Don’t stray too far from natural

Fifty Plus, scarf printed tunic from �26.
Fifty Plus, scarf printed tunic from �26.
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There has never been a better time to grow older.

Look at our amazing role models such as Helen Mirren, Susan Sarandon and Diane Keaton to name a few, while Joan Collins has just turned 80. They have broken the rules on what it means to be ‘old’.

However, as the years go by, it is easy to lose confidence in our look. Our skin loses elasticity, body shapes may change and hair colour certainly will. We might ask ourselves ‘am I dressing like my mother?’ ‘Do I look like I’m trying to be a teenager again?’ We can lose our way. Ultimately we want to dress appropriately but still look fabulous. It is possible to embrace this new phase.

When hair starts to change colour, we have several options. If deciding to go grey gracefully, it may dramatically change your whole look. This may necessitate a change in the colours and make-up that you wear to prevent you from fading away.

If the natural look is not for you, a good hairdresser should be able to advise you on the best shades to correspond with your warm or cool skin tone. Never stray more than one or two shades lighter or darker than your original natural hair colour.

A picture speaks a thousand words when it comes to successfully communicating actual colours and styles in the hair salon. It’s worth keeping magazine pictures of anyone you’d like to emulate. Then the professionals can tell you what’s right for your face shape. Your hairstyle can be your crowning glory rather than something that dates you instantly.

Suddenly, reading glasses become a reality but the good news is they can actually be a fashion accessory and complement a younger look. If you only intend to have one pair, it should be a neutral colour.

Wear shades of brown, tortoiseshell, bronze or gold for those with warm skin and black, pewter, blue or silver for a cool tone. However, there is nothing to stop you making a style statement with glasses in any colour of the rainbow!

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