Dressing my age – a lesson learned the hard way

I’ve always considered myself a bit of a fashionista.

Like, I keep up with the trends. I’m cool. I’m funky. I know where to find the clothes that look right on me, yo. You won’t find any daggy kits in this funky mumma’s cupboard, you feelin me?

Because I spend most of my time hanging with my homies taking care of the kids, I don’t get to hit the shops as much as I would like. Read: I never get a chance to shop anymore because the kids would go total cray and I’d come home empty-handed and frustrated.

Last weekend though, I used my birthday as an excuse to hit the shops solo with the intention to make up for lost time and spend up big.

As per usual, I headed straight to Myer. I’ve been shopping in Miss Shop since I was about 15. I can always find something that looks great on me there.

As I scoured the racks last weekend though, I couldn’t really find anything I liked.

A sales assistant noticing my disappointment, sauntered over to help. I told her I was looking for a new black skirt for work.

Initially eager to please, she suggested skirt after skirt to me.

‘Too short for my long legs,’ I apologised.

‘Too frilly, too flimsy, too ..’ I continued much to her frustration.

‘What about this one?’ she asked as she held up a ghastly stretchy material skirt that would undoubtedly make me look like I had a bigger butt than Kim Kardashian.

‘No, sorry!’ I said yet again.

And that is when it happened. Our cheerful banter turned sour.

‘Perhaps you’d be better off shopping in Piper,’ she declared.

I gave her a confused look as she continued.

‘Miss Shop is a little young for people in your age group.

‘Piper is for people your age,’ she reinforced happily before bouncing off to assist some 12-year-olds.

‘Piper!’ I screeched internally as I scampered off with my tail between my legs.

I buy Piper for my mum. How can I not be cool and young enough for Miss Shop anymore?

dressingyourage

I’m still cool. I’m funky. I’m hip to the … fuck it, I don’t even know what words to use to say I’m cool anymore.

Turning 37 the next day, that little step closer to 40, wasn’t an issue for me until that little tramp lovely sales assistant made me feel old.

‘You’re not 15 anymore!’ I scolded myself.

‘You’re not 25. Christ, you’re not even 35 – woman, get a grip!’

I’ve probably been walking around in my tropical print harem pants looking like bloody mutton dressed as lamb!

As I took my fury out on the clothes racks at Piper, which had some very nice stuff BTW, I caught a glimpse of my reflection in a mirror. My hair was wild and un-straightened. Not wild in a sultry, I just stepped off the beach and now have sexy, snakey curls kind of way, it was an I couldn’t be stuffed straightening my hair, the kids were going off the hook and I had to make a run for it, kind of way.

I’m not that funky little chicka cutting rugs on the dance floor singing, ‘I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly’ anymore. I’m a mumma wearing leggings and oversized jumpers as I entertain the kids singing ‘The snow glows white on the mountain tonight, not a footprint to be seen’.

I’m glad that sales assistant gave me a talking to. I needed it. Ever since I hit the mid thirties I’ve been feeling a little out of sorts fashion wise. I’m too old for Miss shop, clearly, yet too young for some of the others out there. Plus, my body shape has completely changed. What once looked good on me now looks awful.

After a serious 3.5 hour shopping spree, I am stoked to say I have found a whole heap of new shops that I love and which suit me better in my lifestyle right now.

While I didn’t buy anything in Piper, I had great success in Jeanswest and Forever New. I am also loving the Mix range from Coles and Lee Cooper from Big W.

With these big guns behind me, I am feeling confident again and happy in the fact that I’m dressing my age. (I’m keeping the tropical print harem pants though … )

Has your style changed over the years? Where do you like to shop? Was my first attempt at funny on the blog a total failure?

Linking up today with the ever hilarious Have a laugh on me and her pals for LaughLink.

