Wear it your way

Jan Shure of SoSen­sa­tional. co.uk, the fash­ion web­site for grown-up women, tells you how to rock the trends if you’re over 45

The Jewish Chronicle - JC Magazine - - Fashion -

THE big ques­tion, if you are a grown-up woman, is can you wear the key trends for spring/ sum­mer 2013? Hap­pily — with one caveat, shorts (no mat­ter how hip, how fash­ion-for­ward, how cool, how slen­der or how of­ten you visit the gym, if you are aged over 45, shorts are not a trend you should con­sider adopt­ing, ever) — the an­swer is, re­sound­ingly, yes.

But whether you are 25, 45 or 65, it is al­ways about how you work the trend, how you style a gar­ment, what you leave off and what you add that de­ter­mines whether you look fab­u­lously, stylishly on-trend or a fash­ion vic­tim.

UN­DER­STAND THE SMALL PRINT

If you love print, and want to wear it all over as a dress, en­sure the print is the right scale for you; not too big if you are petite, not too small if you are tall. Place­ment prints, with a big splash of flora (or fauna) over tummy or hips can be a great dis­guise for bumps and bulges.

If you don’t want to do print all over, choose a boldly printed pen­cil skirt or printed skinny trousers (not palaz­zos), which you can team with a low-key, plain-colour blazer or tuxedo, plus a T-shirt,

or a plain state­ment top in a ton­ing shade.

Keep the rest of the look sim­ple and wear your dress or skirt to the knee or (more fash­ion-for­ward) over the knee, as too short will look girly, which you def­i­nitely want to avoid. Team print with an­kle boots and a big, coloured clutch or tote, to keep the look edgy rather than sac­cha­rine.

GET YOUR BRIGHTS RIGHT

Spring/sum­mer 13’s hottest shades are emer­ald and turquoise, but you will look per­fectly on trend wear­ing cobalt, fuch­sia, teal, yel­low, lime, red, co­ral or or­ange — and any tonal vari­ant on any of them. That means if you look bet­ter in pale or mid­tone shades, choose those rather than the full-on brights. Treat pas­tels with cau­tion, though, as they can wash you out and be age­ing.

Again, avoid a girly look by keep­ing your look graphic and sim­ple. Colour block­ing is a bit last sea­son, but mix­ing up of colours via ac­ces-

sories is very fash­ion-for­ward.

TAKE A NO-FRILLS AP­PROACH

Keep your look stream­lined and graphic. Avoid any­thing fussy (noth­ing with frills added); keep ac­ces­sories bold and mono­chrome.

SK­IN­CARE AD­VICE

If wear­ing leather, keep the look grown-up by en­sur­ing skirts or dresses are knee-length and team a leather pen­cil skirt with a sim­ple boat-neck top, a tro­phy jumper, a crisp shirt, or a knit/bouclé biker jacket.

A leather biker jacket looks per­fect teamed with an on-the-knee (or over-the-knee) pen­cil skirt, ide­ally in a print. If you choose your biker in tweed, wool or cot­ton twill, it be­comes the per­fect foil for a leather pen­cil skirt. But no dou­ble leather — do not pair your leather biker jacket with a leather skirt (or leather trousers, for that mat­ter).

Again, keep the look pared down.

Don’t overdo the jew­ellery (or the zips on the jacket). An­kle boots and a big tote or clutch com­plete the look.

NOT A HEAVY METAL FAN

Me­tallics and se­quins are do-able, but ap­proach with cau­tion, as they can look tacky (but that’s true of this trend what­ever your age). There’s a bril­liant gold parka from Ni­cole Farhi’s dif­fu­sion col­lec­tion, Farhi by Ni­cole Fahri, which would el­e­vate the glam­our quo­tient ev­ery pair of jeans and skinny trousers you own, and is so de­sir­able it may even make you long for a spring shower.

A state­ment top with se­quins or me­tal­lic fin­ish is per­fect when you need to ramp up the glam­our on a pair of skinny jeans for a stud­iedly ca­sual evening look. Add stiletto courts or an­kle boots and a big clutch and keep jew­ellery bold rather than glitzy.

