A change in body shape is a common problem for women due to having children, providing a challenge to adapt your wardrobe as you progress through life.
I am in my early 40s and, for the first time since my 20s and having my children, I feel slim again. It has taken a lot of work and discipline, but I'm now back to a size 8-10. The problem is that most of the shops seem aimed at younger women. Could you recommend some appropriate clothes for a woman of my age please?
Many people find it difficult to adapt their wardrobe as they progress through life. Ultimately, dressing your age means feeling comfortable in your skin and working with what you've got.
Most women's body shape will change due to having children, but you'll have also developed a sense of what best suits your body, personality and lifestyle.
Savida at Dunnes Stores produces grown-up clothes that are modern yet polished. For instance, the pastel-green blazer with zip detail (1 €45) and the straight-leg white jeans (€35) strike the right balance between staying trend- conscious yet age-appropriate.
Clothes should flatter your frame, and a pair of tailored trousers is a must. The 'Mia' cobalt-blue trousers at Hobbs (€120) are both elegant and stylish.
When it comes to dresses, anything too tight, too short or too booby is a definite no-no. The 'Lola' printed fit 'n' flare dress with cap sleeves (2 €131, Phase Eight) or the 'Errol' dress (3 €180, Hobbs) are both examples of styles that will work for you.
Pencil skirts are another key wardrobe piece. Designer Lya Solis's black-and-white reptile jacquard pencil skirt (4 €195, Design Centre) or Marks & Spencer's Per Una Speziale pencil skirt (5 €80) are worthwhile investments.