I have made many mistakes over the years, some of them quite costly. I have lost count of the number of times I have walked into a clothes shop or department store and seen a lovely skirt, top, dress on a mannequin and thought, wow that looks nice. The first thing to remember is the clothes always look good, because mannequins are a size 8, and if you look closely at the back the clothes have been pinned to fit the mannequin. I wish I were nearer a size 8 or 10, but for most of us our skeletal frame will not allow us to get down to that size. I quite often look at the dressed displays to get an idea of what goes together and what matches. Women’s clothes are much more colourful generally speaking, and in my earlier days I did not have much idea about colour co-ordination. Most men’s clothes are mainly black, grey, blue or brown. Shopping

More recently I have found the assistants to be very helpful, so don’t be afraid to ask for help and to let them know what you are looking for. Quite often items on a hanger look a lot different when tried on. I have looked at items on a hanger and held it up to me in front of a mirror and thought that is not really me, only to be told by an assistant to try it on as it really suits me. If you are not comfortable using the changing rooms, just check you can return the goods after trying them on at home. Be careful when trying on items, as if you get makeup on them, (easily done) then you may end up paying for it even if you don’t want it.

Most of us are making up for lost time and trying to recapture our youth, and consequently end up spending an absolute fortune on countless pairs of heels most of which will hardly get worn. I have to admit that the temptation to buy a gorgeous looking pair of heels can be irresistible! By all means wear heels to clubs, parties and nights out, but otherwise stick to low heels or flats during the day and save your feet.

Look at what women are wearing when they are out shopping and you will not see a heel in sight during the day. By all means wear heels, but be prepared for some unwanted attention. I still find myself turning to look if I hear a pair of heels clicking along the pavement.

Being a size 9 myself, I am finding that a number of shops are stocking up to a size 9, but if you can’t find what you are looking for, or are a larger size then just Google your shoe size followed by ladies shoes and you will be surprised what is available.

Helen Williams (TM Editor)