By now we’ve all read enough articles ‘advising’ (ahem more like dictating) women on what not to wear over a certain age. And I think it’s safe to say they’re getting a little tiring. From the ban on animal prints, to being told never to repeat a trend if you wore it the first time round, these views are just as out-dated as the looks they’re claiming they’re helping you avoid.
But whilst it’s time to accept that women can wear whatever they want, that doesn’t necessarily mean we want to dress like we did years ago. Nor does it mean we want to look identical to our younger counterparts now. After all, style is like a fine wine – it develops and evolves with age. So how can one strike that balance between dressing modern and fresh, whilst reflecting the best version of your true self today?
The trick is to never rule anything out. Because there’s no look you can or can’t wear; it’s about how you wear it. So with this in mind, and given it’s party season, I’m going to debunk some of those ridiculous ‘what not to wear’ myths in the hope of inspiring you – because your Christmas pudding shouldn’t be the only thing on fire this festive season.
Myth 1: Sparkle is for girls
The Belief: Wearing sparkly clothes makes one look like a little girl. Or, at best, the Sugar Plum Fairy.
The reality: It’s time to embrace your inner magpie. Because glitter and sparkle are joys of life that should never be reserved just for younglings. You can wear them at every age, whilst still looking sophisticated and glamourous. The trick is to pick the right pieces.
When it comes to clothes, opt for a shimmering garment that has an elegant, contemporary cut – that only a woman could pull off. And prevent it from dominating the look, by keeping it subtle. Metallic thread woven through fabric, or delicate sequin panels can be mesmerizingly effective.
Alternatively, incorporate a dash of sparkle through your accessories, such as a belt, your handbag or your shoes. Or even on your nails!
And to stop the look from becoming OTT, resign the glitter to one aspect of your look.
Myth 2: Brocade Is Old Fashioned
Belief: This time of year brocade is often a hot trend. It screams opulence. But its synonymy with suburban wallpapers and sofas has left a stale taste in some people’s mouths, resulting in some believing its more drab than fab.
Realty: Again the answer is in the cut. Choose a modern silhouette, to make for a funky look. Sharp lines work particularly well, as they contrast with the flowing traditional curves of the brocade pattern. Plus, add a cool ironic twist by dressing the brocade down with otherwise casual pieces.
And at the end of the day, remember: if it’s good enough for Queen Elizabeth I –the original badass – then it’s good enough for the rest of us.