While I was away I wrote a guest blog for the wonderful Tricia of LookFabulousForever makeup –do have a look. Through this post I got several new followers, so a big welcome to you and thank you for the follow – I appreciate my readers immensely.
Anyway a few of days ago I watched Helen Mirren being interviewed about her most recent film, and sat mesmerised by her lovely shoes – which were brown in contrast to what looks like a little black dress. She was horrified when she was told that many think her sexy. ‘Oh, no’, she said, ‘liberate us [me] from that’. But she’s definitely attractive and very stylish. And she’s 70 in July this year so she’s certainly a style role model for me.
Yes, it’s style rather than fashion that matters – to me, anyway. And I’m going to quote Lauren Hutton from Alyson Walsh’s book (I’m sure she won’t mind) because this sums up the key difference between the two.
“Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.”
So yes, I like to be aware of what is fashionable and on-trend, because, hey, a particular fashion might suit me very well, so why not go for it. But I think we should, or could, aspire to be stylish rather than fashionable, and particularly so as we age. No torn jeans for me, because any fraying that looks cute on a younger woman can look down-at-heel and shabby. Nor do I want an 80s vintage dress because while that style might look good on a younger woman, on me it might just be an old dress that’s been in my wardrobe for years! And as for ‘age appropriate’ clothes or even ‘comfortable clothes’ – nope, that’s not for me either!
There shouldn’t really be any rules about what we wear, but I have to admit I do like a list! So, like Alyson Walsh I’m putting out my list of style basics, which are:
- Experiment and find out what style suits you – because you can change your style as you age. And you know where to do it for next to nothing, don’t you, in the charity shops!
- Get a great haircut – nothing beats feeling good about your hair
- Find comfortable but stylish shoes – I shall be devastated when my chunky boots finally fall to pieces, they really are my statement and signature shoes. And they are very comfortable.
- Talking about making a statement. We all want to be warm in winter but don’t fade into the background. Instead, why not find and wear a statement coat that’s not necessarily black. Doesn’t have to be break the bank because, you know…..
- Ditto jackets
My final word is be bold with clothes, and move out of your comfort zone. And never say, never. I’d said to myself that I wasn’t going to wear green quite so much. But I went shopping with my great friend Lorna (who made that lovely film about me that’s uploaded on YouTube) and what did I see, a green dress!
The dress is handmade and the material is amazing with hairdryers, radios and brushes and combs on it.
I think, maybe it’s been made out of curtain material. And very reminiscent of The Great Sewing Bee, the material is upside down – I can just hear one of the judges saying ‘yes, it’s a nice dress, but why is it upside down?!’ Oh, and it cost all of £3.00.
That’s all for now, but do tell me about your latest bargain and/or eye-catching find!
Penny, the frugalfashionshopper