‘Borrowed from The Boys’ is Emma’s prompt for this month’s ‘Style Not Age’ group. It is true that we have adopted many items of men’s clothing as our own, over the years. Trousers are the most obvious item, I suppose. POTTED HISTORY OF PANTS When you look back at women’s fashion through the centuries it
Faux Leather is the theme of my ‘Style Not Age’ group this month. I have some faux leather in my wardrobe, my most loved being my Spanx suit (below) which you have seen before. But for this month’s challenge I decided to bring out my much-loved faux leather biker-style jacket (below), bought a few years
Loungewear has obviously become much more popular since the pandemic. Why? Because we are spending more time in our houses. Many are working from home and so the more formal work dressing has gone by the wayside. CASUAL WEAR It is true that casual dressing had been creeping into the workplace anyway. It started with
Monday, 26 October 2020 by Hilda
GOTHIC ROMANCE Emma’s theme of Gothic Romance is perfect for Halloween Week. I am more of a Romantic than a Goth in my style but I did enjoy the challenge. It certainly pushed me out of my comfort zone. I chose a local graveyard for my backdrop, within my 5k radius in a really beautiful
We have had so few occasions to get dressed up in the last 6 months. My summer dresses were particularly neglected and I spent most of my time in more casual and leisure clothes. Social occasions were mainly outdoor barbecues. And with Irish weather being so unpredictable, I always went for trousers and layers and
This month, we are having a little fun and imagining what we would wear if we were invited to sit at the front row (FROW) at any of the designer shows at London Fashion Week. The pandemic has obviously changed how it will look and I believe 90% of London Fashion Week in September will
Monday, 27 July 2020 by Hilda
This month, I have asked my ‘Style Not Age’ friends to each choose their Signature Colour. This is their ‘go to’ colour, the colour that they are drawn to when they open their wardrobe or go into a shop. I head straight for red, orange and yellow (more mustard really) as I am obsessed with
This month, my friends and I in ‘Style Not Age’ are featuring anything and everything check. I love check and have featured many looks over the past few years. You may remember these trousers from Punt Roma, exclusive to Shaws Department Stores. They have got a lot of wear because they are so comfortable. The
Our Style Not Age ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ prompt for May comes from Emma (Style Splash) and gave us plenty of scope. If you have been following my blog for a while, you will know that I am addicted to animal print. The leopard, cheetah, tiger and even zebra prints are prominent in my wardrobe.
My friends from ‘Style Not Age’ and I are bringing you denim this month. We decided we need to bring you some normality. In Ireland, Graham and I have been in self-isolation for two weeks. We have seen our family from a distance. More restriction came in two days ago and now we can only
Monday, 24 February 2020 by Hilda
I chose ‘Flower Power’ as this month’s ‘Style Not Age’ challenge. WHY? Because the shops are full of floral patterns on tops, jackets, skirts and dresses. You could say that floral prints are having a moment. In truth, they have been back on trend for a few years now. But where did the term ‘Flower
My ‘Style Not Age’ group is tackling Jewel Brights this month, with the challenge being set by Anna. What are jewel tones? Jewel tone colours are rich gem colours like emerald green, sapphire blue, ruby red and amethyst purple. In fact, almost any coloured gemstone can be replicated with a comparable jewel tone. They are
My last post of the year features my ‘Style Not Age’ gang and Winter Opulence is December’s theme, chosen by Emma. I took my inspiration from ‘Dr Zhivago’. Mention winter opulence to me and I imagine being whisked away in a horse-drawn carriage or over the snow in a sleigh. So yes, I went all
This month, Style Not Age embraces the autumn floral trend. Autumn is my favourite season. I love everything about it: the cooler days, the changing colours of nature and the darker evenings all appeal to me. Of course, my recent colour analysis confirmed that the colours that suit me best are from the autumnal palette. MY
‘When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple With a red hat which doesn’t go and doesn’t suit me.’ Written by poet Jenny Joseph at the age of 29 in 1961, the poem ‘Warning’ went on to spawn ‘The Red Hat Society’, an organisation where women over 50 have fun and which now
Monday, 29 July 2019 by Hilda
Stealing someone else’s style is actually far more difficult than it sounds or looks. I chose this theme for this month’s ‘Style Not Age’ challenge because I thought it would be easy. Having dithered about whose style I was going to copy, I eventually settled on Julia Roberts’ ‘Race Look’ in the movie ‘Pretty Woman’.
‘Flaming June’ may be something of a misnomer as it is very likely that June 2019 might be our wettest June on record. I can tell you that the two most used items in my wardrobe this June are my raincoat and my umbrella. But I am ever the optimist and hope that there is
The word ‘recycled’ has become very fashionable again in today’s more environmentally conscious climate and Anna (Annasislandstyle) chose it as the theme for this month’s Style-Not-Age challenge. The idea is that we put together an outfit by borrowing or buying second-hand and shopping our own wardrobe. I used to be an avid second-hand shopper.
Wearing Pastels is our ‘Style not Age’ challenge this month and that is, indeed, a challenge for me, because regular readers know that I do not have many pastels in my wardrobe. However, I do like pastel colours when I think of decor and houses. I normally associate pastels with babies (think baby blue and
‘Nothing is so beautiful as Spring When weeds in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush’ You may be familiar with Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem which captures the vibrant fertility of the season perfectly. And if you are a gardener (unlike me), you are probably all too well aware of the weeds which are already
Mustard is one of those colours that you either love or hate and those friends whom I asked are mostly haters. As for me, I am not even sure why I chose it, as mustard is not a colour that I find particularly easy to wear. However, I do enjoy a challenge. Our last theme
‘Frill Seekers’ is the challenge for our ‘Style not Age’ group this month and I must admit that I found it a challenge. When it comes to frills, I am quite muted. Let’s face it, frills add bulk, so they can be difficult to wear. I tend to keep frills to a minimum in a
It’s a jungle out there! We have gone wild this month in ‘Style not Age’ and it is all about the animal print. Did you know that animal skins have long been associated with power? African Chiefs and Napoleon’s army (who trimmed their helmets and saddles with leopard) wore it to convey strength and bravery.
Wearing gingham is not square, I swear. In fact, if you do you are right on trend. This month’s challenge for our ‘Style Not Age’ group was my choice and because I was busy helping out with my daughter’s wedding, I decided on gingham and thought I was very witty with the title. Many of