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Wednesday 4 September 2019

Creating Your Signature Style - and Link Up

Blogger Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton on the personal touches that make our style our own:  featuring her favourite, the Peter Pan collar
What's your signature style?  You may be perplexed by the question, because according to the Is This Mutton? fashion and beauty survey, many of you are confident enough to flirt with different  styles depending on your mood.  You can switch easily from boho to classic with a twist or trendy. But even if you like to stick to one style, you're no doubt making it your own with a few of your signature special touches.

Above is one of my favourite styles, the Peter Pan collar.  Now I'd forgotten how much I love these until I saw a picture of Fearne Cotton wearing a similar number. A few years ago Peter Pan collars were very fashionable and I had several. Now, I have hardly any. I shot myself in the foot by giving everything to charity shops. I couldn't find too many online either, but I did manage to grab the top above in La Redoute's sale.

I particularly love Peter Pan collar outfits in black and white. It's a classic combination that never goes out of style.

From now on I will have a permanent "Peter Pan collar" search on eBay to alert me to any pre-loved dresses or blouses.

Layered Pearls

Another wardrobe staple of mine is layered pearls.  I used to layer up three necklaces of chunky pearls which is an easy way to make a monochrome outfit look dramatic. This year I bought a couple of new longer chains featuring "fresh water" pearls  (simulated of course) which were a more contemporary way to wear pearls.  Every season I buy a couple of new necklaces from Mango or Topshop - a fast and cheap way to update your outfits.Your jewellery style may be layered bracelets or dramatic rings.  Whatever it is, own it!

I remember the first serious management course I did, which was just for women and at Cranfield business school as it was then. One of the trainers was a strikingly elegant and attractive woman called Sandy Cotter, whose signature style was diamond tennis bracelets stacked on her wrists;  a loose draped cream blouse and tailored black trousers. This was the late 1980s and she was a couple of decades older than me, but I never forgot how stylish she looked. And those bracelets were probably genuine diamonds, not diamante, because she was a successful career woman.

In the photo below from 2017 I'm showing several of my signature moves - pearls (on the jumper too), a metallic belt and an eye catching clutch.
Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton, the style blog for the over-50s, showing her signature style touches of plenty of pearls, black and a metallic bet

Shoes and Boots

We may get fat, we may get thin, but by and large our shoe size will remain the same all our lives, and buying footwear will always be a pleasure, although having said that, strange things happen to our feet as we get older and it becomes more difficult to wear high heels. Check out my article here on feet.

But even if high heels are off the agenda, there are still plenty of funky flats and kinder kitten or block heels. Show your style from the ground up.

I've shown you before my collection of quirky Poetic Licence shoes.
Colourful embellished and beribboned shoes by Poetic Licence from the collection of blogger Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton
I've spent the summer in Stan Smith trainers - I've just added a black pair to the white - and I've got several pairs of flat shoes like my green velvet embellished shoes from Next and my lilac brogues from The-Bias-Cut.com

Winter is joyous for those of us who love boots.  I adore ankle boots:  pointed toe, round toe, metallic, cowboy - you name it. I find metallic boots, gold or silver, are perfect neutrals and go with everything.  Cowboy boots or Doc Martens add a bit of edge to a conservative shift dress or print skirt.r

Fancy Belts

I also love belts, although I'm very particular about what style. I like wide waist-cincher type belts which are ideal for those with an hour glass or rectangle shape. Buy the elasticated type if you want to create a waist which was previously hidden. Quality leather belts in gold and silver are great all-rounders (see above) and buying a belt in one of the latest colours, as dictated by Pantone, or prints (think snakeskin or zebra skin) will add pizzazz to an old outfit.

Ladies With Signature Styles

TV presenter Fearne Cotton, who I mentioned earlier, has been rocking a favourite look of mine, cropped trousers in bright or pastel colours with funky shoes and a cool print shirt.
Fearne Cotton, presenter of Interior Design Masters
Dame Judi Dench always looks elegant and smart in her flowing tunics and artfully draped scarves. Not to mention her wonderfully flattering and chic pixie hair cut.
Dame Judi Dench. Image: Brit Week
A fabulous 58 years old, TV personality Carol Vorderman is never afraid to showcase her fabulous curves in body con dressing. Her derriere is the result of 20,000 squats a year, plus she tries to fit in a long walk every day.
Carol Vorderman in black leggings, black boots and orange jumper. Image: GC Images
Meanwhile retail guru Mary Portas always impresses with her geometric and distinctive jewellery, her sharp red bob and her fluid tailoring.
Mary Portas. Image: Telegraph
What are your signature touches?  Do tell in the Comments.

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  1. My basic style is a collection of small, neat, mainly black pieces, updated with new trends and worn differently to suit fashion or occasion. I change the look with jewellery and accessories. Love athleisure for everyday wear and Converse trainers.

  2. I'd say my style is layering. Um, does that count? Btw I have gold sandals from M&S just like yours. Good old M&S ;)


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