Tuesday 25 June 2019

'I would never wear anything above the knee'

Dressed to impress: Gaye Hurley wears Dunnes Stores Signature Jacquard dress, €55
Dressed to impress: Gaye Hurley wears Dunnes Stores Signature Jacquard dress, €55

Deirdre Reynolds

Model Gaye Hurley (60), a mum of two from Dublin, says she's hung up her mini, but hasn't given up on style.

"Growing up, I was very much part of the miniskirt generation. I remember my father saying to me: 'You can't go out in that!' When I was in my 20s, I lived in London for a year and used to stand outside [fashion store] Biba drooling because I couldn't afford anything inside.

"So myself and my sister made our own miniskirts instead. At 60, it's a long time since I've worn a mini. But I certainly haven't lost my interest in fashion either.

"In the past, when you reached a certain age, you were expected to start dressing in granny skirts and jumpers. Now all that has changed.

"There's fabulous fashion on the high street for women of all ages. Even my mum, who's 87, likes to keep up with the trends. I would describe my style as understated elegance.

"I like well cut pieces in quality fabrics, and couldn't live without a pair of good black trousers that you can dress up or down.

"If I'm going out at night, I'll wear a brightly coloured pencil dress and mid-heels; during the day, it's jeans and leather boots.

"As you get older, you get more confident in your style.

"You get to the stage where you can flick through the rails very quickly. I love to see my 26-year-old daughter dressing her age in shorts and black tights, but there's no fear of me raiding her wardrobe.

"These days, I wouldn't wear anything above the knee!"


Irish Independent

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