Style yourself confident with these Autumn fashion tips

Despite the fact that you have probably worn only an eighth of your summer wardrobe this year, it’s already time to make the big switch over to your Autumn threads. As the season changes, it can often leave us in a state of flux as to what to wear. That’s why we’re sharing these easy Autumn fashion tips to help make a subtle transition that will leave you looking stylish with minimal fuss.

Blend heritage and quirkiness

The top ten colours for the season include shades of blue, yellow, orange, green, red, pink and brown, with shades ranging from an uplifting orange to a delicate pink and even a grassy green, with a mix that is playful yet practical, according to global trend forecasting and colour consultancy, Pantone.

So how does this Autumn fashion palette manifest itself into something for us real life, 40 somethings?

Sarah Heron, Personal Colour & Style Coach & Director at True Colours with Sarah Heron recommends ditsy floral prints which make the transition from summer to autumn easy. Simply add brown boots and a denim or biker jacket and you’re good to go. A fringed bag also adds a modern twist. Try adding a quilted jacket to a midi skirt for a new season twist with pumps or peep toe boots until cold tootsies demand a full on ankle boot. Meanwhile, a longline sweater in zebra print or a colour block topa are your perfect sidekicks for for cooler days.

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Make a statement with cut outs, faux fur and upcycled bags

Cut outs are big news this Autumn, according to Shazia Saleem, founder of Pop London fun, which champions of fun, sustainable, feminine fashion and original designer quality clothing and accessories. But if the idea of the cold shoulder or an exposed flank (in Autumn – HOW???!) leaves you inwardly shuddering then there is an elegant solution to work this trend – the keyhole! A keyhole top is a fantastic Autumn fashion staple that you can wear for both casual and elegant occasions. It is pretty, easy to style with skirts, trousers, and jeans and isn’t too drafty for our climate either.

Similarly, faux fur is going to be everywhere this Autumn. Think artificial fur that is cosier and furier than fur itself. To be bang on trend, exaggerated faux fur looks are the way to go. Although leopard is in yet again this year, dalmatian print makes a great alternative if you’re keen to switch things up.

Upcycled bags are also having a moment. Look out for bags which play tribute to the circular economy making your accessory of choice a more sustainable option. Think designs that are practical and fun, using recycled materials and make-do-and-mend methods. Pop London’s Shimla upcycled bags (below) tick all the boxes with one-off styles made using antique and vintage embroideries and upcycled leather.

Get the look with:

  • Dalmatian faux fur coat, £110
  • Organic cotton polo neck with keyhole and belt detail, £59 also available in black, light gold and green
  • Harris Tweed XXL bag in houndstooth, £250

all from Pop London

Sequins for going Out Out and stepping into a Fantasy World

For those who are looking to dress up to the max, Natasha Edge, Personal Stylist at Appearance and Attitude is here to introduce you to the Out Out trend. Think sequined, glittery, flared, shimmery, skin-bearing belters that make you go “Can I really wear that?” before you remember you can wear whatever you damn well like.

Below are some examples of how to wear sequins both day and night – because sparkle isn’t just for the evening. Plus did you know that wearing sequins or sparkle near your face makes you look younger – the light reflects onto your skin and brightens your complexion! So it’s a win win.

Meanwhile, Natasha reports that fashion designers are hot under the Regency-era collar. We can blame Bridgerton for a few of the sexier Autumn fashion trends that dominated the autumn catwalks, namely very sheer gowns embroidered with sequins, bows, and satin roses. Here are a few high street versions that are easy to wear and style.

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Strong Suits and shirt dressing

With so many of us returning to the office soon having spent over a year hunched over our laptops at the kitchen table, it’s no surprise that suiting dominated the autumn/winter 2021 catwalks. Natasha advises that it’s all about flared shapes and bold colours, with both jackets and trousers exploiting a more relaxed silhouette. Got your eye on a zesty lemon yellow blazer? Get the trews too, and even consider a bag and shoes to match.

Moving onto shirts, this season’s take on shirt dressing is all about layering. So how to rock this Autumn fashion look? Natasha recommends getting your favourite crisp white shirt and simply wear it beneath a dress. It’s that simple. Whether your dress is strapless, v-neck, round-neck, or a tight bustier-style worn around the waist, the layered collar will add a chic, formal dimension to an otherwise more relaxed silhouette.

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Channel your inner American

According to fashion expert Carolyn Rubido, another key look for this Autumn is the classic Americana style. Think the Ralph Lauren old money fashion look with lots of brown leather, forest greens, classic neutral tones, burnt reds, navy blues and off whites. Your inspiration here for this Autumn fashion look? Pine trees and woodlands, a fireplace in a chateau (we wish!), horses and hound dogs. Must haves to nail this aestehtic include cowboy boots, a brown leather jacket and some dad jeans!

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Which of these Autumn fashion looks do you think you’ll try this season? Do share in a comment below and follow us on Instagram where we love to talk all things fashion over 40 here.

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Style over 40: Time to re-discover the joy of dressing up

So here we are….we made it to freedom day (whatever the heck that even means!). Now faced with a prospect of a so-coined summer of fun (that is if we don’t get pinged and have to isolate like half of the country), mingling with more people and going to more places, that actually means that we have to start looking presentable again! But if you have been spending most days in a onesie (as I have) and feel your brow beading with sweat at the idea of having to look stylish again, then fear not people! We have rounded up the best in advice on how to ease yourself back into dressing up again as we all run (or stagger) into the sunshine and embrace whatever version your summer of fun looks like.

