I don’t know about you, but I notice that a lot of fashion blogs are not only for the young, they’re often very upbeat (apart that is from Atypical60 who has the occasional rant about life, which I love).
I’ve only just got over that post-viral flop, so I haven’t been feeling quite as sparky as I like to be. Plus the weather here in the UK seems to be designed to bring on the glums as down south (where I live) it seems to be permanently wet and clouded over, so even if you don’t suffer from SAD you begin to get an inkling of how very grey the world can look in winter. And up in the north of England they’ve had some once-in-a-lifetime floods again. It’s only a few years since the same area was devastated with severe flooding.
Enough. Enough of this. How about thinking what to wear at a party? It’s that time of the year again! Yes, Christmas beckons – only 15 more days. And I’ve had such a laugh the last couple of days (of the snorting kind) at some of the dotty articles on what we women should be buying as party wear. This one is definitely for the birds as amongst other items it shows us an Anya Hindmarsh’s kit-kat clutch bag. Then there’s Jess Cartner-Morley telling us to wear an off-the-shoulder dress. Errr, no way, in the winter! And that advice, to wear off-the-shoulder, was funnily enough echoed by Alyson Walsh as a look for the older woman, which won’t do for me as I approach 70, as my shoulders are beginning to look quite round-shouldered and scrawny.
So what to wear? The most important thing, in my opinion, is to get away from the ubiquitous black trouser and top. We’ve all got those black trousers. Me, I have them skinny, but they come in many styles, and yes, they’re flattering for all sizes. I’m not knocking this look – it’s easy and comfortable, and you can dress it up in so many ways with a jazzy top and sparkly jewellery.
However, in my wardrobe I have lots of lovely frothy skirts suitable for parties, so I think it’s high time to get them out and give them an airing. Gosh, I hope I’m not going to upset people but I really think we older women wear trousers and jeans far too often. We just don’t show off our legs enough!
Anyway, here are my two latest charity shop buys. Recently in one blog a commenter (not the author I hasten to add) mentioned the phrase ‘age-appropriate’ with reference to what we should be wearing. Oh, no, no, no! Here’s my antidote to anyone who starts saying that sort of thing. Another mini skirt!
This was just under £5 and is loads of fun. When I put it on it makes me feel really happy (little things, you know…….)
And here’s a great, slightly biker-chic, black skirt bought yesterday (for £3.50) worn with my favourite faux leather jacket plus the ‘new’ black boots.
Note that charity shops have many mid-calf length skirts. If you can, try to resist these as they’re a bit last year. But this skirt is the best of so many worlds – short at the front and longer at the back. Yummy!
And both skirts, I think, are a tad age-inappropriate. Oh, brilliant, that’s the way to go! As we age let’s have fun and dare to be inappropriate!
That’s all for now
Penny, the frugalfashionshopper