16 January 2014

Kate Moss' Birthday: How To Turn 40, Supermodel Style

You once drank caipirinhas, wore marabou jackets, slept four in a bed after a good party and holidayed in Ibiza. Now, you still drink caipirinhas and wear marabou jackets, you’re planning on getting an ear cuff and will happily strip off for a Playboy shoot. Phew! Welcome to being 40 – Mossy style...

1. YOUR FRIENDS ARE...

Going through a shake-up. Kate pre-40 was just as likely to hang out with Ronnie as Tyrone Wood, Kelly Osbourne or Fergie (the royal, not the Black Eyed Pea). Ageism goes out the window post-40 for anyone who was not already easy mixing up the generations. From here on, you are immune to the cool status of people and only interested in whether they are good company/ easy-going/have the same interpretation of ‘lust for life’ as you do. Often this means a brutal edit and some quality time with your trustiest old friends.

2. YOUR HAIR IS...

Longish, messyish, obviously dyed – the opposite of K- Midd hair. Post-40, the challenge is to have the same hair, only glossy and volumised because, frankly, you need the extra help. This means blow-dries and radical highlights. What you shouldn’t do is the all-over golden helmet (ageing), or obvious roots (now more grubby than charmingly de?shabille?, particularly if there’s any grey coming through).

3. YOUR PERFECT PARTY IS...

You used to start the evening at 9.30; now you want it to get going by 8.30, so you can leave by midnight, and you find yourself loitering by the kitchen so you can grab the canape?s first. Similarly, you are now the person huddling outside smoking, pretending you don’t smoke. Otherwise, not much changes. If anything, you are even more enthusiastic on the dance floor, roaring the lyrics to Blurred Lines and having a go at twerking, and if something comes on from ‘your era’, well, God help us.

4. YOU WEAR...

Pretty much what you always wore, only now you’re ramping up the glamour. You’re adding fur or luxe-y sparkle to your get-ups and paying a professional to work on your hair (hi, blow-dry bar!). This is the decade you start to appreciate real jewellery, tire of man-made fabrics and have less of a thing for black. You feel the need to inject extra edge into your look, like an ear cuff or studded biker boots.

5. THIS YEAR YOU’LL BE HOLIDAYING WITH...

Friends, mostly. A lot of them may have kids, and whether you do or not, you still join them at villas in Spain, Ibiza (still got it!) or their houses in Cornwall. However, you remain partial to single-girl holidays, during which you plan to do yoga and detox, but instead sit up all night gossiping and taking pictures of each other attempting to limbo dance. Or twerk. Again.

6. YOUR HOUSE IS...

Some say you know you’ve turned 40 when you walk into a clothes shop and what you really want to buy is the rug in the changing room. Here comes the decade of lamps, paint charts and believing you will only be happy when you have a reclaimed oak floor in your bathroom. (Next up: gardening.)


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