Read on for tips on reiscovering the joy of dressing up from Style Coach Janine Coney at Own Your Style; Jacynth Bassett, founder of age-inclusive online fashion boutique The Bias Cut and ‘ageism fighting trailblazer’ Jacynth Bassett; and Donna McCulloch, Stylist to the stars and Fashion Editor at Style Nest.

First up: reconnect with your wardrobe

Start by reconnecting with your wardrobe after all it should feel like your own personal boutique – when you open the doors it should have clothes that you love to wear, suit your style, your lifestyle, that fit you and make you feel great. Take some time going through it, pull out the pieces you love, say goodbye, and put aside to give away, sell or recycle the pieces that you no longer love.  After all this is the perfect time to hit the reset button and curate a wardrobe that really works for you!

Have a play

Play with items already in your own wardrobe, pull out a top and find three different ways to style it.  Pull on a pair of jeans and think of three ways you can add your own signature style to your look with what you wear through colour, accessories or even layering!

Seek out Pinspiration

Start a Pinterest board and use it as inspiration for your dressing up reboot – head into your wardrobe and see if you can recreate any of the looks you love. It’s incredible how many pieces that go unworn in a wardrobe.  Women wear 20% of their wardrobes – that’s 80% sat there waiting for you to rediscover it.

Janine Coney, Founder & Style Director at Own Your Style and the joys of reconnecting with your wardrobe

Go neutral

Neutrals should make up about 60% of your wardrobe and neutrals remain a key trend for summer going through to Autumn and winter too – investing in neutrals is always a good choice and look for quality over quantity as neutral pieces have the longevity we should all desire in our wardrobes in our 40s and beyond

Say it with a statement dress

We all need that go-to feel good piece in our wardrobe that we can rely on for dressing up in. But rather than the classic LBD, opt for a beautiful statement dress, or chic jumpsuit that you can effortlessly slip on, and instantly feel great in.

dressing up
Delicious Mess Ecru Dress by POM Amsterdam, Scotch & Soda Raspberry Red V Neck Sweatshirt, Scotch & Soda Princess Dark Denim Jumpsuit all sold on The Bias Cut

Colours and prints are your friends

Don’t be afraid of colour or print when dressing up – wearing something that’s bright and joyful will boost your mood and your confidence will shine through 

Balance things out with….trainers!

Pair a more dressy item such as a printed dress or jumpsuit with a pair of trainers. It will help ground the look – so you don’t go immediately from 0 to 100 on the glamour scale – and adds a cool, effortless vibe. 

Or opt for a statement shoe

A statement (but comfortable) shoe is a very easy way to elevate a look. 

Accessorise baby!

Never underestimate the power of accessories; belts, bags & jewellery can take a look from zero to hero. Here are some recommendations to get you started:

Jump to it with a jumpsuit

If the thought of dressing up still scares you then ease yourself out of loungewear with a jumpsuit, they don’t feel too dressy and can be styled up or down. Add heels or trainers depending on your mood. 

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Greta Limited Edition Mink Leather Cross Body Bag from Kerkit, Lucky charms on a gold-plated chain from My-Wishbone, Pink Roses Ladies Pink Champagne Stretch Belt from Ellie & Bea

Remember, dressing up again doesn’t have to feel hairy scary again with the latest restrictions easing. But with just a few tweaks and unearthing the right items from the back of our wardrobes, we can start to look and feel awesome again. What will your go-to piece for going out be?

Do leave a comment and connect with us on Instagram here where we love to chat all things being in your 40s.

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Oh knickers! Make way for the return of the big girl pants

Remember when you had a stash of big girl pants solely for the purpose of keeping your brick of a sanitary towel firmly in place? Back in your third decade, you didn’t mind a piece of cloth being hoinked up your bum crack in the name of vanity. Well move over Tarzan, because that was before you hit your 4th decade, when your hip bones and bum decided to go through a growth spurt which meant that the idea of wearing a thong as knickers – read: a piece of dental floss – as a piece of underwear suddenly seemed not only completely and hideously uncomfortable but also completely ludicrous.

Out with the G-rope

You wonder how you could even have done that to your poor arse crack in the first place. Perhaps – in time – it will forgive and forget…..

I remember before I hit 40, my mum – bless her – would come with offerings of big girl pants from M&S and I would literally laugh her out of the room. These knickers seemed so big I could literally drown my entire existence in them. I smiled politely and stashed them away for when Aunty Flo came to visit.

But oh how times have changed! I never thought this would happen, but big girl knickers are no longer something to be shunned and stuck at the back of your knicker draw. In fact, since I hit my 40s I literally can’t live a day without them. I would go so far as to say I feverishly seek them out among the cacophony of snapper wrappers fouling my underwear drawer from my younger years.

Comfort over g-sting

The bottom line is this: All I want in life are some comfy and supportive knickers to hold my ever-growing hips and buttocks in. The thought of them flailing around without any scaffolding so to speak, is literally as appealing as a dead skunk. In fact, the more scaffolding, the better I say!

I never thought this would be the case, but perhaps aided by lockdown and months spent languishing at home – comfort is the new cool. Give me a pair of Brazilian knickers or some cheeky boy shorts and I’m yours any day.

I couldn’t give two hoots about the original joy of nobody seeing your panty line….because who is going to see it anyway? And what are they going to do even if they do? And as for whoever said that hip cleavage was sexy….well maybe they are looking at things from a different angle from me!

Bye bye bum floss

I haven’t quite managed to get rid of my stash of old G-strings, but am getting increasingly ready to burn them any day soon along with their disgusting moisture-trap of a walking risk of infection (why has it taken me 40 years to even realise that anyway?!).

Besides, they are so impractical for those times when you didn’t quite manage to wipe yourself properly. Those heinous skid marks are another reason why I can very well do without my supply of poop hammocks.

Viva la big girls pants!

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