Dress your best this autumn and winter

Posted on: 18 November 2016 by 50connect editorial

Winter does not mean months of oversized fleeces and baggy trousers, Charles Clinkard offer quick fixes to boost inner confidence through the colder months.

Women in the snow

Style has no age limit. You’ve probably spent the last few decades building a wardrobe of clothes you feel great in and there’s absolutely no reason for this to change as you get older. Perhaps you no longer feel comfortable in mini-skirts and skyscraper heels, but that doesn’t mean you’re doomed to a life of fleeces and floor-length florals.

If you’re worried that your sense of style is taking a hit as you grow older, don’t worry - here’s all the advice you’ll need to look and feel your best this autumn and winter - no shapeless trousers required.

Don’t be afraid of colour

Neutral colours are easy to wear, which means it isn’t difficult to fall into a rut of only wearing black, grey and the occasional dash of navy - especially in the colder months. However, the best way to inject some personality into your wardrobe is by adding different colours, so don’t be afraid to do so.

Jewel tones, such as deep purples and greens, always look luxurious and suit most skin tones. For a more in-depth idea of what colours suit you, try Looking Stylish’s online colour analysis. This will determine which colours suit you best, but don’t take the results as gospel. If you love a colour, wear it - the most important thing is that you feel great.

Ankle boots

Invest in some low-heeled ankle boots

Ankle boots are bang on trend for autumn/winter 2016 and they’re incredibly practical, too! They work great with jeans, as well as dresses and tights. Plus, they’ll keep your feet warm and dry when the weather takes a turn for the worst.

A pair in a neutral colour, such as black or brown, will work for most occasions. But, if you like to be more adventurous with your style, you could even opt for a patterned pair. Charles Clinkard has a huge collection of ankle boots that range from classic styles to those with more outlandish designs.

Be brave with patterns

Have fun with your outfits by adding some patterned pieces. Everything from simple stripes to bold florals can look great - you just need to know what to wear them with. For a fail-safe option, choose one statement piece and make sure the rest of your outfit is neutral. This way, you’ll still make an impression and there’s very little risk of putting a foot wrong.

However, if you’re more confident and feel like having fun with your outfit, why not mix patterns for a bigger impact? If you’re not entirely sure what designs look good together, The Fashion Spot’s guide to mixing patterns like a pro will teach you everything you need to know.

Take inspiration from fashion icons

In recent years, the internet has become a hub of fashion inspiration for women of all ages. Online you can find countless photos of mature women, such as Iris Apfel and Anna Dello Russo, who have attracted huge followings thanks to their unwavering confidence and whimsical wardrobes.

Take a look at Harper Bazaar’s list of stylish older women, which will point you in the direction of even more fashionable ladies who know how to dress beautifully. Try to replicate any elements of their outfits that you love and you can leave your house with the utmost confidence, knowing you’re dressed just like a fashion icon.

We know it’s easy to lose your sense of style as you grow older, but it isn’t necessary. Just follow these tips, experiment and, most importantly, have fun. That’s what fashion’s all about, anyway.

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