10/16/2014 10:34 am ET Updated Oct 16, 2014

Grandmother, Blue Jeans And Dressing Your Age

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It’s sweater weather. Every morning as I choose which of my sweaters to match with which of my half-dozen or so nearly identical pair of blue jeans, I get this little jolt of tingly awesomeness. This is no exaggeration. Because though it looks like I’m standing in my bedroom closet in the New Jersey suburbs, I’m really in a brilliantly disguised time machine, whooshing back over the years to the long-gone days of my youth, during which I wore pretty much exactly the same outfits as I now where, except, back then, I was in college, whereas now my children are.

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