The Chico’s catalog (for “mature” women) came in the mail the day I had my first mammogram (“a birthday gift to yourself!” the 24-year-old nurse chirped at me), which coincidentally was on my 40th birthday. As I paged through it, my boobs still smarting from being squashed between two metal plates, I did not see one thing in that catalog that I would wear. In fact, I remember my 80-year-old grandmother wearing some of the featured clothes, along with her sensible black orthopedic shoes. Was this the beginning of the end? Was my fourth decade which had started with an uncomfortable medical test, going to continue where I now needed to start sporting modest tunics in garish prints and colors? Would it end with hemorrhoid cream and me in a wheelchair? Was it time to trade in my stilettos for Dr. Toms, and me getting a “I need to see the manager” haircut?
I called my friend, crying. She listened for a few minutes, and then said, “You get all kinds of catalogs. Remember when you got the AARP catalog by accident a few years ago and called me crying about that? It didn’t change anything,” she pointed out. “You get the Farm and Fleet catalog. It doesn’t mean you have to shop there.”
She had a very good point. I hadn’t shopped at Farm and Fleet and didn’t use any of the AARP discounts, but I couldn’t deny that each year, I was finding the clothes at places I used to shop not exactly right or me either. Last year’s fall line brought out crop tops and ripped jeans up to the crotch. Fine for a 22-year-old club hopper, but not anything this mother of three wanted to wear either.
Women in their 40s are like the middle child of ages. Our days of shopping at Forever 21 are over, but we aren’t ready for “mature lady” clothing either. There has to be something in between. Women in their 40s are sexy, stylish and want clothes that showcase that. Our boobs are working boobs. They’ve fed babies and now may have to be squashed and checked for changes, but those boobs are still very much still sexy and don’t have to retire just yet. Our butts may not be that of a twenty-year-old butt, but we are gym-goers and runners and more health-conscious now than we were, and are butts are very much still worthy to be clad in well-made clothes. Women in their 40s deserve to be clothed in stylish, sexy outfits, and I’m happy to report that after my initial breakdown, I’ve found that there are designers and boutiques whose clothes fit this description. I’ve looked and scoured and clicked and bought. I’ve tried on and sampled and tested and returned. I’ve gone to local dive bars and high-end restaurants in my finds. I’ve sat through eight-hour gymnastic meets, wandered around Venice and sat on a lawn chair for three-hour baseball games in the rain in these clothes. Basically, I’ve found amazing clothes that will make you feel stylish and sexy during all of the snapshots of your life. You will feel like your best years are still ahead of you. I’m sharing some of my favorite finds with you.
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