Style Tips & Fun with Fashion, over 40.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

How to wear a mini skirt, over 40.

Mini skirts? For WORK... Over 40?!

What a horrible thought!
Shouldn't the over 40's be wearing a nice beige two-piece or a twinset and pearls?

Are we even allowed to wear mini skirts at such an advanced age?

Well, yes actually.
We can (in case you hadn't heard) wear what we like at any age!
#iwillwearwhatilike

There is nothing inappropriate or tacky about this cute little outfit.
In fact,  I think this is an ageless look.
Perfect for a smart-casual work environment.

These are my Top Tips for wearing mini-skirts and keeping the look 'Cute and Fun' instead of 'Overtly Sexy' or {worse, in my opinion} Frumpy:
  • Keep your upper body covered. Now is not the time for OTT cleavage (unless, of course you are aiming for that kind of look, in which case...don't let me stop you! Fashion is supposed to be fun after all).
  • Opaque hosiery looks great with flats or heels. Brogues or booties work especially well.
  • Beware of wrinkly ankles in opaques (and sheer tights too) especially with ballerinas...make sure your tights FIT properly, the Nora Batty look is NOT chic.
  • If you want to go for bare legs (or well-fitting, sheer, nude tights) then stick to flats, like ballet shoes. Otherwise your funky look can go a step too far towards Mumsy or Hoochy (depending on the shoe).
I could have gone for a nude (or nude-look) leg here, as my top half is covered and I am wearing flat shoes BUT it was pretty chilly and the wind whipping around my legs was not pleasant...brrrr.

Blue and mottled flesh on the legs {or, as I call them, corned beef legs} are definitely not attractive!

Cute outfit for work.

This Satin skirt is so well made, a nice shape and fully lined. A good lining makes such a difference.
It has unusual, structured pockets which give it more shape and add interest. 

I teamed it with brown opaque tights (black looked too stark) and I would have been tempted with lighter coloured, opaque, hosiery, such as a light camel or tobacco colour (note to self: buy more tights!), if I had chosen a darker top.
My white shirt has a pretty pleated collar and is so comfortable to wear. 
It is the softest almost-sheer cotton (easy to iron) and is great for layering.

Speaking of which, I decided to layer some necklaces: My fish bone (last seen with a Bodycon dress) to bring some contrast to the blouse and my daughter's faux pearl choker, purely for the light is casts on my skin. 
Little pearl stud earrings (real this time) were just subtle enough and a perfect!

My Grab-bag is a great size, it holds just enough 'stuff' without weighing me down (my little umbrella fits nicely). 
And, of course, I had to add a couple of PomPoms...also seen here.
You are going to see a lot of them this Autumn and Winter and I'm not going to apologise.
I love them!

So what do YOU think?
Is this a look you would go for or is this hemline a little too far North for your liking?
Please let me know, I love to read your comments.

XXX
Samantha

Wearing a white shirt with a short skirt.

BLOUSE: Asos (similar)
SKIRT: Luxzuz
SHOES: Topshop (similar) I will put a close-up of mine on my Instagram feed.
TIGHTS: Levante airskin (at UK tights)
NECKLACES: Tatty Devine & Newlook
BAG: Hidesign (I like this one)
Pom Pom's : Newlook
JACKET: All Saints (similar HERE)

Layering necklaces, Tatty Devine and Newlook.

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18 comments

  1. I totally agree with you...this look is perfect for the office (or any other place for that matter). Besides, let's be realistic....much of the time at work is spent behind a desk, right? So who even sees the length of your skirt? jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com
    ps...I love the pompoms!!!

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    1. Haha Jodie! I love your easy-going attitude. You are quite right.
      I don't sit at a desk but I am in a Howie style lab-coat that completely covers neck to mid calf.
      Some people wonder why I bother wearing anything "nice" (Jeans and trainers would do). BUT I like to look nice, for my own sake.....besides, I have to walk to the Canteen at lunch time, which is my time to be myself.
      Thank you for the pompom appreciation! They are too cute to resist.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  2. I would say its just the right length for me. I only turned 40 this year so I still do have a few skirts which are shorter than this but they would be far too short for work. You look lovely.

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    1. Thank you, any shorter and I worry about bending down and flashing my bum!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  3. The first tip made me think of Erin Brokovich. Girl knew how to dress in an office... I think opaque hosery/tights/leggings can really make miniskirts work for a lot of people, a lot of different leg types. Likewise, a mini skirt can make those leggings work in more non-sport settings. So yeah, I don't see anything wrong with this outfit for work, it's less a matter of age and more a matter of style and legs.

    Alex - Funky Jungle

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    1. I love Julia Roberts in that film...Brilliant! what was her famous quote? Something like "While I have one ass instead of two, I will wear what I like".... two fingers to the prudes out there!
      I am definitely not against the Erin Brockovich look. :o)
      I agree completely with your 'age v's legs/style' point.
      We should all just wear what suits us and what we enjoy wearing.
      Thank you for your comment.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  4. Nothing wrong with this length at all plus a chance to showcase some great tights! Agree with you about having a good lining. Nothing more annoying that skirts riding up to crotch!

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    1. I do love my tights Jacqueline! Autumn weather is the perfect opportunity to get some colour in action.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  5. Super! You look fabulous! Let me correct that: you are FABULOUS!

    I'm forty-three, and I'm not stopping the mini skirt thing anytime soon. In fact, at work today, I've got a very short dress on with Chucks. I'm wearing a white blouse tied at my waist to make it more work appropriate. One of the head's of our school just told me she loved what I'm wearing. So see! It can be done--just like you've proved here. Love it!!

    You are FABU!

    Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

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    1. That outfit sounds great, the kids must think you are so cool.
      You should definitely not be giving up the mini skirts anytime soon, with your fantastic pins!
      Thank you for your lovely comment.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  6. What a lovely and elegant skirt Samantha. The whole "not to wear at said age" rule is so overrated and dumb anyway. If it makes you feel good and confident wear it anyway.
    Thank you for linking up to "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me"

    Rachel xo


    Garay Treasures

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    1. Thank you Rachel....well said! Confidence = style.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  7. Love this look Sam!! I am all for brown tones ( did I miss the post when you went back to your red hair?) anyhow,I love all tones Autumn and this skirt is just gorgeous with the brown tights and polished top. I also love wearing mini skirts and you will see more of them in the fall! Sexy legs my friend!!

    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. Thank you Jess! <3
      I have not deliberately gone back to red, it just shines through all on it's own. You can't argue with the ginger!!
      Thank you for your lovely comments.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  8. These are great tips and I agree with you 100% about being able to wear shorter skirts even if you are over 40. Just look at Tina Turner - she wore them on stage in her 60s and looked amazing.

    Alice
    www.happpinessatmidlife.com

    Would love to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

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    1. Very true Alice!
      She rocked (quite literally) those mini's....believing in yourself is the key.
      Thank you for your comment.
      XXX
      Samantha

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