Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: I’m thankful that tailored clothes are in style now, rather than the bloused craziness of the 1980s!
My secret to dressing well is using personal shoppers. Many large department stores have them, such as Macy’s. It doesn’t cost a thing; you just call ahead to make an appointment. It doesn’t have to be for a special occasion; I’ve gone just to add to my business casual work clothes. The personal shopper will work with you to assess your budget and then to select clothing and accessories that will look great.
I’ve met with personal shoppers about four times in my life. It has really helped me to learn what looks good on my body. You’ll probably want to buy a few things to not be rude, but you don’t have to buy everything! Once you learn some key style tips, you can apply them to other, less expensive stores. You can take notes in the dressing room or even snap a few pictures.
Also, we have a great resale boutique here in Cincinnati that I go to a lot now. I am not spending a ton of money on clothes now (remember that was what inspired me). And it’s quick – no mall traffic. Also if I need a pair of jeans – they are all in one large rack with different designers – all in my size. I am not trying on two pairs by one store – and then going elsewhere. With my height, I know I have an alterations fee in my future, so it also helps that the price of the garment is reduced. Our store carries some great designers and not all resale boutiques are created equal. You may have to try several before you find the one that carries quality designers you like.
—Amy Thompson, MD, a mom of six- and four- and two-year-old sons and an ob-gyn at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, in Cincinnati, OH
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Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: I usually wear every New Yorker’s favorite color: Black. It’s slimming and sophisticated. Anytime I try to put on a different color, I end up tearing it off and putting something black on instead. My closet is so full of black clothing, it’s hard to find anything in the sea of black!
I accessorize with other, bright colors, such as a red scarf. That livens up my wardrobe. But in New York City, you can never go wrong wearing black.
—Judith Hellman, MD, a mom of one 15-year-old son, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mt Sinai Hospital in New York City, and a dermatologist in private practice