I have been interested in fashion and everything “couture” from an early age and that passion has rarely dwindled. I grew up gazing at the pages of Vogue and Cosmopolitan magazines which my mum bought, every month. I couldn’t wait to check the fashion spreads, thinking the styles were amazing and from another planet – and, certainly not part of my world. Then, my mum began working in two high-end fashion shops. Firstly, “Defty’s” and, then, “Books Fashions” in Holmeside, Sunderland. It was here, after school, that I could pore over the designer apparel of the day, even being allowed to try the odd thing on. Then, a few years later, I would sweet talk mum into letting me wear some of her clothes to the local nightclubs – “Julie’s”, in Newcastle, and “Annabel’, in Sunderland), adapting my outfits, slightly, for the looks of the day.
During my mid-years, having my children, working full time and caring for family members, I was juggling lots of balls. Looking back at old photographs, I can see there were many times when I lost my identity, especially my style mojo, which happens to so many of us, doesn’t it, especially when our lives are hectic and other things take over?
One of the benefits of hitting my fifties, and now sixties, is that I am discovering through trial and error, what is working best for my shape, height, and personality. It’s taking a while but I’m slowly getting there and enjoying trying new styles. I am quite a shy introverted person and this is reflected in what I wear. But, there is a small part of me which is extrovert and this is the component which has helped me to be more adventurous with my current style – especially wearing items such as miniskirts, dungarees and other pieces, which I wouldn’t have touched throughout my thirties and forties. Discovering our unique style at whatever age is so powerful – it is how we express ourselves, showing our sense of self. Most importantly, there are no rules!! Wear what makes you happy and, as I have discovered, it is never too late to be adventurous!
I have found that getting the wardrobe basics right is important because, then, everything else seems to simply follow. I have items in my wardrobe which are over twenty-five years old, and I also buy, carefully. The items I have purchased recently will mix and match well with pieces I already own, hence, making outfit choices easier to navigate.
This brings me to my new “snazzy” suit which doesn’t exactly match. If you look closely, you will notice the skirt and jacket shades of colour are slightly different. This is because I bought the skirt over a year ago, and, then, the jacket a few months back. Both are from H&M, so they are not only from two separate batches but two different years, too! Over a month ago, this jacket was on the sale rail for £26.00 – it is currently £45.00!! So, I was just lucky to get the reduction. The slight mismatch of the jacket and skirt does not bother me at all. Maybe, it is my Northern quirkiness – or I just love a bargain!
This checked/plaid jacket and skirt are quite a statement outfit and “out there” for me. I have worn these suit items several times, together, and apart, styling them with various other items from my wardrobe. They always get compliments and were worth the small outlay. Here are some ways to style the suit.
With my Black Cashmere Polo Neck Jumper, Black Opaque tights and Chelsea boots
By nature, my style is quite reserved – but I haven’t felt out of my comfort zone at all wearing this jacket and skirt. Styling it here with this polo neck cashmere jumper and Chelsea boots certainly brings in the casual factor. It will look equally good with heels, Mary Janes or trainers.
With a Classic White Fitted Shirt, Grey Woollen Scarf and Knee-High Brown Boots.
As well as a styling opportunity layering up is the perfect way to keep warm. I have just bought this scarf from Accessorize – It was reduced from £25.00 to £7.00, what a bargain! Such a great way to make outfits more visually interesting.
Styling my Jacket with a Cream Ribbed Top and Leather Trousers