Annabel Croft, 45, reveals her secret weapon when it comes to looking fabulous: her teenage daughter
New wardrobe filled with J Brand, Acne, Issa and L K BennetImproved style has boosted her confidence and careerDaughter Amber plans weeks' worth of outfits for work tripsFans love the new sophisticated look
19:32 GMT, 9 July 2012
For lots of 40something women sophisticated presenter Annabel Croft is a style inspiration.
She seems to have discovered the holy grail of dressing for women of a certain age: oozing class while still enjoying fashion, choosing just the right pieces for her age and shape.
And now she reveals that her winning wardrobe isn't down to a pricey celebrity stylist, or even an innate sense of knowing what looks good, it is in fact her own 'live-in wardrobe expert' her daughter Amber.
Elegant: Annabel shows off her enviable style in a simple shift dress and leg-lengthening heels
As a presenter on French TV channel Eurosport watched by up to 20million people Annabel is expected to look chic at all times.
Not easy for a woman who admits losing interest and confidence in fashion over two decades ago.
It is only in the last five years that Annabel got her fashion mojo back after daughter Amber took her dated wardrobe in hand.
'I was starting to do more TV presenting so my appearance was important but I didn’t have a professional stylist.' Annabel told The Sunday Times Stye magazine.
Power dressing: Annabel pictured at home in the 1990s in a typical structured outfit
'Looking back, I can see that my look had got locked in the 1990s, before I’d had children. I’d had the same shoes in my wardrobe for seven or eight years and wasn’t updating them. So thank God Amber spoke up, or I’d still be wearing my Dynasty suits now.‘
Amber, the eldest of Annabel’s three children has been keeping an eye on her mother’s wardrobe since being horrified by a pair of those 1990s court shoes aged 12.
Yummy mummy: Annabel pictured with a young Amber, left, and her other two children Charlie, right and Lily in 2002
On duty: Presenting for French channel Eurosport who have 20million viewers
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On court: The tennis champ in action during a Ladies Invitation Doubles match at Wimbledon in 2010
Annabel says: ‘Last year when I was presenting the US Open Tennis on Sky, one of the producers asked me: “Who do you use as a stylist We keep getting emails about what you’re wearing – people love your wardrobe.” It was pretty funny replying: “Well, you’ll never believe this but it’s my 17-year-old daughter.”
Reclaiming her wardrobe with the help of her eldest daughter has done wonders for Annabel’s confidence and she also claims it has helped her career.
Amber says: ‘My mum used to be out of touch with fashion, but I’ve made her more up to date. Once you’re over 40 you don’t want to be pushing boundaries too much but you want to feel nice. I call her my little dolly because I’m always dressing her up.'