If you’re looking for clothes made to fit grown women in their forties, but with the kind of fashion edge that translates from 25 to 55, try these labels.
I’ve always been a fan of this French label, which is stocked in both House of Fraser and Harvey Nichols, Dundrum Town Centre. It offers beautiful, relaxed tailoring in quality fabrics. I love how the Macha coat above (€915) is styled. It avoids any negative animal-print associations by pairing mannish loafers and a classic white shirt with a statement leopard-print coat.
Cos has really helped to redefine what constitutes “grown-up” clothing. The fit is generous, the cuts classic, but with that essential contemporary edge. Each season, the palette is nicely curated so all the pieces mix and match fluidly.
I’m a fairly recent fan of this popular high-street brand. When I was younger it was a little bit too classic for me, but now I’m really drawn to its well-curated edit of separates. Again, the quality is there so I’m comfortable paying a little more than at other high-street stores. I adore this buttery yellow cashmere jumper above (€99.95), which I’d wear with a striking cobalt blue.
This is a brand that has really evolved over the past few years. Ten years ago I considered L.K. Bennett far too grown-up for me, but in the intervening years I’ve come to appreciate the classics more, while L.K. Bennett has slowly injected a more youthful, trend-driven vibe to its collections, so sartorially, we’ve met in the middle somewhere. This petrol blue coat and midi dress are the epitome of chic sophistication.