Style inspiration

Fashion over 50. Inspiration and tips on how to dress well over 50. How to adapt current trends, shop your closet and use accessories to update an outfit.

Red print coat

August is one of the trickiest months sartorially speaking. This year has been one of the most difficult in London at least weatherwise. It is beginning to feel like autumn already and my summer dresses have been languishing in my wardrobe since my return from France. Yet somehow I am not quite ready to dive into the new season’s shapes and colours.

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My formula is to keep things simple and invest in items that I can wear now and adapt for autumn…………

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French style inspiration

I just fell in love with this photograph from my favourite French magazine “La Femme Majuscule”. I thought I would have some fun and re-create a similar look. So I dug out my pink jacket with lace insets. I have worn it on several occasions since I bought it to wear at my son’s wedding three years ago. 

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Packing for my trip to York

Next Monday we are planning a trip to York. We will be staying three days at the Grays Court Hotel then two days on the Yorkshire coast near Whitby. This will be my first visit to The city of York  I am looking forward to exploring this beautiful city, rich in ancient history.

The usual dilemma. What to pack for a short break in a UK city during our mercurial summer? One minute sun the next rain. Temperatures fluctuating daily if not hourly.

DETAILS OF ABOVE:

Quilted jacket (UK link) // Pink cashmere sweater WoolOvers (US link). // rose gold earrings // cream tee shirt // MeandEm black trousers // rain hat // backpack // Black sneakers // umbrella.

My advice as usual would be……….

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Cold shoulder cotton dress

I was not at all sure about the “cold shoulder” trend at the beginning of the season. A bit too gimmicky. I doubted that it would be flattering. Some of you may still think this and that’s fine. However just before I came down to the South of France I realised that I was short of a cool cotton dress. One that I could just pop on and go. I had my tried and trusted linens already down there in my wardrobe. However they were beginning to look a little tired. I searched and searched and finally found the above dress at MarksandSpencer.

Did I keep it or not …….

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Silk chiffon top and versatile trousers

If you are looking for an outfit that packs like a dream, can be worn multitude ways and looks chic and elegant I have found one. There is nothing like the feeling of soft chiffon floating in the wind. Although these photographs were taken by Hammersmith Bridge, near where I live in South West London, they are evocative of blue skies, long summer days on the beach or sipping cocktails on a balmy summer evening. The beautiful silk chiffon pop on top I am wearing is by HopefashionUK. It depicts an aqua sea, warm sand and palm trees. How much more summery can you get. I have teamed it with their foundation roll top wide trouser in navy. I will be talking more about the versatility of this piece and how well it travels later in the post.

How I created different looks with these two pieces.

Silk chiffon printed top and navy trousers

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