The former editor-in-chief of Vogue has said that women over 40 should never wear frilly fabric or bows because they look ‘frightful’ and are unacceptable past the age of two.
Writing for Stella Magazine, Alexandra Shulman spoke of what she has learnt about ageless style during her 25 years at the head of Vogue.
Ms Shulman said: ‘The one thing that looks frightful as you age is a swamp of frilly fabric. Frills are only remotely possible if you are young enough to think that Princess Diana’s wedding dress can be referenced ironically.
‘Tiers, flounces and bows are possibly the only things that I regard as completely unacceptable in ageless style, not working for most people past the age of two – and over the age of 40, bringing a dodgy reference to Bette Davis’s Baby Jane.’
In 2007 Ms Shulman launched the ageless style issues of the fashion bible, an edition dedicated purely to clothes which look good on a variety of different body shapes, from age 18 to 80.
The former editor of British Vogue Alexandra Shulman, pictured in April last year, has shared her tips for ageless dressing
Ms Shulman has claimed that wearing tiers, flounces and bows over the age of 40 looks like ‘a dodgy reference to Bette Davis’s Baby Jane’ (pictured)
It quickly became among the bestselling issues every year – but 11 years later, Ms Shulman now has time to reflect on her own person experiences of ageless dressing.
Ms Shulman added: ‘In the end, I conclude that the biggest danger is a failure of confidence. While many of us are uncertain about our appearance at many stages of our lives, women in particular become entrenched in myths of their own making about what they can and cannot wear.
‘Start with the notion that you can wear anything and edit back from that. Clothes should be enjoyable. Experimentation is part of the pleasure.’
Other fashion tips from Ms Shulman, who stepped down from the title last summer, include sticking to what you already know, and jazzing up staple pieces with a standout pair of shoes.
This could mean a bright pair of heels to dress up jeans, or a pair of fashionable trainers to dress down a floaty dress.
But in the end if you lack access to a huge wardrobe, a sure-fire way to look good is to wear a huge smile.
Ms Shulman added: ‘If, however, fabulous jewellery and the whole Prada collection is not available to most of us, there is another fail-safe in the ageless style-stakes – and that is a big smile. It will always make you look better, younger and more desirable.’
Other fashion tips from Ms Shulman, who stepped down from the title last summer, include sticking to what you already know, and jazzing up staple pieces with a standout pair of shoes. She even advises just wearing a big smile to look better, younger, and more desirable (pictured: Yasmina Rossi, 63)