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STYLE 121: “I’m 37. At the moment I am dressing like my mum. I need a wardrobe boost!”

Posted on: May 28, 2012

QUESTION: I’m really keen to give my wardrobe a boost. I’ve got a one-year-old baby and have got my figure back, but in the morning on my way to work, I invariably reach for: flat pumps, black trousers, long-sleeved white t-shirt and a cardigan. I’m really bored and look boring! How can I get dressed without fuss but looking a bit more special? I’m 37 and don’t want to dress like a teenager. But at the moment, I’m just dressing like my mum. Please help!

NATALIE ANSWERS: Hello and thank you for contacting us. Congratulations on your one year old – you must have your hands full! Don’t worry we’ll get you looking like a young (which you are) stylish mum with a couple of careful wardrobe solutions.

1. Whistles jersey dress £95 
The best wardrobe solution is a fabulous versatile dress. This jersey piece from Whistles will take you from work-to-weekend. A wrap v-neck will flatter your bust and a soft tulip skirt balances out your proportions. Cinch in your already defined waist with a skinny belt. Whistles has some great pieces that take classic shapes and gives them a modern twist. It’s easier and much more chic to run out of the house and throw on a dress, great flats and a cardigan. You could style this piece with your cardi and skinny belt too.

2. Zara tailored blazer £69.99 
Every wardrobe needs a great tailored blazer. This sharply tailored black single breasted piece from Zara would look great over your dress, with your black trousres and with a pair of jeans. It has a very subtle shoulder detail which gives it a cool modern touch. (pic above)

3. French Connection silk blouse £79: Add a burst of colour to your look with this silk blouse. Style it with a pair of fabulous straight leg jeans for the weekend or your trousers for work. For an evening look I have given you this black v-neck long Zara blouse. Pair it with your skinny belt to show off your defined waist.

3. Carvela snakeksin flats, £29.95: There are flats and then there are flats. Animal print is a timeless classic and this soft snakeskin print is a chic addition to your wardrobe. These (very small) kitten heel slingbacks are very Stella McCartney and complement your height.

4. Zara leather jacket £149.99: Think of adding a stylish casual jacket to your wardrobe. A leather biker jacket will give a bit of edge to any look and is great for the weekends for day and night over a little black dress or a fab jersey dress. A denim jacket would do the trick too and so would one of the myriad of gorgeous boucle jackets that the high street has gone crazy for at the moment.

It’s also a good idea to freshen up your denim wardrobe. The best way to do this is with a pair of straight leg jeans. (They work perfectly with flats and boots too). I hope that this has given you some fashion inspiration.  NATALIE x

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