Lifestyle: Still Mad About Clothes After All These Years…
Autumn has arrived in SWA, and I don’t know about you, but I love this time of year because it means I can at last start covering up the tell-tale droopy bits of my body that try to tell me I’m getting older. The strappy summer dresses and short sleeved shirts can thankfully be packed up and put away, and instead be replaced by soft layers and funky scarves that hide a multitude of sins.
What shall I wear for lunch with a friend today, was the question this morning.
And I chose this oatmeal/coral gilet with three quarter sleeves and pockets (ideal for the to-do- lists which I never seem to be without), a salmon coloured scarf which is lacy with little tassles, and a peachy coloured vest.
The cardi hides my expanding tummy and bum, and goes equally well with brown cut-off pants or blue jeans.
The truth is, when I feel that I’ve made an effort to look half decent, then I feel more confident. It’s not entirely about vanity. Although I read an article about narcissism the other day and broke out into a cold sweat – which I assured myself was just my hormones going haywire.
At home and travelling
But I still love fashion, even at my advanced age. And best of all I enjoy shopping with my dear Mum on my visits to England. She’s inclined to tell me I look good in everything (so not true) and sometimes picks up the tab, bless her, so you can see why I would enjoy it! I also enjoy bouts of intense retail therapy in Perth with my twenty year old daughter – who is hyper critical and very discerning – which means there is no dressing like a teenager or an old woman when she’s around, and on more than one occasion I’ve been told to: “Take that off at once, Mum!”
Most of the time though, I slob around in jeans and sweatshirts, and on writing days I can spend nearly all day at my computer in my dressing gown and pink fluffy slippers drinking strong coffee and hoping nobody knocks on the door. When I’m travelling, just about anything goes, as long as it’s comfortable and doesn’t need ironing.
Hints and Tips
I asked a few ‘of a certain age’ friends what works for them, and here are some of the things they came up with. What do you think?
1. Wear block colours and keep patterns to a minimum.
2. Spend money on shoes that are stylish, but comfortable and go with a lot of outfits rather than just one.
2. Get your bra fitted by a professional.
3. Follow fashion, but don’t be tempted to dress like a teenager.
4. Don’t discount denim because the spandex and lycra it often includes can help with lumps and bodily bumps.
5. Accessories such as scarves and costume jewellery are a fun way to add new interest to an old outfit.
I’d love to see what you’ve been wearing recently and hear about your style tips – why not link up to my ‘linky’ below with a post and pic, or otherwise pen a reply in the comment box.
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