Fair Isle prints, also known as Norwegian or Nordic knits, are my perennial Christmas staple with nostalgic value. The style can look super cute on the ski slopes or at home in front of the Christmas tree, provided you don’t overdo it. Style it with cool accessories to make it look modern, like skinny jeans, a girly locket necklace or a casual cross body bag.
I’m wearing a toned down Fair Isle patterned wool cardigan in muted grey and cream, paired with a cashmere dress, both from Max & Co. For a splash of festive colour, I added a Santa red mini Hermes-esque bag.
Red Mini Kelly bag from Picard. Bronze Ballerinas with chunky heel from Max & Co.
This year on Christmas eve, I will be in the air with Mr Romantique on our way to Australia for a warm Bondi Beach Holiday. It’s fair to say that I will have to swap my cosy Fair Isle sweater for a little sundress!
My favourite fairy tale, Haensel & Gretel, hidden in this ueber-cute gingerbread house locket from French costume jeweller Les Nereides. THE expert for everything cute, creative and fantasy filled!
The old cliche that leopard and animal prints are vulgar has been refuted by many style icons. Quite the opposite, leopard print is a timeless wardrobe staple, as referenced in my favourite style bible “Paris Street Style” by Isabelle Thomas and Frederique Veysset.
Low quality, worn out materials make leopard print look cheap, hence we like our favourite leopard pattern on cashmere jumpers, fake fur coats, trench coats, woolen or silk scarves, elegant loafers, pumps and bags.
Rebel: With my short animal print jacket from Maison & Scotch, I’m only wearing skinny jeans. At first I paired the jacket with boyfriend jeans but soon dismissed this ensemble as it made me look terrible. Short, boxy jackets only look good on me teamed with skinny jeans, other shapes just don’t work.
Romantique: If you are afraid or unsure of animal prints, try wearing animal accessorieses like a bag or scarf. Take a simple, black coat and a snake print bag and turn around your whole outfit! I only ever wear animal patterned jumpers with skirts to give it a girly twist.
My snake print bag is from Alberta Ferretti, leopard jumper and woolen skirt from Max & Co, gloves from Ugg, scallop collar from COS, ankle boots from Goertz.
London Wimbledon Street Style
Tartan, squares, plaids and checks are Rebel’s favourite trend of AW2013 from Celine to Moschino! I have also fallen for the graphic look. Rather than styling it grungy and edgy, I like my tartans to look playful and whimsical. Think preppy style, paired with a white blouses, Peter Pan collar and playful details like bows and empire-line shaped dresses.
My favourite shade of tartan is green as it’s classic but not as noticeable as red.
Above: I am wearing: Green tartan skirt sitting high on the waist with toggle closure from Moschino cheap and Chic. Glasses from
My style icon Lea Seydoux in a red tartan Prada AW2011 skirt. The black leather jacket and ankle boots ensure the look doesn’t look to Scottish Highland-y.
Zooey Deschannel in Saint Laurent’s tartan dress AW2013
Zooey Deschannel is one lucky girl because she gets to wear Saint Laurent’s red tartan dress with white peter pan collar, black bow and empire waist. I’ve been dreaming of buying this dress but my purse reminds me I can’t !
If you are dreaming of the above Saint Laurent dress like me, consider this cute red tartan dress courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld! Get a Peter Pan mock collar and a velevet black bow and you’re good to go!
Pointy kitten heels from Logan. Tshirt, skirt, blazer from Moschino Cheap and Chic, sunglasses from Chloe.
Our mom is 62 years old and has always been an aesthete with a passion for beautiful tailored and crafted fashion. Hitting her twilight years doesn’t mean she has to wear dowdy clothes and hide herself. Throughout the years, her body inevitably changed. She now has a figure that many middle aged and older women share:
· Fat stored around the waist
· Skinny legs as the body loses muscles as we age
· Heavy chested
Being old doesn’t mean to stop caring about the way you look. You can still feel fabulous, you just have to tweak your wardrobe to emphasize your positive body parts. It’s also important to not lose sight over your personal preference.
Mummy romantique and Rebel put together her top 10 Do’s and Don’ts of fashion for women over 50! Share your thoughts with us and let us know if you have a fashion secret you’d like to share with us!
- DON’T: Avoid pattern on shirts and jumpers. They only emphasize a big chest. No florals, dots, animal print. Go with moncoloured tops.
- DO: Flaunt what you got and emphasize your slim legs in skinny jeans and printed trousers in rich fabrics like brocade. Cocktails pants are bang on trend right now and a great way to look chic and stylish.
- DON’T: Short Blazer’s and boxy jackets only show off a muffin tops and a tummy.
- DO: Wear longer, men-cut blazer with a walking slit. Try oversized overcoats in boyfriend style, egg shape or dropped shoulders with kimono sleeves. Longer cardigans will flatter a fuller figure.
- DON’T: You don’t need to draw attention to your bigger midriff with tight waist belts. It’s best to avoid them like the plague.
- DO: Wear scarves to cover your neck, one of the weaknesses in older age. There are some great statement scarves, made from luscious materials you can snuggle in for winter.
- DON’T: Unless your name is Iris Apfel, stay away from oversized statement jewellrey and too much bling bling. You’re not a Christmas Tree.
