OK, so you’re no spring chicken. Does that mean you no longer need to worry about fashion? Surely, you’ve done your bit – worn the mini-skirts, platform shoes, flared jeans, hot pants. Thank goodness that’s over! But whilst we might all be getting older in years, we’re getting MUCH younger relative to previous generations. Most women who see their 60th birthday will also see their 90th! If we don’t want to become invisible for the last 30 or 40 years of our lives, we need to remain contemporary, stylish and interesting. But how do we do that without making a fool of ourselves?
The key is to dress for your body shape. Forget your age for a while and concentrate on shape. If a mini-skirt looked great when you were 25, it will probably look great now. You may just need to wear opaque tights or stretch trousers underneath.
If you have a defined waist, show it off, even if you are a stone heavier than when you were 20. Once you know what suits you, adapt your look to be appropriate to your age and your lifestyle. No point having a wardrobe full of floaty chiffon dresses if you spend your life mucking out horses!
If you haven’t discovered layering, you’re missing a trick. Wearing layers allows you to create a new body shape. Not entirely, of course – I’m never going to be Kate Moss – but it will help streamline the body, create new silhouettes and hide the bits you don’t want on show. Muffin tops are discretely hidden, big thighs are covered by tunics, belts create a cinched waist (even when there is no real one!). Slim leg trousers with a tunic under a long cardigan is a perfect look for a pear-shape, whilst a waterfall cardigan over a shorter top will suit an apple-shape.
Layering is really, really easy once you know how. Here are my 3 top tips to successful layering:
- Balance the body – a blouson top or oversized sweater need slim legs whilst a fitted top can be offset with wide trousers. Skinny jeans over large hips need chunky boots and socks to create a visual balance whilst a boxy jacket looks great with an A-line skirt.
- Start with a thin, sheer long top and build layers getting thicker and shorter. Use a scarf or shawl rather than a coat to get a more unstructured look. The general rules are: thin and long first, getting thicker and shorter as you layer up. But don’t be afraid to experiment: a long cardigan over a few shorter layers can work well.
- Stick to one colour palette and avoid too much confusion. Perhaps use neutrals as your base, choosing different shades of grey, black and cream or mixing orange with red or pink.