If you like it, wear it. The thing it to just own it!
Now I am not about to condone full blown abandonment of all the lessons that those many fashion faux pa's over the years have taught you! My big knees in a mini ra ra skirt just no!!!! If you looked wrong in it then, chances are you'll look no better now! (unless you've had knee liposuction which really is a thing). Here's "mini me" before I realised that I had fat knees! Do I look bothered?
Generally, I'm not a big fan of "rules" when it comes to your own personal style. I love leopard print, double denim, colour blocking and mixing up different prints. I wear black and blue together. I've even worn high heels with combat trousers. For me fashion is all about expressing your joie de vivre! I just LOVE clothes.
I always was a little eclectic in my style. I was quite possibly the only little girl at infant school wearing a pair of brown leather and suede kitten heels rather than a pair of Clarks Kickers! One time I pimped my starched blue school shirt for a baby blue blouse with silver thread and pussy bow neck tie! Oh yes, this Cat was quite the fashion rebel.
Today I'm talking about style, your own unique sense of style.
Fashion rules are for sheeple not for fabulous forty something fashionistas like you lot! You just need to remember these 3 little watch words below!
So today I'm talking "confidence". This is something that can definitely get knocked along the way, especially when you're bombarded daily with pictures of beautiful bloggers on instagram with their 20 something figures and soft, dewy complexions, not a wrinkle, eye bag, sprouting chin hair or menopausal midriff in site! I have to constantly remind myself of two things.
1. I AM FABULOUS
2. I AM NEARLY FORTY SEVEN
They are great for inspiration though and keep me focused on my own goals.
Admittedly I spend more time than the average 40 something does working on my fitness and physique and as a result, I can still pretty much wear whatever I want. My style has definitely evolved over the years and I prefer a more tailored and structured silhouette these days, being a particular personal fan of French labels like The Kooples, Maje, Sandro and Zadig and Voltraire.
What about those 40+ ladies though who've had kids, been through the menopause already, maybe had serious operations over the years and have been left as a consequence with what we affectionally call bat wings and muffin tops?
How do you just own it and feel confidently stylish when you are worried about showing off this or that bit of flesh or wearing fabrics that just cling to you in all the wrong places? This is a reality guide after all and I didn't want to exclude the older women out there reading this who yes, still want to look and feel fabulous but might have body confidence issues to deal with.
So this is where my job is fantastic. A wonderful lady, Pauline, originally from Essex and now living the life Stateside reached out to me regarding her fashion line, especially developed for the 40 plus woman which I thought would be just perfect for my Mum!
I love Pauline's personal story. The frustration of finding the right shape and formed clothes in figure flattering fabrics leading her to create her own line of clothes especially for women of a certain age still dedicated to being stylish but wanting more importantly to feel confident and classy. She hit upon MicroModal, her staple fabric, breathable, super soft and comfortable with a touch of luxury about it. Great for those menopausal hot flushes too!
If you read my blogs you'll know that I refer to my Mum as Beryl Bear. She's fabulous. A natural beauty who fully embraced motherhood and growing old with grace.
Look how gorgeous and on trend her naturally platinum hair is!
I know she won't mind me sharing this with you but she does have some body confidence issues.
Two kids, gall bladder removed and a hernia operation mean that her muscle definition is shot to pieces.
She still has lovely slim hips and legs so for her style, she prefers a flattering slim fit pair of classic trousers or jeans with a comfortable, elegant and more flowing top that gives her room to relax, breath and provide her with that extra bit of confidence.
She loves and really suits eye popping colours along with sophisticated prints, especially a touch of the animal! Which is probably where I get my love of leopard print from.
Here she is this Easter weekend being my model and 70 something muse, looking just beautiful as well as oozing confidence in a couple of pieces from the Covered Perfectly range. Keeping it so real she's still wearing her pink fluffy slippers!!! Beryl!
Mum was delighted with her pieces from the Covered Perfectly collection as you can see from her lovely smiley face! Super soft and sumptuous fabric with her particular favourite being the Flowy Lightweight Jacket she's wearing above which will be just perfect to pack for her trips with Dad to Tenerife! Oh yes, that is one stylish and well travelled Mummy Bear! Get in touch if you want more details about the range. #ad
So ladies, isn't it time you threw away the fashion rule book and instead focused on your own unique personal style? What it is that makes you channel your inner confident fashionista? Whether that is a particular shape of trousers, a free flowing top or something altogether more structured. By now you should know and own your style. So JUST WEAR IT and always be sassy, classy and a little bad assy!