Mutton dressed as lamb? Hopefully not dahling….

Last week I received an invitation to attend the wrap party of the Channel 4 programme First Dates which would be held at some celeb hot spot nightclub in London.After the initial excitement had died down I started to feel a bit anxious about what the hell was I going to wear? A woman of a certain age has limited options and as I was mentally flipping through my wardrobe discarding everything I owned I decided to do some on-line shopping.After a couple of hours I hadn`t found anything mainly because the dresses I was looking at, when I had put the entire ensemble together, made me look as though I was going to a wedding. Definately not the look I wanted but this was the problem.This nightclub was going to be full of bright young things under 25 and I was going to stand out a mile by being twice their age for a start so I didn`t want further proof that I shouldn`t even be there by wearing something ridiculous..
If I had been going there 25-30 years ago it would have been no problem as you just wear whatever is in fashion at the time but we`ve all heard that saying “If you wore it first time around then you can`t wear it again”. At the minute the shops are full of jumpsuits,all-in-ones, boiler suits call them what you will but that used to be my trademark at one time.At 20 yrs old I was strutting along in a bright yellow one with a red belt and red shoes thinking I was all that….yes I was that canary. I also had a skin tight denim one that I wore to death that eventually got nicked off the washing line (so I know I must have looked alright in it as someone clearly wanted to look the same).
Living in Gibraltar I had a lovely lilac one which was covered in zips which I used to wear with suede lilac ankle boots.At the time I was working in a hotel and as accommodation was included I ended up sharing a room with a girl who worked in the nightclub that was underneath it.After wearing this particular outfit to death I put it in the bin and then got the shock of my life when I walked in the nightclub one night and my room mate was wearing it along with the boots! What could I say? I`d thrown it away and she`d fished it out and kept it.I know imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and all that but for god`s sake find your own style!
Which brings me back to shopping when you`re older. Your body shape changes especially after having kids and you want to cover up more and let`s face it no-one wants to see ageing flesh on display so it`s sometimes difficult trying to find a happy medium.I still want to be able to dress with a nod to fashion and look smart but definately no short skirts/low tops/backless numbers.Might have to try Bon Marche…I hear David Emmanuel does a designer range for them but we all remember a certain wedding dress he made so..maybe not….

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