This article was written for Annabel & Grace, which is now part of Rest Less.
Last October I wrote a short article about women over 50 with a youthful attitude. I do respect women who have their own individual flair for fashion. It may not always be my taste but I admire these ladies who demonstrate that mature style does not have to be dull, boring or safe. I have also featured some similar clothes that are available online in case you’d like to try out any of these style ideas for yourself…
Here’s another of our wonderful Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice charity shop customers who looks effortlessly stylish in her ensemble. A heritage tweed jacket (note the upturned collar) is, in my book, a sound investment as they never go out of fashion. Teamed with a Fair Isle sweater (very on trend), well fitting corduroy trousers and a practical crossbody bag.
The beret is the icing on the cake (so to speak!) Or is it the orange flower brooch?
Loving her choices of neutrals highlighted with a crisp white shirt. This look could work equally well using navy as your base colour.
- Classic wool beret £25 from Woolovers
- Ella bag from Aspinal of London £395
- Fair isle hand knitted tank top £62.86 from Etsy
- Westray Fair Isle sweater £169 from Aspiga
- Houndstooth single button blazer £169 from Massimo Dutti
A white or cream coat is a fabulous thing because it gives you guaranteed instant style. Black and white or keeping everything else the same (or very similar) colours is also very effective.
- Iconic wool mix coat £80 at La Redoute
- Wool blend oversized long coat £109.90 from Uniqlo
- Boucle formal collarless coat £199.20 at Coast
Long coatigans, cardigans, shackets, ponchos – they all look fabulous as part of a casual outfit. Plus you have that extra layer which is so essential for colder weather.
- Contrast stitch wool blend cape £125 from Cos
- Fringed wool cape £99 from Cos
- Relaxed fit single breasted coatigan £49.50 from M&S
- Veda organic cotton cardi coat £51 from Thought
Obviously couldn’t miss this lady in a crowd! I loved her vivid fuscia hair – apparently she started dyeing it during lockdown. Most of all I admire her for standing out in a crowd with a beaming smile.
She told me that everything she is wearing came from charity shops apart from the Dr. Martens which were a 50th birthday present. She particularly likes the flatform sole which gives her more height and she says they are a dream to wear. In fact, everyone I’ve met who wears Dr. Martens all say the same thing – superbly comfortable. There are so many styles to choose from. Have a look at the selection at Office
Skirts! Have women stopped wearing them in favour of trousers?
I know I did until I rediscovered how much fun they were worn with long boots and opaque tights.
Longer length skirts also work brilliantly with both long and ankle boots.
- Genevieve wool check A line skirt £69 at Hobbs
- Jersey geometric pleated midaxi skirt £29.50 from M&S.
- Plaited rib pleated skirt £205 (was £445) from Tori Burch
- I’m hankering after these gorgeous ankle boots from Mandarina – the Trinny Tassel £159. Exclusive discount: Use code AG10 at Mandarina checkout for 10% off
- The Regina knee length boot £375 from Fairfax & Favor – had mine for years and they’re still as good as new and oh so comfortable. Particularly like the fact you can change the tassels which are available in lots of wonderful colours.