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I've always been quite lazy about my appearance, and I have a career that lets me get away with this. But now I'm in my mid 30s and am a mum, I think it's time to accept that I won't be able to coast by on at least looking young. If I carry on like this I will be mistaken for DS's gran at the school gates!
However, realistically I will probably stay quite lazy , so what is the most important thing I can do, which will give the biggest payoff for the extra hassle and expense?
Getting a smart haircut every 8 weeks? Starting to dye my hair? Get manicures? Getting clothes that need ironed/dry cleaned? Switching to contact lenses? Wearing makeup every day?
By the way my personal hygiene is very good! I just look like a scruff.
I'd say haircut rather than colour. I definitely feel more together once I've had mine cut. Not too bothered about my grey hairs. Coming from a similar place to you a while back, I also ditched my scruffiest clothes, ie the cardigans with holes that I decided only I could see. Finally, although it's a hideous cliché, a bit of lipstick makes all the difference for me.
Ps I will never be smart. Never was while I had a job where that sort of thing counted and wore all the right clothes and a full face of make up. However I think what you do us endeavour to look a bit more put together IYKWIM.
Non iron clothes are a must ... also glasses are stylish at the min. Go with co-ordinating stuff ... dont buy green trousers if you have nothing that goes with it - that way you pull off outfits without having to think too much. (Put the thought in first)
YY to a bit of makeup. I haven't kept up to it lately because I have a newborn and I'm knackered but I find tidy eyebrows, bit of mascara, eyeliner and natural blusher (if you can be arsed) make a difference even if you're just wearing jeans and tshirt.
I work in an office but i am lazy when it comes to apperance. I dont do any of the things that you mention op except wear clothes that have to be ironed and even those i keep at a minimum. I never dye my hair, get a manicure or wear makeup. Yet i get away with it because i appear neat and nice. I wear clean clothes and comfortable but nice shoes, and brush my hair.
I'm one of those permanently scruffy people. I think it's about choosing classic clothes / colours. Maybe try buying a few tops in neutral colours and clean lines from somewhere like Cos. Also buy a couple of pairs of smart, classic / trendy whatever you prefer every day shoes and make sure you keep em nice.
I think if I did those things then I would be less of a middle aged scruff ball