Every so often, I like to profile a 40+ blogger friend whose personal style is distinct and inspiring. So this week, meet Annette Hoeldrich.
Annette is the creative force behind Lady of Style, a fashion and style blog for mature women. Each week she showcases her outfits in a series of photos taken in her hometown of Bavaria, Southern Germany.
In a world where many women are trying to cling to their youth by dressing ultra-casual and even very racy, Annette is a breath of fresh air. She always looks polished, modern, and lady-like. Annette has a fabulous style and the confidence and class to carry it off. I chatted with her recently about her lovely way of dressing that makes her a Fabulous After 40 Styleblazer.
Deb: Annette, How would you describe your style?
I love and feel most confident in classy, feminine—elegant attire worn with chic and trendy accessories. Dresses are my favorite garments, especially figure-flattering wrap dresses. When I incorporate trendy pieces in my outfits, I always make sure to give them my signature. I am not a fan of too casual looks, and when I wear jeans, I prefer dark blue ones. I like to style jeans with a classic blazer and heels.
Deb: If you could go back in time to experience the fashion of a particular era, which era would it be?
Annette: Probably the glamorous era of the late ’40s and ’50s. Think of Chanel, Dior, evening robes, or style icon Grace Kelly. They’re my style. Current designers and celebrities whose style I admire include Victoria Beckham and actress, Olivia Palermo.
Deb: Do you think women our age have more freedom than ever when it comes to dressing, or do you believe there is age-appropriate limits?
Annette: This is quite a controversial topic, and even my blogger friends have different thoughts about it. While I always have been quite strict and maybe sometimes also restricted myself a bit, I am a lot more open and flexible now, I’d even say I am more adventurous now. There are limits, but most of them are more dependent on your body shape rather than your age. A mini skirt might not be suitable for some 25-year-old women.I wouldn’t wear a skirt that ends above my knee; I just don’t feel comfortable any longer and find a length around or only above my knees more flattering. I think a leather pencil skirt even looks sexier at that length anyway! I have always loved a feminine style, and over the years, I mainly wore sophisticated, elegant looks.