You already know the answer to the headlined question.
Back in 2012 I bought a sequined skirt at All Saints. I wore it to the office holiday party with a black cotton button-front shirt, black Louboutins (these days you might prefer the pointy-toed version), dark red nails, gold bangles, and a family diamond-embellished cuff (I think this modern one’s similar in feeling). I colored my hair in those days.
There are lots of sequin options this year, if you’d like to follow suit.
Sequined Skirts For Mother And Daughter (scroll right)
I wore the skirt again that Christmas night, with a white Anne Fontaine shirt and seriously tacky sparkle platform slingbacks. My husband and I (he was then still my Significant Other,) were having room service dinner at the San Francisco St. Regis. In that setting I was OK with the glitter and legs.
But this year the skirt got too short. Nothing much changed except my attitude. I doubt fingers would point, but I’d feel less than spectacular and you should feel full-on spectacular in sequins.
Anyway, here’s how I balanced the skirt, in 2012.
Accessories For Mama (scroll right)
This year I gave the skirt to my daughter. Then I asked her to toss her ponytail in the middle of the messy in-use kitchen. They are so tolerant sometimes, our grown kids.
She’s wearing a tee and boots from All Saints. My husband and I had taken her shopping and splurged. I love her rocker look, especially since she’s actually a medical school student. If she wants a straight-up pretty outfit going forward, I think she can find a satin tee and sandals for not too much money.
And What The Daughter Wore, Or Might Wear (scroll right)
When I posted the shot of the pony toss on Instagram, several commenters (including Materfamilias) suggested a blog post about the different ways a 50+-year old and a 29-year old might wear the same skirt. Thanks for the suggestion and here you go:
- Mother – tailored shirt || Daughter – animal tee or tank
- Mother – matte top || Daughter – grunge or shiny top
- Mother – pumps and slingbacks || Daughter – ankle boots with cut-out heels, or strappy satin sandals
- Mother – updo, or long and straightened || Daughter – however she dang well pleases
The mother tempers stretch and sequins with matte structure, the daughter augments with shine and skin.
I should add, in this era when we seem to be throwing off outdated expectations of how women over 40 and 50 and 60 ought to dress, far be it for me to enforce formulas. I’m giving you my own particular High-WASP-moved-to-Northern-California wardrobe calculus. Balance in all things. So when a certain piece of clothing starts to feel exceedingly body-focused, you should feel free to lay it down. Alternatively, double down and don it with a silver bodysuit and lucite-heeled boots. Room for everything.
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