Autumn has arrived in SWA, and I don’t know about you, but I love this time of year because it means I can at last start covering up the tell-tale droopy bits of my body that try to tell me I’m getting older.
The strappy summer dresses and short sleeved shirts can thankfully be packed up and put away, and instead be replaced by soft layers and funky scarves that hide a multitude of sins.
Look Good – Feel Good
The truth is, when I feel that I’ve made an effort to look half decent, then I feel more confident.
It’s not entirely about vanity, and I find as the years go by that just throwing something on doesn’t look okay anymore – not like in my twenties or thirties for instance. These days it takes a bit of time and attention.
But is it just vanity? I read an article about narcissism the other day and with all the bloggie fashion stuff I do on Lifestyle Fifty (alone on my balcony with my camera and tripod) I broke out into a cold sweat – which (cough) I assured myself was just my hormones going haywire.
So anyway, today I rifled through my wardrobe for something lightweight but comfortable with a big scarf suitable for draping around my shoulders in case the sun went in (it did) to wear for lunch with a friend.
Seeing as I was tarted up a bit, and not in my normal computer attire of dressing gown and slippers, I had to bring it to you dear Lifestylers, for your um, edification?
I picked out: Suede look grey Ankle Boots which I found in a sale in England recently, 8 British Pounds (Yes, really, and comfy as anything) at Marks and Spencers. The soft cotton top is a few seasons old from M&Co. Scarf was a Bali find and is huge so that I can drape it around my shoulders.
The floral print trousers are soft and pliable (would be great for a plane trip) are current at the time of this post – you can check them out at Klass they’re 20 British Pounds (around $40).
Still mad about clothes after all these years
But I love fashion. I also enjoy bouts of intense retail therapy in Perth with my daughter – who is hyper critical and very discerning – which means there is no dressing like a teenager or an old woman when she’s around, and on more than one occasion I’ve been told to: “Take that off at once, Mum!” She gave the nod to the floral trousers above though, but my husband didn’t 🙂
Most of the time though, I slob around in jeans and sweatshirts, and on writing days I can spend nearly all day at my computer in my dressing gown and pink fluffy slippers drinking strong coffee and hoping nobody knocks on the door. When I’m travelling, clothes need to be non-iron, smart, comfortable and versatile.
Hints and Tips (works for me)
1. Wear block colours (especially on top).
2. Spend money on shoes that are stylish, but comfortable and go with a lot of outfits rather than just one.
2. Get your bra fitted by a professional.
3. Follow fashion, but don’t be tempted to dress like a teenager.
4. Don’t discount denim because the spandex and lycra it often includes can help with lumps and bodily bumps.
5. Accessories such as scarves are a fun way to add new interest to an old outfit and can cover the tops of your arms and shoulders.
I’d love to see what you’ve been wearing recently (#lifestylefifty on Instagram) or otherwise pen a reply in the comment box and tell us your best style tips.