Back to Basics

 

Hi!  How is everyone feeling about the start of a new month?  I’m feeling quite uplifted.  January was long and tortuous and March is on the horizon, so although it is still raining while I type this, I have hope.  I have just done a 5k run and the smell of bacon cooking is wafting up the stairs.  Things can only get better.

 

Clothes-wise, I’m finding myself looking at all the new styles coming through for spring, but still reaching for old favourites in the wardrobe.  Who wants to buy stuff that’s still going to sit in the wardrobe for another 6-7 weeks.  Flying by the seat of my pants or holding on to my hard-earned money, you decide!

 

So, what can we do for the next few weeks, while the last of the dreary days go by?  Well, I’ve been trying to plan what I’m wearing a bit more and making sure the wardrobe is fully in use and not just mine, SP’s wardrobe too.

 

Last weekend I borrowed Steve’s pea coat (admittedly slightly on the large side) to finish a black and white outfit.

 

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Prompted by a desire to wear my white boots and a skirt (found at the back of the wardrobe) I didn’t have a coat that would complete the look and let’s face it, there’s a permanent downpour waiting to happen at the moment, so I grabbed SP’s coat.

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Also on repeat is this striped jumper from French Connection (apologies for the wind swept mop).  Yonks old, I’m on the look out for a replacement at the moment and I think long sleeve T.shirt options are the ones to go for rather than wool, as they offer a lighter layer for wearing under blazers in the spring and solo with shorts come summer.  I’ve put a few options in the reel below if you’re interested.

 

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Finishing off the look I teamed thick opaque tights with an A-line pleather skirt that again is years old from Zara, but it was quite nice to wear something above-the-knee for a change and the opaques cover up and keep us warm.

 

If you like the look I’ve popped similar pieces in the reel below.

Have a great weekend.
Gail xx
What are you wearing in this transitional period?  Are you waiting for the weather to change before making spring purchases?  Let me know in the comments below…

Top of the 40’s to Ya

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

 

Zebra Print Shirt Dress, £58

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I love this dress.  It does all the talking for you.  Striking and beautifully cut, it covers up some bits I’d rather not show, like my arms, and is a flattering length.  You could even wear it open as a cover up with a bright orange top, black jeggings and boots underneath.

 

Faux Leather Shift Dress, £45

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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

Top Shop

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.

 

Ribbed Funnel Neck Top, £16

 

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Update a winter wardrobe staple in this season’s nude colours.

 

Wide Leg Palazzo Pants, £55

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This season’s palazzo pants are a nice break from skinny jeans and jeggings.

Fitted Boyfriend Blazer, £49

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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.

 

If you enjoyed reading this you might also like my post on lipstick.

 

 

Gail x