LIZ JONES FASHION THERAPY
She says you should auction any crocodile bags on eBay and never wear top-to-toe luxury labels, but instead mix designer with lots of High Street.
Converse sneakers are great for the over-50s, rather than staggering around in platforms. A round-neck cashmere sweater is a must, too: it looks great for the evening with a pencil skirt, covering up your arms and decolletage.
But most important of all is to drop in the odd surprise. It is all very well adopting a uniform that suits, but this can become a little tired and boring.
Instead of always wearing a predictable crisp white shirt to work, try a bright fuchsia one instead. Ines is a big fan of floaty print scarves, too, which are a great way, even in summer, to cover a crepey neck.
- Buy the best trench coat you can afford and scrunch up the sleeves. Never belt it properly or add anything military.
- Always wear a bra.
- Wear pearls with a rock ’n’ roll T-shirt.
- Wear black with navy.
- Roll the sleeves of your cotton shirt over the sleeve of your sweater. Very Parisian!
- Wear a full skirt with a tight top; or a pillowy top with skinny trousers or a pencil skirt.
- Shop in the menswear departments, especially if you are not petite. M&S and H&M have great blazers, knitwear, white shirts and scarves.
- Never wear a necklace AND earrings.
- Matching bags and shoes after the age of 30 adds ten years.
- Backpacks and bumbags — no!
- Never wear jeans with trainers.
- Don't wear heels with a pencil skirt.
- Avoid anything nude, particularly if you are older as you will look washed out and even more invisible.
- AND LIZ'S DON'Ts: No vintage if you're over 50. It will age you.
- Don't feel you have to stick to only flats if you're short. Those with model figures look fine, the rest of us tend to look stumpy.