Recently I find myself asking when did I become too old for fashion? During my twenties and maybe even early thirties I lived and breathed fashion. I liked all the up to date styles, I even went to fashion week in London.
Now however, I am past all of that. Instead I opt for comfort and practicality. Little short summer dresses and really short bum grazing shorts are not very practical chasing around after a two-year old. That’s not saying I don’t like those clothes, as I do. But they don’t fit in with my lifestyle as much, let alone school playground trips.
My love affair with fashion started in 1998, when Sex in The City hit the scenes. Carrie Bradshaw’s fashion was iconic. Right from the awesome Tutu dress in the opening scenes to, a cute floral dress with wicker bag – A style which has been recycled and has hit the high street yet again and a fab little pink shift dress.
Her fashion inspired many of my clothing and shoe choices for a couple of years.
As I moved around to different areas my fashion choices change, new fashions, new shops, they all had an impact.
Here are a few of my outfits from over the years, a few are inspired by Carrie Bradshaw. I still have a couple of items that I love in my wardrobe. Many are several years old and I cannot bring myself to get rid of them. After all I might wear them one day. The spotty skirt is a firm favourite of mine. It’s very flattering, a midi length and just lovely. The skirt on the right is another favourite as I love the colour. It’s a little on the short side and since I have reached forty and I have children to run after it isn’t practical.
It’s not just old clothes that I have hidden away in my wardrobe. I have some pretty fantastic shoes that I purchased years ago. Take a look at the Yellow shoes I love in the My 5 Favourite Things post. They are pretty special.
As I have got older, my fashion choices have changed yet again. I no longer follow fashion. I don’t feel the need to copy anyone else’s style. In fact I rather have my own style and not just merge into what shops, magazines and influencers say or dictate to what the current styles are. I am a fan of shorts in the summer. Dresses or skirts as a whole are a midi or knee length as I find those style’s more flattering. Shoes are flat unless it’s a night out which is rare. Having grown up in Cornwall I do like some of the casual styles that are Roxy are animal. Not your typical high street style.
I have always gravitated towards stripes, this has been the case for years. A timeless style. One which I am attempting to move away from. Likewise the whole ‘nautical’ style I have worn quite a lot. I am looking through my colourful wardrobe and recycling some outfits. This lovely dress is now a top! It’s very short and was a favourite several years ago. I love that I can still wear it but have made it more of a top style.
I have an array of bags in my wardrobe. Bags in all colours and styles. I love my Cambridge and Cath Kidston satchel’s and all the pretty bags. These days however, I opt for a colourful cross the body bag for practicality. It amazes me how much I can fit in there. Including all the children’s random things they give me they find on their travels.
So now that I am forty I think it is safe to say my clothing choices are more practical and comfortable than before. However, that doesn’t mean they are boring. It’s just the style and colours are my own. I wear what I want, wear my hair how I want and don’t worry what other people think. I am happy with this, I still enjoy shopping, who doesn’t? It’s just that I make my own choices and combinations and I think some of the high street shops style at present are not things that I would wear. Boob tubes and hot pants are a thing of the past as are skimpy very short little sun dresses. I don’t think everyone needs to see my mummy tummy or my knobbly knee’s!
I would love to hear what is your favourite style and shops you love to shop in.