14 July 2009

Fashion 118: New Me, New Look

I'll be 35 in a few weeks and, after spending most of my twenties overweight, I am finally fit, healthy and happy to be a size 10. I've treated myself to a pair of killer Yves Saint Laurent Tribute heels and want to get an outfit to show them - and me - off. Niamh

      

Congratulations! I know you're desperate to get your fashion mojo on, but resist any urge to revisit your lost decade. Go for style goddess, not catwalk slave. You've got the killer heels, so by all means get your legs out. Or go knee-length and show some cleavage. Or go bare-shouldered and nip in your waist. Just don't do all of these things at once. In your thirties, overstatement sucks the life out of your style power. 

1. Dress, £180, Pinko (020 3230 3030); bag, £149, Felix Rey at Fenwick (020 7629 9161); shoes (worn throughout), £610, Yves Saint Laurent (020 7493 1800).  

2. Dress, £385, Gryphon New York at Oxygen (020 7636 6001)

3. Jacket, £89.90, Zara (020 7534 9500); top, £15, Boden (0845 677 5000); shorts, £162, Suwha(www.suwha.com); necklace, £12, Freedom at Topshop (01277 844476); bag, £175, Coccinelle (020 7730 7657).


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