Mary’s fash­ion se­crets: 50 jack­ets, Tesco jumpers and def­i­nitely no decol­letage

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - By Va­lerie El­liott

SHE’S the undis­puted queen of cakes, but in her six years on Bake Off, Mary Berry be­came known as a fash­ion icon too, win­ning plau­dits for her style that women a third of her age would envy.

And to­day the 83-year-old re­veals some of the se­crets of her el­e­gant wardrobe which – in keep­ing with her culi­nary ap­proach – is a per­fect mix of sim­plic­ity and flair.

Speak­ing ex­clu­sively to The Mail on Sun­day, the star ex­plains how she’s happy to mix haute cou­ture with high-street brands, with some of her most beloved jumpers com­ing from the aisles of Tesco. But her big­gest in­dul­gence is her love of jack­ets, con­fess­ing that she owns ‘maybe 50’ of them.

Mary also has some red lines in her fash­ion choices.

‘I don’t much like to show my decol­letage,’ while ad­mit­ting she is wary of sleeve­less num­bers as ‘I am so con­scious of my bat wings’.

She ap­pre­ci­ates de­tail and fit, fab­rics that flat­ter and out­fits that are prac­ti­cal and never too tight. But one of her big­gest bug­bears is train­ers worn with skirts.

‘This is some­thing I can­not come to terms with,’ she says. ‘You are not go­ing to get me in a beau­ti­ful skirt with a pair of white train­ers. To me that is the odd­est thing.’

Other taboos are ripped jeans and peep-toed shoes.

Her in­ter­est in fash­ion be­gan only when her TV ca­reer took off with Bake Off in 2010, but now she adores clothes, with her new home near Hen­ley-on-Thames boast­ing sev­eral walk-in wardrobes.

Mary also likes the ap­proval of her hus­band of 52 years, Paul, re­veal­ing: ‘He would pre­fer that I didn’t wear trousers in the evening. But he has weak­ened.’

She also shares her make-up tips, say­ing ‘life’s too short’ for foun­da­tion.

RECIPE FOR EL­E­GANCE: Mary wears high-street styles in this pho­to­graph by David Gu­bert

Shirt: Au­to­graph by Marks & Spencer. Skirt: Coast. Shoes: Marks & Spencer.

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