90s fashion trends you’ll remember from the first time round

Ughhhhhh…..90s fashion trends! The thing is with the 1990s, they were not exactly our finest fashion decade. Yes somehow those god awful 90s fashion trends that you swore you would never been seen in in your adulthood have made a comeback and are around every damn corner.

Need proof of this ghastly fashion regression? I recently walked into Urban Outfitters in Oxford Street and felt like I had entered a bad trip into the realm of 1990s fashion which my grungy 90s self probably would have been in her element, but my 40-something-year-old-self wanted to vomit all over. Probably showing my age here style wise, but here are 90s fashion trends you’ll remember from the first time round that you will probably be wanting to run away from fast this time round.

Wideleg trousers and trainers

You can thank quintessially 90s girl group All Saints for this one. In fact you can probably attribute quite a few of these 90s fashion trends and style shockers to them! Whether they be fetching combat trousers or wide leg jeans, all you need to finish off this 1990s turned TikTok Y2K look is some similarly bad taste platform trainers. Throw in some streakly highlights and and a choker and you’ve nailed it!

Checked shirts

“I wanted to be a lumberjack! Leaping from tree to tree”. Hopefully you will be old enough to know the reference here which is a Monty Python classic. That is unless you’re feeling the return of the check and plaid shirt ’90s grunge vibe a la Kurt Cobain. Pair with some ripped denim and baggy tee and away you go….

Oversized blazers

Probably one of the few 90s fashions trends us 80s babies can actually get on board with without wanting to spew, the oversized dad blazer is just the kind of roomy thread which is suprisingly easy to style and can even be worn with sweats or a loungesuit…a much better rendition than the pant suit of my 90s but just don’t expect me to wear it over a boob tube!

90s fashion trends

Tie dye anything

You can blame the Friends come back from this one (unless Bez from the The Happy Mondays has inadvertedly become a style icon???!). But somewhere along the way rainbow tie dye became cool again. Just don’t try making your own at home. Because I did and it wasn’t pretty!

Bucket hats

God knows why anyone would like to look like Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men a second time round but there you have it. Especially ridiculous when furry. Pass us the sick bucket (hat).

Bum bags

Strangely alluring due to their practicality, and also very useful for storing dog treats while out walking with your mid-life crisis puppy. Can we also talk about the fact that some people actually call them a fanny pack? Wayyyyy too literal for our liking. And as for wearing them over your shoulder FFS?

90s fashion trends

Claw clips and scrunchies

Anything to save a bad hair day. Really anything? I am still yet to be convincced that a scrunchy or claw clip might save a bad hair day….more perhaps add to it. Just ask Paula Abdul.

Cropped anything

If you can name it, you can crop it – cropped cardigans, jeans, tops, hoodies, jackets. Just a shame our middrifts are not the same as those of our 90s too!

Sheer…oh dear!

Remember when you used to save up your money to buy yet another sheer top from Morgan or Kookai? Well, let’s face it, these days we are no Madonna and for me it’s definitely more oh dear than sheer!

Which of these 90s fashion trends that have made a come back would you most definitely not be seen dead in? For some proper style over 40 inspiration why not check out our latest Instagram reel here?

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Spring dresses 101: How to style a dress for Spring

It’s time to transition your Winter wardrobe for Spring, and at this time of year it’s all about Spring dresses. But when you’ve been living in jumpers for what seems an eternity, how on earth are you suddenly supposed to just magically step out in Spring dresses when the concept couldn’t be any more alien? Here, our resident stylist Katie Moore of stylepathldn shares her top tips for rocking those spring dresses.

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Firstly congratulations we made it through the long dark days of winter and now the smell of freshly cut grass and daffodils are upon us! Dust of those sunnies and commence……spring style is NOW. 

When it comes to styling a dress for spring, the possibilities are endless!

Layer to beat the chill

You can never go wrong with a piece of knit layered over the top, a sweatshirt for that more casual look or a lightweight jacket/blazer to smarten things up.  When the weather is warmer I recommend you invest in a short sleeve cardigan or a Broderie Jacket to keep the chill off. 

spring dresses
Pink floral address, H&M

If the shoe fits

As for shoes….. if it’s too cold for sandals or mules, a box-fresh pair of trainers will create an effortlessly casual feel. Ankle boots will give you a comfortable day to evening look or killer platform sandals are great for both comfort and style.

spring dresses
Hot pink maxi dress, The Style Attic

Accessories make everything better

Try and accessorise as much as you can to create different looks. A bright waist belt can really emphasis a colour statement or a more toned down option can pitch in that waistline to turn spring dress into a sexy evening look.

Whatever the look get the dress first, make sure it fits in with all your wardrobe staples, it hugs you perfectly and has multiple end uses. A spring dress isn’t just for spring. Buy right and you’ll be wearing it come rain or shine.

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Black and cream dress, Zara

Are you ready to start wearing Spring dresses? Let us know what your favourite look above is and stay tuned to our Instagram community here for more fashion over 40 style tips.

