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Stylish fashion for mature women

I recently came upon The Bias Cut an online store based in the UK that features stylish fashion for mature women that’s neither frumpy nor mumsy.

The accessibly-priced clothes are cut to fit a woman’s body and range in sizes from UK 8-16 (US 2-12) in most pieces, although some go to UK 22 (US 16). The site’s founder is on a mission to offer a greater size range and is working with brands to encourage them to be more inclusive.

What I love about the Bias Cut is its mission to ensure that ageism is addressed by designers and shops.

Ageism is never in style

The Bias Cut sells these buttons as part of a movement against ageism

From tokenism in campaigns, to patronising and offensive language, to frumpy and dreary styles, the Fashion Industry refuses to fully acknowledge the damaging and insulting message it perpetuates. 

So it’s time to come together and take a stance. Once and for all.

–The Bias Cut website

So what about the fashion?

I ordered a lovely bronze knit top to see the quality and fit, and was not disappointed. The fabric and finishing is high quality and the price-points are accessible. And, yes, they do ship internationally. All clothing on the site is modelled by “real women” (not professional models).

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Narelle dress £158

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Martina Tunic dress on sale for £42

 

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New Year’s Style Resolutions

Resolution: (rez-so-lu-shun) n. You got this.

We all make resolutions at this time year. Some are overly ambitious, some are incredibly obvious. Some we keep; most we don’t.

I’d like to give you a short list of fashion resolutions I hope you’ll be able to keep in 2018. These tips will help you stay stylish and comfortable throughout the year.

Resolution 1 – Leggings are not pantsleggings as pants

This has nothing to do with body shape or size and everything to do with the realities of what clothes are intended to do. If you’re wearing leggings, you *must* wear a top that hits about mid-thigh to cover your “swimsuit parts.”

Resolution 2 – Yoga pants are not appropriate for work

Unless you’re a yoga instructor, please leave the yoga pants at home. These stretchy pants are super-comfy, but just like your fuzzy slippers, have no place in a work environment.

Resolution 3 – No flip flops at work

It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing $500 designer, bling-encrusted flip flops, unless you’re a lifeguard there’s no place for these at work.

Resolution 4 – Easy on makeup mature_skin_makeup

Makeup trends come and go as quickly as fast fashion, but that doesn’t mean you have to follow every trend. If you’re over 35, consider dialling down the cosmetics. Use tinted moisturizer instead of heavy foundation. Use neutral browns on your eyelids, and use eyeliner on top lid only. For daytime, less is always more.

Resolution 5 – Things should *go together* not match

This is one of the hardest rules for people to get since we often feel more comfortable knowing our outfits *match.* However, stylish women know that pieces should go together, using complimentary colours, mixing large-scale and small-scale prints, and adding a pop of colour through an interesting handbag. Unless you’re trying to pull off the elegant monochromatic look, everything else should coordinate, not match.

Resolution 6 – Shoes are everythingchristianlouboutin-militante-3151010_bk01_1_1200x1200_1434712192

…and not just because we love ‘em. Your shoes make your outfit. If your shoes are too casual, they will drag your outfit down. In addition to the no flip flop rule, keep athletic shoes and UGGs out of the workplace. Make sure your footwear is clean and in good repair.

Resolution 7 – Plan your outfit the night before

Let’s face it. Half-asleep in the dark is no way to choose what to wear. Instead, think about what your day will bring and plan your clothes accordingly. Think about shoes (flats or heels?), warmth, and any special considerations, such as meeting a new client or making a big presentation. You also have lots of time to check that your clothes are clean and in good repair. If something’s not, deal with the issue and choose something else.

Most importantly, resolve to be the best possible you. Be gentle with yourself and have a great year!