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The best style advice I’ve ever been given

— by Alyson Walsh

Tiphaine de Lussy photo via The Pool

Not wanting to blow my own trumpet, but I’d say that I’m more stylish now than I’ve ever been. 1980s bodycon – been there, done that, bought the tight Lycra T-shirt dress. Grunge-tastic jumpers with holes in – I pity the moth that tries to chew on my Bella Freud. Bad hairstyles, I’ve had a few. Mainly in my youth, when a dollop of Boot’s Country Born Gel and a spot of upside-down blow-drying ended up looking a bit A Flock Of Seagulls (Google it). It was around this time that a penchant for secondhand men’s suits and clompy leather ankle boots saw me barred from a number of nightclubs in Blackpool…

Anyhow, there have been enough questionable incarnations over the years to allow me to know what goes, outfit wise, and what doesn’t. Style is undoubtedly a work in progress. Ex-British Vogue fashion director Lucinda Chambers once told me that of all the women she knows, the most stylish “is in her eighties and the other is in her sixties. I think it [style] takes time, and that’s alright.” I couldn’t agree more – at 54, I’ve found my style groove, and it’s thanks to years of trial and error and some excellent advice I’ve picked up along the way. The Pool asked me to write about the best tips I’ve received from the women of style and substance I’ve interviewed. This is a very brief summary:

Lucinda Chambers

Forget about the wrinkles and focus on the silhouette. Linda Rodin

Being comfortable is the most important thing. Lucinda Chambers. (But looking efforless does require a bit of effort. Iris Apfel)

It’s all about a great combination: old/new, opulent/practical, charity shop/designer. Amelia Bullmore

The biggest fashion faux pas is to look in the mirror and see someone else. Iris Apfel

Shoes are the foundation of everything you do in the day so they have to fit correctly. I don’t think there’s anything sexy about being in pain. Tracey Neuls

Never pay attention to trends. If something is in fashion and I look like a horse’s ass in it then why would I buy it? Iris Apfel

 

Ultimately, style is a very personal thing. Admittedly, confidence comes from things other than clothes, but if your outfit fits well and makes you feel comfortable in all senses of the word, then that’s a good place to start.

 

Read the complete feature HERE. What’s the best style advice you’ve ever received?

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Not wanting to blow my own trumpet, but I’d say that I’m more stylish now than I’ve ever been. 1980s bodycon – been there, done that, bought the tight Lycra T-shirt dress.