Cover picture: Red floral dress, Hush sample sale

The denim trends you need to know for 2022

Ditch the leggings! Shove that loungewear to the back of your cupboard! Denim is back with a vengence for 2022 so pay attention people. Here, our favourite stylist Katie Moore of stylepathldn is here to tell us all about the denim trends you need to know.

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We’ve been stuck in this skinny bubble for so long and finally it’s burst! All of a sudden there are shapes and lengths that we thought were unthinkable, the choice is super exciting, but do you need a little help deciphering the new denim trends and narrowing down your options?

Jeans are the ultimate wardrobe staple, they will support you in whatever scenario, although shapes and sizes can vary massively from brand to brand so it’s really important (and annoying for some) to go and try them on. I guarantee you will buy what suits you rather than your initial intention. Here are the denim trends you need to know for 2022:

Mom Jean

Retro-style and derived from the 80s/90s. Ultra high-waisted and loose fitting around the thighs and legs which then taper in at the ankle. Structured but relaxed and effortlessly cool.

Straight Leg

A straight leg is definitely your new staple. They should be fitted at the waist but have a slightly looser fit through the thigh and run off straight from the knee. Subtle enough for them to be dressed up or down. I prefer them on the ankle for a more modern vibe.

Wide Leg Jeans

Very flattering for all shapes. I prefer on the waist, not too high. A wide leg is slightly smarter and in black can look smart like trousers. I prefer worn with boots or heels as I like the silhouette it creates.

Mom Jean: Elle High Waist Straight Leg Jeans from Reiss now £40, Straight Leg: Kate Boyfriend Jeans from G-STAR RAW now £52.50, Wide Leg: High Waist Wide Leg Jean from Mango now £17.99

The Flare – Cropped or Full-length

The width of the flare will vary but it’s important to have a bit of drama to pull off this look. A low-slung cropped flare will give you a more relaxed look or super high waisted and maximum length will create a more…”I mean business” look.

Exposed Fly Jean

A great way to make a fashion statement with a subtle detail, a more casual look which can create a more authentic style. I’ve seen more brands offering this type of construction and although not an uber trend it’s definitely a new detail that people are grabbing hold of.

New Skinny 

Okay okay enough of the skinny bashing, the new skinny is surfacing as I know most of us will not part from our BFF. Find a great fabric with a slight stretch, high waisted (no muffin tops here) and most importantly not too tight, the fabric should cover you but not stretch over your body so the seams are bursting.. voila!

Our obsession with denim doesn’t just stop at jeans. As a nation we will grab onto anything that denim is made in! Dungarees, dresses, skirts and shorts are all good alternatives if you don’t want to squeeze into a pair of jeans. Denim is such a cult and the professionals in the fashion industry have worked incredibly hard to reduce waste, so don’t take your denims for granted guys, buy wisely and cherish your denim pieces. 

Flare: Bootcut and Flare D-Akemi Jeans from Diesel now £122,Exposed Fly: Button Front Flared Jeans from Oasis now £47.20, New Skinny: The Skinny B(air) Jeans, Duchess from 7 For All Mankind at John Lewis £136

Which of the above denim trends for 2022 are tempting you? Personally we’re looking forward to mixing up our denim wearing a lot more this year. How about you? And don’t forget to follow us over on Instagram here where we’ll be showing you how to wear all these different denim trends.

What to wear in January when you are sick of your wardrobe

Hands up who is completely bored of the content of their wardrobes and has no idea what to wear in January now all the sparkle and glitter of the festive season is far behind us? I always struggle so much knowing what to wear in January. The weather is miserable, we’re all suffering with winter blues, and seriously lacking any motivation or inspiration. We’re supposed to be feeling all brand new but feeling as grey as an old badger.

So friends, if you like me are also staring into your wardrobe in the mornings feeling as miserable as a bandicoot then it’s time for a shake up! Here, Katie Moore stylist at stylepathldn shares helps us cut through the drudgery and shares with us what to wear in January when you are sick of the contents of your wardrobe.

Wardrobe detox

First up, Katie advises we get brutal with a wardrobe detox. It’s as simple as doing the below:

1) Clear out and make sure you know exactly what you have

2) Try things on! Especially anything you aren’t sure on

3) Be ruthless! 

Once you’ve done that, then it’s time to….

Build your capsule wardrobe

Forget having a thousand things you never wear jamming up your wardrobe. It’s time to streamline. No clue? Fret not. Here Moore breaks down exactly what you need:

1) New jeans

Are you still squeezing into your old skinny’s? Try some new shapes… wide leg and kick flares are definitely shapes for SS22! 

2) Quilted waistcoats

These go over anything and looks very chic. Too hot, too cold… waistcoats can solve all your temperature problems. 

3) Colour

Do you need some colour in your world? If you know what colours suit you then great! If not, try having a colour consultation. 

