COOL & CONFIDENT
Changing course mid-life takes courage – but it may prove to be your best move yet. Think you could rise to the challenge? Trust TENA Lady to let you be you
‘Now my love of fashion is back, my style is definitely improving with age’
There’s nothing like a landmark birthday to make you take stock. But even minor adjustments take confidence, especially if you’re worried that bladder weakness might get in your way. Thanks to ultra-discreet protection, TENA Lady lets you be you, whatever you decide to do. ‘I remember my 40th birthday,’ confides Nikki Nicola, now 44. ‘I was in a dress that wasn’t exactly loose, I had high blood pressure and wanted to be healthy. I went on to lose three stone that year.’ As the weight dropped off, her love of fashion resurfaced. ‘I got more confident in the clothes that I’d always wanted to wear but was never brave enough to,’ she says. Now her Instagram feed @40notfrumpy inspires other mid-life women to rediscover their confident selves. ‘Now that my love of fashion is back, my style is improving with age,’ says Nikki.
STYLE TIPS Great style is about keeping it simple.
Dress for your shape by finding clothes that flatter and accentuate your favourite parts of your body. Then work out which colours suit you best. ‘I have a warm skin tone, so warm colours suit me, not pastels,’ says Nikki. ‘Go for good-quality fabrics where possible. Thin, cheap fabric is not flattering. An advantage of being older is that you can afford to spend a little more on your clothes – and believe me, it’s worth it.’ Stick to classic shapes and styles but update them with a bold pair of earrings or shoes. It’s more budgetfriendly than updating your wardrobe all the time!
DRESS TO IMPRESS What are the wardrobe essentials that Nikki relies on?
‘A great pair of jeans, good-quality tees, a blazer, white pumps – all classics that can be dressed up or down,’ she says. What’s her go-to feelgood staple? ‘Something clean and simple, but with edgy accessories, such as trainers or colourful shoes. I love wearing leopard print when I go out, and jumpsuits, too. They’re so easy to wear and do all the hard work for you. Then I add a statement bag or chunky earrings. Luckily, age is no longer a barrier to fashion. I never think “I can’t wear that because I’m in my 40s” and I happily shop in places I’ve always loved. I still pay attention to trends – I can’t help it – sometimes you just have to adapt to them slightly. For example, I still wear ripped jeans, but I make sure the rips aren’t right up my leg. I’m always learning about what suits me and I stay away from the things I know just won’t. That’s really my style philosophy.’