For some reason we have never actually had Twiggy, 64, in our Celebrity Style Steal feature.
Nor is she one of our Top 10 Over-50 Style Icons for which we can only apologise.
We think it may be because of her range for M&S, or because of her advertising for Olay, or then again because of her being such an obvious person to feature, but in a good way.
If, like Jan and Cyndy, you are a woman of 50-plus or 60-plus, you will recall Twiggy AKA Lesley Hornby as The Model of the 1960s. She was the one we all wanted to emulate. We all wanted the fawn-like eyelashes, the freckled nose and the short, shiny blonde bob. But most of all, we wanted the exceedingly slender, never-ending limbs – indeed, ‘Twiggy’ became a synonym for slender for the rest of the 20th century. She was the Kate Moss, the Cindy Crawford and the Cara Delevingne of her day; indeed, she was probably the first ‘supe’ or super-model, though no-one had actually thought of that label in 19sixtysomething.
Twiggy was also one of the first models to transition into ‘normal’. Before her, ex-models generally took one of two routes: they either married Euro-trash or minor royalty and sank into oblivion; or they let themselves go rather tragically and became cat ladies.
But not Twiggy. She moved into acting (and was rather good), had kids (and by all accounts was a solid, grounded mum) before getting back to modelling and creating her range for M&S.
What reminded us of our failure to feature Twiggy in Celebrity Style Steal was seeing her pop up on Passions, a new documentary series on Sky Arts. With her blonde bob and a stunning scarlet jacket, she looked rather fab and clearly has style worth stealing.
The blonde bob is now jaw-length, which is considerably longer than it was in her modelling hey-day, but that’s a lesson we can all take: however well a hair-style suits you, it needs to change and evolve… the colour may need to change, too, but, as we constantly say, only go grey if you want to, and if being grey suits you. If you have cool colouring it will suit you, but if you have warm colouring, (like Cyndy and Jan) it may not suit you. As we said, very recently, do remember, that in 2017, you only need to go grey if you wish to because the products for salon and for home-colouring are brilliant and far better than they used to be.
She wears colour a lot (and injects a fair bit of colour into her range for M&S), generally adding a jolt of colour to dark basics such as black or indigo jeans, which is a clever way to wear colour or as here, teaming a loose silky tee in red with trousers in a dark print and that sequin blazer which lifts the outfit to party-perfect!
We ‘mature’ women have all had to get our heads around colour because for most of us, black was the default shade for so much of our fashion lives. But aren’t we lucky that, right now, at a time in our lives when colour is so much more flattering to our complexions, colour (and print) are the default. There’s no more having to wear black, unless we want to do so…
What do you think of Twiggy’s style?
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