Luckily for me, I have a dress to exchange, so I called in my order this morning and got free shipping on my sale items. One of the great things about Garnet Hill is their free exchanges policy.
I ordered this dress in black, for $44. It looks easy to wear and versatile:
I'm also going to try this summer skirt, marked down to $38:
I'm not the ruffled type, but I have a similar skirt from Garnet Hill with straight tiers of ruffles and it's surprisingly slimming. It's also more fun to wear than the tea-length skirts I've always lived in.
I think I'm finally too old for the "old lady" clothes I wore throughout my youth and until recently. There comes a point where "quirky librarian" style transforms into "frumpy librarian."And that means it's time to accentuate the (remaining) positives with knee-length skirts, interesting necklines, and so on.
Since we're having all this hot, humid weather, I'm wearing shorts and tees — as I've done every summer since I was about 3. Those who say that women of a certain age shouldn't wear shorts can go put on a muu-muu or travel up to Mount Desert Island, where everyone lives in shorts. Mine are not Ellie Mae short-shorts, nor are they Jane Hathaway Bermudas, but somewhere in the middle, with a 5" inseam. I think they look fine and, when it's hot, I stop caring about what anyone thinks. I'm even wearing my shorts with an 18"-long strip of black kinesio tape down one leg, which is helping my sore knee. The ruffled skirt could be a more "city-appropriate" alternative, if it's as cool and comfortable as shorts. But how could it be?