I feel Stuck...

How to Dress My Age...

“I don’t want to dress like my teenage daughter but I, even more so, don’t want to dress like my mother. Not that she didn’t dress well…i’m just not that old yet! Help! “

  

From my years of working at JAMIE to Wardrobe Consulting with Tina Adams to now owning the K. McCarthy Fashion Truck, I can tell you this is the biggest concern of all. Mom’s feeling stuck…stuck in between not wanting to look like a teenager, but also not wanting to dress older than they are! 

Here are a few tips for looking and feeling young - but not too young…

 1. Keep it simple - don’t try to be too trendy (or you will look like your teenage daughter). But no need to wear all tailored button downs and slacks either! If you like a new trend…go for it! Grab the leather top (or ombre sweater) at K. McCarthy Fashion Truck…but no need to try to pull off a crop top like you’re seeing in all the magazines, wear a leather top with your favorite pair of MID-RISE Paige or DL1961 Jeans and you’ll feel like your on-trend, without being trendy!

                                                                         Go for it!!                                                 

Leave it to the models!

2. Learn to accessorize. (Or call me - because I’m happy to help!) There’s no need for you to wear pearls everyday - or matching jewelry all the time. Get some fun, long necklaces, and great scarves! These will make every outfit feel more put together and more fun! It’s really easy - you can wear a pair of jeans, a white long sleeve t-shirt and a great scarf with some really fun earrings - and your done! And, trust me, you look way more put together (and it took just as little time) as every other mom in Lululemon! (Not that I’m dogging on Lulu - trust me, I have quite a bit of it too - you just don’t need to wear it every day!)

3. There is no need to wear a button down and slacks (even if you’re a lawyer)! Leave the button down and slacks to your mom - we all know they look great in it - but there are SO many more options out there!! And you are only going to date yourself! Instead, go for a slimmer leg dress pant and a pretty silk blouse! I promise, you’ll look just as nice, and much more contemporary!

Dressing well, to me, is all about looking like you didn’t try too hard. It’s about looking effortlessly fabulous! And on-trend, but not trendy!! To learn more about how to achieve this look (and not look like your mom or little girl, who isn’t so little anymore) check us out on http://www.raisingboysandgirls.com/raisingboysandgirls-blog/ once a season…and more regularly on  http://kmccarthyfashiontruck.com/blog…OR email us for a private shopping appointment (or party) on the K. McCarthy Fashion Truck!! 

Kathleen Goff
Owner, K. McCarthy Fashion Trunk
info@kmccarthyfashiontrunk.com
(615)972-1696

*We’ll be contributing seasonally to Wardrobe Wednesday. Make sure to check us out to see current trends (good and bad) and how to feel your best in what you wear! And just to tide you over til next season…Here’s one to grow on…

Chunky Sweaters are everywhere this season! We LOVE chunky sweaters…but you just have to make sure you dress in proportion. If you’re sweater is bulky, keep your pants skinny…you never want pants and top to be oversized and you definitely don’t want both to be too tight…Or you’ll look like JLo. If you’re wearing skinny jeans, go for a Bella Dahl chambray blouse or Chunky Sweater. And if you’re going for the jogger look (which is a little looser fitting pant), try a tighter fitting long sleeve t-shirt and scarf! 

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Parenting & Fashion

Check our our an AMAZING parenting blog, by Sissy Goff, David Thomas and Melissa Trevathan here...

We will be featured seasonally for "Wardrobe Wednesday". Make sure to check it out. Here's a little sneak peak! 

Melissa talks often about the importance of being a person while also being a parent.   We believe in having life outside of your children - friendships, hobbies, interests, etc.   It’s never helpful for our kids to believe the sun rises and sets around them.  We certainly want to communicate they are loved, enjoyed and valued, but never that they are the center of the universe. 

We encourage parents not just to have outside interests, but to talk openly about those.  Let kids see how excited you are to leave on date nights with your spouse.  Talk at length about a new restaurant you discovered and enjoyed.  Share stories and photos from a recent weekend trip with friends.  If you are training for a half marathon or taking an art class, talk openly about those experiences.  You are creating opportunities for kids to develop valuable relational skills in listening to your interests and asking questions around them.  

I often poll boys I meet with and ask them to tell me what their mom or dad’s favorite activity is, or if they can name their parents’ best friend.   It’s not uncommon for kids to struggle coming up with a response.  They don’t always know what we love to do or who we value spending time with.   In parenting classes, I’ll sometimes ask Moms to guess the most common answer I hear from boys in response to the question of what they love to do most.

Many boys answer with “she loves to go to the grocery store.”  Laughter erupts across the room.  I’ve met thousands of moms over the years, but I’ve yet to meet a mom who loves to go to the grocery store or considers it her favorite pastime.  He knows what you do, but not necessarily what you love.  

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Over the past year, we’ve done a couple of events in partnership with Sissy’s sister, Kathleen.  She’s a talented, creative, generous, lovely young woman who has turned into a Nashville Celebrity (though she’s not officially my little sister, I like to brag on her like a proud big brother!).  

 

Kathleen grew up in Arkansas, did her undergraduate work at SMU inTexas and then relocated to Nashville to get her MBA.  She became a business owner in her 20’s and is beloved by countless women in our city and well beyond.  She opened one of Nashville’s first Fashion Trucks.  You’ve never quite seen anything like the K McCarthy Fashion Truck.  Imagine a well-appointed boutique complete with a hanging chandelier and private dressing room - on wheels!    Check out why Nashville is as crazy about Kathleen as we’ve always been.  http://kmccarthyfashiontruck.com

Kathleen hosts everything from private parties to corporate events.  She’s had the truck available at several parenting events where we’ve spoken.  Moms can go straight from a conversation around Intentional Parenting into a shopping experience.  They seem to always leave these particular events happier than our normal parenting classes!  

Kathleen doesn’t just provide a convenient and personal shopping experience, she’s also philanthropic.  She’s hosted countless events where she donates proceeds to organizations she believes in. 

You can follow Kathleen on social media here to find out if she’s coming to a city near you.  And we’re planning to bring her right to your doorstep from time to time. 

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Periodically, we’ll surprise you with Wardrobe Wednesday, in an effort to remind you of the importance of being a person and a parent

Enjoy!

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