She is a lady of style and smile, a film, television and theatre presence that never goes amiss. Declared a ‘national treasure’ and awarded an Oscar, numerous BAFTAs, Emmys and Golden Globes, we value her for her embodied femininity, outspoken personality, immense talent and strong spirit. While her versatility on stage and screen is distinguishable and inspiring, we appreciate her both as an actress and a style icon. Her latest adventures include her becoming the face of the new L’Oreal Paris’ Age Perfect Campaign and reigning over the Broadway stage in her new play ‘The Audience’. Typically, her role there is of a monarch, this time playing Queen Elizabeth II who for 60 years has met each of her Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting, from Winston Churchill when her reign began in 1953 to David Cameron who’s been holding the post since 2010. ‘Her Majesty will see you now’ is definitely among the things Helen Mirren can pull off in full glory.
Born in 1945, she is a true over 40 style icon. Each one of her red carpet appearances is delightfully graceful and ingeniously well balanced. Whether it is a suit or a gown, it always comes with unquestionable style. How many of us are wondering how to embody that perfection, femininity and elegance? We see it in ladies such as Helen Mirren and many others who inspire us. Perfection comes with grace and grace is a prerogative of every woman. It’s something natural and very accessible. Let’s take advice from the marvellous Helen who owns her beauty and womanhood, acts confident and teaches us more than we realise, from her courageous spirit to practical style insights.
In a recent interview for Marks&Spencer, she shared more about her fashion style principles beyond glamourous couture: ‘I think that if you’re wearing something that fits well and is comfortable, there’s nothing like that. So wear something gorgeous but comfortable. … I love fashion. I love the art of fashion. But that sort of high fashion, you need to look like a model and I just don’t. I’m five foot four, I’ve got wide hips, I’ve got breasts, you can’t just put anything on and look fantastic. So I like to do a mix of very classic pieces… with something that I’ve bought in a second hand clothes store.’
We really appreciate her being a beautiful example of a mature aged, bright and glowing style icon. Where does she source her confidence? It might not necessarily be her amazing career achievements. It starts with a woman who embraces the beauty of each season in her life: ‘I used to worry a lot more about my looks than I do now. I think the great advantage of getting older is that you let go of certain things.’ Wonderful to think about the freedom and poise that come with age and experience. A true lesson for all of us!
Don’t we all see how beautiful and strong she is when we look at her?
However, she seems very grounded and modest when we approach her as a fashion style icon. Her comment on her L’Oreal Paris appointment speaks enough of that: ‘I am not gorgeous and I never was, but I was always OK looking and I’m keen to stay that way.’
LESSON WE TAKE FROM DAME HELEN:
~ She is well known for her elegant red carpet looks. If you have a colour, silhouette or accessory type which does the most for your figure and look, stick with it! Venture areas would include everything else around it, so you have a good combination of a safe comfort zone and an intriguing twist.
~ She doesn’t shy away from body hugging outfits. While she isn’t one for excessive or inappropriate skin showing, she does rely on lace to show off a bit of skin. It’s timeless, classy and sexy. After all, it’s not only about the ingredients, but the right amount of them as well!
~ Showing off your strengths: As she has a classic hourglass figure, her outfits always come with a strong accent on the waist. It’s a feminine silhouette that just doesn’t go out of date! It means embracing the prominent features of the body, whether it is curves, wide hips, a busty chest etc. Your figure is worth it.
~ Know your colour palette: If you go through images of her public appearances, you’ll soon notice that she has a very distinctive colour palette she uses and that makes the most of her skin tone: ink, navy, ruby red, emerald green, lavender, silver, pale gold, grey, off-white. No hue that would make you look sallow or pale.
~ In case you have a wide range of grey, black and whites in your wardrobe and would like to freshen them up, pick a piece of a vivid colour to frame your face and lighten it up. You can see Helen diversifying with shawls and shrugs in beautiful jewel tones.
~ Beauty: A natural look, which btw, doesn’t mean ‘no make-up’, is always her preferred beauty strategy. It’s all about accentuating the best of your features.
~ Haircut: A pixie cut and a wavy lob (long bob) are Helen’s absolute winners. She tends to occasionally switch between different hues for her blond hair to freshen the look.
~ Statement jewellery: Two out of three times you’ll see her wearing huge sparkly necklaces and earrings are another favourite of hers. Necklaces are a great way to complete a look that is simple and elegant.
~ Classic pieces: Prints. Florals. 50s vibe tea length dresses. Belts. These are all part of her wardrobe.
~ Finally, to cultivate a graceful, elegant attitude and radiance, smile! It makes the biggest difference.
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