Wednesday, 5 October 2011
Age-defying style - or mutton dressed as lamb?
It's been a muttonous week. First, Joanna Lumley says there's nothing wrong with dressing young, shopping at Topshop and wearing cheap clothes. In an interview with Woman & Home magazine, the 65-year-old actor admits she enjoys 'mutton-dressed-as-lamb shops' and experimenting with fashion, 'The other day I put on a pair of old Jean Muir shorts I found at the back of the wardrobe and I felt fabulous. Mind you, nobody said anything about how I looked - not a compliment in sight - so maybe I didn't look that great. But, gosh, I felt fabulous,' adding, 'It's important to be daring and not worry what people say.'
And then, Ewan McGregor pipes up, in the Observer, ' I turned 40 in March. But I don't feel it - you never do. I have to ask my wife: "Do I look a cock, or is this alright, the way I'm dressed?" Because you don't want to be 'that' guy, but you also don't want to listen to that voice either. I want to wear skinny jeans when I'm in my seventies. Why not? Who cares?'
They have a point. It's important not to give up on fashion - and to wear what you like. Clothes have the ability to make us feel fabulous and confident, so long as they fit and flatter. Mixing high street with investment pieces - like, erm, Jean Muir shorts - is the modern way. But it's wise to be demure. Fine to show off your good bits, but don't let it all hang out. Joanna Lumley rules, but I do hope she was wearing opaque tights with her shorts.
Joanna Lumley: Telegraph
Ewan McGregor: Zimbio