Get silver screen style without breaking the bank

by Bonnie

When we look back at the silver screen goddesses of old, it's clear to see why many of them remain icons to this day.



When we look back at the silver screen goddesses of old, it's clear to see why many of them remain icons to this day.

It's not because they slavishly followed every fashion of their day, but rather developed their own style which suited their body shape and personality – hence why a LBD today can remind us of Audrey Hepburn, or a Grecian gown brings to mind images of Elizabeth Taylor.

But having a personal style is not just the domain of A-listers who enjoy designers tripping over their feet to dress them. According to fashion journalist Felicity Green, who as an over-60 has spent a great deal of her career observing the latest trends at fashion shows around the world, older women should follow fashion "but from a very respectable distance".

"Look at everything available, but learn to cherry pick from the bewildering choices now offered," she stresses.

This may involve choosing a style 'mentor' whose personality and way of dressing you would like to emulate and picking clothes that are simple, timeless and elegant rather than copying the crazier elements of fashion.

Ms Green recommends keeping a scrapbook of images of women whose overall attire you admire and add to it whenever you feel inspired by something you notice on the street, in a shop window or in the newspaper.

"Watch out for consistency – shape, hem length, skirts vs trousers, colour combinations, strong silhouettes – cut out pictures, identify personalities, but please don't ever buy anything in a hurry – the clues are there, and if you spend a little time on this exercise you should soon be able to identify your own style image," she adds.

This does not mean that us over-60s should shun catwalk creations altogether – instead, we should be "amused (but not tempted) by the emphasis on youth" and think creatively about ways to interpret new trends into our style without throwing away our money on flash-in-a-pan fashion.

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