Ask the Bean: College Days – Dressing for the Empty Nest

August 14, 2008 • Fashion


Dear Bean:

My daughter is off to college this fall. I’ve been prepping
myself for being used to her being out of the house. I also am
realizing that not only did my schedule revolve around hers, so did my
wardrobe. I have been a housewife for the past 18 years and I have the
appropriate attire for track meets, soccer games, group parties and my
recovery sweats when I have downtime. I don’t know where to start with
a wardrobe that compliments my new open schedule. Can you please help?

Soccer Mom

Dear Soccer Mom:

The transition into the “empty nest” is difficult in and of itself.
And you are absolutely correct — you’ve been a supportive parent in
more ways than just the carpool coordinator. Now that your daughter
is setting forth to become her own independent individual, you now have
the opportunity to do the same — in style.
Fall brings forth a new semester and new fashion lines. Reward yourself with attire that displays as much.

First off — pack the track pants and sweatshirt away and start donning the “Ladies Who Lunch” look,
because I’m sure some of your friends are also going through the same
situation. What better way to support one another through this
transition than friendly banter and fashion?

My very first suggestion is this: Read magazines. If you don’t already subscribe to any type of fashion publication, do so now. Add Lucky, Vogue, Harper’s, InStyle, Elle, and any others into your reading regimen.
By knowing what other people are wearing, you can begin figuring out
what designers and looks you like and what you can see yourself
wearing. Next step: Start shopping. Once you know what you want, take
the next step and see how it fits. When you find out what looks good
and feels good, you can quickly acquire the palette for your updated
wardrobe. Then start having fun with accessories.

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