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40 years old, Live in skinny jeans, billowing top to hide the bulging tummy (half a stone overweight), a Cardigan and superga - feel really dowdy. school runs mean I have to wear a practical waterproof too! How can I elevate my look?
Decent coat helps. Do you have a buggy to push too? I don’t any more and try to keep my (slightly dreadful) anorak to really wet and windy days as I can use an umbrella otherwise. Even if you can’t use an umbrella, you could wear a more stylish coat on dry days.
Accessories.. a nice handbag/sunglasses/watch/scarf? A nice perfume (always makes you feel better!) and glossy hair. Nice nails if you can 😊 Oh and they say if you know you are wearing gorgeous underwear you feel and walk different! Worth a try! 😁
You could ask on the 'dress like a Parisian' thread for advice. Botemp on there is really helpful. Perhaps follow some Parisian bloggers. I bet they manage to look good on the school run and it seems to involve a capsule wardrobe of mainly neutrals, very little patterned fabrics, that all go together and looks effortless.
I think it's the cardigan. If its a thin knit style you're wearing just for extra warmth, I'd swap it for a sweatshirt, with or without a t-shirt under depending on temperature. Or a hoodie with a zip if you like wearing something open.
There's a whole range summer looks here (personally I think Hush is crap quality, many on MN will disagree, but their styling is great)