Oh how times have changed! Do you remember your grandmother and the way she dressed in her 50s and 60s? How about your mother at the same age? Now take a look around and see how far we have come! Grannies in skinny jeans and ankle boots - yes. Middle aged Mummies in leather trousers and jackets - definitely!
You can always find a magazine article which directs you to age-appropriate dressing. Evidently you can pull anything off in your 20s, should start investing in bags and shoes in your 30s, wear cashmere and flat shoes in your 40s, and in your 50s, it should be all about designer pieces which are timeless (and mostly fashionless also!). As if, once your 20s are over, so is any fun you might want to have with your clothes! Are we just meant to disappear into the background?! I think not! But as society comes to terms with who is the spending force these days, as well as the fact that at 40, some of us are only just realising and embracing our true style, the idea of dressing to any particular age is crazy.
Nowadays it is incredibly difficult to pinpoint a woman's age after she turns 35. As long as you are happy and comfortable, you can get away with anything. Take these gorgeous celebrities for example, who don't look anything like middle aged!
In 2016 women are more likely to worry about wearing anything which makes them appear older than they actually are! While I am not at all a fan of any kind of surgery to reverse or slow down the effects of ageing, I do believe that how we dress can definitely make us feel and look more youthful. I am more than happy to embrace my advancing years, but I don't think I have to look "mumsy" or frumpy just because I am no longer 25. I am happy to leave a lot of the trends to the young girls (I am talking to you mini skirts, hotpants, super high waisted jeans and crop-tops), but I certainly think I can still dip my toe into many of the other fashions going on. And I hope I am still feeling the same way when I am 50, 60 and 70 years old.
Keeping abreast of what the latest trends are means you can easily update your own style to keep you looking more youthful. You may decide the cut of jeans you like best and then wear them forever, but if you can adopt whatever the latest fashionable cut is, you will instantly help the rest of your wardrobe to look fresher. Likewise with any other item. If you are still wearing your mid-rise straight leg jeans from GAP circa 2000, then rejoice, as you can now just snip off the bottoms to ankle length and fray the hems, or leave a big single rolled cuff and you have magically joined the latest jeans for 2016. Plus all the other items in your wardrobe will take on a new look with your new shape jeans. Embrace the latest pointed toe flats and as well as adding some length to your legs, you are right on top of Spring footwear 2016. If you need comfortable shoes, look into some of the gorgeous trainer styles around and you can kill two birds with one stone. Don't be afraid to keep trying out new things! Not everything is going to suit everyone...
One of the benefits of getting older, is that we are supposed to be wiser... hopefully we are learning that the more comfortable we are with our clothes, the more confident and appealing we can look.
It can definitely be a good idea to retire the things in your wardrobe which just take too much effort to wear. If you no longer enjoy wearing high heels, then gift them on and embrace some fantastic flats instead. They don't have to be Granny style (although that is one of the major Spring Styles so you would be bang on trend!), but something you love to wear.
If your waist is slowly increasing, feel free to look for shirt dresses and leave the belt untied or take it off.
If you just can't keep your bingo wings at bay, let the sleeveless tops go and invest in a few gorgeous sleeved numbers which make you feel just as glamorous.
Investigate jeans or trousers with lots of stretch, but which still help you feel on trend. Mother Denim are incredibly expensive, but the waistbands are very stretchy and are cut for comfort and to flatter the female curves. I am not usually a fan of designer denim (my jeans heart belongs to Zara), but after trying these on I may be tempted to keep my eye out for anything in the sale.
I hope you agree there is no such thing as dressing your age, just dressing to feel good about yourself and putting your best out there. And any excuse to keep on browsing and shopping is very welcome in my book.