85 comments on Dressing my age – a lesson learned the hard way

  1. Ellie Johnston
    May 26, 2014 at 6:33 am (3 years ago)

    Happy birthday for the other day Renee! Have you had a look at the clothes in Seed (on queen st mall) yet? It’s my go-to, I think half my wardrobe is from there! X

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2014 at 9:29 pm (3 years ago)

      And you always look lovely too, Ellie! Thanks for the tip. I will have to check them out. I think they’ve just opened up a store at Indro too x

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  2. Erin@TheMumsGroup
    May 26, 2014 at 7:10 am (3 years ago)

    Too funny Renee and yes I’ve been there too! I also love Cue and Portmans for fashionable but a tad more sophisticated (age appropriate for me) items xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2014 at 9:31 pm (3 years ago)

      I am a massive fan of Cue and Portmans. I’m always hanging out for a Cue sale πŸ™‚ xx

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  3. Bec | Mumma Tells
    May 26, 2014 at 7:13 am (3 years ago)

    Oh you’re too funny, Renee! Miss Shop. Ahh, yes. I haven’t been shopping for myself in too too long, so I’d head there too. Following the ‘do what you know’ rule can be dangerous with fashion, eh? X

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2014 at 9:31 pm (3 years ago)

      It sure can, Bec πŸ™‚ I hope you get a chance to go on a shopping spree soon x

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  4. Neets
    May 26, 2014 at 7:32 am (3 years ago)

    You are so funny. I haven’t been to miss shop for years but I used to love it! Can’t believe I missed your birthday last week. Happy birthday gorgeous! I seriously have no time to shop. I’ll let you in on a little secret. ASOS baby, ASOS online. You’ll love it xxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2014 at 9:50 pm (3 years ago)

      Ahh my sister likes Asos. I will definitely check it out. Thanks for the tip. Hope all is well xx

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  5. Kate Morell
    May 26, 2014 at 7:35 am (3 years ago)

    Oh gosh… at forty two, I’m finding it hard too. The worst is when in a shop and I look up to see grannies. If this is ‘their’ shop, I’m out of there. But to where? For now, I just live in workout clothes. (But don’t do the workout.)

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2014 at 9:50 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. Ahh Kate. You crack me up. Yes, if you see oldies in the shop that is a dead giveaway that you’re in the wrong shop.

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  6. Vicki @ Knocked Up and Abroad
    May 26, 2014 at 7:58 am (3 years ago)

    Firstly, Happy Birthday! I use my birthday as an excuse to do some shopping too! Secondly, what a rude little shop assistant!! I cannot tell you how much I detest young, know it alls who obviously make quick judgements about their customers! Grrr…
    I also feel very different to how I look when I’m out in public these days. Rarely do I get to do my hair or make up or time to put on that trendy outfit in the wardrobe when I get out now. It’s more like run for the door and don’t look back!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2014 at 9:51 pm (3 years ago)

      Yep, that’s exactly right, Vicki. I’m looking for clothes that are fuss free and look good. They are not always easy to find.

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  7. Kimberley
    May 26, 2014 at 8:11 am (3 years ago)

    Oh no she di’nt. Sorry, I would have smacked that shop assistant, yo. I’m not 25 anymore either but I’ll shop where I damn well please! I am a fan of Charlie Brown, Wayne Cooper and Witcheryβ€”lovely clothes and bridging that age between “I’m 20 and I’magonnashowyoumaTITS” and “I’m 45 and I’m gonna be sophisticated if it damn well KILLS me”. Happy Birthday by the way! Looking GOOD for your ageβ€”you feelin’ me? Kx (thanks for linking up with #laughlink)

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2014 at 9:52 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. Thank you for hosting! I absolutely love Wayne Cooper. That man knows his stuff!

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  8. Erin
    May 26, 2014 at 8:29 am (3 years ago)

    Your funny was great! Nodding all the way through, I’ve had one of those epiphany moments after fighting it for a few years too. “Mutton dressed as lamb” yep, sit at the shopping centre one day and see how many 50-60 year olds are walking around as mutton dressed as lamb. Seriously ladies, you’re aging, embrace it.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2014 at 9:32 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol, Erin! Thanks very much. I’m glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚

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  9. Janice Jones
    May 26, 2014 at 8:40 am (3 years ago)

    If you think it is hard at forty try the fifty I don’t want to look like a unmade bed layer upon layer or climbing the corporate ladder power dressing to the max I just want to look good in well made proportioned clothes It is mine field out there

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2014 at 9:34 pm (3 years ago)

      It sure is, Janice!!! I know what you mean about the layer upon layer πŸ™‚ Looking like an unmade bed is definitely not cool. Thanks for the laugh πŸ™‚

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  10. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    May 26, 2014 at 9:33 am (3 years ago)

    HA HA – you’re not mutton baby, you’re a slightly older lamb!! Funny post – check, check, check! I would have wanted to give the sale assistant the evil-shit eye but it seems you did well and took it in your stride! I reckon Jeans West has great stuff, I go there, and I didn’t even know Cole sold clothes, must get there! We’re the same age and while you dress young and funky I’m stuck in jean shorts and shirts, but I’m trying. I might have to get you to take me out shopping!!! Yay for feeling great in your new threads. LOVE the tone of this post, bring it sista! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for linking xxxxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2014 at 9:36 pm (3 years ago)

