Jo Chopra rocks the classic white shirt

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“They” say you never regret a good quality purchase but I have regretted buying this Phase Eight blouse many times over. It is a good one and I love both the fit and the look, but I still can’t believe I spent ONE HUNDRED POUNDS on it.
That’s just an aside, however. I love this classic outfit – the well-fitting blouse (the belt was my daughter-in-law’s suggestion. She said “Without it, Mom, it just looks like a man’s big shirt.”), the closely tapered trousers (on sale at Global Desi from the AND line) and, of course, the amazing Cole Haan boots which automatically make me feel confident and dramatic.
The other thing that’s made a difference is makeup. My daughter treated me to a makeover while I was in the US recently along with an entire collection of judiciously selected products. Women have different needs as they get older and a few intelligent but small changes can go a long way in achieving a fresh, attractive look. I discovered Dominique Sachse’s older women video series on Youtube and though I’ve never been into makeup or glamour, I love the style tips she suggests.
They’re fun, easy and effective and at 61, I love being as excited as a teenager about getting dressed up, made up and heading out each day. I have a serious, changing-the-world job that is my passion and my mission so it’s a relief to have something silly and just plain fun to amuse myself with as well.


Jo Chopra shares her favourite look

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My husband took this picture of me standing on the very top of Jodhpur Fort. We were with our son Anand on our very first proper holiday (all arranged and financed by him) –staying at fancy hotels and being squired around in a plush private car.
If I look a little smug, it is because I guess I was. There is something amazing about seeing your children grow up and do so well that they want to thank their parents by taking them on a deluxe tour of Rajasthan, with no expense spared.
I’m 60 and with the white hair to prove it. I love being old in India where I get respect, admiration and half price on the train. And I chose this outfit to celebrate it all.
The jeans, a gift from my daughter, are Curve Appeal. (Super tight but possible because of the magic of lycra). The t-shirt (also from Cathleen) is a Workshop label. The sweater is a Dehradun special with no label anyone would recognise. The look comes from a combination of the gorgeous Michael Kors sunglasses that my sister gave me, and the knee-high Cole Haan boots you can’t see. The confidence I get from stomping around in them.

(Jo Chopra McGowan is the Executive Director of the Latika Roy Foundation).