I am a 47-year-old full-time mom of two very busy boys. Both boys play baseball, and we live in S. Texas, where it’s boiling.
I spent a lot of time at the ballpark and used to wear sweatpants, sneakers, and a t-shirt until I visited your fantastic website and discovered this look was a no-go. Thank you for that little bit of advice. It has been life-changing!
I am 5’10”, not a girly girl, but athletically feminine. I want to carry my Fabulous After 40 into the ballpark but am stumped. I am concerned about looking like I’m trying too hard.
I tend to gravitate toward a classic look with hints of trendy. Can you please help me figure out what to wear? Warm weather dressing challenged, Cheryl S.
I love hearing how you’ve had an “ah ha” moment regarding your casual look. Do you raise two good questions: 1) Is it possible to dress casually and not look frumpy when you are a baseball mom? 2) If so, how do you not look like you’re trying too hard?
Let’s take a look.
Here’s an outfit that is very casual but still looks pulled together. Start with long denim shorts, and add a simple neutral-colored tee-shirt. Pump the look with a classy leather cross-body bag, some pretty studs to add color and a feminine touch, and some cool aviator glasses.
Not everyone likes denim, so here is another sporty, classic option.
White or cream shorts always look cool and crisp. Wear them with a bright color like red or bright pink, and you’ve got one high-energy look. A little jewelry adds femininity and elevates your look. This Michael Kors watch with a bold pink face has been a huge seller this year. It’s a decadent look but fun at the same time.
Don’t forget a cute hat to keep you cool; shoes are essential. If you want to wear sneakers, find some with a personality to look youthful and modern. Heavy, boring sneakers are out. Sleek, bright, fun sneakers are in.
Prefer more coverage? Here’s a variation on the look above using capris. Neutral capris + a bright top, fun shoes, and fab accessories are the recipes you want.
Why not skirt around the issue? You might be surprised to hear me suggesting a skirt, lightweight sundress, or even a maxi dress, but why not?
For example, a casual midi skirt + a tank top, and a wide hip belt could look cute. Or how about a black and white striped maxi with sandals or sporty slides, sunglasses, and an oversized boho bag?
The one kind of skirt I would stay away from would be a jean skirt. Short jean skirts are too young-looking. A midi or maxi jean skirt will make you look like a granny. Make sure any top you wear with your dress is fitted (think shrunken polo or strappy fitted t-shirt) to speak to your sporty side.
You mentioned hats- Retire the baseball cap and slide on a more hip summer hat like a fedora, bucket hat, or even newsboy cap. They’re much more stylish. Then hit a home run with a cute handbag that’s sporty and unfussy. Don’t forget your sunglasses to sass things up a notch.
Once you’ve got your new look, don’t fall back to your old ways. No one will think you are trying too hard if you consistently show up looking put together and fab!
*This post was originally published in 2012 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.