      And thanks for hosting! It was mega fun. I have loved reading all of the posts. Not all of the Coles stores have the Mix range. We’re lucky our local does though and it’s awesome for the whole fam x

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  11. Deborah
    May 26, 2014 at 10:29 am (3 years ago)

    Oh dear, now I’m depressed as I think of Piper as being kinda ‘young’. Of course I have to shop in the plus-sized section where options are even more limited. Fortunately they’re better than they used to be as I’m sure I spent half of the 90s in big loose long-sleeves plain linen shirts and trousers!

    Deb

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2014 at 9:37 pm (3 years ago)

      Plain shirts and trousers are definitely no fun at all. I’m glad the plus size is improving!

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  12. Simone Samuels
    May 26, 2014 at 10:37 am (3 years ago)

    You always crack Mr up Renee! My problem buying clothes in Indo is sizing. I can never find things I like in my western sizing! Shoes are the most difficult thing, it is even hard to get size 10 in Australia let alone here where the average shoe size is a 6! I think it is good to go through a fashion rebirth every few years to accommodate lifestyle, taste and body changes. It is like a little revamp, and change is as good as a holiday right?

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2014 at 9:38 pm (3 years ago)

      It sure is, Simmy! God, it must be so hard for you to find clothes over there. Lucky for the interwebs then eh? Thanks for commenting lovey x

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  13. Elisa {With Grace & Eve}
    May 26, 2014 at 10:50 am (3 years ago)

    Hilarious! I’ll be thinking twice before I head to miss shop again… have had success lately at jeans west & forever new too! Xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2014 at 9:39 pm (3 years ago)

      They’ve got some great stuff at the moment. I really like the style of Forever New’s tops and the staff at Jeanswest were so lovely x

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  14. Me
    May 26, 2014 at 12:03 pm (3 years ago)

    LOL – what a way to get a wake up call about your age !!! Having said that you do realise that you aren’t actually old – just a little older than you used to be !!!
    Lotsa hugs
    Me xox

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2014 at 9:40 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. That’s a nice way to look at it πŸ™‚ xx

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  15. Mumabulous
    May 26, 2014 at 12:04 pm (3 years ago)

    Meanwhile at age 43 I’m contemplating purchasing my first leather mini. Don’t dress your age my young Padwan – dress in what makes you feel happy and comfortable. (Although the denim underwear on shorts thing is a crime on just about anyone over age 25).

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2014 at 9:41 pm (3 years ago)

      Ahh hahaha you crack me up all the time. Go the leather mini I say!!

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  16. Ness
    May 26, 2014 at 1:36 pm (3 years ago)

    I think it’s all a bit more flexible now. There are certain stores where all age groups can find something to suit them and they all shop there, you know what I mean? You definitely made me giggle.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2014 at 9:42 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Ness. I’m glad I did!

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  17. Sam
    May 26, 2014 at 2:29 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh poo, you can shop in Miss Shop if you want to!!! Funny post though – I don’t think I’ve shopped there in a long time, but I loved it when I was about 14.

    PS Isn’t Forever New just like Miss Shop?

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2014 at 9:42 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. Umm maybe. Oh oh. Do you think they’re going to put the hard word on me in there too? πŸ™‚

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  18. Bec @ The Plumbette
    May 26, 2014 at 3:37 pm (3 years ago)

    I laughed at this post. What a shirty sales assistant!! But it is funny because when I’ve styled women in the past, it’s a psychological barrier to go into certain stores because of age or style. Honestly I’ve walked into Supre thinking there would be NOTHING in there for me but found a fabulous dress and would often get a lot of comments. Don’t be disheartened. All stores have their wins and misses. x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2014 at 9:44 pm (3 years ago)

      You are so right. There definitely is a psychological barrier. I didn’t realise you’ve styled women in the past. I knew you were into the jewellery, but not styling too. You really are a jack of all trades aren’t you?! x

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  19. Emily
    May 26, 2014 at 7:18 pm (3 years ago)

    Haha, you’re speaking my language! I was shopping for jeans and refused to try on anything hipster or low-rise. I’m officially old now!

