The lovely NotSupermum (who I’m sure is a Supermum) asked this question:
I’m really struggling at the moment to find spring/summer clothes that don’t look too young for me. I don’t know why but a lot of stuff looks too fancy or ruffled, and that’s just not me I always end up feeling too warm in the warmer months, because I never quite get a good combination of clothes. I don’t like strappy tops, because I need to wear a bra, and I don’t have the figure for shorts or skimpy stuff. I’m a UK size 18, with big thighs and I’m self concious about my midriff. Any suggestions would be wonderful.
I made this Polyvore up to give NotSupermum some ideas. All can be worn with a bra, and flatter a more mature midsection!
Arms – some sleeve helps to disguise a fuller upper arm.
Shoulders – you may notice, not a spaghetti strap in sight – for those of us who need to wear bras, that bit of extra fabric makes a big difference.
Waist – either ruching at the sides, or fabrics that skim without clinging are essential. Notice no belts or other waist detail to draw attention there.
Pants – notice the cropped pants are in a colour that will relate to NotSupermum’s skin and so not chop her up too much, then I’ve paired a more ‘nude’ sandal to elongate her legs.
Skirts – Skirts that come to the knee are pretty much universally flattering – if you find your thighs rub together in summer, which can be uncomfortable – try a pair of light bike shorts underneath.
Head – don’t forget broad brimmed hats to keep the sun off your face and shoulders (the back of the neck can get a beating and look twice as old as your face!). Sunglasses are also a necessity to protect your precious eyes.
Accessories – don’t forget to add a little lightweight or coloured jewellery for some fun and style.
Shoes – As NotSupermum describes herself as a UK size 18 (which would be around a US size 12-14 I think) I’ve chosen some wedges which create a solid base for any extra height required.
And as far as age appropriate goes – as there are no extreme fashion statements or lots of skin showing, it can happily be worn by anyone who would like to be a little more modest.