I know that age is a relative thing. And that it's all about perspective. That there's no definitive line - at least one that's polite to point out - where you can say, "on this side, is youth. On that side, is old age."
I am also aware that more often than not, I'm mistaken for someone younger than the age I actually am. But what's funny is that lately, I've been feeling my age creeping up on me. I'm in San Francisco right now, for work, and last night, I was walking around Union Square, checking out Madewell and Zara and H&M - and well, in nearly every store, I tried on things which were adorable, but which also made me wonder...hmmm...are these clothes too young for me?
I know that part of this has to do with the fact that my birthday is just a couple months away now, and I'll be turning an age that just sounds old to me (for those of you who are familiar with Chinese astrology, I'll tell you that I was born in the year of the Dragon - now you do the math) and this number - well, I guess it's bothering me more than I'd like to admit.
But it's also that I vividly remember thinking 10-15 years ago - with the sort of disdain that only occurs in the youthful, when they perceive others trying to look the part when they're so obviously not - that women should not dress in clothes that are "too young for them." It just looks bad.
So it crosses my mind - is it now or never? Should I go ahead and wear the clothes now, that I want to wear, even if they are too young for me because
they make me look like I might be Kate and Rowan's babysitter instead of their mom I can sort of (maybe? not really?) get away with wearing them now and may not be able to for much longer? Or do I use my money (and limited closet space) to buy items which I can wear for decades to come?
Is it now or never?
Just one of the dresses I tried on last night is the Madewell Roseblossom Songbird Dress (which I should note is priced at $10 less on Shopbop than it is on Madewell's site). I tweeted about this dress a couple days ago, when I saw it on Madewell's new arrivals page, so when I saw it in the shop, I felt compelled to try it on. I'm wearing it in the size 0, and I found it fit TTS. The skirt hit about an inch above my knee, so taller women should keep that in mind, when considering this dress. I liked it more than I thought I would, even though I look a bit like death warmed over in these photos (I'd only had about 5 hours of sleep, and a very long workday by the time I ended up in this fitting room). The dress has a fairly simple silhouette, is made of cotton, is machine washable, has a back zipper, and pockets. Essentially, it's everything I love in a dress. But will I spring for it? Hmm...only time will tell.
Oh, Time. You wascally wabbit, you.