Sex Pistols tee Very coated black jeans

When an article entitled “The 40 things every woman should know about fashion over 40” was published by the Telegraph I sighed inwardly and thought “oh, here we go again”. Just where do fashion journalists get off on telling people over 40, or any age for that matter, what they should and shouldn’t be wearing? Nothing magical happens the day you turn 40, it’s just a continuation of life as it was when you were 39 the day before. Wrinkles and grey hairs don’t suddenly appear like a bolt from the blue, your zest for life and love of fashion don’t evaporate overnight, so why should we stop wearing certain things just because we’ve hit a milestone birthday?  Judging by the response the article received on social media it’s evident that many of us ladies over 40 feel that way.

For me growing older isn’t about losing something…it’s about gaining: in confidence, contentment and being liberated from the stifling pressure of caring too much what other people think about me.

For me growing older isn’t about losing something, or having to give up wearing specific items of clothing because someone who doesn’t know me thinks it’s no longer appropriate, it’s about gaining: in confidence, contentment and being liberated from the stifling pressure of caring too much what other people think about me. In my teens, 20s, and even my 30s, I cared more about fitting in and wearing whatever my peers were wearing than allowing my style and individuality to show through. Now I don’t want to fit in. Life would be very boring if we all looked the same. Sure I follow trends but I’ll either make them work for me or leave well alone. I’m not a sheep or a fashion victim.

Sex Pistols tee Asos studded clutch

The Telegraph article isn’t the first of its kind, so it’s hardly ground-breaking stuff, and I wouldn’t normally grace such journalistic tripe with a response, but the tone of writing was so patronising I felt compelled to have my say. Being told I need to “grade up” my shoes like a teacher might tell a pupil to pull their socks up really hit a nerve:  “More to the point a shoe is where you score your fashion points when you are past Sex Pistols T shirts and floral coronets (which you are)”- the cheek! Also out apparently is leopard print: “Tips over into blowsy any day now” as well as bows, foundation and knees…yes, I know, it’s utterly ridiculous. So I decided to flick a sartorial two-fingered salute to Shane Watson and all other journalists who try to tell us what not to wear by combining the double sin of a Sex Pistols T-shirt and leopard print shoes…I like to think of it as Uptown Punk. I’ve always had a rebellious streak, and being told I can’t or shouldn’t do something only makes me more determined to do it. So never mind the “rules”, here’s to wearing what the hell you want and not giving a damn. Go to it ladies!

Sex Pistols tshire Very coated black jeans

H&M black coachella cat sunglasses

Asos goldtone spike bracelet

Miss KG leopard print shoes

Sex Pistols tee black very coated skinny jeans

T-shirt: eBay, jeans: Very, shoes: Miss KG, clutch and bracelet: Asos, sunglasses: H&M, ring: Merle O’Grady.

 

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Leopard print coat

Whoever said "less is more" clearly didn't know what they were talking about! A statement dress, leopard print coat and some serious hardware on the accessories front is perhaps a combination you wouldn't rock up to the office in, but for a party…well that's a different matter.
I love this soft and furry coat and it was a real bargain find at Matalan a couple of years ago. If you're looking for something similar but don't want to break the bank before Christmas, Matalan currently have some gorgeous faux fur coats at around the £40 mark, including one very much like the one I'm wearing. The dress and accessories are also items I've had for a while. The Asos dress is very David Koma-esque with the gold embellishments. The studded leather clutch (also from Asos) and gold jewellery add the finishing touches. The spike ring by Merle O'Grady is one of my favourite pieces of jewellery, but I don't get to wear it very often as it does look like a lethal weapon!

Asos black and gold dress

Gold leaf cuff

Merleogradyring

I hope you had a lovely weekend, thanks for readng x

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Spikes and Studs, Bastyan black dress, Asos studded clutch, Tory Burch black studded strappy sandals

An unexpected and very welcome night out gave me an excuse to dress up mid week. It came courtesy of Madison of Madison’s Assortment who gave away five pairs of VIP tickets to the Nelly High Heels launch event in Nottingham. It was great fun as we got to pick our three favourite pairs from the shoes on display. In a few weeks Nelly will send us one of the three we selected. How exciting – a shoe lucky dip! I’m sure they will feature in a future post. Living up to the event’s name there were some very high heels on display, and a good smattering of spikes, studs and glitter.

Nelly shoes

Nelly shoes

As it was an evening devoted to shoes I had to pick a pair of statement sandals, and these studded Tory Burch beauties had been waiting patiently under the bed for an outing for far too long. The black Bastyan dress kept the look simple and provided the perfect backdrop for the hardware-embellished accessories. The Asos clutch is great because it holds so much. The fierce spike ring by Merle O’Grady just adds the finishing touch.

Spikes and Studs, Merle O'Grady spike ring

Do you like spikes and studs on accessories?  Let me know what you think in the comments!

 

 

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