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How has your style bravery changed as you've got older?

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Boltonlass1972 Thu 20-Feb-14 10:29:41

I have never really been that into high fashion or stuff that's 'bang on trend', but in my 30s and 40s I'm feeling much more comfortable in my own style, more willing to try something new, wear purple tights with a turquoise dress with a quirky pair of boots Etc, whereas in my 20s I was more conformist but never really 'in fashion' . Now if I'm in fashion, it's by accident and I'm now putting outfits together that I like, knowing they are not trendy, but I like them. (Mind you, I've started buying a couple of animal print things..I think I need to stop before I turn into Bet Lynch! blush

50ShadesOfMaybe Thu 20-Feb-14 11:54:28

I wear what the feck I like! In my twenties I would feign not caring what others thought but really I worried about it a lot. In my forties I genuinely don't care what other's think. Especially my mother grin.

Would rather be adventurous and occasionally tip over into ridiculous, than be boring!

So Yay! to purple tights - and there's nothing wrong with a bit of animal print!

laregina Thu 20-Feb-14 12:00:13

Definitely. In my twenties I had no confidence in my looks, despite being slim. I remember actually worrying about people thinking my legs looked too long and thin, so I would wear baggy and usually long clothes to disguise them confused.

Whereas now I am actually proud of my shape and don't give a monkeys what other people think - so I genuinely wear clothes I like.

muser31 Thu 20-Feb-14 12:35:02

same here. i was slim but too self conscious in my twenties to wear anything that showed off my figure. now i have the self confidence but nowhere to go...

Boltonlass1972 Thu 20-Feb-14 13:18:54

Yes I'm also much more body confident too. In my 20s my work outfits were more frumpy/safe/boring (I'm a teacher) whereas now I'm more likely to wear a fitted dress with heels. Yay to being in my 40s!

FrugalFashionista Thu 20-Feb-14 13:42:13

I was a bit lost in my mid-20s and 30s but have now refound in my 40s what I loved as a young adult but wearing it in a way that feels more 'me'.
I think I'm much more comfortable with who I am. I love my body and know much better now how to make the most of it.

HelloBoys Thu 20-Feb-14 13:46:04

I've embraced what's ME rather than what's in fashion.

Also certain colours (red or red and white) really make me zing and also blues (light/sky/nautical navy etc). I tend now to bypass stuff that is too on trend or not me. Strangely enough I suit natural faux fur - so wearing that more.

I'm also more confident about brighter colours and nicer styles/fabrics. eg read Cos rather than Vila/Oliver Bonas - I prefer quality over cheapness.

Snowdown Thu 20-Feb-14 14:22:26

I dressed in an edgy, alternative way in my teens and 20s, I had a lot of fun with clothes and didn't take them too seriously but lost my way in my 30s and dressed like a frump...now in my 40s I'm back to being edgy and brave - I embrace colour, I know what my strengths are and what suits my figure but I don't play it safe, I dress better now than I ever have.

ListenToTheLady Thu 20-Feb-14 15:21:56

Yes, not that I was ever limited by fashion, but I worried about what I should be wearing and what was appropriate. I remember when I was 20-something agonising over some sandals that I loved, but were men's sandals and I just couldn't work out if it was "OK" to wear them. confused (Like who would have cared anyway???)

Now I'm mid-40s and I just get more and more into clothes, and especially colour, as I get older. I love ebay because I can have a lovely spree without spending much (or having to find time to go shopping) and try out new ideas and brands. I have phases of getting really into a particular look, vibe or colour palette. I love it - the only thing holding me back is that with work and young DC I rarely get to actually go shopping, or have time to sew which I love doing.

I am aware that if I carry on in this direction I may end up dressing like Anna Dello Russo by the time I'm 75. On the plus side I won't care!

scarlet76 Thu 20-Feb-14 15:38:34

In my late teens and 20s, I wanted to dress like my friends and fit in. This was regardless of whether or not the trend suited me.
Now in my late 30s, I'm much more comfortable in my own skin. I'm very petite and have learnt what works for me and what doesn't. I wear a lot of classic items but mix it up a little with more quirky items. I can honestly say I no longer care what others think of how I dress.

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