Confessions of a grown up fashion addict

I recently realised flicking through some old photos, that my style hasn’t really changed since I was about 18. I have a photo of me standing outside Fiorucci in Italy on my first foreign holiday with a boyfriend, who was swiftly edited after said holiday, wearing a pair of white cropped culottes, a bardo neckline 3/4 sleeve t-shirt and white plimsoles, not that dissimilar to what I’m wearing today as I type this? Topshop denim culottes, striped elbow length Whistles t-shirt, Bensimon plimsolls? I obviously knew as a teenager that classic casual style, such as the clothes i’d observed, worn by Diane Keaton in Annie hall, Lauren Hutton and Ali McGraw, was the way I wanted to present myself to the world and little has changed. I’ve always loved tomboy style.

Dressing with the same mindset but an older curvier body, just simply means being more selective in quality, fabrics and cuts but this doesn’t necessarily mean spending more? My High Street go toos are Cos, Topshop Boutique and Zara who all offer good quality fashion conscious choices and I mix this up with a dash of more individual designs from the smaller independents retailers. I’m lucky living in Manchester that we have a few great stores selling hand produced garments in natural fibres such as linen and organic cotton. Object Style & Beaumont Organic   both have a gorgeous selection of ethically sourced garments and i can always guarantee a beautiful selection of jewellery and bags from Moth.

A linen jacket from Object Style A/W 17 Look Book which I styled

I have this jacket and I wear it with everything, the soft sage green is such a versatile colour

Beaumont organic Manchester

As I get older, I don’t follow trends as much but I’m still fashion obsessed and continue to subscribe to Vogue as I have done for 35 years, read brilliant fashion blogs, which include favourites That’s not my Age by Alyson Walsh, Style Memos and a newly discovered Goodbye Crop Top, but I’m true to my style and know what I like. No tight structured clothes or heels for me, trainers with almost everything, lots of stripes & in recent years, lots of jumpsuits and dungarees.

Age is a number that’s slowly starting to mean nothing when it comes to the way we dress and amen to that. No more elastic waists when you reach a certain age, although those Topshop denim culottes I’m wearing are actually elasticated and that’s the best thing about them 🙂

I really applaud the minimal wardrobe advocates who can restrict their choices to 10 outfits seasonally and I admire their ethical values enormously. Two of my favourite bloggers who manage to do this effortlessly and stylishly are Jessica Rose Williams and Rachael from Seth Style. I have to say though, although my style is definitely bordering on minimalist, I am still drawn to clothes like a moth to a flame. The changing colours and silhouettes of fashion will, I hope, forever enthrall me and whilst I am no oponent to the ethos of the minimalist wardrobe, which of course makes dressing for everyday so much easier by cutting our choices, I still love nothing more than when the new seasons offerings arrive in store or I manage to purchase a fabulous end of sale bargain.

Here are some of the High Street and online items that have caught my eye this summer, some of which have made their way into my wardrobe. I can’t guarantee they’ll all be available at the time of posting this but some may be reduced in the sale by now if you’re lucky?

  1. Islay cotton gauze T-shirts – A Woodland Gathering
  2. Khaki jumpsuit – Olive clothing
  3. SPF30 (wished I’d used this when I was 18!- Madara
  4. Ticking stripe dress – Olive Clothing
  5. linen skirt – Muji
  6. One piece – Boden
  7. Swedish wooden sandals – Toast
  8. Striped dungarees – Pull & Bear (A recent High Street convert thanks to my daughter)
  9. Those elasticated waist cropped denim culottes (available in other colours) – Topshop
  10. Bensimon plimsoles – Anthropologie
  11. Straw lined washbag used as clutch – Baileys Home




  1. Judith Patel
    27 July, 2018 / 7:57 am

    Really enjoyed reading this post. I tend to have a similar style to yours. I look in Cos, Jigsaw, Zara but it’s good to check out the small independent shops. Thanks. Xx

    • karen
      27 July, 2018 / 6:29 pm

      Hi Judith & thank you for your comment. Jigsaw is another shop I love but always forget about. Thanks for reminding me to have a look online or in their nearest store next time? What are your favourite independent shops? x

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