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Spring-fresh fashion

What’s hot this spring?

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Peasant tops and cold-shoulder

We’re seeing a lot of boho-chic, peasant, cold-shoulder and off-the-shoulder tops this spring. Don’t be afraid to try these styles, but ensure your ‘girls’ are supported with a strapless bra. This is especially important for women over 30, or large-busted women. Also, do a mirror check to ensure your top is not see-through.

 

 

Coloured and patterned shoes

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If you love shoes – and really, who doesn’t, check out bold, bright shoes in a range of colours and patterns. Floral, graphic, interesting details – there are some wonderful choices to add a little pop to your look!

 

Straw bags

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Nothing says summer like straw! Really cool for spring/summer, check out the fun, fresh straw handbags. Some can be quite inexpensive and are available as clutches, handbags and totes.

 

A word about shorts

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I personally don’t find shorts suitable for women over 40, no matter how nice your legs are. In France, for example, they don’t consider shorts appropriate for anyone over the age of 12. (That’s where the notion of “putting on your big girl/boy pants” comes from). So, how does the sophisticated women stay cool and chic?

I love a great summer dress, or skirt and top for warm days. The best part is that a breezy summer dress can really go anywhere – work, dinner, drinks, shopping, backyard barbecue, library… you name it. Consider it when you’re getting ready to go out.

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Leggings are not pants

Although mature women are less likely to make this mistake than their younger leggings as pantscounterparts, I am still amazed at what I see on city streets.

Leggings are a comfy addition to any wardrobe. Soft, stretchy, sleek – they are great paired with tunics or even short dresses.

They are not great worn as pants with a t-shirt. Ahem.

I see women every day making this mistake. Leggings should be thought of more as tights than trousers. Some are even semi-sheer, creating a whole new set of problems if not worn properly.

Here are some fashionable ways to wear leggings as the summer unfolds:

leggings are not pants