I still find it hard to believe that I’m closer to being 31, than 30. Whilst I’d certainly jump at the chance to go back to my early twenties, even just for a day, those extra years have taught me some key lessons. This time last year, I was writing about how I was seeking a savvier, sleeker style for my 30s. It took me some time, but the lesson I learned? Age is irrelevant, dress for your body shape and style.

Recently, I was challenged by McCarthy & Stone to wear a bright, colourful outfit to show how age is a state of mind. According to their Colour Report, 79% of older people surveyed said they feel younger than their true age. This is something I can definitely relate to! At thirty and three quarters (those quarters count!), I still wear bright colours, bold patterns and I adore anything with a faint hint of novelty. (In my head, I’m 21 and my real date of birth is just a nasty rumour.)

I love a fashion challenge: the opportunity for me to wear something a little different and push the boundaries of my comfort zone. So, I chose orange knowing that it isn’t a colour that agrees with me. Not only an orange dress, but one that fits below the knee. No easy feat for a petite. 


This is one of Lindy Bop’s iconic Audrey dresses, with an added gingham spin. It’s a classic 50s style and I absolutely love it. This is one of their reworked Audrey dresses and now has pockets, win! I like a dress with secret compartments. I can’t help but like this dress, despite its colour. Believe or not, I’ve actually wore fake tan to counteract my paleness!

// Outfit Details //
// Gingham dress :: Lindy Bop //
// Camera bag :: Accessorize //
// Clogs :: Torpatoffeln //
// Necklace :: Vintage //
I wore this outfit for the #TMsummerBBQ meet up at Old Trafford’s fabulous Hotel Football. Like most attendees, I kept up to date with the discussions on Twitter, which were mostly centered around what to wear considering our changeable weather! It was then that I firmly vowed to squeeze every last drop of summer out of my summer wardrobe. Sure, I’m incredibly excited for autumn (the thought of leaves crunching underfoot and a slight chill in the air gives me goosebumps, quite literally!) but there’s plenty of time for tights and boots. (However, that’s not stopped me from shopping for autumn, I bought my winter boots in July…a girl can start early right?) Will I return to orange? Most definitely. 
Do you think age is a state of mind? 
Would you change your style to suit your age?
*This post was written in collaboration with McCarthy & Stone. Opinions my own.*

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