When I spoke to a friend about launching this blog, the subject of not givin in and the challenges that being over 40 brings, she raised the question of where to shop? It’s a good question; can we still buy clothes in the same stores that we used to when we were younger? And if so, will we look like mutton dressed as lamb?
There’s no argument that shopping habits do change as you get older. God knows if I go out tomorrow night wearing the eye-watering ensemble of cycling shorts, swimming costume, leather biker jacket and cowboy boots that I did one night in my 20’s, I’ll be sectioned. (I blame Michael Hutchence for the outfit btw).
However, being over 40 doesn’t mean being frumpy. Indeed, it’s all the more reason to dress up and feel fabulous. Turn a head or two if we so choose to do so. We can be as stylish as we want and having great style will win over wearing the latest fashions every time.
Now I can’t claim to be the most stylish (see 2nd paragraph), but I like to think that I have a good eye and enjoy buying clothes for myself and telling friends of things I’ve seen that I think they’ll look great in. So I’ve taken the question raised and looked more closely at one of the stores where us forty somethings might otherwise hesitate at the door.
If you thought Topshop only caters for the young I think you might be pleasantly surprised. To be honest, I always go in there. If nothing else I want to get ideas, see what the current trends are and look for ways to incorporate it into my wardrobe. Push past the obvious choices that only the young can get away with and there really are some great finds.
Here’s six of my faves from A/W 2015
Leather is everywhere this season and this dress could be worn with flat boots and tights in the day or with your hair up and heels at night. I would love the green colour too, as it’s a classic colour that’s not black.
Drape Neck Blouse, £36
Sophisticated and sexy at the same time, this blouse is on trend with its nod to the 70’s and would work well with jeans or as it does here with a leather skirt.
Update a winter wardrobe staple in this season’s nude colours.
This season’s palazzo pants are a nice break from skinny jeans and jeggings.
Dressed up or down a blazer is so handy and here is a version in this season’s berry shade that’s stylish and understated.
So these are my favourites from the current season in Topshop. Do you like what I’ve chosen or have different views on what to wear? Please share in the comments below.
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