Grown-up glamour

Alyson Walsh ( 05 July 2016 )

In the style stakes, Alyson Walsh says a little effort goes a long way...

For me, grown-up glamour means adding va-va-voom to an everyday outfit with a statement jacket or fabulous accessories. I’ve reached an age where I want to embrace the ready-for-anything approach to style. And that means making more of an effort.

Shimmer and shine are year-round staples as metallics, brocades and sequins add oomph to a simple outfit. To master 24-hour, go-anywhere style, take functional easy-to-wear pieces and mix in elements of eveningwear.

Add casual glamour to any outfit

Think diamanté and denim, khaki and leopard print or, like German photographer Ellen von Unwerth, team an eye-catching metallic jacket with a simple black shirt and cigarette pants. At 60, she understands that adding a little bling to the basics is the key to dressed-up daywear.

The good news is you probably have something sparkly in your wardrobe already. Just don’t overdo it – a little embellishment goes a long way. 

Show-stopping jewellery

Perhaps upgrade your outfit with show-stopping jewellery, like a statement necklace. 

Sutton necklace (can be worn five ways), £110, Stella & Dot
This might be more expensive than your average necklace, but when you consider you're getting five necklaces for the price of one, it becomes very reasonable...

The expert's beauty tip

Linda Rodin is a sixty-something New Yorker who, having been a fashion stylist for years, developed a chemical-free beauty range using essential oils. I’m not a big lipstick user, so this tinted lip gloss appeals to me. I prefer a balm that can be surreptitiously swiped on in the street or on the train. 

I’m still working on grown-up glamour, all right? 

Buy it now: Blush lip balm, £25, Rodin at Liberty 

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