Oprah Winfrey, the American media proprietor, former talk show host, actress, producer, and, of course, philanthropist, celebrated her 62nd birthday just over a month ago (on January 29th to be exact).
The mega-wealthy Ms Winfrey (Forbes Magazine estimates her wealth at $3 billion), is no more immune from fashion mistakes than those of us with infinitely smaller clothing budgets.
Though to be totally fair to her, she is frequently “styled” by professionals who may not get her outfits right. But whether she is choosing the clothes or a stylist is, she perfectly illustrates the impact of colour.
Also, like many of us, Oprah has fought a long battle with her weight, which has fluctuated wildly over the decades. Now in her 60s, she seems to have come to terms with a more statuesque build, probably helped by not having to be not in front of the cameras daily.
Meditation and a somewhat chilled philosophy may also help. Her recent quotes include the following: “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.”; “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”; and “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”
Steal her style by discovering your perfect colours – yup, we know we have said it before (often) but that is because it is sooo true. And ever more so as we pass age 50, when fashion, or more accurately what we wear, should always be a combination of what is on-trend and what most suits and flatters us.
Oprah perfectly illustrates this in that lovely burgundy gown. Made from crepe and beautiful French lace, it is even a great shape and cut for her. But does she look sassy and sensational? No, she looks ever so slightly apologetic and self-conscious because when she looks in the mirror, her best self doesn’t look back. Whereas in the fuchsia and the red outfits her best and most gorgeous self most definitely does look back.
And, of course, the right blusher, bronzer and lippy all helps when, after age 30 or so, we can no longer rely on nature to give us a rosy cheeked glow!
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Do you like Oprah’s style? Who would you like to see next week?