In the late 70s and early 80s, when my mom had a meeting or a luncheon to go to, she wore heels and a dress or skirt that hit close to the knee. She wore silk blouses. She set her hair in hot rollers. She was in her late 30s/early 40s and she dressed like a woman. (Of course, she still does.)
But so few women in their 30s and 40s do today. I can count on half of one hand, the number of my friends who ever show up like that anywhere.
I think Kirsten Dunst looks impossibly glamorous in the above photo from last week. Not girly. Not cute. Not cool. Just womanly. And she is not the only one. Maggie Gyllenhaal, who is featured in Vogue this month, might troll around Brooklyn in funky duds on her downtime, but in front of the spotlight she looks polished and sophisticated, too. Notice the clean but feminine shapes, the lack of too many (or any) accessories, and the lipstick. (I am seeing lipstick–as in ones that show up such as red and bright pink and orange–everywhere.)
I’m not about to trade in my mom-duty jeans and blazers for silk dresses, but if I have a meeting or a lunch, I’m going for it.