What To Wear To A Relaxed Business Meeting | Fashion Over 50

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Well, after the last few weeks of emotional upheaval, things seem to be finally settling down. We’re still in Ramsgate temporarily living on our boat, but our family member is on the mend and there is hope that we will be able to toddle off back to Wales within the next week or so. As much as I love the boat, it will be a joy to be able to sleep in my own bed and cook on an actual full-size stove.

A massive thank you if you contacted me with words of support. It’s wonderful to get so many good wishes coming my way, and I will definitely answer each and every one of you!

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What to wear to a relaxed business meeting.

I must admit that living out of a suitcase with no laundry facilities (unless you count the marina offering which takes an age and costs a fortune) has been a bit of a challenge. There are only so many times I can throw one of three scarves around my neck and pat myself on the back for creating a whole ‘new look’ out of a pair of black trousers and top.

Luckily for me, and my overworked wardrobe, I have had a few collaborations lately which have lifted my spirits and my look no end. Take this jacquard knit coatigan from East, for instance, it’s exceptionally cosy and I’m loving the geometric pattern. I think it adds a lot of interest to a pair of simple black trousers and a flare sleeved jumper (on sale for £6, all sizes available as of post-publication).

Wearing a ‘uniform’ of plain trousers and top/jumper is a trick I use regularly, especially during the colder months. Although I am self-employed, I still have to attend meetings and portray a sense of approachable professionalism. I find my ‘uniform’ oh so very easy to dress up with accessories. It also makes packing a doddle – I only have to concentrate on the accessories which make knowing what to wear to a relaxed business meeting a breeze.

I also add the odd seasonal piece which is on trend, which (I hope) lifts my ‘uniform’ from being too dull. Autumn/Winter has seen interesting sleeves take centre stage, and this looks set to continue well into SS17. By choosing a jumper with slightly flared sleeves rather than a straightforward roll neck, I’m attempting to give a nod to a trend that seems to be everywhere.

Not that I’m claiming to have my finger firmly on the pulse of fashion, or will I ever be a slave to it. Yet being part of the Over 40 Collective has opened my mind to a whole new way of dressing, and I’m having a blast trying new looks and pushing my own fashion limits.

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Yet despite my new found flirtation with fashion, I feel it’s important not to get too caught up with what everyone else is wearing. Style is a personal thing, and actually enjoying wearing whatever the hell you like is far more important than fitting in with the ‘it crowd’.

You only have to scroll through Instagram to be bombarded by a plethora of cookie cutter looks, and if that’s something that appeals – go for it! However, I do wonder how many of those perfectly turned out ladies are wearing what they love or wearing what they are told to love.

I firmly believe that the sameness that has seeped into social media is one of the reasons mature bloggers are becoming more popular and beginning to gain traction with brands. We wear clothes that please us, we style them in a unique way, we won’t dress ‘on trend’ simply to fit in with the masses and the women we appeal to actually have more disposable income than most of their younger counterparts.

It’s certainly an exciting time to be a mature blogger, I can almost feel the tide beginning to turn. About time I say! Is it me, or is anyone else getting sick to the back teeth of brands using twenty-somethings to showcase pieces that have OBVIOUSLY been manufactured with mature women in mind?

Maybe it’s time that certain brands grasped the fact that mature women want to see what their offering looks like styled by, or worn by, other mature women – rant over!

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What do you think? Do you find younger bloggers wearing mature clothing annoying? Does it not bother you? And what tips do you have for business wear?

Cheerio

10 Comments

  1. February 20, 2017 / 4:31 pm

    First of all Michelle – I’m LOVING the wide leg trousers and brogues… you know how I’m a sucker for that combo!! The whole outfit is just right for a relaxed meeting, professional but fun with your own style firmly injected into it. Says the fellow pattern-mixer 😉

    I am so glad things have calmed down a little for you and I hope it continues that way. I know how stressed you’ve been and the last thing you need is more turmoil. I have my fingers crossed for you that things will improve – karma will take care of the rest…!

    Finally – YES YES YES to being annoyed that brands aimed at older women use 20-year-old models. It’s forever annoyed me, just as I’m sure teenagers would freak out if midlife women were used to model Missguided or Boohoo, it’s just such a contradiction! Things are getting better but very, very slowly. I’m just glad to be part of this collective with you to shout it from the rooftops that it’s not all bad being older… In fact it’s pretty bloody fabulous!!!!!!!!

    Great post my lovely 🙂

    Catherine x

    • February 24, 2017 / 12:05 pm

      You know, I’ve been a massive fan of skinny legged jeans and trouser for quite a while and it was quite a big deal for me to go down the wide legged path – but I’m loving them!

      Things certainly seem to be settling down now and I’ve got everything crossed that it continues that way.

      I do think the tide is very slowly turning when it comes to brands using more mature bloggers/models. I’m so sick of seeing young bloggers who would NEVER purchase the outfit they’re wearing. Their readers obviously aren’t going to purchase either so why on earth brands do it I’ll never know!

      Michelle xx

  2. February 20, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    I think business wear, or office wear, is mostly awfull here in the Netherlands. Most of the times it does not reflect anyones personality at all. I mean, you can dress for business and still create your own style.

    • February 24, 2017 / 12:11 pm

      I was in London a few weeks ago, right in the middle of the square mile. I was leaving just as the workers were arriving and I couldn’t get over how alike they all looked. All wearing black, no personality in the clothes, no style.
      Business wear shouldn’t mean losing your own style, surely?!
      Michelle xx

  3. Joanna
    February 21, 2017 / 8:19 am

    Hi, Michelle. I love your hair here: simple, unfussy, youthful. It looks glossy and healthy, and so do you!

    • February 24, 2017 / 12:11 pm

      Thank you so much Joanna, it needs a cut at the moment but I take that as a massive compliment 🙂
      Michelle xx

  4. February 24, 2017 / 9:18 pm

    Hi Michelle- the City girls definitely have a black suit look all of their own! I was working at a US tech firm until recently and you’ve never seen such scruffy and unfashionable people. I gave in and wore jeans but usually with a tailored jacket and metallic shoes or velvet boots.
    Your outfit loòks great, loving the scarf and East jacket.
    Gail
    http://www.isthismutton.com

    • February 28, 2017 / 5:05 pm

      Yes, it was quite a shock seeing a stream of City girls rushing towards me! I do love my comfort, but also think there are times when we HAVE to look the part.
      I’m so pleased that you liked the post and my outfit.
      Michelle xx

  5. February 25, 2017 / 3:41 pm

    Totally agree with you, they are not true to real life. Also agree with older ladies and what we were, I don’t need to follow suit and wear the trends all the time, snippets added into outfits I already own to make my look different. I’m happy with that. Love your coatigan, it’s perfect for our weather in the UK. Jacqui
    http://www.mummabstylish.com

    • February 28, 2017 / 5:06 pm

      I agree Jacqui, sometimes all it takes is the right accessories to make an outfit.
      Michelle xx

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