There's definitely a fine line between dressing appropriately as a mom and falling into the trap of being frumpy and way too old for your age, and obviously, Teen Mom star Maci Bookout has managed to figure out the perfect balance.
Since she's a young mom, she'd look strange if she stepped out in mom jeans and bulky sweaters, but she'd look equally as out of place if she went for more revealing looks that no woman with a child should think about trying to pull off.
Maci shared her favorite places to shop by dropping a couple store names on Twitter, and her choice of retailers probably won't surprise anyone.
Yep, you guessed it. Twenty-one-year old Maci shops at (where else?) Forever 21, and also Urban Outfitters. (Neither of which my 35-year-old self has ever set foot in.)
And I'm guessing not too many moms shop at those two places, well, because most of us are well over the age of 21, so we'd look ridiculous if we stepped out in outfits that make us look like we're trying too hard. But since Maci is still so young, wearing trendy clothing totally makes sense -- and it works for her.
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Regardless of our respective ages, all of us can learn a lesson from Maci's style. If we choose clothes that fit our current age bracket and lifestyle instead of trying to dress too far out of our comfort zone, we'll come off looking a lot more fashionable -- not to mention a lot less desperate.
C'mon, just go ahead and admit it already. When you see a 30- or 40-something mom dressed in colored skinny jeans and a skin-tight top, you think she's trying a little bit too hard and thoughts like, "What is she trying to prove?" go through your mind, right?
(It's ok. I won't tell anyone.)
Do you think Maci dresses appropriately for her age? And do you shy away from dressing too young or too old?
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