- DO: Invest in classic, pop coloured bags and shoes. Bold colours can look to over the top when you’re older. Try Oxfords lace-ups in ruby red and royal blue handbags to spice up your wardrobe without making it look too carnivalistic.
Floral trousers from Riani. Sunglasses from Dior. White sandals from Prada.
Grey oversized coat with dropped shoulders and kimono sleeves from Max & Co. Powder Pink Oxford Lace-ups from Jil Sander.
Stick to classic, eternally flattering shapes like shift dresses and pencil skirts. Navy dress from Gant. Shoes from Pretty Ballerina.
A monochrome look, styled in two ways. Are you Romantique or Rebel?
Trends come and go, black and white will always stay. It’s the most classic and uncomplicated combination of colours. Style it romantic like Romantique or cool and minimalistic like Rebel.
Romantique: Black and white can look severe and quite grown up. I wanted to give the monochrome look a playful note by adding a bow jumper and vichy checked trousers, paired with easy to wear moccasins.
Romantique is wearing: Bow Cashmere jumper from Antoni & Alison. Gingham woolen trousers from Max & Co AW2013. Moccasins from AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni. Woven patent bag from Falorni. Wayfarer sunglasses from Ray Ban.
Rebel: My Black and White Outfit looks clean and minimalistic. To break up the strictness of the look, I added stripey socks and open sandals to give it a fun notion while still keeping the style simple.
Rebel is wearing: Jeans by J Brand. Turtleneck sweater by Stefanel, white blazer by H&M (from the men’s department), stripey grey socks by Falke, sunglasses by Anna Sui.
Black jacket by Closed.
Romantique: White ballerina bracelet by Les Nereides.
Rebel: Striped Falke socks and TK Maxx sandals
It’s getting cooler in London town, a good excuse to wrap up in snuggly knits and cute accessoires. My grey pleated knit skirt from Stefanel is my all-time trusted basic that I love pairing with nougat coloured ankle boots, topped off with a missoni-esque wool beret.
To avoid looking like a public schoool girl, I combined the skirt with a short military style wool jacket from Closed. For those of you who don’t know this brand: Closed is a German fashion brand from Hamburg. They do modern and well made jeans and other apparel. Closed invented the stone wash procedure in the 80s and as a result dominated the denim market for a long time.
I am wearing:
Short wool pea coat: Closed
Pleated knitted skirt: Stefanel
Ankle Boots: Goertz
Midnight Blue tights: Falke
Wool beret: Dent at TK Maxx
Woven Handbag: Falorni made in Italy at TK Maxx
Pink Ballerina Earrings: Les Nereides
London Street Style: In South Kensington having picked up my favourite cake (raspberry cheesecake brownie) from the Hummingbirds Bakery!
I’m a summer girl but become weak when shopping for winter accessoires: Grey gloves with little hearts from Moschino, wool beret from Dent, pink bow with gold studs from Alice Temperley. All from TK Maxx
Checkmate coats, jackets, shirts or pants are everywhere you look this season, from grunge-tastic, tartans, to gingham checks – I absolutely love them! Going along with the nineties revival and in particular grunge style, I am definitely feeling a checked shirt and checked jacket could be on the fashion cards. I’m thinking bold check style, most likely an oversized option, layered over skinnies, with just a hint of Nirvana.
California grunge, was the inspiration for Hedi Slimane’s second women’s collection fall 2013 for Saint Laurent, the biggest shock for all fashion journalists! Creative director Hedi Slimane sent a valentine to the women of ‘90s indie rock, most especially Courtney Love – sparkly dresses, combat boots, plaid flannels, moody florals, dark eye make-up, oversized sweaters, and undone hair were all present on the runway, making Saint Laurent the grunge princess’ new favorite go-to brand. This grunge trend is not limited to the Saint Laurent catwalk; we’re seeing heavy nods to the nineties everywhere.
On me: Jacket by Cerruti, Skinny jeans by Blessed & Cursed, shirt and heels from TK Maxx, Glasses by Stella McCartney
Statement checkered coats are hot this autumn. Stella McCartney’s AW2013 checked coats have been seen up and down the catwalks and fashion blogosphere. The trend is a great excuse for another battle of the fashion sisters.
Who wore it better? The checked wool overcoat in gorgeous autumnal colours and three-quarter-length kimono sleeves from Max & Co. I loved the coat colours, , the detailed sleeves and the half belt in the back (but there are only so many coats a girl can have) ! Rebel felt right at home in this beautiful piece too. The colours complemented her type perfectly, not to mention the nougat coloured penny loafers.
I’m wearing Stefanel jeans and Rouge Bunny rouge ballet flats with the checked coat.
I can’t remember a season when we had such an abundance of bold patterned and beautifully crafted coats in such a variety of shapes.
Stella McCartney’s checked coat aw2013
Prada black and pink checked coat AW2013
Looking effortless takes a lot of effort? Sometimes but not, today. The white blazer – this is just one of my easiest looks to wear. Take a breton shirt, a classic denim pants and bright shoes.
My look is almost all by H&M – Blazer, Shirt, Shoes by H&M but the denim by J Brand and Sunglasses by Lanvin.