    But I bought a Miss Shop top the other day. The same day I found some gorgeous skinny leg jeans in Suzanne Grae. You never know where you’ll find what you want!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2014 at 9:45 pm (3 years ago)

      That’s right, Emily. You just have to search a little harder. I will be sure to leave no stone unturned in my next shopping adventures πŸ™‚

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  20. Zita
    May 26, 2014 at 7:52 pm (3 years ago)

    I love Piper!!! It is definitely one of my first stops when on a serious shopping spree… I have also really fallen in love with Katies lately as well. I used to think of it as an old ladies shop but since discovering their muffin top hiding pants I visit them a fair bit!!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2014 at 9:46 pm (3 years ago)

      Muffin top hiding pants?! What a find! I really need to check them out!

      Reply
  21. JodiGibson (@JFGibsonWriter)
    May 26, 2014 at 9:14 pm (3 years ago)

    I hear ya! When I hit 35 I had a mid-life fashion crisis. I’m not 38 and still not out of it! And your funny is funny babe x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2014 at 9:46 pm (3 years ago)

      Hee hee. Thanks Jodi x

      Reply
  22. Larissa @ The Bear & The Whale
    May 26, 2014 at 9:19 pm (3 years ago)

    Hilarious. I would much rather be mutton singing ‘Do you wanna build a snow man?’ any day! Well done getting out on your own to browse the racks. Much more enjoyable and less impulse buys when you don’t have a toddler hanging off your leg asking how much longer we have to be in this change room.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2014 at 9:47 pm (3 years ago)

      Yep, it’s the only way, Larissa! Thanks for dropping in πŸ™‚

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  23. Gayel
    May 26, 2014 at 9:49 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh goodness this took be back about 5 years. I was standing in a Miss Shop unable to find anything that suited me when my rather over it Hag Fag screeched I was no Miss Shop anymore. Being divorced with 2 kids in the pram I was trying to navigate through all of those teenie tiny outfits he was about to throttle me with a teenie tiny coat hanger. So I headed to Sussans. I found peace and happiness there. My hag fag never again mentioned my choice in fashions. And that began the beginning of being an old arse fashionista. PS..I am 37 in a couple of weeks too. eekkk. Happy Birthday to you πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 26, 2014 at 9:54 pm (3 years ago)

      Ahhh early happy birthday to you. 37 is pretty good so far despite this incident. Good on your friend. Sounds like you haven’t looked back πŸ™‚

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  24. Jhanis
    May 26, 2014 at 10:34 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m just glad you did not give the attendant an upper cut! LMAO This is the reason why I never step foot in Forever 21. The shop name alone makes me cringe! πŸ˜‰

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 27, 2014 at 6:04 am (3 years ago)

      Yes, that wasn’t a wise choice of name by the marketers πŸ™‚

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  25. Carla from myyellowheart
    May 26, 2014 at 11:30 pm (3 years ago)

    ha this post made me laugh! I notice that now, some clothes are way too young for me. For instance those shorts that don’t cover bum cheeks, way too old for them. I like jeans west and forever new also. And they don’t make me feel my age bracket either. Happy belated birthday to you xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 27, 2014 at 6:05 am (3 years ago)

      Oh yes, you will never see this mumma in those jean shorts! Thanks for the birthday wishes xx

      Reply
  26. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    May 27, 2014 at 11:01 am (3 years ago)

    Happy Birthday to you!! I can’t believe the sales assistant even had the nerve to say that to you… I’m surprised you restrained yourself from punching her in the throat! I’m feeling you, I’m starting to acknowledge there are stores I can no longer step into without feeling incredibly old (Sportsgirl I’m looking at you), I am a huge fan of Witchery, Country Road and Metalicus (it’s so lovely and forgiving on my post baby body!).

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 27, 2014 at 8:14 pm (3 years ago)

      Ooh metalicus is very nice! I haven’t been to sportsgirl for years either. I haven’t been into Witchery or CR lately. Will have to check them out πŸ™‚

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  27. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    May 27, 2014 at 2:51 pm (3 years ago)

    Banaba omg you make me laugh Renee!!! How hilarious!!! Hey, forever new is gorgeous and I love jeanswest for easy affordable clothes too!!! I think you look beautiful and very youthful!!!!! Xxxxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 27, 2014 at 8:14 pm (3 years ago)

      Awww thanks Lucy πŸ™‚ xx

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  28. Danielle
    May 27, 2014 at 7:48 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m 29, been a mother 9 years, looking like a mum was always more important to me than looking hip or cool. But now days (given I work fulltime as a LABOURER in steel caps, with 3 girls on my own) jeans and tees are for me all the way. In summer with thongs and a singlet. In winter with boots cardi and scarf.
    I’m a Kmart / big w lady myself.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 27, 2014 at 8:18 pm (3 years ago)

      Good on you, Danielle. I’d love to be able to get around work in jeans and a tee πŸ™‚ I forgot K Mart, they have some great stuff too lately. Thanks for dropping in!

