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Staying in the front row of fashion

With Norwich Fashion Week sashaying down the catwalk once again Age Space wanted to know how to translate this seasons ‘must have’ into ‘can actually wear’. For those of us in what Coco Chanel called the irresistible stage of life, anything over 40, there can be tendency to give up what may have been a lifelong love affair with fashion in favour of the purely practical, comfortable and useful.

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We hear the buzzwords for this season include fuchsia (ageless), deconstructed shirting (incorrectly buttoned up we think); the eighties (yes, they’re back), skirts with skewed hemlines (more deconstruction); mini bags (mostly useless but perfect to hold a dog treat), tulle (love/hate), ruffles (maybe not in fuchsia) and sportswear as everyday wear (pimped up tracksuits).

If this little list has you heading for the back row of fashion, stop right there. ‘Don’t give up your love affair’ is the advice of Sheridan Smith, marketing manager at intu Chapelfield , who along with Sarah Langsfield, Fashion Manager at Jarrold’s have provided us with some insights which we’re pleased to share.

  • Use the shows as inspiration – let those bright young things head out in a look straight from the catwalk
  • Enjoy the confidence in your own style and adapt the season’s shape/colour/print/fabric for you
  • Have an open mind and trust your instinct: if you see something you love, work out how to wear it;
  • Don’t forget the accessories – jewelry, shoes and bags

They also offered us some specifics to consider:

  • A rose pink metallic pencil skirt might be a bit too Ab Fab – so adapt it for yourself; pinks and creams are in abundance this year, along with metallic – shoes, tops and scarves, as well as pencil skirts in every shade and fabric;
  • For the day to evening switch base your outfit around one key element and then change accessories/footwear;
  • A good pair of jeans are always worth investing in; dress up or down, mix and match, with high street and investment pieces;


A pair of kitten heels

All great advice for whichever the stage of your love affair with fashion. And last but not least – do not be dictated by label, size or age – if it looks good and makes you feel confident then go for it.  So – we’re digging out our kitten heels (also in again) and heading straight back to the front row – see you there.

Norwich Fashion Week 2017 runs between March 9 and 17, with all the core shows once again taking place at OPEN Norwich. The Mercedes-Benz of Norwich Retailers Show takes place on Thursday March 9. Doors open: 7.30pm, Show: 8pm visit

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