30 Sep Spotlight On: Over 40 Fashion -Grown Up Glamour
Today I am interviewing my blogger friend, and fellow Over 40 Fashion Compatriot, Jill, of Grown Up Glamour.
The first thing I wanted to know was what her definition or take on glamour was.
” Today’s styles in the main tend toward a more casual look so I do feel that for many women the ability to add
their own touch of glamour has been lost.
My own definition of glamour is not the movie star version, it is more about knowing yourself and your own style
and projecting this image to the world. I feel as we age it is very important to make the time and look as good as we can.”
1. Tell me a bit about Australia’s fashion scene. How is it going into Spring when designers in the US are showing fall and winter clothes? Do you buy off-season?
1 . Australia’s fashion industry ranges from quality high end fashion to up and coming avant-garde designs from some
extremely talented young designers. Many of our talented designers show their collections all over the world.
I feel I have an advantage being in the Southern Hemisphere and seeing what is worn a season ahead.
As I mostly shop locally the current season is always available. Only the very high end designer fashion is the same
worldwide regardless of the season.(no problem there,way out of my budget).
2. Best accessory for yourself: Hats or bags? What kind of hat or bag would you be apt to buy?
2. I would have to say hats , I have been a hat lover for as long as I can remember. My hats are a mixture of new and
vintage in a variety of styles , colours and composition and have been found in a vast assortment of places.I am usually
drawn to something wearable but with either an unusual shape or colour that will fit in with my wardrobe.
3. I am quite fond of your jacket collection! What makes you buy a particular jacket or catches your eye?
3. My jacket collection has been amassed over many years and quite frankly I have no idea how many there are.
I am drawn to the shape and structure of the jacket and its ability to work with other items I own. Sometimes the colour
of a particular jacket speaks to me or its embellishments or a beautiful fabric.
4. What colors do you find flattering on your skin tone? Do you think black is becoming on all women?
4. Strong, warm colours such as orange, yellow or bright red seem to work best on me as my skin tones are yellow based.
I also wear a lot of black, sometimes adding white or cream to the mix.
It is very much a matter of personal choice but I do think black can be worn by most women , sometimes offset with a
softer tone against the face. In my opinion , black should be worn with a bright lipstick.
5. After being in NY myself, I have to ask, are there any designers that you would love to collaborate with, or ones that inspire how you dress?
5. Now this is a hard question Jess, I guess I would have to say I would love to work with either some of the Japanese
designers as I really love their aesthetic at the moment.
6.Do you think there are any clothes that “should be” off limits to women over 40? ( Not flattering to wear, inappropriate)?
6. I do but this is different for everyone, it is very much a personal choice. If it feels good for you go ahead, the old
rules certainly no longer apply.
7. When I spoke to my mother about buying a plaid fitted jacket this fall, she said, “Fashion always comes around.” Is there anything style or garment you wore when you were younger that you see popular now?
7. The one style I remember wearing in my teens were long, floaty maxi dresses , very much the hippie era, often
teamed with fringed suede jackets.
8.What is your least favorite trend right now?
8. I must admit to a few least favourites, exercise wear worn as street wear , skin tight jeans ( only ever right on a few)
and leggings worn as pants.
9. What are you more inclined to splurge on, or invest in?
9. If I splurge it is on something I love and know I will wear for many years to come, more often than not it is
a jacket or coat, although I have been known to splurge on a special pair of shoes.
10. Tell the readers something that may surprise them!
10. I have travelled extensively world wide , one of the highlights was visiting Peru and climbing Huayna Pichu
at Machu Pichu at dawn when we had the site virtually to ourselves , a truly magical experience.
11 Designer, non-desginer or a combination of both?
11. I wear a mixture of designer, usually something I have owned for sometime or from a recycled clothing store
and non designer basic pieces.
12. What do you believe to be your signature style?
12. I would say my signature style sits somewhere between classic with a twist and the more avant-garde.
Thank you !
Have a great week, and stay fashionable!