Like every parent, I have the bi-annual joy of attending parents evening. This week, it was my 14 year old sons' GCSE options evening. He's at the age where he has the social skills of King Kong - one minute he is roaring and beating his chest because I won't give him a lift to his mates house, the next, he's cocking his head coyly as he gently lifts the tenner from my hand, like he's caressing Fay Wray!
Anyway, I digress. I take my very own Kevin/Perry to options night. I grill the teachers over the subjects on offer for GCSE. I grill my son on what he fancies taking. After some shrugs and a few 'dunno's', we are seated in the hall for a talk and slide show. All fine, run of the mill, been there before etc etc up to now.
As I sat down, my eyes whizzed around the room (I had worn my glasses for once) to see if I recognised any parents. Whilst I didn't see any faces I knew, I instead saw around 100 women with bad hair, bad shoes and wearing anoraks.....
Come on girls - it may not be London Fashion Week but have some respect for yourselves! Even on parents evening. I felt like I was sat in a packed hall, rammed with women who didn't care what they looked like. It was like an army of SuBo's pre-makeover....
I took to Twitter immediately to exclaim my disappointment and the response inspired me to write this article! I wanted to storm the stage immediately, bat the Headmaster out of the way and give these girls a good talking to! Just because you're over 40 and have teenagers, doesn't mean you have to hang up your stilettos! Far from it.
Let me just explain some basic fashion and grooming rules for the benefit of those gathered at said evening.
Rant over. Don't let me have to tell you again.
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