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Dear Jess: My neighbour said I dress like a 'Punky Brewster'

My neighbour recently told me that my choice of clothing makes me look like Punky Brewster. I know she was joking, but I'm 49 and now having a full-scale wardrobe meltdown!

Princess Punky, don't let your neighbour cramp your style. I like to think of clothes as costumes that reflect whatever mood you're in. Clearly you're a fan of pigtails and colourful sleeveless vests. Nothing wrong with that. But if you want to mix thing up, consider losing the pigtails and adopting some fishtail plaits (I googled how to do that for my daughter).

And why not swap the zip vest for a navy-striped top? It's a look you can dress up or dress down and there are plenty of variations on that theme in the chain stores. Finally, don't forget that a pair of cats-eye sunglasses can also funk up your look! Most of all, promise me, Princess, that you'll never lose your sense of fun.

I recently volunteered at my son's school canteen for the first time and it was a disaster! Everything that could go wrong did. The sausage rolls got burnt, the banana bread didn't rise and apparently I was meant to grate the carrots for the salad sandwiches, not chop them. I'm now too embarrassed to go back.

Considerate Canteen Lady, let me give you a gold star for volunteering at school. It can be tough to get parents to give up their time, so you're already well ahead in my reckoning. Embarrassment is my middle name, so I know the feeling. However, could I recommend that you try to embrace that (as I have) and wear it proudly. So what if a couple of sauso rolls got burnt? Besides, I've always preferred cut up carrot on my salad sandwiches.

These answers are simply my views, and I am far from perfect. Unfortunately, I cannot personally reply to questions.

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