If you could see me sitting here at Perth City Library (we don’t have internet access in ‘the cave’) you would see that I look like a wreck.
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And earlier when I went for lunch with my daughter there was a nasty moment when my gung-ho attitude about non giving a damn crumpled when she bumped into a work colleague of hers and introduced me … “Oh Mother! Let me introduce you to my Mum!”
Mother who was wearing a baggy old dress because it’s been so hot lately, who’s dry hair is in need of washing and a good treatment, and who had decided in a fit of ‘couldn’t care less’ not to wear any make-up. Not. Even. Lippy. And who’s nail varnish on her toes is chipping in a quite disgusting manner.
I think it’s taught me a lesson. City life demands good grooming. Regional life is a lot simpler and I can get away with looking like I’ve been tumbled through a hedge backwards or as if I’ve been up all night with a good book.
It made me think of Coco Chanel. I bet she never ever looked less than well manicured and beautifully groomed, and it got me wondering about effortless style. The sort that you can just wrap over you like a cloak without thinking.
Here’s something I read that she suggested, which I think applies particularly to women over 50.
Less is more and it’s more important as you age. Wear clothes that fit but are not skin tight. Look at youthful fashion – take a look at a picture of a model or young person you like that consists of several fashion items – scarf, bag, sunnies, clothes and pick one item an ‘own it’. Don’t try to replicate the whole look especially not with the pelmet mini.
Now while I would like to pick on and own these youthful babies below, I know I’m too far past the teetering age.
I would (and do) wear these nude wedges from Betts Shoes (Airlex range) below, which go with almost any outfit I own. That’s a start to effortless style I reckon.
Sticking with things that you know work on your body shape. That’s effortless style isn’t it?
It’s about good grooming habits and sticking with a look that works for you rather than having loads of money to spend on the designer fashion of the moment
It’s about having a wardrobe that works, consisting of quality pieces that go together rather than lots of various stuff bought because they were ‘bargains’ at the time.
For me my go to style is skinny jeans and boots (bring on Autumn) over which I’ll wear long tops (and jackets) which cover my less than sylphlike tum and arse.
It’s about sticking to one foundation, blusher, lippy and eyeshadow which work well, without having a whole load of crap in my vanity case to wade through and ultimately end up choosing the wrong combinations.
By the way, Katie’s have some great mid season discounted offers at the moment. So I’m going to treat myself to a brand new Autumn look to hang on my hatstand in the ‘cave’ and get out on the city streets in style! Here’s where you can browse and buy if you want to : Katie’s new markdowns
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What’s your ‘go to’ look that you’ll slip on to feel comfortable and also stylish in?