4Styler: Hey Julia! How would you describe your style? Julia: I think I would describe my style as classic with a twist or a hint of fun, as I love to integrate new trends into my look.
4S: What is your current favorite casual go to outfit ? J: This is a difficult question to answer as I like so many different looks and I love to mix things up a bit depending on my mood. If I had to pick one casual go to outfit however, I would probably go with skinny jeans, a white tee and a smart jacket.
4S: What are your favorite fashion trends this season ? J: At the moment, I love the ‘off the shoulder’ look and romantic ruffles. I am also very keen on the neutral trend and pastels (such as the Pantone colors of the year - serenity and rose quartz). However, although I do follow fashion trends, I am not a slave to fashion and I will only adapt a new fashion trend if it flatters my body shape.! So, I will be avoiding the nightwear/pajama trend and low-slung pants, and I remain wary of mesh! My advice would be to ‘splurge’ on classic, timeless pieces that you will wear year after year and to ‘steal’ on the new trends, as you will not get so much wear from them. Remember ‘fashion trends come and go but style lasts forever’
4S: What inspires your outfit choices? J: A number of factors influence my outfit choices, as I love to get ideas from other style blogs as well as taking account of street-style. Sometimes, I take a mental photograph to try and find something later! Of course, I also love reading style magazines and wandering around the stores. (the latter activity usually comes at a cost!) But, I think the biggest influences on my outfit choices are my mood and my daughters’ opinion! Having two daughters in their early twenties is like having an inner critic, and I trust and value their judgment (even if I occasionally ignore it!)
4S: Do you have any style tips for women over 40? J: I think the most important advice for women over 40 (or any age) is to wear what you love and feel good in, and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. I think dressing for your body shape is probably the most important factor in styling at any age, as it can make the difference between looking fabulous or frumpy. The most important factor is to choose clothes that show off the bits of your body that you like and disguise the bits you don’t!! Another important factor is not so much what you wear but how you wear it. An example here would be the case of distressed denim, which could be considered inappropriate for the over 40s. I would definitely not wear distressed denim with a crop top (or even a slouchy jumper), but I believe it looks fabulous with a crisp white top and a structured blazer. Finally, if you love it, buy it BUT don’t rush into adopting a new trend if it doesn’t work for you (i.e. suit your body shape and coloring) and pair any new trends with trusted favorites to make sure you keep your personal style.