"Just because it comes in your size doesn't mean you should still wear it" is the headline on an old blog post I saw on Modern Day Midlife and it struck a real note for me. This is a pic of Ivana Trump looking "luscious" in a little pink play-suit and failing dismally (she even managed a thigh gap).
It is so easy to see your daughter in an outfit and think to yourself that you could wear it too. Visions are conjured of years gone by and the tanned legs you used to have and the short shorts you used to wear or the singlet tops or even worse - the days of the mid-drift tops! But times change.
A lot of the outfits designed for younger women rely on the fact that women in their teens, 20's and 30's are in reasonably good shape and can carry off the look. I might be the same size as my daughter, but when I put on a pair of skinny jeans I definitely don't look like she does. There just seems to be a roll here or a bulge there that are more discretely covered by jeans with a little more fabric in them. My tummy gave up the ghost after a couple of pregnancies and there is no way it would want to be on display - it also doesn't look too fabulous in long, slim fitting dresses either.
The term "mutton dressed up as lamb" was not coined lightly - too many of us try to hold on to our youth by slipping into something flirty or flippy or short and sassy and there is a very fine line between carrying it off and looking like Ivana. When in doubt, take a trusted friend with you and get an opinion before you buy it. Don't inflict this duty on your poor husband - mine has palpitations at the thought of walking into a dress shop and he also knows that a negative comment will not win him any prizes in the 'happy wife - happy life' arena.
So, yes it might fit (especially if you are prepared to wear a bit of spanx under it) but make sure you feel comfortable and confident - if you can carry it off and you don't care what people think then all praise to you, but I am a little too conscious of not embarrassing my children, so I'm doing my best to dress somewhere near my age range (well maybe a few years younger if I can get away with it!)