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Forget Age-Appropriate…7 Essentials for Midlife Rock Chicks

Forget Age-Appropriate…7 Essentials for Midlife Rock Chicks

It’s really easy to wear the same outfits year in year out.  For ages I  stuck with a formula of  slim jeans, blazer-type jacket, non-descript top, worn with ankle boots (winter) or wedges (summer) and a sorta match-y belt and bag

Nice.

Safe.

Kinda Stylish…but to be honest a bit boring after a while

However, in the last few months thought something’s happened in the old wardrobe department and my style has gone from  Channeling My Inner French Woman Nonchalantly Wandering About Paris Buying Croissants to Rock Chick Godess!

Admittedly it’s more Suzi Quatro than Lady Gaga…but hell, it’s still Rock Chick!

Here’s how it’s happened!!

7 Essentials For Midlife Rock Chicks

A Flat Lay Showing 7 Essentials for Midlife Rock Chicks

Trainers

It all started innocently enough with TRAINERS.

Suddenly I noticed that Everyone was wearing them with Everything Everywhere –  Work. Interviews, Shopping. Weddings. Funeral, The Pub, The Only Way is Essex.

I wanted in on the action…plus I was delighted to dump the heels – I’ve never been good with them and always felt I was constantly teetering on the edge of a broken ankle.

Supergra Trainers - one of the Essentials for Midlife Rock Chicks

I snapped up THESE little beauties from Superga a few months ago and they’ve hardly been off my feet since.  They are beyond comfortable (to Upper is made of canvas)  and the platform gives a little lift to those of us lacking in supermodel stature…and they go with everything.

If you fancy a pair take note – they are proncounced Superrrrgaaaa (with an Italiano aceent) not, as I asked for, Super Gra  (with a Scottish accent). There was much confusion in the Office Shoe Shop.  Remember – I never claimed to be Lady Gaga

A Midlife Rock Chick wearing a leather biker jacket - one of the Essentials for Midlife Rock Chicks

The Biker Jacket 

*SCREAMS* OMG I love this jacket so much.

Remember when you were a kid and you got new shoes that you loved so much that the minute you woke up you wanted to put them on and start jumping with joy? Well that’s how I feel about this Biker Jacket. I want to sniff it and touch it and wear it to bed. Even saying Biker Jacket is exciting.

I tried on a few (like hundreds)  and then I found on THIS stunner from Whistles (bought during one of their regular discount weeks). It has just enough zips and POCKETS (we shall return to them later) to look edgy and enough great leather and lining and finish and design to feel fabulous.

The jacket is what we fashionistas call and Investment Piece.  I know I’ll have it for years – in fact I won’t be surprised if I’m wearing it as I get wheeled into a Care Home.

Whenever I put on this jacket I feel so Rock ‘n’ Roll that I could quite feasibly become Mick Jagger’s next conquest…if I 5 inches taller and  30 years younger

Pockets With Everything Please

A woman with her hands in the pocket of her skirt

Until recently pockets were hard to find unless you were buying jeans.  But the world has WOKE to fabulousness of pockets for women (it’s even been trending on Twitter #PocketEquality) –  and now they’re everywhere – dresses, skirts, jackets, wedding dresses, evening gowns, jumpsuits, pyjamas.

Pockets aren’t just for snotty hankies and spare change. 

Pockets are FREEDOM.

Men have known this for years. They’ve always just shoved their stuff in to their pockets and trotted off to somewhere important, while women have had to load up and handbag with all manners of things and lug around a nine pound weight over her shoulder.

Rock Chicks love pockets – they give us the freedom of carrying our mobile phone, lipstick, a tenner and credit card and head out for a night at Studio 54, unencumbered by a handbag that we have to dance round.

Liberation doesn’t come much better than this.

A Plea – Pockets Must Stay… so if you find yourself looking in a clothes shop that stocks women’s wear minus pockets – STOP shopping immediately and START chanting-

What do we want?

*POCKETS FOR WOMEN*

When Do we Want them?

*NOW*

Others shoppers will join in I promise – hopefully before the cops with arrive,

Opaque Tights

The legs of a model wearing black opaque tights

Unfortunately not my legs

60 denier opaque black tights are what’s known to we fashionistas as a Wardrobe Staple. You just need them in your life. They have seen me through endless winters and the great thing about them is they are flattering … unlike bare legs in summer, which can  only carried off well by the chosen few. Who need great legs when you have great opaque tights!

Wolford ones do THE best – they last forvever, but if you don’t fancy remortgaging your home for a pair of tights there are lots of cheaper ones out there.

A Statement Jumper

This is the grown-up answer to a slogan t-shirt.

 

The back of a woman wearing a black hoodie with angel wings

I’m An Angel!

I must admit that THIS Angel Wing Jumper is straddling a fine line between Rock Chick Chic and Mrs Mutton of McMuttontown… but frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.

From the front it looks like a boring shapeless black woolen  hoodie – but when I twirl around (which I am prone to doing)..

Tah Dah –   I’m An Angel.

I like to think I leave a trail of gaping mouths and admiring glances as I glide past tables of diners in a restaurant (anyone know a cheap Phychiatrist?)

Sunglasses

No self respecting Rock Chick would leave home without them.

Ok, I live is Scotland, it’s winter and there’s zero need for sunglasses – but hell that aint stopping this Rock Chick. .

A pairs of Ray Ban Sunglasses - one of the Essentials for Midlife Rock Chicks

I LOVE THESE little beauties by Ray Ban, the maker of the best sunglasses in the world…and they come without a crazy designer price.