DON’T PILE ON THE POUNDS WITH A

PE­PLUM

Whether you choose to em­brace this trend will be more about your own body shape and how the pe­plum sits on the dress, skirt or top, than about your age. If you are not sure, re­mem­ber Miriam Clegg’s pe­plum dis­as­ter at the Lib-Dem con­fer­ence and see what havoc a frill at the hip can wreak on a slen­der but “nor­mal” woman.

If you fancy a pe­plum, make sure you check your back and side views be­fore buy­ing. Then em­ploy this style trick­ery to en­sure the pe­plum doesn’t add inches: wear a small pair of shoul­der pads to broaden your shoul­ders and bal­ance out your sil­hou­ette; wear match­ing or ton­ing opaques and the high­est heels you can walk in to cre­ate the il­lu­sion of height; add a state­ment neck­lace to take the eye off hips; tuck a big, en­ve­lope-style clutch un­der your arm — this is not just about styling; it will en­sure you keep your arms neatly at your side, which keeps your sil­hou­ette nar­row!

SAY YES TO THE DRESS

Who would have guessed that our in­fat­u­a­tion with a fab frock would last so long and be so hard to give up, es­pe­cially for a gen­er­a­tion weaned on “sep­a­rates”? But while the de­sign­ers are con­stantly try­ing to lure us back into skirts and trousers, Ts and jumpers, we are tena­ciously hang­ing on to our dresses.

For this spring, it is hard to pick out a sin­gle, strong shape, ex­cept to say that, af­ter sev­eral sea­sons of retro-in­flu­enced, sleeve­less and strappy frocks, the la­dy­like dress, par­tic­u­larly one with three-quar­ter or bracelet-length sleeves, is def­i­nitely hav­ing a moment, es­pe­cially in printed silk. Plain also works, just add con­trast colour via ac­ces­sories.

AC­CES­SORISE ALL AR­EAS

There are few key ac­ces­sories that will in­stantly in­ject spring/sum­mer 2013 edge into al­most ev­ery­thing: first, a big square or rec­tan­gu­lar clutch (Acne has one in white or sky­blue patent at £225) or a coloured tote (Michael Michael Kors has some of the best and most af­ford­able). High-heel or wedge an­kle boots add edgi­ness to pretty prints and pas­tels; wear them un­til May, then swap for white courts (Kurt Geiger, Mango), which are set to be the shoe du jour for sum­mer. A pair of cat­eye, or any 1950s-in­flu­enced sun­nies, are the fin­ish­ing touch. Some of the best are by Sher­iff & Cherry (leop­ard-print cat-eye, £85 at My­Wardrobe.com) and Ray-Ban, who have recre­ated their orig­i­nal Way­farer in pas­tels and white (£135).

M&S Au­to­graph leather pen­cil skirt £199.99

Jaeger jacket £250, Leop­ard trousers £150

Baroque printed shirt £79, Lily print pen­cil skirt £89 both Biba at House of Fraser

Leather biker jacket £350. Top: £110. Skirt £89. All Hobbs

Mint Vel­vet knit­ted biker £129

Jaeger trousers £150

Ray Ban Way­far­ers £140 my-wardrobe.com

Sleeved dress by Art on Fash­ion, £165

Stella McCart­ney jacket at match­es­fash­ion.com £1,070 Ganni biker jacket, £345 my-wardrobe.com

Print pen­cil skirt by Ver­sace at match­es­fash­ion.com £445

River Is­land Lily lemon jacket £70

Michael Michael Kors tote, £310 my-wardrobe.com

Acne clutch, my-wardrobe.com £210

Print plus plain: Sophia jacket £169, Tia top £59, Vic­to­ria trousers £139, Mila court £145. All Hobbs

Au­to­graph top £45, skirt £ 49.50, belt £9.50, bag £39.50, sun­glasses £15

House of Fraser Linea printed pe­plum dress £130 Linea clear box clutch £115

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