When I first started thinking about doing a fashion blog, I went on line to do a bit of research and looked up some of the more popular blogs that seem to have a lot of followers. There are so many of them, (and now I am adding one more!) it seems that every stylish, fashion conscious young woman wants to blog about what they are wearing and doing. It’s an interesting phenomenon that this current generation is so eager to share their lives with complete strangers with whom they have no social interaction. I was brought up with the view that you conducted yourself discretely and you kept your life private and on a ‘need to know’ basis with strangers, so it is very daunting for me to venture out into the world of the Internet and I feel quite exposed by the experience.


All the blogs that I researched are all wonderful, filled with beautiful clothes and shoes and all on slim, trendy young woman. They open my mind up to new ideas and possibilities and its great to see how creative and stylish some of these bloggers are. As much as I love looking at these blogs, I could not find anything relevant to me, a 53-year-old woman. Thus the idea to do a blog catering to people like me came about.


I think it is difficult doing a blog like this because it assumes, maybe somewhat arrogantly, that you have something interesting and valid enough to say that you need to blog about it! My aim is just to express my views on what I perceive to be beautiful age appropriate clothing that is still fashionable and on trend. I don’t think there are right or wrong views, just perceptions and what you feel comfortable and attractive in. Some older woman don’t like showing their neck, some their arms, some their knees, so the criteria that makes clothes suitable for older woman is different for everyone. I would like to publish things I find interesting and relevant while out shopping, things I find on fashion sites, and articles found from magazines, and on TV shows and hope that others find them useful. I aim compile bits of info, photos and pictures of what I consider beautiful things for over 50’s and put them on this blog. I enjoy finding other peoples views on hem lengths, make up, hair lengths and colour choices for mature woman although I really hate that phrase. Older woman is also not a phrase I like very much either but I suppose that’s what I am!



I hope you find my blog useful and interesting enough to continue reading what I have put there.



9 Responses to About

  1. Jacqui Groves says:

    To Fashion53: Fantastic idea to look out for such clothing. I have almost given up on shopping (once a passion) for the very reasons you state> I am one of those women who don’t like my shapeless knees to be on display but most of the elegant shift dresses in the shops are well above the knee. Don’t designers realise that there are different skirt lengths to suit different shaped legs: they just seem to make ‘mini’s’ or ‘maxi’s’ and very little in between. I will be reading your blog regularly!

  2. Wendy says:

    Fantastic blog
    I agree with you and you are gorgeous so a little easier to dress due to your figure!
    Mine is more traditional build ( as made famous by Alexander McCall Smith’s No 1 Lady Detective)
    So as well as being. Over 50 I am not slender so clothes are always boring and black !!
    Keep up the good work

  3. Sarah says:

    Hi Shirley. I found you through Sew Tessuti, and have bookmarked you. I look forward to following your blog, and have already been inspired to pull out my Vogue 8805 pattern and start sewing. I would love to see your other version mentioned in Tessuti’s blog. BTW I am 35, and hope to age stylishly and continue to enjoy fashion as you are obviously doing. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. shirlcatts says:

    Thank you all for the kind words and encouragement. I’ve had my doubts about doing this and had wondered if anyone was reading it!

  5. Angela says:

    I love what you’re doing and think it’s definitely a need in the fashion area. I came upon your blog through Tessuti also – because I loved what you did with the 8805 pattern. I am 42 and am also interested in age appropriate fashion. I had a quick look over your blog and love your style and the items you have highlighted (it is helpful to be directed to what’s in current in-store). I particularly like the dresses you were wearing. I look forward to the upcoming posts.

  6. Jess says:


    You you be more fabulous?! My good friend (your niece) Lara sent me your blog as she thought I might like it. She was right. I may be 31 and not necessarily your target audience, but I’ve shown your blog my (younger) colleagues at work and we think you are so chic. I worked in fashion (stores catering to younger and older customers) through university, and love meeting ladies (you’re a lady – not a mature woman!) with some style who know how to throw an outfit together without resorting to boring basics. You have a real knack for accessorising, and are a great writer (I was a journalist for eight years) – I’m sure this blog will be a huge success and an inspiration to many. Keep it up, you hot mum.

    All the best,

    • shirlcatts says:

      Thank you so much for saying such lovely things, I may adopt you!
      I am always thrilled that people are taking the time to read the blog and thanks to Lara for putting you onto it.
      All the best.

  7. Hi Shril says:

    Hi Shirl,

    Loved reading your blog. Loved what you did with the t-shirts wo9uld love to have time to sew especially beads etc hopefully when I reire in a few years time I will have time for myself. Received your blog from Neil. Keep up the good work.


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