may already know about the biggie fashion sins like
wearing suntan-colored pantyhose. But did you know
that little girl fashions like pigtails and overalls
look ridiculous on grown women? Of course, with every
rule there are exceptions: Sarah Jessica Parker's
Carrie Bradshaw on "Sex and the City" comes
to mind as someone who breaks most of the following
rules. But for most of us, there are a few guidelines
to what looks good.
Overalls belong on a farm. Period. They don't flatter
anyone, and there are much better ways to look down-home
sexy (a checked shirt tied at the midriff is a better
Plastic surgery, not pigtails, is the only way to
go if you successfully want to shave 20 years off
your face: pigtails on anyone well out of their teens
just looks like a pathetic attempt at girlishness.
A single ponytail, on the other hand, is considered
almost universally flattering on women of all ages.
3) Knee socks
Oh, you can wear knee socks: just as long as you keep
them out of sight under pants. Knee socks with miniskirts
are adorable on teen girls and children, sad on real
women. Instead, opt for sheer hosiery, opaque tights
or fabulous (faux) tanned bare legs.
Unless your child gives you a handmade tie-dye shirt,
let the skaters and noveau hippies give this look
a try. On the other hand, patchwork pieces -- bags,
skirts, hats -- seem to always look adorably bohemian
and crafty for anyone.
If you must wear fur, please at least stick with a
mammal that's not likely to wind up as the family
pet. And nothing's more ridiculous than brightly colored
rabbit fur. A better bet is something wonderful and