Comfort and Colour: Embracing My Wardrobe

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As I feel myself hurtling into midlife, I am slowly coming to realise that my wardrobe should reflect the current stage of life, and evolve to reflect not only personality but comfort and practicality.

I have never considered myself to be a fashionista or have a particularly well-kept, up to date wardrobe of clothes for all seasons. I remember watching Clueless and being rather jealous of Cher’s digital wardrobe (anyone relate?). At the time of the film though (1995) I was very into my denim and totally embraced the double denim made popular by many, including B*Witched a few years later. In fact for the majority of my early life and teenage years if I wasn’t in shorts I was wearing denim. Jeans, dungarees, even a blouse hung in my wardrobe at one stage. Now though, I favour elasticated waist trousers, jumpsuits and maxi dresses.

Sitting aside clothes that provide comfort are bold dashes of colour. There is next to no black in my wardrobe. When I was chaperoning a theatre event recently I made a special purchase of a black maxi dress because my newly bright and somewhat flamboyant clothes definitely would not have blended into the darkness of the stage wings.

In black for chaperoning
Finding some black for chaperoning

This love of wardrobe colour takes me back to the hues of the 60s and 70s. As a teenager, far from some of the more gothic choices, I loved trying on my Mum’s vintage pieces adorned with large floral prints. Her tunic dresses were sometimes a little short on me but paired well with my trusty jeans. I think I had a slight hankering after a revival of the 60s, those boxy dresses always looked great. Sadly, with wide hips and a smaller waist (at that time anyway!) they weren’t especially flattering on my figure.

It wasn’t until I turned 40 that a friend commented I suited 1950s style fashion well. With nipped in waistlines they may not quite sit well with my primordial pouch or perimenopausal bloat, but I have always loved a belt. Looking back over my favoured smart casual work attire when I had an office job, the idea of bringing a pop of colour always came in the form of a belt. Even when wearing my mother’s vintage clothes I loved her belts for bringing some definition.

Using a belt in my wardrobe choices
Adding a belt to my outfit when I was invited to Tavola recently

1950s fashion stands out for me for another reason, too. Post-war rationing was coming to an end and, as such, more fabric could be ordered and used in dress making. This led to layers which allowed those beautiful A-line swing skirts to take shape. I know, having studied history, that all was not well in the world at that time, but somehow popular staples for a wardrobe became optimistic. A sign of returning to colour, volume and some level of stability. That style of dress lends itself to the idea of hope, and what a positive thought that brings to fashion and individual expressionism.

What is your favourite period of fashion and do you prefer an individual style or do you follow any wardrobe ‘rules’? Get involved by letting me know in the comments below!

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2 Comments on “Comfort and Colour: Embracing My Wardrobe”

  1. Great post- I think that I’ve reached an age where i just want to dress for myself and I don’t really care about being on trend or anything like that. It’s pretty liberating actually 🙂

    1. I agree. Comfort is huge to me at the moment so a priority when choosing clothes. I find shopping around is key because what I want isn’t always ‘current’ on the high street.

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