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  29. Zanni Louise
    May 27, 2014 at 9:09 pm (3 years ago)

    Lovely post Renee! I think I have generally dressed older than I am, but now I am nearly 31, I am finally growing into my style πŸ˜‰ xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 28, 2014 at 6:29 am (3 years ago)

      I did love that jacket you wearing on your blog yesterday, Zanni. Very funky. x

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  30. Sonia Life Love Hiccups
    May 28, 2014 at 5:54 pm (3 years ago)

    So NOT a fail you classic! Although I am very impressed you didnt slap that sales assistant with a neon clutch or something. My taste changes from week to week and my wardrobe is one big contradiction. I am still 21 in my head and I refuse to accept otherwise!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 28, 2014 at 10:37 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. I think I’m still 21 in my head too! Glad you liked the post πŸ™‚ x

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  31. Barbe
    May 29, 2014 at 7:16 am (3 years ago)

    Ok. You managed to make me giggle BEFORE I have my first coffee. Everyone around me knows not to even SPEAK to me before I have my first coffee.

    You know what. Wear whatever the hell you want. But have a few rules laid down for yourself.
    Loved your post, I got here through Redcliffe Styles Linky up. You have a new follower

    B x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 29, 2014 at 11:44 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Barbe! I’m glad you got a giggle out of it πŸ™‚ I’ve just checked out your blog and am loving it. Can’t wait to read more! x

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  32. Sonia from Sonia Styling
    May 29, 2014 at 12:04 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh hun, I feel ya! My very first retail job was at Supre and I don’t think I’ve set foot in there for years. These days I shop at Sussan, Target, Big W, Kmart, Witchery, Country Road… There’s a whole new fashion world out there for chicks like us! A great excuse to build a whole new wardrobe!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 29, 2014 at 8:27 pm (3 years ago)

      It seriously is, Sonia!! Thanks for dropping in.

      Reply
  33. Kate from Seduced by Beauty
    May 29, 2014 at 8:22 pm (3 years ago)

    I can so relate to this post. I quite often go to Miss Shop with my 20 year old daughter and almost everything that I pick up and show her she screws her nose up at. I used to buy jumpers there for myself but recently I have been heading more for Country Road, Jeans West and the occasional piece from Forever New.

    I have become much better at going into shops that I have never ventured in before and not having a preconceived view of whether it is my type of shop. If the cut, style and fit of the garment is right for me then it doesn’t matter where it came from.

    Glad to hear that you found some lovely new clothes πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 29, 2014 at 8:27 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Kate. You are so right. We shouldn’t care what shops we go into. If it fits well and looks good then that is all that matters πŸ™‚

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  34. Robyn (Mrs D)
    May 30, 2014 at 12:00 pm (3 years ago)

    I have no idea what Miss Shop or Piper is but you really did make me laugh!! How did it happen?? How did you suddenly fall into the ‘next age’ category??? xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 31, 2014 at 6:16 am (3 years ago)

      God only knows, Robyn πŸ™‚ Inevitable I guess! x

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  35. Steph Grogan
    May 30, 2014 at 12:43 pm (3 years ago)

    Miss Shop?! That must be a Brisbane thing :). I think I lost my funky fashion mojo when I moved to Tokyo at the tender age of 21. Asian sizes are very poorly suited to us long limbed foreigners. Ive had a yoyo’ing relationship with clothes ever since. Travelling a lot definitely does not do much for your wardrobe, eh?! When I moved over to bris-vegas, coming up to five years ago with my whole life in a small suitcase, my motivation for buying much needed clothes was nil. I remember thinking at the time that the high street clothes were just a little too cool for me! Perhaps i had stumbled into Miss Shop and just didn’t know it? I still have trouble, here in Brisbane, finding shops that sit in between being young, hip, wear once and it falls apart cheap clothing and more grown up, classically tailored, but way too expensive clothing. Jeez, talk about first world problems ;)! Such a funny post Renee! Thanks for the laugh πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 31, 2014 at 6:18 am (3 years ago)

