Anti-age your wardrobe: Five simple style rules that will help you turn back the clock
00:59 GMT, 3 May 2012
BEIGE CAN BE BEAUTIFUL
Head-to-toe beige is drab and dull. Choosing the wrong shade can wash you out.
Go for dresses and jackets in camel, beige and cream, and accessorise with colour.
Max & Co dress, 169, fenwick.co.uk. Jacket, 75, fennwrightmanson.com. Belt, 12, missselfridge.com. Shoes, 79, kurtgeiger.com. Bag, 89, johnlewis.com
LOOK CASUAL AND CHIC
If you’re not exercising, avoid bright gym gear — it’s never flattering or stylish.
Layer elegant jersey and cashmere casuals for a low-key weekend look.
Cardigan, 129, purecollection.com. Sweater, 47.20, boden.co.uk. Trousers, 25, warehouse.com. Ballet pumps, 82, frenchsole.com. Necklace, 120, stelladot.com. Bag, 40, asos.com
WORK THOSE ACCESSORIESWRONG
Dressing down doesn’t mean not making an effort. A simple sweater and jeans will look boring if you don’t add any finishing touches.
A stylish clutch bag, statement necklace and heels complete a look and keep you on trend. This season’s metallics are a must.
Necklace, 85, stelladot.com. Yellow jacket, 79.99, and silver shoes, 29.99, zara.com. Breton stripe top, 69,
isabellaoliver.com. Navy trousers, 95, whistles.co.uk. Clutch bag, 35, accessorize.com
SHORTEN THAT HEMLINE (REALLY!)
A mid-calf full skirt looks frumpy and will shorten your legs.
A pencil skirt just below the knee will slim your figure and elongate legs.
Jacket, 235, jigsaw-online.com. Skirt, 67, frenchconnection.com. Top, 89, and shoes, 149, reissonline.com
DON'T BE AFRAID OF A TIGHT FIT
Don't hide your shape in baggy clothes – they'll make you look bigger than you really are.
Streamline your silhouette by wearing a fitted skirt and top, then add a skinny belt.
Skirt, 42, monsoon.co.uk. Top, 20, debenhams.com. Belt, 45, and shoes, 139, hobbs.co.uk
STYLING: ELIZA SCARBOROUGH, HAIR & MAKE-UP: JULIE READ USING KERASTASE AND GUERLAIN,
FASHION ASSISTANT: BARBARA McMILLAN, MODEL: MICHELLE AT CLOSE, PICTURES: L+R