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I was strolling through H&M the other day when I came across this fantastic knit dress and cardigan. At first glance, I didn’t think it would work on me for a number of reasons. Firstly, knit dresses have a reputation for being quite unforgiving, and I carry my weight around my middle. The other issue I had with this outfit, was the fact that the dress was sleeveless. I don’t bare my arms anymore…..but it had a coordinating cardigan, so  I decided to try it on anyway. Imagine my surprise when it actually turned out to be rather slimming. I think we often automatically dismiss certain styles because we have it in our heads that they won’t work. Either we’re too short, or the wrong body type, or the wrong something else.

This mindset is how mature women get stuck in style ruts. It sucks the joy out of fashion. So, if you love it, try it on. There are so many ways to make a look work. Maybe that dress that’s a bit shorter than you would normally wear, simply needs to be paired with tights. Maybe those skinny jeans will look great paired with an oversized top. Perhaps the pretty cropped sweater can be worn layered over a longer t-shirt. Don’t be afraid to try styles that younger, taller, slimmer women wear. With small tweaks, those same pieces can work on bold and beautiful mature fashionistas as well.


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Dress: H&M
Cardigan: H&M
Sunglasses: Wildfox
Necklace: Vintage
Ring: Topshop