Overly sensible shoes are an instant ager. Although comfort takes priority as we get older, shoes with clumpy rubber shoes risk looking orthopaedic, and square toes are outdated. Heels always make outfits look more glamorous. But if its comfort youre after, opt for chic, flat ballet pumps.
Monochrome bow pumps, £69, 3-8, www.jonesbootmaker.com
Zig-zag pumps, £10, 3-8, George at www.asda.com
Contrast heel courts, £55, 3-8, www.marksandspencer.com
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There’s a fine line between looking classic and boring. Drab, washed-out neutrals worn top-to- toe can easily fall in to fuddy-duddy territory. Don’t be scared of colour; a splash of red, green, purple or blue will knock off the years, but if you’re not ready to ditch the neutral palette, try interesting textures or metallics, as a stylish alternative.
Contrast-trim cardigan, £39; round- neck T-shirt, £19; textured skirt, £59. All 6-22, www.boden.co.uk
Want to look years younger? Show a bit of skin. Collarbones, along with shoulders and wrists, are the slimmest parts of the body and weather well, so are worth showing off. Keep your collarbone exposed with elegant open necklines and accessorise with a bold statement necklace. Other great ways to reveal yet conceal is with boat necklines, cropped sleeves and sheer fabrics.
Boat-neck top, £27, 6/8-22/24, www.laredoute.co.uk
Baggy, shapeless clothes that hide your body will make you look wider and older, while clothes that are too tight look tacky. No matter what your size, softly tailored garments and gently-draped jersey dresses will give a youthful silhouette. Every woman has a part of their body they like most, so show it off, whether it’s your boobs, legs or arms. If you don’t have a waist, add a belt to your top or dress – cinch it a lot or a little, as long as you define it in some way.
Tailored trousers with belt, £35, 8-18, www.marksandspencer.com
A great outfit always starts with good foundations. Invest in some well-fitting pieces and you’ll instantly look slimmer and your clothes will fit you better. Whatever your size, no lingerie drawer should be without a pair of control pants to create a smooth, seam-free appearance. Visit a department store or lingerie shop to get properly fitted for a bra.
Bra, £35, 32A-38F; briefs, £30, s-xxl. Both www.scandale.com
Exercise clothes, such as trainers, jogging bottoms and oversized T-shirts, should only be worn in the gym. The key to a stylish dress-down look is layering. Long-sleeve T-shirts under cropped-sleeve knits, and laid-back dresses with simple plimsolls, offer a comfy weekend look that will knock off the years.
Stripe T-shirt, £24.95, 8-18, www.joules.com
Button cardigan, £39.95, 10/12- 20-22, www.landsend.co.uk
Metallic plimsolls, £79, 4-8, www.mintvelvet.co.uk
There’s nothing more ageing than mid-calf skirts, especially if worn with flats. The most flattering skirt length should sit just below your kneecap – the slimmest part of the leg – to hide knobbly knees.
Knee-length full skirt, £65, 8-18, J by Jasper Conran at www.debenhams.com
Knee-lengh crochet pencil skirt, £49, 8-18, J by Jasper Conran at www.debenhams.com
Loved by students, loathed by fashion editors, this ’80s staple lacks style and finesse. The only denim that should be in your wardrobe is a pair of well-fitting dark denim jeans. A bouclé jacket, on-trend trench or blazer make great cover-ups.
A simple jumper and jeans will look boring if you don’t add any finishing touches. Accessories, such as belts, scarves, costume jewellery and bags, can totally transform an outfit. Avoid matching accessories – it looks dated. Wear one bold piece of jewellery to give your outfit a youthful twist.
Bib necklace, £25, www.phase-eight.co.uk
Knowing your body shape is the key to successful dressing. There are five classic silhouettes pear (small bust, narrow shoulders with bigger hips, thighs or bum), inverted triangle (big bust with shoulders broader than your hips), rectangle (slender with few curves), apple (ample bust, rounded stomach and slimmer hips) and hourglass (ample bust, curvy hips and a defined, slimmer waist). Body shape is all about proportion and fashion is all about dressing those proportions to look their very best.