I long ago faced the fact that I was never going to be a style guru as I suffered from what appeared to be an incurable condition that compelled me to be attracted to loud sparkly items and anything pink! For years my wardrobe has been full of pieces louder than the average Christmas tree and it is time to do something about it as whilst the average 20 year old can probably get away with such garments, the 50 year old me is probably starting to look foolish!
Take shoes for instance. On a recent shopping expedition I was looking for a pair of comfortable trainers or similar and despite stringent attempts to be sensible I emerged from the shop with a pair of glittery tiger striped Converse! I was also instantly attracted to some extravagant and wholly impractical silver boots and a pink pair of trainers which were probably aimed at the under twelves!
I didn’t fare much better when purchasing my clothing for a recent skiing trip either. Despite the inconceivably huge range of jackets available I ended up with not one but two bright pink jackets which probably blinded the other people on the piste and made me clearly identifiable to my friends when I crashed, which I did rather too many times. There are occasions when blending in with the crowd is a decidedly good thing. I, on the other hand, was probably visible from another country!
My accessories tend to be even louder than my clothes. On my latest trip to Disneyland Paris in the depth of winter I needed a hat to keep warm. Everyone else was sporting woollen hats in muted colours, I decided to wear a bobble hat covered in diamanté stones and enhanced the look with a sparkly Mickey Mouse brooch which seemed appropriate at the time but I now realise looks ridiculous.
A Change of Style
I have now decided that I need to go blue and failing that muted purple at least. I have invested in a pair of blue jeans which are free from embellishments, sparkles and anything pink and in a truly radical move have discovered the joys of Princess Tam Tam lounge wear which unlike my usual bright pink pyjamas comes in rather elegant and grown up blue and purple hues. People no longer don their sunglasses when I enter the room and if I am forced to evacuate the building in case of fire I can run into the street with no shame!
Miraculously my new wardrobe does not seem boring and I have found a new sense of pride in my appearance. I do believe that rather than looking like a 50 year old trying to be a child I actually look more youthful and at the very least sensible! I think I will hang on to the pink ski jackets as at least I will be easy to find in an avalanche but otherwise the new me is a little more subtle and the better for it!
Sally Stacey is a keen blogger who is anxious to mend her ways when it comes to fashon. She is still wearing pink sometimes but blue has now inflitrated her wardrobe.