Dear Image Mistress,
I have had a 5 year career break from work due to having children, I will be starting a new job in 2 months, the problem is I have to go out and purchase a whole new working wardrobe. I am in my early 40’s and my new job requires me to dress quite formal… but at the moment I am not sure where to start? Especially with skirt lengths? There seems to be so many options at the moment… mini’s, midi’s and maxi skirts, please help?
Congratulations on securing a new job… I’m sure you must be really excited and thanks for sending me your style dilemma which I hope to solve and having you looking great and feeling fabulous in no time.
Let’s start with your working wardrobe… we have a recent blog post:‘Making Work Wear Work for You’ hopefully by viewing this article you will have a clearer idea as to what you can select to help build your working wardrobe?
Now let’s move onto hem lengths… I cannot emphasise how important it is to achieve the correct hem length! Too short a hem length can make any female look like ‘mutton’ and mid-length skirts can put years on your look.
I always suggest to my clients to start considering your hem length from 35+years… in fact the ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ actress Andie MacDowell (50+yrs) has recently been quoted in an interview as saying:
‘No super short (skirts). You’ve got to take the hems down, especially past 50. I don’t care how good your legs are.’
Well Carole my sentiments are echoed by Andie… in fact just above the knee is the shortest you should consider past 35yrs+… and progressing to on or just below the knee… as all ladies knees start to age from around their mid forties.
On the other hand… I know there is a trend for ‘midi’s’ at the moment which are skirts that fall around the middle of the calf, personally although on-trend I think this look may age you and perhaps make you look a little frumpy? Mid length skirts are for the trendy under 30’s or the 65+ age group.
Now for a word on Maxi skirts… the majority of maxi’s are either casual or evening wear so I recommend that you look to knee length skirts to help build your work wardrobe.
Finally may I also suggest that there are very few females who can pull off bare legs at work even with a knee length skirt, so my obvious solution are nude tights for Summer and coloured, neutral or patterned tights for Winter.
Carole I hope I have helped to solve your dilemma? Please feel free to contact The Image Mistress should you need any further image advice?
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The Image Mistress xo