“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.
“I’m a person who dislikes shopping—especially for clothes! It is extremely hard for me, to find a good fit in India. I think my body type is probably different from Indian women—I don’t know. In the UK, I used to find my fit very easily. Hence, when I find something where I like the fit, I tend to buy it in 2-3 colors. So, I’ve been told that I shop like a man. 🙂 I don’t mind though. I would rather paint or read than waste time shopping!”
I love boots, and I pick mine from various places around the world. When it comes to jeans—I find that Levis fits me well—especially their new revel shaping skinny, and that’s the one I wear. I also like some of the stuff from Global Desi and sometimes Ritu Kumar. But I don’t believe in labels. I have also got stuff from Max which fits so well.
I love sarees, but am very choosy about the kind I wear. I am partial to handwoven sarees. When I wear sarees, I like to be completely traditional—and I will pleat the pallu neatly. I don’t like to drape it without pleats around and ‘carry it on one arm’ which is the trend these days. I also like my traditional black metal or oxidized silver jewelry.”
I never spend time thinking about clothes and planning ‘what to wear’ for any occasion. I open my wardrobe just before my event or the occasion and decide in about 2 minutes. I then spend about ten minutes to get dressed. Make-up is minimal: an eyeliner, mascara, and lipstick. That’s it. I think the best fashion accessory is a genuine smile.
Fashion shouldn’t have an age tag. You can be fashionable at any age. For me, fashion is what makes me feel good and confident—not someone else’s definition of ‘right and wrong’ and ‘what’s in and what’s out’.”
Preeti Shenoy is one of India’s highest selling authors, also a speaker, illustrator, blogger, observer. Have been featured on all major media including BBC world, Cosmopolitan, and Conde Nast. Website: Www.preetishenoy.com