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!
What to wear to a relaxed business meeting.
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.
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?