Marion Cotillard is one of those super-stylish women who dresses for herself and always looks chic.
Those who know how to put an outfit together always stand out from the crowd and are an inspiration to me. Whatever age and size, their confidence and flair shine through. There is nothing more fabulous than someone comfortable in their skin. Style-wise, they instinctively know what suits them and have no fear of looking a certain way or wearing something different, they wear what they love and are not afraid of what people think, or say.
Inès de la Fressange exudes natural elegance and casual chic.
Inspired by my mum I have always loved fashion and been fascinated by it. In my younger years – we girls would turn up in our ‘get-ups’, which had been so meticulously put together, this was usually following a shopping trip to Newcastle, and my favourite shop “Bus Stop”, which was opened by the famous fashion designer Lee Bender.
Jerry Hall wearing Lee Bender
Of course, this was the late seventies, early eighties – the time of big shoulder pads and “New Romantics”. I had a few mates who were “Punks” and “Goths” (now, that look took time and effort). I wonder what they are doing, and where they are with their “style”, now.
I don’t think you ever quite leave your young style behind as you get older – it’s part of who you are, carried forward with you in some shape or form. We midlifers have had time to rehearse and practise our style and wear what makes us happy.
There was of course the odd bad hair-do just to add to the overall mix. I once came back from the hairdressers looking like Tina Turner which, as much as I love Tina Turner, was not my intention or what I had asked for. I think the hairdresser got a little bit carried away, I had asked for layers – but not that many! I remember leaving the shop and looking at all my hair on the hairdressers floor, I certainly wasn’t looking forward to the reaction I got when I saw my other half, hence the Tina Turner likeness, which makes me laugh now.
I believe style in midlife years is continually a “work in progress”. I once read somewhere that style takes time and maybe that’s true. I believe, at this age, I am still trying to look good and that, for me, it’s ongoing. Some women make wearing clothes look effortless (The women I have chosen for this post have inspired me all my life).
Couldn’t resist this photograph of Patti and George
I also believe it is very important to be comfortable, and know what suits me. I’ve done this through trial and error, looking for inspiration on blogs, Instagram and Pinterest while also taking advice along the way from expert fashion stylists.
There is a lot of great “style gurus” out there. I believe some of them are brilliant and give out great, constructive advice. But, I also believe that, whatever advice you read, you still must feel happy and relaxed in what you are wearing. Because style is such a personal thing!
My favourite fashionista/Designer (Victoria Beckham). I love her style and have found her collections in recent times to die for, maybe a little bit too strong there! Unfortunately, the price tag is out of my range however, I look for similar looks on the high street – from the likes of Mango, Mint Velvet and Hush are more in my price range.
Debbie Harry – Who didn’t want those cheekbones?
Debbie Harry – Blondie
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