Come Summer I wear shorts a lot, not only as casual attire (see here) but also for smart. To give the shorts outfit a more formal, tailored appearance I prefer my sleeves to be long as it feels right, on this occasion with bare legs, to cover my arms. Wearing a long sleeved top will definitely raise the modesty factor, if you know what I mean? Additionally it’s the perfect answer to less than perfectly toned arms right? wink
Wearing a high heeled sandal automatically elongates the leg without trying plus I prefer my shorts on the loose side of fitted as opposed to tight – More Chic than sexy.
Dressing up shorts is easy when the quality & finish of the garment is so incredible
Now I realise some of you may feel too exposed to try this look & I understand it’s not right for everyone. However trust me when I say it’s more about confidence than figure. If you’re OK about getting your legs out you should give this outfit a chance. The long sleeves & loose fit of the silk top disguise all manner of sins (or lunch) because the cut is entirely flattering. The same can be said for the shorts themselves which I hope you can see in close detail from my photos.
Both the shirt & shorts are from Winser London who have kindly gifted them to me for this post.
I am absolutely blown away by this relatively young British company & its attention to detail. Not only in the design of their clothing but also in the clever fabrics they choose. You can read more about them here.
Detail is the simplest way to win me over & it’s clear Winser know their customer. She is the discerning woman over 40, equally concerned about quality as price yet prepared to pay a little more for the former.
I’ve paired my Whistles white leather two-part sandals & cream leather Jigsaw clutch to complete this look. The shoes I also wore here & the bag here. Before you say “Yikes white & cream together?” let me say…Yep
Heehee No seriously it’s fine because the shorts are off white & the shirt is a creamy beige colour so this unusual marriage actually works well in this case. No awkward matchy matchy here, purely a gentle blending of cream, beige & white. With this in mind I felt the look should remain clean & uncomplicated therefore the only embellishment is from my Isabel Marant cocktail ring. A showstopper in its own right – You’ve seen this delicious beauty many times on RCM. Statement jewellery in a league of its own typical of Isabel Marant, although a tad pricey infinitely wearable!
Finally one last word about the pins – If you are white skinned & very pale like me every vein & dimple will be amplified. Which is why beforehand I’ll always exfoliate my legs & apply a light tanning mousse, only a shade darker though so it’s natural. Doing this gives me that extra boost of confidence to step out in short shorts without a second thought thought Kapow!.
Still not keen on dressing up shorts? Not a problem, you’re about to feast your eyes on more from Winsers Spring range worn by some other real women over 40. I’ve no doubt you’ll relate to at least one of the exquisite outfits I feature following mine below.
On toes OPI Suzis Hungary Again. Dontcha just lurv the OPI names? Heeheehee
My Make-Up is exactly the same as usual
However with two small changes that deliver a pretty big impact.
- Brown eyeliner top & botton
- Darker, heavier eyebrows
Up first is the bronze or brown coloured crayon eyeliner. Simply drawn across my top & bottom lashes gives them the appearance of being longer & thicker. Using black won’t do the same thing as it is more obviously a genuine eyeliner look. What I’m achieving by using brown is subtle & remains natural yet with added ZING
The second trick is down to a fabulous brow kit I recently purchased called “Beautiful Brows”
That’s easy to remember right? This kit has bloody transformed my life! OK slight exaggeration wink
If I told you it takes a mere 20 seconds to apply perfectly shaped natural looking brows. It’s sweat proof, smudge proof & even sleep proof – Would you be curious to know more? Perhaps a full tutorial post is best – TO BE CONTINUED….
Last week I mentioned The Over40Collective, well today I’d like to introduce you to them by sharing our first collaborative post.
You may remember a few of us “older” fashion bloggers got together at Blognix & became firm friends. However what transpired over the following weeks was a completely organic genesis of our newly formed girl squad.
The over 40 collective was born
We are 7 fashion loving women who happen to be over 40. It occurred to us we had power as a bunch of mature babes. Apart from the wealth of genuine life experience it was our varying differences in style that stood out. You see although we wear many of the same brands we look completely different in them. Therefore we’re in the perfect position to showcase an entire range from 7 unique perspectives. The aim is to present our wonderful readers the personification of a real woman catalogue from labels we all love.
We’re thrilled to launch our first brand promotion from the exceptional Winser London. Presenting my breathtaking beauties wearing their chosen Winser pieces. Clicking on their photo’s will take you to each full blog post of their outfits. I Hope you enjoy this as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together…
I can’t wait to hear what you all think of our idea – Are there any specific Brands you’d like us to style in our 7 unique ways?
Have a terrific week, Ciao from Sardinia!