She’s Got Style; Global Fashion Series
JULIA ~ U.K. & FRANCE
AGE ~ 55
I think we will all enjoy meeting today’s She’s Got Style global fashionista. Not only are we headed to the beautiful French countryside (in our minds), we are meeting up with the lovely Julia, a trained personal stylist! Julia was kind enough to share her styling expertise and tips for the apple and pear shaped woman.
FCO50: How would you describe your personal style?
JULIA: I think I would describe my style as classic with a twist or a hint of fun, as I love to integrate new trends into my look.
FCO50: We love the feminine skirts and dresses you wear. How do you decide on the pieces you pair with your your looks?
A number of factors influence my outfit choices, as I love to get ideas from other style blogs as well as taking account of street-style. I’m not sure if it’s since I started blogging or took the personal stylist course, but I find I’m constantly noticing what other people are wearing.
But, I think the biggest influences on my outfit choices are my mood and my daughters’ opinion! Having two daughters in their early twenties is like having an inner critic, and I trust and value their judgment (even if I occasionally ignore it!)
FCO50: Can you share styling tips for the apple and pear shaped woman?
JULIA: I think dressing for your body shape is probably the most important factor in styling at any age, as it can make the difference between looking fabulous or frumpy.
I could write an entire book on dressing for your body shape, but the most important factor is to choose clothes that show off the bits of your body that you like and disguise the bits you don’t!
For example, if you are an apple shape, then you will likely carry extra weight on the tummy area so you should choose clothes that hide/ disguise this area and accentuate features that you like (apples often have great legs!). So, wrap dresses, lower cut tops and empire line cuts, as well as vertical stripes will look great on the apple shape.
If you are a pear shape (which is the most common female body type), then you will carry weight on your lower body. The goal is to balance this out the with upper body by making the shoulders appear larger. A good tip is to wear darker skirts or trousers and bright/light clothes on top. Layering on the top as well as anything with shoulder details also looks great on a pear shape.
However, I think the most important advice for women over 40 (or any age) is to wear what you love and feel good in, and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.
If you love it, buy it BUT don’t rush into adopting a new trend if it doesn’t work for you (i.e. suit your body shape and coloring). Pair any new trends with trusted favorites to make sure you keep your personal style.
Finally, I would like my blog to be a place of reassurance for anyone who is struggling to find their style. I aim to feature outfits that women feel they could actually wear, as so many of the runway trends and magazine articles feature clothes that whilst are beautiful, they are not practical for every day life, and often designed to suit the rectangle body shape. These designer clothes usually aren’t within the budget of the majority of us!
From January 2018, I plan to launch free e-guides to dressing for your body shape, and also capsule wardrobes for each body shape, so please don’t hesitate to check my blog then for your free downloads.
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FCO50: What anti-aging product is on your must-have list?
JULIA: I like to change my beauty products regularly to keep my skin guessing! However, one product I regularly come back to and which I always take on holiday with me is Estée Lauder’s Advance Night Repair.
Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II (ANR, to those in the know) is one of the brand’s bestsellers, and has been around since the Eighties.
I love this product as not only does it keep my skin hydrated and repaired but it is also a great multi-tasker. Obviously, as its name suggests it can be used at night to keep skin hydrated and repaired.
It acts on lines and wrinkles, as well as tackling dullness, dehydration and dryness so it could be used as prevention as well as cure.
Julia Beauty Tip: I mix a drop of ANR into my tinted moisturizer or my foundation to give a dewy finish.
I think dressing for your body shape is probably the most important factor in styling at any age, as it can make the difference between looking fabulous or frumpy ~ Julia
Hi, I’m Julia and I’m the founder of the fashion and travel blog ‘The Velvet Runway’. I’m English but I’ve been living in France for the last twenty three years, so I guess you could say I’ve acquired the “French touch”.
I have been married for nearly thirty years and have two daughters in their early twenties. I initially trained as a chartered accountant (more years ago than I care to remember!), but then retrained as a teacher in 2003.
I have always been passionate about fashion, beauty and travelling, and have spent much of my free time researching beauty products, shopping (or at least windowshopping) for new clothes and planning my next holidays!
At the end of 2015, I decided to take a leap into the unknown and start a blog about my passions, as well as to retrain (again!) as a personal stylist. I think my work as a secondary school teacher has helped me understand a lot more about body issues and insecurity and I would like to help every woman (whatever her shape, size or age) feel good about herself and confident in her style.
You can follow along on Julia’s style and travel adventures on her blog, The Velvet Runway and social media pages:
Blog: The Velvet Runway
Instagram: The Velvet Runway
Facebook: The Velvet Runway
Twitter: The Velvet Runway
Our sincere thanks to Julia for the insightful styling tips. We love your style and your advice is spot on!
Until our next She’s Got Style travel adventure, enjoy your own fashion journey, darlings.