I’m delighted to introduce a new regular segment to Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond. Christine Blundell from My Private Stylist has joined with me to present a Seasonal Fashion post each quarter for Over 50 Women.
I do like to dress well, however, now that I don’t need the ‘corporate look’, it is easy to fall into a pattern of not modifying your wardrobe to your new Over 50 & Beyond lifestyle. I wear more casual clothes but still want to have some style. That is where my friend, Christine can help.
Each season, Christine will put together her ideas with some ‘looks’ and ‘styles’. Now I realise, that living in Australia, my seasons don’t always align with some of my readers. In fact, living in Queensland our winters are very mild. However, Christine’s tips are sure to be timeless and provide some inspiration for any time of year.
We are heading into Winter, in Australia, so Christine is sharing her secret to a great winter wardrobe. I do hope you will enjoy these quarterly posts. I’ve already found some inspiration with her colour choices and I hope you will take the time to join the conversation below with your ideas and thoughts. Don’t forget to connect with Christine through her website and social media for more fashion ideas.
Over 50 Fashion: The secret to a great winter wardrobe
Well down here in Tasmania, we had a top temperature of 10 degrees one day last week- DAYTIME that is! I sent a message to my daughter up on the Gold Coast and she responded by sending me a photo of their temperatures for the week 22-24 degrees! I wasn’t impressed! At least down here we get the definite change of seasons and the stunning colours of the autumn leaves. We also get to enjoy snuggling down with our heaters and cosy wraps and scarves. We won’t talk about foggy, icy mornings where we have to scrape it off our windscreen before we get into our freezing cars!
Australia is a vast land of many and varied climates and with this in mind I thought it might be worthwhile creating a wardrobe cluster for both the milder winters up north and our much colder ones in the southern states.
The secret of a great winter wardrobe
The secret of a great winter wardrobe in all temperatures is layering, with pieces that are easy to remove when inside and then pop back on when going back out into the elements.
Another thing to keep in mind is to make sure that each layer alone is flattering, eg don’t wear your old tatty t shirt under another layer, forgetting that you may at some stage during the day need to remove the top layers as you warm up.
It is a good idea when choosing the “ underneath “ layers to stick to basic colours so that they work in well with the colours you choose for the outer layers and other accessories such as wraps and scarves.
Remember it is best to have finer knits not bulky as bulk adds bulk to our frame which can be unflattering, particularly if you are like me and of short stature as we can appear even shorter but wider. Having said that, a bulky outer layer for example a coat is necessary and expected for warmth.
Milder Winter Cluster
The colours I have chosen for the milder winter cluster are in red and black. Red is a great colour to wear when the weather is a bit cool and drab as red is the most energetic colour in the spectrum. If you are cooler skin tone then choose the blue reds or if you fall into the warm skin tones look for the orange reds or brick reds.
While the northern winters are much milder, I am aware that the mornings and then the evenings can be a little chilly so with this in mind I have chosen a wrap to add to your cluster as they look very elegant and are easy to remove and roll up to put in your bag. I love the mix of both red and black in the boots and bag as it brings the overall look into balance and harmony. You can swap out the long sleeve tunic for a t shirt, with the wrap over for cooler mornings.
- Red cowl neck tunic: www.rotita.com
- Red and black bag : www.redwrappings.com.au
- Black jeans:Jag, the Bianca www.myer.com.au
- Wrap: www.motto.com.au
- Tella Red and black boots : www.styletread.com.au
Cooler Climate Cluster
The cluster for the cooler climate in the pink and greys, they are luscious together and is a look that is soft, nurturing and warm. It has a versatile two in one jacket that can be worn open fronted or buttoned high on the neck for warmth, with the addition of a scarf.
When it’s really, really cold then wrap yourself in the gorgeous, huge blanket wrap, which can also be put to very good use to snuggle into while watching T.V.. The one I have pictured is what I have ordered for myself and can’t wait to get it!
I just love the berry and blue colours in it, but is also available in grey tones and brown tones. I have chosen charcoal Ponte pants, but if you are someone who gets very cold in the legs, then investing in cosy, fleece lined leggings is a great option. The bag in the gorgeous metallic pinks and grey, along with the boots complete the harmony of the outfit.
- Two in one Jacket: www.groupon.com.au.
- Winter pink scarf: www.amazon.com.
- Charcoal Ponte Pant : www.countryroad.com.au
- Pink and grey bag : www.bluespinach.com.au
- Wrap: www.motto.com.au
- metallic boots: source unknown
Both clusters have basic colours of black and grey, which are great wardrobe staples to build upon.
Oh and don’t forget to add coordinating lipsticks! Makes us feel so much brighter when we look in the mirror!
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