

I always wear make up, red lipstick being my signature colour. When I wear jeans, I wear heels with them, never runners, that is about as casual as I get.

Apart from Leona Edmiston & Veronika Maine, I like Boden for separates. I try to never dress like a 'mum'.  wink.gif

#18 having-fun

Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:33 PM


birdsnest Styled Outfits

They have a lovely and large range of styled outfits, including shoes and other accessories.  And they are for all body types and they are reasonable prices.

Their service is brilliant - if something isn't right, then you can send it back and get a refund.  So returns are easy as.

I love their jewellery.  Have fun

#19 baxlaika

Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:34 PM

Interesting thread - will read with interest. Not sure I'm ready to let go of the 3/4 pants though. The world isn't ready to see my legs in shorts and skirts don't work for me.

Pepperberry looks good thanks for the tip! Had a laugh at the website though: "clothes designed with your boobs in mind" nice to know someone's thinking about my boobs while they work?  laugh.gif

Earnings solve a bad hair day in my opinion. Dangly ones if you can - distracts the eye from you hair!

#20 follies

Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:35 PM

QUOTE (CupOfCoffee @ 07/12/2012, 08:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Oh... this is my sin...

3/4 pants are so comfy and perfect compromise between shorts being too short and long pants being too hot.  (I am so middle aged).

What should women wear instead in hot weather (where they are going to be bending over picking up toddlers etc?

Try to find a pair of linen black pants or a pair that have a "silky" feel to them, that way they are cooling.

The problem with 3/4 pants is they stop at the widest part of the calf, I don't mind some 3/4 pants but you have to pay a lot of attention to the proportions of the outfit

#21 pumpkinpie04

Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:37 PM

Ruby Olive have great accessories.

#22 feralangel

Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:37 PM

QUOTE (CupOfCoffee @ 07/12/2012, 09:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Oh... this is my sin...

3/4 pants are so comfy and perfect compromise between shorts being too short and long pants being too hot.  (I am so middle aged).

What should women wear instead in hot weather (where they are going to be bending over picking up toddlers etc?

3/4 pants are unflattering and aging.  I'm 44 and have short legs. During summer I fitted (but not too tight) capri pants (ending just below the knee cap). Much more flattering and they give a longer leg line.  You can buy them in fabric or denim.  Katies have a range which flatten your tummy too.

The only time 3/4 pants are flattering is if they are fitted (like skinny jeans but ending mid calf).

And FTR i'm not skinny - i'm size 12-14.

#23 Freddie'sMum

Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:39 PM

It will be a cold day in hell before I ever give up MY 3/4 length trousers !!

OP - I am short and plus size.  What suits me will probably not suit you.

What do you like wearing ??  I like 3/4 length pants because the regular length ones are too long for me.  I like nice tops - I don't really wear dresses because they don't suit me.  

Try lots of different stuff on and be honest when you ask yourself "does is suit me".

I - for one - am not buying coloured jeans this season - even though every other person / man / woman / teenager and small child seems to have them.  Short, chunky legs like mine do not suit them.

(edited for spelling)

Edited by Freddie'sMum, 07 December 2012 - 08:39 PM.

#24 *LucyE*

Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:43 PM

Ahhh, my calves aren't a problem, so I'll stick with my 3/4 pants. I have some long linen pants too, which while comfortable are sometimes too casual. I have long silk pants as well but they are strictly for when there is no toddler in sight.

I'd like to know how a 'mum' dresses too. A dag is a dag no matter the age.

I have always been a minimalist with accessories and make up. You just need to work out your own style. Not everything will suit everyone. The trick is to find what suits YOU.

#25 EBeditor

Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:50 PM

I recently saw a photo of myself in 3/4 pants and decided that I am NEVER wearing them again.

Some alternatives in summer - mid-thigh or knee-length shorts with sandals, skirts and dresses, loose leg pants in linen or thin cotton. Printed pants are quite in at the moment but they don't work if you have big hips and a tummy.  Normal jeans or coloured jeans with turned up cuffs are more flattering than 3/4 pants too.

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