Are there certain colours that women in their 50s should or shouldn’t wear? Is it okay to buy form-fitting skirts and v-neck tops once you reach a certain age?
Jane de Teliga has been giving fashion advice to women for most of her career. She has worked as a fashion editor for a range of international women’s magazines – and a stylist for some of the biggest names in the business. What is her advice for mature women wanting to look their best when they go out? She says the first thing you need to do is buy yourself a good, full-length mirror. She also believes that purchasing quality clothing is important.
“When you are young you can go out to Zara and H&M to buy any little thing…but when you get older you need really well-cut clothes and things that will last,” Jane said.
Since moving to Paris, Jane has changed her attitude towards baggy clothes for older women.
“Australian women tend to wear loose-fitting clothes. Since moving to Europe I now wear more fitted pieces. It doesn’t matter what size you are – I think smooth lines and fitted clothing works well. I’m not talking about tight clothes, but just pieces that show off your figure in a flattering way,” Jane said.
Throughout Jane’s career she has had the chance to work with famous women of all shapes – from long and lean Jerry Hall, to the curvaceous Nigella Lawson. She has also styled the Duchess of York and Twiggy.
She says every woman should be proud of their figure and wear clothes to highlight their assets.
Jane is now based in England where works as a University Lecturer on Fashion Styling. In the interview below she talks about her new role as a teacher and mentor.