I’ve done a number of searches for 50+ year old Manchester Lifestyle Bloggers and I’m sure there must be other Manchester Fashion & Lifestyle bloggers age 50+ out there but I’ve not come across many yet.
So, I’m taking the bull by the horns and putting out a ‘Casual Outfit’ post for over 50’s and I’d love to hear your thoughts on the outfit… (hubby thinks I’ve now lost the plot when I asked him to take these photo’s, so I couldn’t complain about them not being ‘full length!!)
With my recent weight loss I think I can just about get away with skinny jeans once more. These casual grey skinny jeans are from Marks & Spencer and cost £25.00. They’re really comfortable to wear, having some ‘lycra’ for that extra ‘flexibility and comfort’.. I can’t be doing with feeling like I’m wearing a corset and I need some ‘flex’ to enable me to play with my gorgeous granddaughters!
I have to admit that these jeans are popped in regularly for an overnight wash & dry so that they are ready again for the next day. They’ve definitely been worth every penny! Maybe I should just by another pair!!
For me, Grey is the new Black and I definitely prefer the grey jeans to my blue ones now as I can wear most colour tops with grey including ‘black’ tops and therefore I find them to be more versatile when putting an outfit together.
Sainsubury’s TU Range
The top I’m wearing is a ‘lightweight jumper’ and was a great find in Sainsbury’s Tu Range of clothing at a cost of around £16.00. I think it’s pretty flattering and it’s not too clingy! With the centre black lace panel and the ‘overshirt effect, I find it detracts from my extra midriff ‘rolls’ (although – yep I know, I still need to lose more of those extra pounds!!).
This top is proving to be really ‘wearable’ and it feels great over the grey jeans. I find it avoids me having to ask that age old question “Does My Bum Look Big In This?”, as the extra length of the ‘shirt effect’ covers a multitude of sins!! My hubby has learned the hard way not to be ‘too honest’ when answering this question!! haha…
This top can also be dressed up for a smarter look by wearing it over smart black trousers for a trip into Central Manchester to one of the fabulous bars or restaurants…
I’m very tempted to go on a hunt for some leather look jeggings to go with this top too.. I’ve seen a few comments recently about leather only being for ‘younger’ people, but I do think you can wear leather at any age – What are your thoughts on 50+ and the leather look – and should age even be a consideration?
Primark hasn’t been on my list of ‘go to’ stores previously, as I was put off years ago when it first opened in London and before it reached the North, when I went into a London Store and the queue’s were horrific.. However, I recently had to go into a Manchester store with my daughter in law, and was pleasantly surprised at some of the fab clothes on offer and NO QUEUE (well not much of one..).
I couldn’t resist purchasing this cosy jacket, which is proving really useful now the weather has turned ‘chilly’ here in Manchester! The sheepskin effect round the edges feels lovely and cosy. I was really pleased that it’s got that ‘on trend’ look whilst not being fully lined as we ladies over 50 do still get some occasional ‘hot flushes’ and with my extra pounds still to lose, I would look like ten tonne Tessy, if it was full lined with the sheepskin.
So this jacket was perfect for me and wow – what a BARGAIN at only £16.00!!! Yep £16.00 !!! I couldn’t believe how cheap this was and yet the quality is great. I compared it to some similar ‘jackets’ in M&S and they were at least double the price and quality wise felt no better.
I’ve heard this week that M&S may be closing some stores and with the competition they must be getting from stores like Primark, I’m really not surprised, although I will be really sorry to see them go, as to be fair I do buy quite a lot of my clothes from M&S..
Value For Money?
So all in all this outfit cost me less than £60.00 in total and is proving to be one of my favourite Casual Autumn Outfits for those weekend trips to the park with Dolly (my dog) and my granddaughters!
I’d love to hear what you think about this outfit and about whether at age 56 I should be steering clear of the ‘leather look’!! Please leave me a comment below…
Also – If you’re a UK ‘over 50’ blogger, it would be brilliant to hear from you as I’m struggling to find many similar UK and particularly Manchester bloggers to share ideas with on my Google Searches…