Canning Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Keren Bel­los

IF you’re feel­ing less stylish in your 50s, find­ing a “fash­ion spirit an­i­mal” will help get your mojo back, says stylist and model Mel Brady.

“It’s some­one you ad­mire, per­haps iden­tify with, who is a sim­i­lar size and whose style you would like to em­u­late,” she said.

“Your spirit an­i­mal will also help you un­der­stand your body and what suits it.”

Shar­ing her key fash­ion tips, the 57-year-old said it was im­por­tant to pare back be­cause hanging on to ev­ery­thing you ever owned could make your look less cur­rent.

Also, don’t dress like your daugh­ter and be sure to dis­til trends to suit your style.

“Fol­low­ing trends can be a bit of a slip­pery slope, but you can still in­cor­po­rate print and colour through your choice of ac­ces­sories,” Brady said.

When buy­ing new pieces, think about what’s in your wardrobe and whether it will suit your new stream­lined look.

“Just be­cause it’s on sale doesn’t mean you should get it,” she said.

“Make wise choices; some­times one amaz­ing in­vest­ment piece per sea­son is enough.”

Her wealth of fash­ion ad­vice gleaned from 40 years in the in­dus­try in­cludes look­ing af­ter what you have – wash care­fully, dryclean good pieces so they al­ways look sharp and keep shoes well-heeled – and don’t for­get un­der­wear.

“Up­dat­ing your undies to in­clude sim­ple foun­da­tion bras and/or shapewear that fits re­ally well will ac­tu­ally make what you own look bet­ter,” Brady said.

“Most depart­ment stores of­fer fit­ting ser­vices to make sure you’re re­ally get­ting the right size.”

Her fi­nal tips: “Dress for your­self and don’t be bul­lied into think­ing you should be­come invisible as you age: do you with con­fi­dence.

“If in doubt, con­sult an ex­pert who can help clean out your wardrobe, find your style and sug­gest what else you need.”

For more, visit mel­brady.com.

Pic­ture: Ina Parr

Mel Brady.

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