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Mid-life glamour crisis

March 23rd, 2016 at 09:46 am

I think I'm having a midlife glamour crisis. Is this normal? Until I had children at 33, I was tall, svelte, rock n roll and reasonably fashionable and on the go. Since kids, I've been a sports-bra wearing train wreck! (Although, I have gotten back to more of my normal self in the last year or so...)

Anyway, today I bought myself a watch and a dress. Both glamorous, both the style of my 'old self'. I'm wondering if this is part of a mid-life crisis or just a return to the old me? Any thoughts?

I was also wondering if glamour shopping online for myself is a reaction to our horrible spring break. Both of the kids are sick and have barfed all over the house. I've had no sleep and have had to clean up a lot of sick. Maybe that's made me pine for more glamorous days!

I'm also wondering how I can be glamorous and replace my old worn out duds while still on a budget!!

8 Responses to “Mid-life glamour crisis”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    I think it's natural! I've recently gotten more interested in clothes again. For me, I feel like as the kids get older and develop their own personalities separate of their parents (and need less round-the-clock care), it's an opportunity to regain my own separate personality a bit (and spend a bit more time on self-care). (Another part was my job change a year or two ago that meant more client contact, hence the need for more presentable appearance.)

    Sorry about the spring break! The past 5 Christmas breaks have seen varying levels of sickness and injury in my family, so I know how much of a bummer it is and how you can feel trapped in an unhappy situation.

  2. scottish girl Says:

    I'm a sports-bra wearing train wreck! I need to start paying attention to myself again.

    I think you're returning to your old self. Hmm, thrift shops, maybe?

  3. Bluebird Says:

    I've been there too! My kids are 11 and 9, and only in the last 3 years or so I've finally put in the extra effort toward my wardrobe. I'm really enjoying it! I always buy on major sales at the end of the season. My boys have even commented on how nice I look, and I want to project a positive and fashionable (in my mind) image for them. I also have to dress well for work. When I look better, I feel better, which is always a nice benefit!

  4. My English Castle Says:

    I second the thrift shop idea. Thrift-o-rama is funky and could make vintage work well! You deserve some treats after a spring break full of illness.

  5. ThriftoRama Says:

    And here I thought I was the only one!

  6. CB in the City Says:

    A glamour crisis is just a sign of healthy self-esteem, in my opinion! Even though I am 66, I still like to primp and do the best I can with what I have left! Thrift stores are a great place to find great clothing cheap. Better to make several visits than to try to do it all at once.

  7. ThriftoRama Says:

    I went to college in Chicago and let me say, it has the best thrift stores ever! I was able to find tons of vintage 1950s dresses (my old style) for not a lot of money. I loved thrifting there.

  8. laura Says:


    @ToR - Regarding Chicago: I shopped at Flashy Trash in Boystown for the longest time. Before children. When DH and I went to clubs in the City. So much fun. FWIW, I was fashionable for first two (who are 12.5 mo apart) - *they* wore Doc Maartens like their parents. But three more children later, I'm just now back into the land of the living. And that's because I'm momager to a model. Good luck! You will find yourself again - maybe a refined bit of what you used to be.

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