With a mile­stone birth­day ahead of her, Julie Tovey has had enough of play­ing it safe

Good Housekeeping (UK) - - GH Special -

As I ap­proach my 50th, I feel in­creas­ingly un­sure about my wardrobe. I know I need to re­fresh my style, and I’d love a new look for my big birth­day, but I don’t know how to go about it.

I’m an as­sis­tant head­teacher, and day to day I wear a plain skirt or trouser suit, usu­ally in grey, black or navy. I have to be smart, but my style is more func­tional than fash­ion­able. I envy more stylish women who ac­ces­sorise their look with a big neck­lace, beau­ti­fully-tied scarf or stand-out shoes. I never try be­cause I don’t feel I can carry it off.

Two of my favourite dresses are post­box red and emer­ald green, but they only come out when I go on hol­i­day. I’d like to in­tro­duce more colour into my daily dress code, adding a funky edge to some clas­sic pieces. My aim is to be stylish but also age-ap­pro­pri­ate.


‘Be­ing bolder with your choice of colour is a great way to re­fresh your wardrobe and gain con­fi­dence,’ says Jo. ‘For Julie, we chose an or­ange leather skirt as a state­ment piece, but by team­ing it with a crisp white shirt, she didn’t feel over­whelmed by such a strong colour. This new ap­proach can be in­cor­po­rated into both her work and week­end wardrobe. Sim­ply by adding a block colour piece, print shoes or a stand-out piece of jew­ellery, Julie can feel self-as­sured know­ing she has a more mod­ern, stylish look.’


‘My new look has in­spired me to try new things,’ says Julie. ‘I’d never have cho­sen a leather skirt and cer­tainly not in bright or­ange, but I love it. I’ve def­i­nitely been taken out of my fash­ion com­fort zone – and I’m ex­cited to ex­plore more on my own.’

‘I need a refresh,’ says Julie be­fore Julie wears: wrap shirt, £38, 8-18, J by Jasper Con­ran at Deben­hams. Leather skirt, £199, 8-18, Au­to­graph at Marks & Spencer. Shoes, £215, 3-7, Lucy Choi (shoplucy­choilon­don.com). Bag, £250, Coc­cinelle...

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