How to dress like a grown up with Shane Watson: My fashion resolution? I won’t go back to black 

How to dress up with Shane Watson: my fashion proposition? I will not go back to black

  • Shane Watson shares tips for embracing fashion resolutions in 2022
  • He suggests that people stop buying black clothes and try wearing a snake-shaped gold chain
  • The UK-based fashion expert also suggests swapping outfits for bright outfits










Are fashion intentions the hardest to keep? Probably. There are so many things that can hinder good fashion sense: sales (but they are 70% off!); the trend which is like something we wore 20 years ago (so maybe we can again!); the urge to copy Julie at work because she’s fine in everything.

And the other big problem with fashion resolutions is that you never know what’s around the corner. Could Anna Wintour have predicted that she would love sweatpants by 2021? We figured Sarah Jessica Parker would return to our screens in the Sex And The City reboot and wearing Just Like That. . . dungarees? With fashion you can never say never, but it can be said that I have learned some lessons and will do my best to respect them.

Here are some of my resolutions for 2022 that I think are pretty easy to follow:

  • Replace black pants with black jeans. Don’t we all have several pairs of black pants hanging in our wardrobe and never wear them? No. Because there is always something less uniform and less boring. Instead, grab a pair of black jeans and dress them up with a blazer or party top. Raw hem looks newer.

Brilliant: Laura Dern in white

  • Get a meandering gold chain. A bare open neck looks bare and cold at this point. A halterneck blouse is also a good solution.
  • Don’t buy black anymore. That sleek black dress is calling you, and it always will, but black is sombre for the over 50s and most women over 45. You don’t need a plain black anymore, aside from a silk tank top or a shirt, those jeans and loose velvet pants. We’re not saying black is banned, just take it easy.
  • Get a cream coat instead of a black one. A cream or ecru coat is a game changer. It’s brighter and different and the opposite of the funereal, and that’s where we need to be.
  • Don’t buy party shoes anymore. We might love a sparkly shoe, but most of us don’t need more than three pairs. The narrow platform sandal, a silver or gold sandal, and a black suede pump should cover most of the options. What’s much more useful is a sleek, neat, mid-heeled ankle boot – now you can wear them with everything, for most occasions.
  • Recycle last summer’s pretty dresses by wearing them with a textured blazer over top and blocky midi boots or heels.
  • Wear a subtle turtleneck with a tailored suit to look stylish in a new and elegant way.
  • Say no to more suits. I have reached the turning point with suits: I own too many because they have become my safe space, my easy solution and now they have lost their X Factor.
  • Aims to surprise more. Proof of this is when old friends tell you you look good. This always means: a) you are putting on makeup for a change; or b) you are not wearing your usual uniform, which is a pleasant surprise. Surprising more, in a positive sense, is an important milestone for women who do not intend to take a back seat. Sunglasses and earrings help.
  • Be slightly more body aware. In 2022 the miniskirt will be a big news, as well as the cutouts at the waist, the open back, the bare shoulders etc. .

No more scruffy and cozy workwear from home: it’s time to emerge into the light and become more aware of the silhouette. And if we don’t show our thighs (which we don’t) it might be time to bare our arms. Baked bean cans and kettlebells are ready.

  • Be 20% different. This is the fashion equivalent of deciding to travel more, get salsa, or join a wild swimming club – just a lot easier. All it entails is making an effort to get out of your trendy comfort zone – wear one thing every week that you don’t normally do, just because you’re stuck in an easy life rut. You will find that you have many of these surprises in your wardrobe.
  • Wear bright colors. This is an obvious resolution for middle-aged and spot-on women for 2022 – strong colors in striking combinations is the message that designers are rushing by, and all we need to do is not fight it. I think a red bag, a bit like the ones on the Prada runway, is the perfect starting point; a shiny accessory and a touch of warm color that will light up any outfit.

Here is a brighter 2022.

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