7 Days of Positive: Day 142 – Top 10 Fashion Tips I learned by the age of 50


Well, hello… remember  me? I just found this piece I wrote a while ago for the website High 50.

I read it through and I stand by them all, especially not throwing stuff out, as I am so enjoying releasing 1990s classics I’ve had stashed away for twenty years. Especially the new shoes I never quite felt right in at the time, but are marvellous now.

Anyone get their own tips to add?


PS I can’t stop this arsing picture appearing twice, without losing it as my ‘feature image’ on the home page and I’m very keen on those feature images. Rather than spending hours on it and possibly smashing my computer into tiny pieces with a hammer, I just want to get the post up.

Someone I used to work with (yoohoo! Jayne!) once described this part of the creative process to me thus (as she’d heard it from some ad agency creative director guru):

“Get it down on paper, we can play cards with it later.”



  • Emma
    March 29, 2016

    Great tips that make a lot of sense.
    I would love to ‘invest’ in key pieces. I need to take this advice on board and actually put it in to action, especially the idea of spending more on everyday items rather than clothes I only wear occasionally. I have this completely the wrong way round! I’m always buying cheap tshirts buy the dozen, and they just sag etc….and I’ve spent a fortune on a dress I’ve only worn once for a friends wedding, only for it to taunt me whenever I open my wardrobe 🙁

    • Maggie
      March 29, 2016

      It’s really worked for me over the years. I’ve also invested from department store designer label sale rails in great tailored pants that I’ve worn for years. It really pays off – in simple $$££ terms.

  • SydTony
    March 29, 2016

    Great article, thanks for all the tips. Time to bite the bullet and get a Cashmere jumper.

  • Lara
    March 29, 2016

    Welcome back ! I have missed your regular postings.
    Your advice is both sensible and entertaining. I love the idea of cashmere but Byron Bay isn’t really the place for it. I fantasise about being cold ha ha xx

    • Maggie
      March 29, 2016

      Ha ha – I know that feeling. Sydney in February…

      • Lara
        March 31, 2016

        With a dash of perimenopause convincing my body to feel hot at all times 🙂

  • Jeane
    March 29, 2016

    So good not to get that ‘if you haven’t worn it for a year throw it out’ advice. I have lots of clothes that I haven’t started wearing for a year or two, and then suddenly wear all the time. Sometimes it’s just a case of finding the right belt, shoes or jacket to make the garment look right. And lovely to hear from you again Maggie. Your posts are always interesting and fun.

    • Maggie
      March 29, 2016

      Apologies for being off air so long – I’m writing a new book and it’s hard to write anything else, but I really miss doing the blog, so hope to find the time more often. x

  • Paula
    March 29, 2016

    With regard to the vanity sizing advice, you can always cut out the size tag.

  • Sue
    March 29, 2016

    Maggie I’d give you a hug if I could!
    I have only read the first few lines and rushed into the bathroom to read it out to my husband who is under the shower, just so he’d know I’m not nuts or obsessively compulsive about keeping my clothes and shoes for decades, not to mention buying more. He just doesn’t understand.

    Now to sit down and read the top 10 tips.
    And so good to have you back again.


  • Marilyn
    March 29, 2016

    Hi Maggie, I am so glad you debunked the advice about throwing things out after two years. I have some beautiful designer clothes that I have had for over 20 years and they now work – at least some of them. But I have been feeling like a hoarder, now I feel wise!

  • Lisa Rosen
    March 30, 2016

    Oh my goodness, I’ve missed you!
    So good to have you back xxx

  • Zayin
    March 30, 2016

    Every. Word. Is. Gold.

    Nothing to add!

  • Sally
    March 30, 2016

    Great advice, a post to share! And I can now let my mother know that you are back Maggie. She thinks the gap in communcations is something to do with her iPad!! But lovely to see you in the inbox!

  • Justine
    March 30, 2016

    It was very lovely to have your post land in my in box! I love lists like this and agree about the good bag and good every day items 100%. My trouble seems to be that I can’t recognise when my beloved good things might not be looking so flash any more. I’ve been wondering whether my good nice work bag (black Louis Vuitton Noe bag in epi leather, used daily for 4 years now) might be looking a little ragged. I just can’t tell. It really seems to look good to me, but what if it actually doesn’t. I don’t have anyone to tell me. Sigh.
    Only advice I could suggest as an additional idea to your excellent list, is to know what colours work for you and to get your everyday nice things in those if possible ie white t-shirts and black or khaki or charcoal for me, but never pastels or pale blue or pale grey or cream. And I have just totally given up on trying to find anything striped I enjoy wearing, so know what you like and be prepared to give up the hunt.

  • Linda Mondy
    March 30, 2016

    Love this post. Colours are my key to over 50s dressing. I’m in love with indigo, orange and black. Love Monsoon, White Stuff, Blue Illusion, Pikolinos shoes, and Von Troska.

  • Jackie
    March 30, 2016

    Number 8… Number 8… Number 8….
    Best tip ever. Thanks!

  • Carole McLeod
    March 30, 2016

    I always only bought what I thought I could afford and made the rest. Now -post 50 , I am enjoying acquiring “iconic” pieces such as the comme de garçons pointe shoes from eBay last year. And my first “pleats please” piece this year 😀😀

  • FF
    March 30, 2016

    Thank God you are back.

    I regret throwing some pieces out.

    I think you should wear what you want as long as it makes you feel an look your best.


  • Wattleflatjane
    March 30, 2016

    So many truths in this article. Would add: never assume that your carefully stored for posterity clothes will NOT be sent off to the Sally Army by your minimalist husband. 25 years later and I still remind him…

    Somewhat linked to this is my current reading of Marie Kondo. The clothes culling is this weekend.

    It’s so lovely to read your posts again xx

    • Lara
      March 31, 2016

      Ha ha. My hubbie reckons that any ‘brownie points’ earned (for good behaviour) automatically expire at midnight but if he does anything wrong he is reminded forever …… I love his humour !

  • vergleich versicherungen ändern
    February 2, 2017

    I’m sorry, Mike, but “principle of equi-distance”? What does that mean? What scripture speaks to that?Also, might you give an example of a specific “ecumenical namby pamby” in Southern Baptist life that should not be considered for such a convention role? It should really be a high profile person; Gramling isn’t in the running.

  • swiftcover quote
    April 11, 2017

    a beeautiful shot of figures merging with the earth and the sea; and the sun seeming well in control of things..reminds me of the times when i have stood at one such shore and felt the air cleanse me off my thoughts and made me feel lighter …its like nature saying, u dont have to do or manage anything, just go with the flow…

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