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Are You Dressing Too Old?

1 Jul

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There are many reasons why some of us dress older than we need to. It may be the company we keep is older than we are; we might think the number on our drivers license dictates how we should look; we may recall that this was how our mother dressed when she was this age or we just don’t feel youthful and attractive any more.

I know when we get to a mature age it can be tricky because we can worry about dressing too young. (I’m just about to turn 52, so I’m constantly asking myself whether I think something is too young or too old for me to wear.) But I think what often happens, in trying to make sure we don’t dress too young is, we dress too old.

Fortunately there are simple changes you can make to your wardrobe that will immediately make you look and feel more youthful, up to date and attractive.

..and let’s face it, every woman, despite their age, size, lifestyle, shape or budget deserves to feel good about themselves.

You can see in these before and after photos what a difference clothes can make.  (Despite the fact that they are a few years old and some of the pieces are a little bit dated)

In this photo the clothes are ill-fitting, shapeless, unflattering, old fashioned and drab.

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In the photo below, the same woman is wearing clothes that, without being too tight or uncomfortable,  highlight the figure, fit quite well, show a little bit of skin and are more modern.

She looks younger.  (And slimmer)

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Do you feel trapped in the fashion past and stuck in a world of beige, plain, sensible, too big, drab, unflattering, clothes?

Consider the following when assessing whether your wardrobe is too old and whether you need a fashion makeover

  • There is not one fitted, figure enhancing item in your wardrobe
  • You haven’t updated your reading or sunglasses in fifteen years
  • You wear your hair the same way you did in primary school
  • You either don’t own a pair of jeans or the ones you do have are acid washed and the waist is almost up to your armpits (or so low they almost reach your pubic line)
  • The only handbag you use is the one your Nana gave you for your 21st
  • Your last bra fitting was also your first
  • 99% of what you have in your wardrobe is functional and comfortable, rather than stylish and flattering
  • The only pair of heels in your cupboard are the ones packed away in a box with your wedding dress
  • You still have and from time to time wear, outdated outfits you wore to work in the eighties
  • The majority of your wardrobe is two sizes too big or too small

Are you dressing too old?

If you need help going through your wardrobe and deciding whether any of your clothes are too old for you book in or enquire about a Wardrobe Overhaul here 

READ: “How Fifty Year Old’s Dressed In The 1950’s” here

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It’s Not What You Wear, It’s How You Wear It

23 Apr

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I might take two girlfriends shopping – both of them could try on the same dress and decide to buy it.

One would wear it to work with a blazer and pumps, in her classic style and the other would wear it casually to meet her friends at a cafe, in a pair of flat sandals and her denim jacket.

It’s not what you wear, it’s how you wear it.

A simple shirt can be worn many different ways. (Demonstrated beautifully by Carolyn Bessette Kennedy above) As can a pair of chinos or a trench coat.  A scrunch here, a fold or a button up there.  Even a little tweak, can make an impact.

It’s up to you to interpret each piece of clothing from your wardrobe in your own way.

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Wear it so that it shows your personal style (and personality)

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Wear it with accessories that feel authentic to you and your style

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Wear it with an unexpected color or texture

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Wear it in winter, as well as summer

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Wear it to work, and then wear it casually on the weekend

READ: “Too Old For Leather Pants?” here

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Style At Any Age

14 Oct

I took some time off last Friday to spend the afternoon with my Mum and Dad in the country. It was my Mum’s birthday. I bought her a pair of white boyfriend jeans and after we’d been to lunch we went home and played around with some ways she could wear them.

She didn’t have any white bottoms in her wardrobe so they added something fresh and different and gave her quite a few new outfits. This was one of the combos we put together.

(While she will wear the jeans cuffed they’re a little bit long and need taking up – but you get the gist)

For anyone wondering whether they are too old to wear…

1. A leather jacket
2. White jeans
3. Boyfriend jeans
4. Sneakers

Mum’s 75!

Mum’s wearing..
Jeans – Trenery
Linen t-shirt – Trenery
Scarf – Trenery
Leather jacket – Armani Exchange
Sneakers – Kmart

Read: “It’s not what you wear, it’s how you wear it” here

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This Is One Thing Your Wardrobe Needs For Spring

15 Aug

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It’s time to start thinking about what your wardrobe needs for spring.

Go through it and consider what should be replaced (ie what’s looking tired) and what gaps need filling. (Preventing you from creating more outfits).

Do you need fresh new t-shirts, have you got great shoes to wear when it warms up and do you have at least one casual jacket? (Ie not a coat and not a cardigan)

Maybe, if it works for your style and lifestyle – a denim jacket?

(If you already have one, does it still cut it? Does it still look current or has it become outdated?)

*See me wearing my denim jacket – which I’ve had for about 16 yrs here

If you need help working out what gaps need filling and/or filling them you can book in for a styling session here

READ: “The Denim Jacket” here

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