Fashion trials and tribulations of a woman over 40.
Monday, 20 September 2010
In typical fashion manner where seasons are determined a year in advance, on a balmy September week, we are presented with THE supposed trend for boots this winter: shearling lining. My source on that bit of news is How To Spend It, the FT's weekend aspirational magazine. Its name is so well-chosen, so crude in its assessment of what should still make us dream despite the credit crunch and the collapse of the economy - a world of excess, redolent of bored men and women desperate to spend their way into happiness, that it has to be admired. With prices hovering around the £600 mark, those trendy boots need to be taken with a pinch of salt and require translation into affordable versions!
I must confess that I like Rupert Sanderson's leather and shearling bootie (£765):
New Look's high street version don't have quite the same look or quality but might do the trick and actually be wearable in the snow.
Browse through their collection on the web for affordable interpretations of the same ideas:
Ignored by fashion designers, invisible in the fashion press, generally mute on her actual age for fear of rejection, the woman over 45 needs to develop a split-personality in her fashion life. She is presented with clothes cut for prepubescent girls, shown on the catwalk by skeletal amazons and on magazines pages by teenagers. Through extraordinary mental gymnastics, she needs to imagine how those clothes and styles would hang and feel on her, a woman over 40 who looks nothing like the women for whom the clothes were designed nor the women who model them. Caught between two equally unattractive fates - fading into greyness or the ridicule of "mutton dressed as lamb", she needs to skillfully navigate the treacherous fashion waters.
Help is at hand! This guide intends to look at the fashion world through the eyes of a 40+ woman to explore the issues of ageing, sift through designers' collections, retailers and magazines, and highlight what works and doesn't work for women over 40 and make fashion ours again!