4) Chunky boots

Get out of your trainers and stomp the streets!! Chunky boots can be styled with anything, dresses, jeans or skirts… easy chic winning! 

What to wear in January
70’s Button Patch Pocket Flare Jean, Warehouse, now £29, Chunky Sole Leather Chelsea Boots, & Other Stories, now £75, JDY quilted longline gilet, ASOS, £30

5) Buy a new frock

I believe in elegance and beautiful silhouettes, buying the right dress can make you feel a million dollars. Invest in a shape that suits you.   

6) Leather trousers

As we become increasingly re-accustomed to jam-packed social calendars, we’re gravitating towards multipurpose pieces that have day-to-night wearability. Leather trousers are the perfect do-it-all.

7) Modern knitted dress 

They are everywhere and rightly so, is there anything more appreciated and appropriate for January? Opt for an oversized chunky knit for extreme comfort or a fine gauge body clinger for an evening look. Perfect. 

8) Bags of envy

My top tip is to invest in a bag, save up and then splurge. There is a big trend towards vegan friendly bags and the demand for sustainability within the industry. 

What to wear in January
Leather-effect Straight Trousers, Mango, £35.99, Recycled Crossbody Circle Handbag in Lizard Print, La Redoute, now £19.50, Cosy Cable Crew Neck Knitted Dress Brown, Monsoon now £49

So time to shake off the blah and get back into the swing with a little bit of style. Personally we are all over the idea of leather trousers and knitted dresses. How about you? Stay tuned for more style inspiration over on our Instagram community here.

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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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How to keep cool and still look awesome

We wait all year for summer here in the UK. We spend 10 months complaining about the rain, the drizzle, the wind and the freezing cold. We talk incessantly about summer plans, hopes and dreams of picnicking by the riverside . Then, from depths of hell itself, an unspeakable heat descends upon us so unexpectedly. Taken by complete surprise, our un-pedicured tootsies shudder as they are thrust into the trusty Havaianas once more and we fret about how to keep cool.

What’s happened to the spring season I remember so fondly in the 80s? One day we are wrapped up in our down and duck parkas, the next, frantically searching for the denim cut offs we panic made last summer.

It’s too hot!

The general moaning begins within 24 hours of summer’s unexpected arrival. And I admit to it myself because there are times when it’s just too damn hot. I used to LOVE the heat. I would slather myself in tanning oil and roast from dawn to dusk in a bid to achieve the ultimate tan. These days I’m more concerned with melanoma and happily shade when I can and cover the rest of me in factor 40. I’m dreading the thought of hot flashes in the summer. During lockdown we invested in Dyson cool tower fan. Although it was insanely expensive, it’s worth every single penny even if we only use it for 3 days a year!

What’s a girl to do?

How to keep cool

I keep the ice packs from the Gousto box. They are fantastic for when you need a quick cool me down. I put them on my head, back and tummy, quick wipe down with an antibac and back into the freezer. I keep mini ice packs to hand for the wrists and back of knees. If I’m desperate I simply run my wrists under cold water for a moment to regain my composure.

As I’ve gotten older, I really struggle with what to wear in the summer. Varicose veins now plague my once perfect pins so short shorts are simply not an option. I prefer to cover my arms a little due to the 18 year old me that wanted that tattoo that time. I still like it because it’s a part of my history but there are times I wonder what the f*ck I was thinking. If there’s a secret to keeping the bingo wings at bay in the humidity without risking a faint stench of b/o do let me know.

What to wear

Meet style consultant, Penny Bennett. The first time I met Penny, my jaw dropped. She was not only beautiful but she was wearing the most fabulous ensemble. She was destined for the fashion world and it comes as no surprise to see her thriving in her empire.

Penny has trained Personal Shoppers from the High Street’s top clothing brands and regularly teaches Personal Styling at the London College of Fashion. She has also been reviewed by Grazia magazine, and been interviewed by the Telegraph, FT and featured on Talk Radio. 

Penny’s philosophy

I talked to Penny about summer recommendations. Here’s what she had to offer:

‘As an Aussie in London, I take to high-summer dressing like a duck to water but I know so many of my clients struggle when temperatures sky rocket. Here are 5 things you can do to look and stay cool.’

1. Elevate your basic T-shirts with the right jewellery. Asymmetry is interesting for the eye and I love the architectural earrings from COS. 

2. Get playful with colour. Summer is a great time to go brighter and lighter shades will keep you cool.

3. The right shoe can do all the hard work in levelling up your dressing so you feel pulled together when wearing your relaxed summer basics.  

4. Swot up on your fabrics. Some textures may feel like cotton but are actually synthetics like polyester that don’t allow your body to breathe (read: make you sweat… a lot). Massimo Dutti has a great range of linen shirts. Just remember to go oversized and roll up the sleeves. 

5. Add a sleeveless jacket to your favourite cotton maxi dress and suddenly you feel work appropriate without working up a sweat. I just bought this one from H&M

We hope these tips help you get through the next few months. As if we ever need an excuse to online shop!

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