Article by Ceri Wheeldon
With so many individual boutiques failing to survive on the High Street – where can you go to find clothes that are ‘ageless’, stylish and good quality?
Shopping online is becoming increasingly popular, and there are more specialist sites catering to our demographic. One is the Bias Cut.com founded by anti- ageism activist (ageism is never in style) , and a regular contributor to Fab after Fifty, Jacynth Bassett. I popped along to take a look at Jacynth’s latest collection – and of course had to try on a few pieces while I was there.
Jacynth was inspired to set up the Bias Cut in her twenties when she became increasingly aware of the frustration of mature women to find clothes that reflected their lifestyles – her mother included- who was there when I was chatting to Jacynth and mentioned how she had found it difficult to adapt her wardrobe when leaving the corporate world . Jacynth selects timeless quality pieces that are contemporary but not a slave to trends.
I had my eye on a jacket when I looked online – the last one was sold just as I arrived -so that was removed from the rail of clothes we were going to discuss and photograph. So what I would say if you like anything you see- buy quickly- as Jacynth does buy in limited numbers and not all items are available to be restocked.
I picked out a few of my favourites – a blue dress which is really versatile and incredibly easy to wear, a fun ‘ostrich shirt’ , a blazer, midi skirt and simple black dress.
- Ostrich Shirt – £85
A really fun piece. It’s 100% cotton poplin (great quality, I was wearing a black bra which was barely visible), featuring a hand-painted print. Androgynous cut makes it far more universally flattering and avoids gapping. I like to wear my shirts quite loose. I ‘m wearing it here with my own leather look leggings.
- Tailored Blazer In Stripes & Solids – £159.95
This jacket is fully lined, with lurex adding a bit of sparkle -which unfortunately I wasn’t quite able to capture in the pics. It would definitely go from day to evening. A fun wardrobe staple.
- Seanna Skirt – £199
A pleated skirt with silver and sheer black stripes. Under lining comes to the knee so that a little subtle flash of skin is visible through the sheer . There is clever detailing just below the waist – which seems to prevent the pleats from kicking out from the waist to give a more flattering silhouette for those of us who are a little hippy. I’m wearing it with my own top .
- Orson dress (blue) – £108
My favourite colour. A Beautiful cotton blend, designed by designer Nathalie Vleeschouwer who began in maternity wear so really understands women’s body shapes. NV is known for their flattering dresses, and how women who even struggle to normally wear dresses and wear them . I love pockets – which this dress has. I posted this pic on Instagram – had so many comments about this dress ! It might sell out fast ?
- Ronya Dress (black) – £121
A wardrobe staple -an LBD . Jersey fabric, also available in navy . Ideal for day to evening. Again very easy to wear, and the cut creates the illusion of a smaller waist.
Jacynth is joining me on a number of episodes on the soon to be launched Fab after Fifty podcast – offering tips on how to be stylish at any age!
Note : I was not paid for this post ! I just love the concept of what The Bias Cut are doing.