Thursday, 31 January 2013

Should you Dress Your Age?

No of course not is the obvious answer. But looking around me on the crowded train when last in the UK it's astonishing how many do, even though they probably wouldn't admit it if you asked them.

What you wear has to be a combination of your personal style, which can be anything from classic to fashion victim, what you do, and your figure. But so much of it also comes down to how you feel about yourself.

I'm the first to say that I wouldn't go back to leather pants, belt length skirts - short shorts, but I love modern clothes, bodycon dresses and sky high heels, which my daughter frequently tries to pinch but can't, thankfully, as she's a size larger foot wise. And she's even had a go at some of my dresses........ The perils of having a 22 year old daughter, and don't get me on the subject of mothers and daughters sharing clothes.........please.

Too many, it seems to me, don't really know themselves dress-wise, and don't look at themselves enough in the light of who they want to be rather than who they think they are. Forget your age. What you wear has nothing to do with age. Think about glamour, trying something new, upping the stakes. Clothes can be pure therapy.

Most large stores now have personal shoppers who will help you update your wardrobe if you're not sure what to buy and they should be honest about what suits you and what doesn't. But be warned, their job is to sell you stuff so make sure you know who your real friends are.

Having a partner who has great taste and really cares about what you wear is rare, the kids usually want to concentrate on what you're going to buy for them if you take them out and some friends are fashion friends and others not. So see a personal shopper and get some ideas. Buy just one piece if you feel like it (or the lot) and then hightail it down to Zara. You never know until you give it a go.

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