I have a question…
Can you wear a cropped top if you’re over 40?
Previously, I would have replied to said question before even saying it out loud with a resounding “No! You’re 43 years old. Your 15 year-old wears them as do all of her friends. Don’t be so ridiculous.”
But there are “degrees of cropping” and when styled carefully, with an appropriate bottom half, I think a long cropped top, (I know, I know, an oxymoron, but you know what I mean), can work regardless of age. It’s about proportion and balance and maintaining a modest bottom half, so not too much skin is on display. Elegant and fluid, a maxi skirt or wide-legged sailor trousers are a sophisticated, womanly choice. Nothing too figure-hugging because the overall look should whisper of grown-up, knowing sensuality and not shriek of a midlife-crisis. I say this rather tongue in cheek because my teenage children never miss an opportunity to suggest that a midlife crisis is exactly what I’m having; but actually, I have no desire to be anything or anyone other than who I am right now, because I have never felt as happy and as confident as I do currently, (which at any age is a wonderful way to feel). Of course, this happiness comes from within, from the people around me and from an appreciation of everything which is precious and by that I mean love, health, friendship and family, and when that inner happiness shows on the outside, it becomes a thing of beauty.
But back to the outfit… This black sequin cropped top with semi-sheer short sleeves is neither boxy nor fitted, and tapers slightly towards the hem.
My skirt is a true maxi in that it is full, full length. For reference, I’m a whisker under 5 ft 9 inches tall and I’m wearing 3 inch heels so it really is long. It has an elasticated waist and if you’re between sizes as I am, I’d suggest sizing down. I’m wearing a UK 10.
If you’re petite, the proportions for a similar outfit would perhaps work better with a midi-length skirt because a maxi might overwhelm your frame, but it’s always worth trying different lengths with different heel heights to see.
I love the metallic foil finish of this skirt and while it is most definitely designed as eveningwear, I would love to wear it with grey suede biker boots and layers of chunky knitwear on a windswept British beach. I wore it on Friday evening for the annual Christmas Girls’ Night In, which this year was at my friend Jane’s home. It involved Secret Santa with a twist and a lot of fizz which in turn leads to dancing and much hilarity. It was a brilliant night.
My ring is a new addition to the Danon Swarovski bee collection at my online boutique, LizzyO. It’s a statement piece and it draws compliments every time I wear it. Also new is a collection of both silver and gold honey bee jewellery, different is design to these ones. Totally gorgeous and already proving to be very popular.
The black baguette crystal double-wrap bracelet is also from Lizzy O. It’s super sparkly and is just £12.50 so is a very attainable way of adding shine and sparkle to an outfit.
My multi-coloured glitter Mary Jane shoes and matching clutch never fail to put me in a party mood. I have had them for three years now and still enjoy wearing them as much as I did the day I got them.
Love Liz x
*Foil pleated maxi skirt, £90 Jacques Vert (currently on offer at £69.30)
Black sequin cropped top, £45, Kaleidoscope
Swarovski set bee ring, £32 by Danon at Lizzy O
Silver stars ring (left hand), £25, danon at Lizzy O
Black baguette wrap bracelet, £12.50, Lizzy O
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Nail polish, Big Apple, Next
Multi-coloured glitter Mary Jane shoes, Boden, past season
Multi-coloured glitter clutch, Boden, past season
Photographs: Poppy Johnston
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