Try to look stylish - don’t be mutton dressed as lamb

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I wouldn’t exactly say I was a ‘fashionista’. I think I know what works for me and what doesn’t and I try to play it to my advantage. What woman doesn’t?

Actually, quite a lot of them. I don’t mean to be rude, but how many times have you driven down the road and seen women – and men – wearing ‘oh how could they do it’ outfits?

You know what I mean, the kind of jaw-dropping attire that attracts a lot of attention – and not in a good way.

There’s been heaps of media coverage and chit-chat lately about what clothes us Brits should wear to look our age – or younger – and what we absolutely shouldn’t go near.

Now, as you know I’m only in my 20s so clearly this kind of research is a little above my age range.

However, it’s exactly seven weeks and six days until my life ends and I hit the big 30, so I’m doing my own bit of ‘research’.

No-one wants to see mutton dressed as lamb and I’m determined to grace this earth with as much elegance as I can muster as I enter the next phase.

Research basically says that what you wear massively affects how old you look and that wearing the ‘right’ outfit can put years on you – or take years off.

Now it’s the taking years off bit that I’m interested in. You see, I no longer get asked for ID when buying alcohol at Asda in Fratton.

If the checkout girl looks up at me one more time as she swipes my bottle of Pino, without requesting my identification, they are going to need more than security to deal with the situation that will unfold.

The advice is to dress your age, but not wear anything loose like long cardigans or frumpy dresses that aren’t fitted.

Be proud of your curves and show them off in a sophisticated look, not the ‘black leggings, short top, belly on show’ look that so many seem proud of.

Carol Vorderman, who is 51 years old, took heed of this bit of research this week when she stepped out wearing a Victoria Beckham form-fitting and very tight grey suit with cut-out breast area.

Good for you Carol – but perhaps the leggings would have been the safer option? Miaow….