      Yep that’s right, Steph. It is very hard to find good quality and affordable fashion! I left bits and pieces of my wardrobe here and there through America and Canada when my back pack was just getting too heavy! Thanks for dropping in xx

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  36. Grace
    June 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm (3 years ago)

    Yeah, it’s a tough one. I go to a little boutique up the road (I’ve had a couple of giveaways from her shop, Veronica’s Closet) and she’s become a dear friend and my personal stylist. With that though, comes a lot of honesty. She’ll be quick to tell me what looks hot and funky but also when something looks “too young”.
    Other than Veronica’s shop, I do love the Peter Morrissey collection at Big W. So many great dresses!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 1, 2014 at 8:55 pm (3 years ago)

      That is a great collection! How awesome to have a boutique down the road that gives you such great advice. You really are lucky!

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  37. Kathy
    June 1, 2014 at 7:03 pm (3 years ago)

    Chiming in very late to say you are really funny, and now I can’t remember whether I wished you Happy Birthday or not, but I’m 45, so that’s my excuse. Happy belated Birthday!! I buy basic stuff from Target, just for convenience, but I’ll look out for boutique stuff every now and again. I haven’t been to Miss Shop for years, but Myer does have heaps of other brands.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 1, 2014 at 8:56 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Kathy πŸ™‚ You make me smile! Yes, Myer does have a lot of really great brands. I’m glad my horizons have been broadened x

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  38. Toni
    June 1, 2014 at 10:16 pm (3 years ago)

    I used to shop in Miss Shop. Considering I’ve worked in one Myer store or another for the better part of 13 years its kind of a given. Anyhow after having Hayley it appears my newfound hips don’t want me to shop there anymore. I’m sure I could still find something to fit me, but it’d require me going to a size 14 or 16 in a lot of the brands in Miss Shop and thats something this former size 6/8 is totally unwilling to do. So, for now I continue wearing my size 10 maternity jeans (from Jeanswest incidentally) until I either work out how to re-shrink my hips back to size 8 or come to terms with having to buy a whole new wardrobe in larger sizes. I think the maternity jeans will hang around for a while.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 2, 2014 at 9:30 pm (3 years ago)

      I kept my maternity jeans for ages too. There’s no rush to try to get back to where you were. Although, it would make a very good excuse for you to have a shopping spree πŸ™‚

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  39. Sam Stone @ A Life on Venus
    June 2, 2014 at 2:34 pm (3 years ago)

    You are winning at funny πŸ™‚ I have definitely changed my style since having kids, my bod just aint the same it used to be – not at all.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 2, 2014 at 9:36 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Sam πŸ™‚ Yep, I guess it is just all part and parcel with the territory isn’t it?! … Or whatever that saying is πŸ™‚

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  40. SarahD @SnippetsandSpirits
    June 5, 2014 at 10:23 pm (3 years ago)

    Funny funny Renee. I like how relaxed you were about it all. It feels great to have new clothes after so long. I did the same recently on mothers day actually shopping alone for new clothes for me bliss. x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 6, 2014 at 12:36 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh good on you! It’s a great feeling isn’t it?!

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  41. Andrea Phillips
    November 20, 2014 at 11:11 pm (3 years ago)

    Just caught up on this post, how did I miss it the first time round??
    Actually nearly spat my tea all over the baby laughing. Then she pooed, made me stop.
    but wear whatever makes you feel good, you always rock whatever you wear, cos you got the ‘tude dude. (Does anyone say dude anymore?) πŸ˜‰ xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 21, 2014 at 5:44 am (3 years ago)

      Umm, we do πŸ˜‰ Haha I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks so much for reading and for your support xx

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  42. Dan @ whatdandidnext
    November 22, 2014 at 10:03 am (3 years ago)

    Hahahaa I love this! I recently had a similar encounter, skulking around Miss Shop and avoiding the ‘icky’ mature stands. Eventually I had to admit that A) I was OBVIOUSLY too old for Miss Shoo fashion, and B) baby making has changed my body. Thanks for the laugh πŸ˜‰

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 26, 2014 at 9:48 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. You’re welcome and thanks for visiting!

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  43. Peta
    January 27, 2015 at 1:54 pm (2 years ago)

    just discovered this crack up of a post. Love it. I actually really like Piper but can often be seen in departments and stores where 30+ clearly is not their target market. Oh well!

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