As most of you know I wore jeans for several years after I retired and then slowly, over time, gathered together a sense of style that wasn’t work orientated (mainly suits) nor w/e relaxation and leisure (a variety of jeans).
When I’m out and about I see a lot of older women wearing pants/trousers and jeans. And I think that was me, but not any more. But you know also that I truly believe, ‘wear what you damn well, please’. Don’t what ever you do listen to others saying, you must wear this, you must wear that, or worse, you can’t wear that at your age!
I think a turning point for me, though, was when I went to a wedding wearing a skirt and someone said, ‘I’ve never seen your legs, Penny! Why don’t you show them off more?’ And why didn’t I? So off I went and for several years hunted for my kind of style.
But what’s your style? Because also don’t think for one moment I want you to be all one homogenous older woman – there are many ways of being and many ways of wearing clothes. So what are your interests? Because these will influence your ‘look’. Are you:
- Sporty then trousers/pants & tops are great!
- Country casual Ditto
- Comfortable in jeans get out those jeans with a variety of tops
- Urban formal city type wear that skirt or trouser suit
- Glamorous and fabulous get full-on skirts & fab frocks
- Ageing rocker it has to be leather jeans & leather jackets!
- Old, bold and edgy anything goes
Me, I love the city so my style is built around skirts. And currently, I sometimes team a skirt up with my gym leggings, like here.
That’s a new skirt at £3.99 plus my old charity shop jacket worn with my running shoes.
And that’s what I hunt for, skirts, plus, if possible, the right tops and jackets to go with them. I definitely don’t aways get it right, hence my feeling that if the outfit cost under £10 then a mistake doesn’t matter as much as if it cost just under £100. Here are a few more examples of good buys and one that I don’t think was quite right.
I love this skirt, and actually it’s a new one bought in M&S in Gibraltar! I’ve worn it a lot since, so this is a winner. Note that I’m a plain Jane, and while I do wear a variety of colours, I like a plain canvas. A flowery outfit would not be me – but flowers might suit you, we’re all different and we should embrace that.
This is my favourite winter skirt.
It’s worn with a bright jumper bought new in Urban Outfitters, which is my fave go-to shop if I want to buy somethign new.
Now I’m thinking I might wear this skirt for my trip up to town to see the Frida Kahlo exhibition that opens soon. It’s a real one-off skirt which floats around your legs as you walk.
But not with those boots! You see, I’m absolutely not one of those people who get it right for myself let alone advising others!!!
On the other hand I did love this combo.
That’s an Alexander McQueen outfit – hmm, if ever…. But I was inspired by the McQueen to get this bonkers skirt, which I thought with my jacket was a near copy of the outfit – what do you think?
I’ve worn it once, and I’m just waiting for the right occasion to wear it again.
Here’s another favourite skirt just waiting in my wardrobe to be worn. Sorry about the boots! It was £5 from a charity shop, but the material is a thick and rich, shiny satin, which is extraordinary as the label is Florence & Fred, which tells you that it’s originally from the supermarket Tesco!
Here with different shoes!
And this skirt above gets lots of outings in Brighton.
But this one below I’m not sure about.
I think it’s too dark for the summer yet it’s made from quite a thin cotton, so it’s too cold to wear in the winter. It’s on ‘probation’ (a de-clutterer friend said this is how she treats her clothes and advises her clients to try to do the same) so if it’s not worn this summer it’s going into the charity shop bag.
And finally, when it was a cool day I got out another favourite charity shop skirt and teamed it with this cardi.
Apologies for the lighting which isn’t quite right, but that is a great colour combo, I think! That’s all for now but do tell if you favour skirts or prefer to wear jeans.
With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper
P.S. And sharing with:
- Nancy at Nancy’s Fashion Style for Fancy Friday
- Nicole of High Latitude Style for her Top of the World Style linkup
- Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb for #SaturdayShareLinkup
- Judith of Style Crone and her #Hat Attack
- Terri of Meadow Tree Style and 2nd Loved 1st Friday
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