A Skip Cap

A woman wearing a skip cap which hides her eyes

I know…a skip cap!..but Victoria Beckham wears one so why can’t I?

It’s not so much how the skip cap looks that make them a Rock Chick Must-Have – it’s what it offers.

Let me explain… I work from home and my day look could best be described as Working From Home Casual (as outlined in this blog post) – we’re talking rotten old leggings teamed with a seen-better-days t-shirt. Washing of Face and Brushing of Hair is optional.

So far so comfy.

The problem arises when I run out of milk,/printer ink /chocolate –  and need to make a dash to a  nearby shop

In the past I’d have thrown on a pair of old Ugg boats, a puffa coat and tried to keep to the shadows, for fear of scaring dogs and young children or bumping in to various well-groomed acquaintances who were Just off To Brunch.

But now dear reader, I simply put on my Biker Jacket, Supergras, Ray Bans, put my keys in my POCKET and top it off with my Skip Cap…sometimes I go crazy and add a slash of lipstick – and  suddenly I am a Rock Chick going out for some milk/ printer ink/ chocolate! 

It’s the perfect look if the Paparazzi want to snap me…which they don’t.

The End

The fabulous photographs in this post are by Pierre Guillemin – Insta @pierrotleflou.  The other ones are by me!

 

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18 Comments

  1. Gordon Keenan
    2 November 2019 / 8:45 am

    When did TRAINERS replace a pair of Sannies? And White ones at that, just screaming to somebody to give them a shoe rub to make them look used! (this was a life destroying moment for anyone with new sannies). Good read Jill, and godo photographs, never knew you had moved into the supermodel phase! 🙂

    • Jill
      Author
      2 November 2019 / 8:47 am

      Haha.Your lucky I didn’t say sneakers!!

  2. Rosie
    2 November 2019 / 9:33 am

    Great trainers – but the label on them says Superga – no wonder the staff in the shop were puzzled 😂😂

    • Eleanor
      2 November 2019 / 5:06 pm

      Great look! I’m going to buy those trainers. X

      • Jill
        Author
        2 November 2019 / 5:08 pm

        Thanxx. They r great. Shop about and you’ll find them reduced. X

  3. Rosie
    2 November 2019 / 9:35 am

    Great trainers! But the label on them days Superga. No wonder the staff in the shop were confused 😂

    • Rosie
      2 November 2019 / 9:35 am

      *says*

    • Jill
      Author
      2 November 2019 / 9:38 am

      OMG. I’d didn’t realise they were Superga and been calling them Supergra for months . I’m such a rubbish rock chick 😂😂. Thanx x

      • Gordon Keenan
        2 November 2019 / 9:43 am

        You, clearly, are on about the superior models, You have the Superga, Supergra and of course the Supergrans 🙂 Though those top ones will be reserved for the special people like grandmawilliams (@JoyceWilliams_)

        • Jill
          Author
          2 November 2019 / 9:43 am

          Hahaha

  4. Pauline
    2 November 2019 / 11:24 am

    Love your blog Jill!! Rushing out for superga’s !!! Xx

    • Jill
      Author
      2 November 2019 / 11:27 am

      Thank u 🙏. They are fab. I’ve just been told they are Superga. Not R. 😂. X

  5. Holly
    2 November 2019 / 1:59 pm

    I’m trying to say superrrgaaaa in my best Italian accent but it ain’t working ( yet).
    Love your new look. Alas, I am not brave enough……and a lot older than you!

    • Jill
      Author
      2 November 2019 / 3:30 pm

      Haha. Thank u so much for reading and commenting. The trainers are a great place to start x

  6. 3 November 2019 / 6:02 pm

    Yes Jill love this. You can wear whatever you want and you look bloody fabulous pet.

    The marks and Spencer’s basic range of tights are like 4 quid for three pairs in 40 denier and a fiver for three pairs in 60 denier. Comfy and wash lovely definitely recommend. I wear them to death!

    My parents bought me a new leather jacket from All Saints for my 30th – I’d just fallen pregnant so I didn’t wear it until two weeks ago and I felt fierce. I got a leather jacket for my 18th and 21st but they don’t fit me now. But hurrah I have one that fits now and I don’t feel like a yummy mummy in it.

    • Jill
      Author
      3 November 2019 / 6:07 pm

      Hey Rachael.
      So lovely to hear from u.
      There’s something about a leather jacket that makes u feel fantastic and and just a wee bit rebellious !! ❤️❤️.
      Are you on any good FB groups for bloggers now ? Missing the gang
      Jill xx

  7. 26 November 2019 / 6:36 am

    Hi Christine. I’m glad that I found your blog. I’m Christina, The Traveling Diva, and I wanted to let you know that I’ve been to Scotland a couple of times during our travels and Just loved it. We’ve stayed in smaller towns, such as Kames and Hawick, in Airbnb’s. I know you have more recent posts, but this drew my attention because I also have probably been in a bit of a fashion rut. Rock Chick is not my style but I do need to experiment more and your post has inspired me to do that. I’m more into a classic feminine style, but I think adding some accessories would make it more interesting. Thanks for sharing. I found you on Fierce Revolution site and have liked your page. I’ll be sure and check out more posts.

    • Jill
      Author
      26 November 2019 / 7:11 am

      Hi Christina,
      Thanks for your lovely message – it’s so nice to receive feedback.
      I know Kames – lovely part of Scotland.
      I love my Biker Jacket – putting it on with anything makes me feel Rock Chick 🙂 I’m off to check out your blog now.
      Jill x

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