I turned 40 in June this year, and I have to say, so far, I’d highly recommend it. There’s too much talk of age in relation to losing our looks, when really we should be focusing on how much we gain in confidence. As a very sweeping generalisation, I would summarise my previous decades like this:
Teenage years – full of uncertainty and insecurity, torn between wanting to become an adult and wanting to remain a child. Slouching.
20s – great fun, peppered with vivid memories of reckless acts and irresponsible behaviour; frankly, a relief to come out the other side in one piece.
30s – in stark contrast to my 20s, overwhelmingly taken up with babies and building works. Coincidentally, both these topics are all-consuming to live through, but mind-numbingly dull on reflection. Only my humble opinion – no offence intended to any doting new mums out there!
What prompted my thoughts on age was the feeling that this week’s outfit, in particular this herringbone coat, is a most grown-up affair. Perhaps not the sort of thing I would have worn in any previous decade, but absolutely the sort of thing that I can own as a responsible, mature 40 year old. Or at least, if I want to give the impression of being such a thing.
The sleeveless coat, like this one from L.K.Bennett, is a definite trend this autumn, and one which dispenses with any sleeves-too-short issues for the gangly-armed amongst us. As for the herringbone, a big trend in 2015, the fashion world’s love of all things patterned (tartan, houndstooth etc) continues unabated in A/W 2016. My top style tip for wearing a voluminous cover up would be to keep the underneath silhouette as slim as possible. In my case, a long-sleeved high neck body from ASOS and my hard-working and wonderfully long Donna Ida Ivy jeans (check out our Top 5 Tall Girl Skinnies).
Just to reign in the maturity a tad, I accessorised with a pair of suede studded ankle boots (similar here) and Stella McCartney’s Falabella bag, and left the house feeling like The Caped Crusader. Just a female version. With a handbag and a manicure.
I’ve got a feeling this is going to be a good decade.
NB The Falabella bags are now available at a 30% discount at Brandalley