A Seventies Vibe: Fifty Plus Style

I was a teenager in the seventies, so that whole hippie chic vibe is still alive and kicking in me!  I’m delighted that the boho look is back in the shops, but I have to be careful not to wear the same stuff as I did back then.  So no denim pin-tucked waistcoat, no cheesecloth see through shirts, no off the shoulder peasant tops and no crazy flares.  However, that leaves plenty of scope for platforms, shaggy cardis, long skirts and fringed bags! Hurray!

This weekend I was at a wedding at Rowton Hall, Chester and wore this outfit to breakfast the following day. So, this explains the mad hairdo and tired looking face in case you’re wondering.  It’s a mainly M&S combo: jeans and tee from there, plus this lovely shaggy waistcoat which is comfy and gives a nod to the seventies.  My platform mules are from Mode a Pele last season: I’m having a bit of a mustard thing at the moment.   The bag is Jasper Conran at Debenhams which I bought in a charity shop.  My necklace is also last season M&S and a bit boho inspired.


Next on my wishlist is a fringed suede bag.  I’m looking!

Fifty Plus Style: Torremolinos

A few of the outfits and accessories I wore in Torremolinos last week:

Beach Shoes: Primark


These are fab and fun, if a little unstable!  Loved them for walking on the sand, but wouldn’t like to walk any distance in them.  They’ll be trashed by the end of the summer, but for now, they are a bit of flowerpower!

White Shift: Sainsbury’s


I bought this broderie anglais shift last season and it works well for sightseeing.  Cool but not too revealing and can be easily paired with a cardi.  The bag is from a charity shop.

Maxi: Phase Eight & Wrap: East


I love a maxi, but I don’t think they love me back.  I’ve paired it with a pink cotton wrap from East and the effect I think makes me look chubbier than I am.  It looks better without the wrap as the halter top balances my hourglass shape.  The gold platforms are from Marisota.  They are way too high and a pain to pack, but at 5ft 2 I need the height to get away with a maxi.

Amber Accessories


The silver earrings are real amber which I’ve owned for 20 odd years, the rest is junk.  Hairband: Primark; chunky necklace Torremolinos; strand necklace M&S; ring charity shop.

Silver Sandals: Office


These are my best buy this season.  Comfortable and go with everything plus I walked four miles or so in them one day.  When they wear out I’ll be getting another pair.

Maxi: M&S & Denim Jacket: Gap


I think I’m over this look now.  Not going to buy any more maxis.  Have to think of something else to wear with the jacket. As you can see it was a pretty windy evening, so the dress is not falling properly.

Khaki Trousers: Dorothy Perkins


I really like these for walking.  Light and comfortable and quite silky.  I was a bit cautious about the elasticated ankles as I’m so short.  Still thinking I may cut off the elastic and hem them. You could wear these for evening with heels.

Turquoise Jewellery


The short necklace is by Claudia Bradby.  The rest is junk bought in Spain.

I hope you enjoyed my holiday wardrobe.  What do you take on a Spring break?

Late Lunch? The New ‘Going Out’ Fifty Plus Style

Now, I don’t know about you, but now I’m into my fifties, late nights and drinking wine have lost their appeal somewhat.  However, I still like an occasion to dress up and have a good laugh with my friends. So let me introduce …..drumroll…. the late lunch.


I don’t know why I didn’t think of it earlier really, but for the last couple of years instead of going out early evening then waiting in a taxi queue in the freezing cold to get home late at night, we just go out in the afternoon!  The benefits are obvious.

  • You can wear something nice and not worry about dropping temperature.
  • Sometimes the sun actually shines and you can sit outside and people watch with a glass of rose in hand.
  • Mostly no need to book a restaurant as they are less busy in the day.
  • No VERY LOUD music.  Hearing’s not as good as it was so you don’t miss half of what’s going on
  • Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you can combine lunch with a spot of shopping!
  • You can put your PJs on and watch TV when you get home.
  • Lunch menus often have some really good deals.
  • Younger family members will come along (if you want them to) as it doesn’t impact on their social life.
  • No going to bed on a full tummy!

What’s not to love?


Am I Too Old For Glitter? Fifty Plus Style

If you read the ‘how to dress appropriately over 40’ style guides then I’m committing two cardinal sins here.


Number one is wearing a slogan tee.  Mine says ‘Tres Bon’.

Number two is wearing an item with glitter on it.

In fact, there’s a third rule I’ve broken.  I bought it in Sainsbury’s when shopping for washing powder.

So there we have it, a fashion failure!  The fact is, I love this tee.  It’s really soft and comfy and works for day or night.  It’s light and doesn’t crease so it packs really well.

At my age I’m told by the glossy mags that I should be ‘investment dressing’ ie buying cashmere pieces, and dresses from Jaeger, that will last more than one season.  I should be all navy and camel, definitely not pink and sparkly!  I should have a pared down wardrobe with a few carefully selected pieces to which I add ‘quality basics’ such as white tee shirts that cost forty quid a pop.

Hmmm.  Well firstly, I don’t have the cash for this type of wardrobe as I’d rather spend it on travelling.  Then of course, I have a charity shop habit that I couldn’t break even if I was on Karren Brady’s salary. Plus what’s the fun in having to walk past a bright pink hat with a big bobble on sale for £2.99 in M&S and not being able to snap it up?

So, in response to my rhetorical question: Who cares! I’m wearing it anyway!

PS Glossies.  Please don’t stop telling us how to dress! I love it!