02 June 2009

Fashion 118: trend school

I am 47 and having a fashion crisis. I bought Uniqlo's purple stone-washed jeans recently. They fit brilliantly and suit my figure, but I'm not confident in them because I wonder if they are too young for me. I am going though the same crisis with short skirts – not micro-minis, but just above the knee. Is it still OK at 47? Jeangenie

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I could spin a whole fashion special around your question. The same issues plague the 40-somethings in the Grazia office. I think if something fits brilliantly and suits your figure, why not? The way to make a hot fashion trend work in your forties is to focus on one great element. The purple jeans sound fab and I suggest you go for a heel (for sophistication) and the simplest of tops rather than trying to do the colour block thing head to toe. Hem length is honestly as much about how you feel as how your body looks. Appropriateness is not the answer. It's an outdated concept in a world where women look and feel younger than ever.

Look 1
Dress, £250, Tory Burch (www.net-a-porter.com)
Cardigan, £139, Pure Collection (0844 848 1030)
Shoes, £460, Fendi (www.net-a-porter.com)

Look 2
Blouse, £130, Malene Birger (020 8969 4441)
Jeans, £24.99, Uniqlo (020 8247 9200)
Platform heels, £210, Scholl by Diego Dolcini (020 7608 9100)
Necklace, £195, Promise Sweden (www.promisesweden.com)

Look 3
T-shirt, £28, Dorothy Perkins (0845 121 4515)
Skirt, £250, JF and Son (www.ninaandalola.com)
Peep toe shoes, £75, Dune (020 7258 3605)
Necklace, £84.60, Barbara Easton (www.treasurebox.co.uk)
Clutch, £475, Anya Hindmarch (020 7730 0961)


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